Sports: Tigers Win; Bombers Lose
(Source: Michigan Radio Network, Associated Press)
David Price scattered five hits over seven innings of work as the Detroit Tigers topped the Oakland A's, 1-0. Price walked one and struck out three in improving to 4-and-1 with the win. The only run came in the first inning when Anthony Gose singled, stole second, moved up on a throwing error, and scored on a Rajai Davis sacrifice fly. Joakim Soria got the final out of the eighth inning and finished up the shutout for his 14th save. A's starter Jesse Chavez allowed the unearned run on five hits in eight innings of pitching.
The two teams play the rubber match of their series this afternoon. Broadcast time is 3:10 p.m. on WBCK. Alfredo Simon was supposed to get the start for Detroit, but he was put on bereavement leave late last night. Simon’s father is gravely ill in the Dominican Republic. The Tigers have called up Kyle Ryan from Toledo, but there’s no guarantee he can make it to Oakland for the start of the game. The Tigers could call on relievers Tom Gorzalany, Alex Wilson, or Blaine Hardy….or all three.
Bombers Start With a Loss
The Lakeshore Chinooks used a four-run eighth inning to spoil opening night at C.O. Brown Stadium, defeating the Battle Creek Bombers 4-2. The starting pitchers dominated the first four innings, as the teams only scratched out two hits a piece through the first half of the game. Alex Hermeling pitched 6 1-3 shutout innings for the Bombers, while giving up just two hits and striking out eight. The Bombers and Chinooks wrap up their two-game series with an afternoon game tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. Kalamazoo comes in on Thursday and then the Bombers play the Growlers Friday and Saturday in Kalamazoo.
Verlander on Track for Rehab Start
Tigers starter Justin Verlander could be ready for a rehab assignment next week after throwing in a simulated game yesterday. Verlander pitched four and one third innings and gave up three hits, one walk and struck out nine in the outing. The starter said the session went well and that his stuff got better as he went along. Verlander, who has been dealing with a right triceps strain, could make a rehab start on Monday depending on how he feels today.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera leads all American League first basemen in voting for the All-Star Game. Cabrera is making a bid for his third straight start in the mid-summer classic. Shortstop Jose Iglesias is currently in second place behind the Royals' Alcides Escobar, and second baseman Ian Kinsler is in third behind Houston's Jose Altuve and Kansas City's Omar Infante. The 86th All-Star Game will be played July 14th at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
There will be a Game Seven in the Eastern Conference finals. The New York Rangers routed the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-3, in Tampa Tuesday night to avoid elimination. Derick Brassard had three goals and two assists for New York. The Rangers will host game seven on Friday night.
The Anaheim Ducks are up three games to two and can close out the series tonight in Chicago.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to the NBA Finals. The Cavs completed a sweep of the Atlanta Hawks with a 118-88 win in Game Four of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night. Cleveland secured a spot in the Finals for the first time since 2007, while star LeBron James will be making his fifth consecutive trip to the NBA's championship series.
Golden State leads Houston three games to one in the NBA's Western Conference finals. Game 5 is tonight in Oakland.
Ihedigbo Practices with Lions
Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo was back on the practice field in Allen Park yesterday to take part in the first day of organized team activities. Ihedigbo did not attend workouts last month as he is looking to rework his contract. The safety says he's not worried about the contract and he's back to play football and help the team, the rookies and the defense. OTAs this month and next month are voluntary, while a minicamp in mid-June is mandatory.
Athlete of the Week
We honor two WBCK/Meijer Athletes of the Week to wrap up the High School Season….
The Bronson Vikings baseball teams’ Daniel McMichael fanned 10 batters and threw his first no-hitter. He was able to throw all seven innings in a 2-0 shutout of the Concord Yellow Jackets on Tuesday.
St. Philip golfer Brendan Gausslin has advanced to the Regionals individually, shooting a 95 at Bella Vista Golf Course in Coldwater last week. He will be back in action today in the Division 4 Regional at Klinger Lake Country Club in Sturgis.