Sports: Verlander gets 2000th Strikeout in Sweep
Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters, including the 2,000th of his career, to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Wednesday. Verlander (3-4) allowed six hits and three runs over 7 1/3 innings while matching his season high in strikeouts. He joined Mickey Lolich as the two pitchers in franchise history with 2,000 career strikeouts, and became the 76th in baseball history to reach the milestone. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on the first of two of J.D. Martinez’s hits. Ian Kinsler went 3 for 4 with a home run to raise his average to .319. Kinsler has homered in four straight games, the first Tigers’ leadoff hitter to do that since the late Dick McAuliffe did it in 1969. Kinsler has hit 10 home runs. He hit 11 in all of last season. Tigers’ outfielder Steven Moya knocked in the sixth and final run in the 7th. The Twins have lost 11 of 13, dropping to 10-29 for the worst record in the majors. The Tigers have won four straight, equaling a season high, after losing 11 of 12 games. The Tigers are off today, and host the Tampa Bay Rays for three games starting Friday night. Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK.
The Chicago Cubs are a major league-best 28-10 a 2-1, 13-inning triumph at Milwaukee.
The NBA's Western Conference finals are tied at a game apiece after the Golden State Warriors' 118-91 blowout against Oklahoma City. Stephen Curry scored 28 points including 15 straight during a two-minute span. The Thunder will host Game 3 on Sunday following a three-day layoff for the two teams.
Tonight, Toronto tries to even the series with the Cavs in Cleveland.
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Lightning 4-2 in Tampa Bay to take a two-games-to-one lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals.
The Sharks host the Blues in Game 3 tonight with the series tied at 1.
KCC beat Kalamazoo Valley, 6-5 in 12 innings, in the game 1 of the NJCAA regional Wednesday at Bailey Park. The Bruins came from behind in the 9th and 12th innings. KCC advances to the second round in the double-elimination tournament and will play top-seeded Cuyahoga CC today at 11:30.