Sports: Tigers win on Walkoff, 5-4
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The Tigers came from behind to beat the White Sox 5-4 on Sunday. The Tigers trailed 4-0 in the eighth, but Sox starter Jeff Samardzjia loaded the bases and hit Ian Kinsler. He struck out Miguel Cabrera with nobody out and faced Victor Martinez, who cleared the bases with a three-run triple to tie it at 4. Then in the 9th, James McCann hit a walkoff homer for the win. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect 9th for the win to go 3-0. The Tigers are off today and host Pittsburgh for three games starting Tuesday. Justin Verlander is scheduled to pitch. Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Broadcast time is 6:40 p.m.
Avila to Start Again Soon
Tiger’s manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Sunday that Alex Avila will likely resume his role as the team's regular catcher when he is activated from the disabled list next month. Which means McCann, who has made a case for more playing time, will likely be relegated to backup duties and making occasional starts against left-handed pitchers.
Avila has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a loose body in his left knee.
The US Women’s Soccer team plays a semifinal match Tuesday against Germany.
Another loss for the Bombers, as Green Bay beat them a fifth straight time, 8-4. It was the Bombers’ sixth straight loss. The flooding of the Kalamazoo River into Homer Stryker field has resulted in the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team to postponing today’s first game against the Battle Creek Bombers until July 30. The postponed game will be a 5:05 p.m. start and be part of a double header, according to a news release from the team. Each game of the doubleheader will be seven innings long, and the second game will begin a half hour after the first. The overflowing river must recede before the standing water can be pumped out of the ballpark and into three nearby ponds.
The Battle Creek Coyotes outlasted the visiting Northwest Ohio Knights, 38-20 at Athens High School on Saturday night. It was a benefit game for Athens native, Luke Lamson, recovering from injuries in an accident last December. Quarterback, Dee Peters and wide receiver Devington Halliburton hooked up for three touchdowns in the game. Halliburton also intercepted a pass on defense and returned it for a touchdown.
Kyle Busch held off brother Kurt to win the Toyota/Save Mart 300 at Sonoma Raceway. Busch's 30th career win came just four months after he suffered multiple injuries in a crash at Daytona. It's the first time the Busch brothers have finished 1-2 in a Sprint Cup race. Kurt, who won at Michigan two weeks ago, crossed the finish line a half-second behind his younger brother at Sonoma. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five.
Bubba Watson rolled in a birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to defeat Paul Casey and win the Travelers Championship for a second time.
Jeff Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year.
LeBron Taking His Talents to the Highest Bidder
LeBron James has opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become a free agent on July 1, according to an ESPN report. After his first season back in Cleveland, James is declining the $21.6 million player option for next season on his deal. After the 2015-16 season, the salary cap and value for a maximum contract are expected to rise with an influx of revenue thanks to the league's new television contract with ESPN and Turner Sports. Reports say the move was expected and that James will probably end up re-signing with Cleveland. Cavs’ Kevin Love is also a free agent.