The Tigers won the first of three games at Target Field in Minnesota by a score of 8-1.  Matt Boyd started for the Tigers and pitched 8 innings, the longest start of his career. Boyd (6-4) allowed just three hits. He matched his career best with seven strikeouts and walked just one.

The Tigers started the scoring in the 3rd on a Cameron Maybin triple.  Miguel Cabrera scored in the 4th.  James McCann, in the designated hitter role for the injured Victor Martinez, sent a three-run shot into second deck above left-center in a four-run sixth.  Miguel Cabrera hit his 34th homer in the 7th.   With Baltimore's loss to Boston, the Tigers cut the deficit between them and the second spot to 1½ games with 12 games to go.  Buck Farmer gets the start tonight against the Twins.  Broadcast time on WBCK is 7:45.  Justin Verlander will start on Thursday.    Detroit returns home on Friday to play Kansas City this weekend, and then host the first-place Indians starting Monday.

Tiger Injuries

The Tigers held second baseman Ian Kinsler and designated hitter Victor Martinez out of the lineup last night at Minnesota. Both have injuries stemming from being hit by pitches in their previous game.  Tiger’s manager Brad Ausmus said Kinsler still felt "a little foggy" two days after a beaning by Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer knocked his helmet off and triggered concussion-like symptoms.  Martinez was also hit by Bauer in the same inning on the knee, which remained purple and swollen on Tuesday.

Lugnuts Park Transformed for a week

With the Midwest League's season wrapped up, the stadium for the Lansing Lugnuts has been transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course this week. The Lansing State Journal reports the course will be open to the public through the weekend. The stadium is having its field replaced next week and that opened up the chance for the temporary course.

 

Boys’ Soccer

Marshall 5, Pennfield 0.  Marshall is 8-2-2 overall and has shutout their opponents in four of the last 5 games.

Lakeview 2, Gull Lake 0.  Nate Jones had 5 saves for the shutout win.

Volleyball

Calhoun Christian 3, Beth Haven 0. Lindsey Barry had 17 kills, 20 digs and 4 aces.

Cross Country

Coldwater’s boys won the I8 Conference Cross Country meet on Tuesday.  Harper Creek was second.

The Lakeview boys’ and girls’ teams won a SMAC East run.  Will Ingalls lead the Spartans with the second best overall time.  Maggie Farrell led the girls’ squad.   Gull Lake’s teams finished second.

Boys Tennis

Lakeview 4, Gull Lake 4.

Galesburg-Augusta 7, Coloma 1.

Hockey

The United States has been eliminated from title contention in the World Cup of Hockey with a 4-2 loss to Canada.  Canada improves to 2-0 in the tournament and dropped the Americans to 0-2 with one game remaining.

NFL

Patriots coach Bill Belichick hasn't publicly ruled out injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for Thursday night's game against the Texans. Garoppolo was a limited participant in practice yesterday as he recovers from a right shoulder injury suffered in the first half of Sunday's win against Miami. The Patriots have yet to add another quarterback to the roster, increasing the possibility that rookie Jacoby Brissett could make his first NFL start versus Houston.

MSU Doc Fired Amid Abuse Charges

Michigan State has fired Dr. Larry Nassar, who's been accused of sexual abuse by two gymnasts. A university spokesman says campus police have received additional allegations of abuse since last week. Nassar is a former longtime doctor for USA Gymnastics.

High School Football Rankings

The Harper Creek football team remains unbeaten following its win over Hastings, and will head into its fifth game at Pennfield as the #8 ranked team in Division 3.

St. Philip beat Burr Oak to hold on to the No. 4 spot in the Division 8 rankings. St. Philip visits Camden-Frontier on Friday.

Climax-Scotts beat North Adams-Jerome and remain No. 3 in Division 8. The Panthers will host Bark River-Harris of the Upper Peninsula on Saturday.

Quincy is #9 in Division 6.

College Football

Michigan hosts Penn State this Saturday.  Broadcast time is 2:30 on 104.9 The Edge.

The 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers visit on No. 8 Michigan State this weekend.     Hear the Spartans-Badgers game at 10:30 this Saturday morning on WBCK.

WMU hosts Georgia Southern this Saturday at Waldo Stadium.  Be listening for your chance to call in and win tickets to this weekend’s Bronco game.

Lions

The Lions head to Green Bay this Sunday.  Broadcast time is 12 noon on 104.9 the Edge.