Sports: Tigers win 6th Straight, 11-0!
The Tigers finish July as the hottest team in baseball, winning six in a row and eight out of their last 10. The Tigers swept the Astros with an 11-0 win. Detroit is now just a half game out in the wild card race. The Tigers got two quick runs off the usually stingy ace of the Astros, Dallas Kuechel. James McCann capped a six-run first inning with his first career grand slam. Miguel Cabrera homered twice for the Tigers. Justin Upton also homered for the Tigers. Mike Pelfrey got the win, pitching five shutout innings and allowed four hits and a walk, striking out four to raise his record to 4-9. The Tigers continue to trail first place Cleveland in the American League Central by 4 ½ games. The Tribe swept the A’s. The Tigers are off today. Anibal Sanchez will start tomorrow night against the White Sox at Comerica Park. Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK.
Baseball’s trade deadline is at 4pm today. It’s looking more and more like the Tigers will stand pat, hoping to get some injured players back. Jordan Zimmerman, Daniel Norris and J.D. Martinez could all be back with the big club any day. Some reports say the Tigers are looking to add a starter to the rotation, if they can find a deal to their liking.
Indians Get Miller
With the baseball season two thirds over, the Cubs are the best team in baseball and the Indians are the best in the American League. The Indians have acquired left-handed relief pitcher and former Tiger Andrew Miller from the Yankees. The Indians get Miller for four minor leaguers, including highly touted outfielder Clint Frazier. The 31-year-old Miller is considered one of baseball's best setup men. Cleveland failed to lure All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy away from Milwaukee. Lucroy told reporters that he wouldn't get into details behind his decision to reject a trade worked out between the Brewers and Indians but that he made the decision for his family. Sources say he wanted the Indians to void the option year on his contract, which would have him playing another season for five million dollars.
The Battle Creek Bombers defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 6-1 Sunday afternoon at C.O. Brown Stadium, sweeping the two-game series. Battle Creek scored single runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh and added two more in the fourth. Scott Sency picked up his fourth win of the year for the Bombers. He allowed one run on seven hits. He walked one batter and struck out 10, which is a season-high for him. With the win, the Bombers improve to 29-28 on the season and 10-9 in the second half. The Bombers now take on the Kalamazoo Growlers in a home-and-home doubleheader. Game one is Monday morning at 11:05 in Kalamazoo, and game two is Monday night at 7:05 at C.O. Brown Stadium.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway was postponed until today because of rain. The race will start at 11 a.m., with Martin Truex Jr. on the pole. Rain also delayed the June Pocono race a day. NASCAR said this was the first time a track had two rain-postponed races in the same season.
Texan Jimmy Walker won wire-to-wire at the 98th PGA Championship. Walker
shot 65-66-68-67. He is the fifth consecutive first-time winner in a major. Jason Day closed with a 67 to finish second. Daniel Summerhays shot 66 to finish at 10 under and in solo third. The finish earned him an invitation to next year’s Masters.
Former Homer High School and CMU standout Josh Collmenter has been designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks, meaning the club has plans to release him. Collmenter was Arizona's opening day starter in 2015 but has had shoulder problems this season.
Sadler Memorial Service
Hundreds of people turned out at Michigan State's Spartan Stadium to celebrate the life of former football player Mike Sadler, who died in a car crash in Wisconsin. Michigan State admissions director Jim Cotter offered opening remarks Sunday, describing Sadler as witty and competitive — a "light that brightened the world." Sadler and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz died in a July 23 crash after attending a kicking camp in Wisconsin. Sadler was a four-time academic All-American at Michigan State. He finished his college career after the 2014 season. The school has created a scholarship fund in Sadler's name, which will enable a football player to receive a scholarship each year in his honor. In lieu of flowers, his family says contributions may be made to the fund.
HBC/Behnke will be the host team in the NABF World Series, which starts Wednesday and goes through Sunday at Battle Creek’s Bailey Park. The 103rd World Series will see twelve of the best amateur teams in the United States battle for the title over the 5-day, 25 game contest. Battle Creek Mayor Dave Walters has proclaimed next week “National Amateur Baseball Week” and will throw out the first pitch Wednesday night HBC-Behnke battles last year’s champs. Every game of the 103rd World Series will be streamed live on the internet via GameAction360. You can find a link to stream the games on the World Series homepage at www.battlecreekworldseries.com or on the NABF World Series Facebook page.
Just days ahead of the Olympic Games, the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever. A 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press finds the water is contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria that could make athletes who are exposed violently ill.