Tigers

The Detroit Tigers held on for a 9-8 win over the Orioles in Baltimore Thursday night. Yoenis Cespedes had three RBI, including a two-run homer in the fourth.  JD Martinez also knocked in three runs. Rajai Davis knocked in two runs. Alfredo Simon picked up the win after giving up four runs on two hits in five and two third innings.  Alex Wilson picked up his first save of the season. The Tigers led 9-2 at one point, but had to hang on for the win.  The Tigers play game 2 in Baltimore tonight.   Buck Farmer will start for Detroit. Broadcast time is 6:40 p.m. on WBCK.

Bombers

The Bombers swept the twin bill against Kalamazoo and thus have clinched the "I-94" rivalry series! They've won 4 games in a row for the first time since May 31. Now the series moves to C.O. Brown Stadium where another double header with Kalamazoo will take place, with the first game being at 11:05 a.m., and the second game being at 7:05 p.m. The Bombers close out the home schedule on Saturday and Sunday.

Lions

Former Lions offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus is back with his old team.  Cherilus had offseason knee surgery and was released by Indianapolis after two seasons. The 31-year-old underwent a physical and met with coaches and personnel staff during yesterday's visit.

The Lions preseason broadcast team will add a familiar face in the booth as former wide receiver Nate Burleson continues his post-career transition into the media realm.

Burleson will join the veteran team of Matt Shepard and Rob Rubick.

City League Baseball

The Battle Creek Merchants started off with two big wins at the NABF Regional in Flint.

The Merchants beat the Flint Titans 5-3 and then took care of the Pontiac Warriors 6-4.

Pitcher Jake Wakeland took a 1-hitter into the 7th inning in the win over the Warriors.

The Merchants play at 2:30 p.m. today against Detroit.  The winner of the regional will join host team HBC Behnke at the NABF World Series in Battle Creek starting on Wednesday.

Big Ten Football

The Big Ten's annual Football Media Days kicked off yesterday in Chicago.  MSU coach Mark Dantonio was in the spotlight, and today it’ll be Michigan Wolverines’ new coach Jim Harbaugh.

Golf

Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa share the lead after the first round of the Quicken Loans National.  Tournament host Tiger Woods bogeyed three of his first four holes but drained six straight birdies, including four in-a-row to start the back nine.  He’s 5 shots off the pace.