Sports: Tigers win on Upton Walk-off Homer, 8-7
The Tigers got big home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton to beat the Mariners in a see-saw game, 8-7 in 12 innings. Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers an early lead,
hitting a two-run homer for the Tigers in the first inning that cleared a brick wall in right-center, bounced off a concrete concourse and out of Comerica Park. The Mariners scored 4 in the second, but the Tigers re-took the lead in the 4th on a Cameron Maybin triple. Mike Pelfrey started and went 5 against the Mariners giving up 6 runs on 12 hits.
He was helped out by getting three inning-ending double plays. Justin Upton hit a two-run shot to center to gave Detroit a 7-6 lead in the seventh. But Seattle tied it against reliever Justin Wilson in the 8th. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect 9th to send it into extra innings. Justin Upton hit a line drive over the left-field wall in the 12th inning for his second home run of the game. Aníbal Sanchez (4-7) worked a scoreless inning for the win. Justin Verlander gets the start for the Tigers tonight. Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK.
The Bombers split a home-and-home doubleheader with the Kalamazoo Growlers on Monday. The Battle Creek Bombers left 18 runners on base as they fell to the Kalamazoo Growlers, 5-3 in game 1. They left the bases loaded three times. The Bombers beat the Growlers, 7-1 Monday night in Kalamazoo as they take a 4-2 season series lead in the I-94 Cross-town Rivalry. With the win, the Bombers get back to .500 at 11-11 on the year. The Bombers built a 3-0 lead through five, and added four more in the 8th and 9th. Starting pitcher Scott Sency went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run and struck out seven for his second win. The Bombers now welcome the Green Bay Bullfrogs for a two-game stint in Battle Creek starting Tuesday night at 7:05.
After a late-night excursion for some partying in Las Vegas, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned home to a heroes' welcome after winning their first NBA title Sunday night in Oakland. The biggest cheer was for LeBron James who carried the Larry O'Brien championship trophy off the plane over his head in a preview of Cleveland's victory parade scheduled for Wednesday. LeBron James ended his social media blackout by throwing a knockout punch at his critics. One day after ending Cleveland's 52-year pro sports championship drought, James, who refrains from Twitter and other message platforms during the postseason, posted a rant on Instagram aimed at those who have doubted him.
Jefferson Retires from Cavs
Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson is going out on top. Jefferson announced his retirement from the NBA after Sunday night's championship clinching win over Golden State. The 15-year veteran joined the Cavaliers this season and played a key role off the bench. Jefferson was the No. 13 pick in the 2001 NBA draft. He spent his first seven seasons with New Jersey, and also played for San Antonio, Milwaukee, Utah, Golden State and Dallas.
The seventh game of the NBA Finals drew the highest television rating for the NBA Finals since Michael Jordan's last championship. The 15.7 rating and nearly 31 million viewers on ABC are the best since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
The United States soccer team will play Argentina tonight in Houston in the Copa America semi-final game.
The Zika virus won't stop two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson from competing in the Olympics if he makes the U.S. team. His schedule is booked and he knows he has to be in Connecticut the week before the Olympics for the Travelers Championship, but Watson says he wants to be in Rio. Watson and his wife, Angie, have two adopted children, but are unable to conceive. He says for that reason the virus is not an issue for him.