It was a pitcher’s duel in Detroit as the Tigers and Twins played game one of a three game series.  Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched into the eighth inning, giving up one run on six hits while striking out six, but got the no decision.  The Tigers managed just one run off Kyle Gibson, courtesy of J.D. Martinez.  It was a line-drive homer to right to give Detroit a 1-0 lead in the 4th.  In the 10th inning, Anthony Gose doubled and Ian Kinsler came through with a walk-off hit. Angel Nesbitt tossed a scoreless 10th inning to get the win, the first of his career.  The two teams play game-two of their three-game series tonight.  Kyle Lobstein will take the mound for Detroit, up against Ricky Nolasco of the Twins.  Broadcast time is 6:40 p.m. on WBCK.

NHL

In Stanley Cup Playoff action last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning secured a spot in the Eastern Conference finals after beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-to-1 in game-six of the Eastern semifinals. The Lightning will face off against the winners of the Capitals-Rangers series, which is tied 3-3.  The Rangers will host the Capitals tonight in game-seven.  The Ducks will meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the West Finals.

Griffins

The Grand Rapids Griffins play in Rockford tonight with a 2-0 series lead over the IceHogs.

NBA

In the NBA playoffs last night, the Cavs beat the Bulls 106-to-101 to take a 3-2 series lead.  Lebron James had 38 points and six assists for the Cavs.

Houston beat the LA Clippers 124-to-103.  The Clippers still hold a 3-2 advantage.

The playoffs continue tonight with Atlanta hosting Washington and Golden State hosting Memphis. Both series are tied at two games apiece.

Michigan Dismisses Norfleet

The Michigan Wolverines have dismissed senior wide receiver/kick returner Dennis Norfleet from the football team yesterday.  Norfleet’s high school coach told Mlive.com that Norfleet was no longer a part of the team and was dismissed by coach Jim Harbaugh.
The program has not confirmed Norfleet’s dismissal, but they told local reporters that the situation “is an internal matter.”  Norfleet is Michigan’s all-time leader in kick return yards.

Tiger Injuries

Tigers catcher Alex Avila will seek a third opinion on his injured left knee to decide whether he’ll need arthroscopic surgery.  Avila was placed on the 15 day disabled list last Saturday.

Justin Verlander reported no discomfort in his arm after throwing a light bullpen session.

Reliever Bruce Rondon also threw a light session.  Like Verlander, there’s still no timetable for Rondon’s return.

Lions Sign Two

The Detroit Lions signed veteran wide receiver Lance Moore to a one year deal yesterday.  The 31-year-old Moore played with the Steelers last season and played 9 seasons in New Orleans. Moore has caught 40 touchdown passes in his career.

The Lions also signed former Wayne State University running back Desmond Martin as an undrafted rookie.

KCC Baseball

The KCC baseball team plays at the regional finals today at Bailey Park.  They play Muskegon CC at 3:30 p.m. as part of the double-elimination tournament that runs through Saturday in Battle Creek.

Baseball

Harper Creek and Marshall split two on Tuesday. The Beavers took Game 1 4-0.  Zach Smith threw a seven inning, one-hit shutout.  Marshall took Game 2, 5-3. Drew Devine with the pitching win for the Redhawks.

Lakeview and Gull Lake split.  The Spartans winning 7-0 behind Jake Herbers.   Austin Knapper pitched a shutout to win game 2 for Gull Lake, 4-0.

Pennfield beat Lumen Christi 4-2 and 6-2.

Climax-Scotts took two at Jackson Christian.

Union City swept Reading.

Olivet took a pair from Leslie.

Softball

Harper Creek swept Marshall,  11-1 and 17-4.

Lumen Christi beat Pennfield 6-4 and 11-0.

Loy Norrix swept Battle Creek.

Bronson swept Cassopolis.  Skyler Sobeski threw a no-hitter in Game 1.

Colon beat Bellevue 9-3 and 7-6.

Boys Golf

Pennfield 184, Delton-Kellogg 189 at Marygrove.   Leading Pennfield was Jarod Frisbie with a 42.   Dreke Lutterbeck shot a 43 to lead Delton.

Girls’ Soccer

Coldwater 2, Harper Creek 1

Athlete of the Week

This week’s WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week is Cara Gallihugh of the Marshall Redhawks’ Girls Soccer team.  The Redhawks have had a phenomenal season, winning a share of the Girls Soccer title in the Interstate 8 earlier this week, they conclude the regular season tonight at Harper Creek, with a 9-2-2 record and an undefeated 6-0 record in conference. Cara had two assists in their 5-0 clincher over Jackson Northwest Monday, a goal in a 4-0 shutout over Charlotte last Wednesday.  Congratulations to Cara!