The Tigers opened up a four-game series with the Yankees with a come-from-behind 2-1 win.  J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes knocked a run apiece in the seventh at Comerica Park.  Alfredo Simon struck out seven over seven-and-a-third to improve to 3-and-0. Mark Teixeira's solo homer in the second accounted for New York's only run. Joakim Soria notched his fifth save. Joba Chamberlain came in to get Simon out of trouble in the 8th , getting a double play ball. The Tigers are 11-and-2. Game two is tonight in Detroit.  Kyle Lobstein will get the start for the Tigers.  Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK.                              


Tigers’ officials say testing confirms starting pitcher Justin Verlander is still dealing with a right triceps strain. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said yesterday that Verlander had an MRI exam and other tests on his arm late last week. The starter hasn't thrown since he cut a simulated game short last week, and he will not pitch until he no longer has symptoms from the strain.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning face off at Joe Louis Arena tonight in Game Three of their best-of-seven first round playoff series. Defenseman Brendan Smith will replace rookie Alexey Marchenko tonight.  Smith has been a healthy scratch for the last three games. Petr Mrazek will remain in goal and forward Justin Abdelkader will be on the ice tonight for the first time since he injured his hand earlier this month blocking a shot against Minnesota.  The Rangers, Ducks, and Wild all picked up wins as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued Monday night. Four games are on the NHL schedule for tonight.


The Warriors and Bulls picked up home wins in the NBA Playoffs on Monday night. Golden State beat the Pelicans to go up 2 games to none. The Bulls beat the Bucks 91-82 for a 2-0 lead in that series. The playoffs continue with three games Tuesday night, including the Cavaliers hosting the Celtics.

High School Golf

It was a battle of the top two boys’ golf teams in Division 1, and Lakeview settled for second at Red Run in Royal Oak, losing to Detroit Catholic Central by 9 strokes. Andrew Walker shot a 74, good for fourth overall on Monday.

Girls’ Soccer

St. Joseph 5, Lakeview 1

Marshall 6, Sturgis 1. Gabby Hoffman scored two goals for Marshall.

Boston Marathon

Nine runners from the Battle Creek area competed in Monday’s Boston Marathon.  Thomas Allred had the best local time. The 50-year-old finished with a time of 3-hours, 14.9 minutes to place 5,566th overall.  Others running were Patrick Farrell, Tim Wendt, Michelle Acton, Katie Thill, Pamela Condlyffe, Nancy Yager, Marcy Sacks, and Christine Gaudard.


The Detroit Lions voluntary offseason program is underway in Allen Park. During the first two weeks, players will be working on strength and conditioning and rehab. Then the program will move into three weeks of on-field workouts and individual drills, followed by four weeks of organized team activities.  The only player to not report yesterday to the start of the voluntary session was safety James Ihedigbo, who is looking to rework his contract.