Sports: Verlander Good; Bullpen Bad
The Tigers lost to the Red Sox 7-2 and lose two out of three at home. The Sox scored twice in the first, after an Ian Kinsler error. The Tigers got one run back on an RBI single by Victor Martinez. Lefty Tom Gorzelanny, just back up from Toledo to get left handed hitters out, gave up a home run to light hitting lefty Jackie Bradley, Jr. First baseman Jeffry Martre got them within one run in the 7th. But the bullpen continued to let the Tigers down, as the Red Sox rallied for 4 off Ian Krol to put the game away. Krol was tagged for four hits and four runs in two-thirds of an inning. Justin Verlander pitched 6 strong innings and gave up just two unearned runs, but took the loss. The Tigers kick off a 10-day, eight-game road trip tonight in Kansas City. Manager Brad Ausmus said he wouldn't be surprised if Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup at some point during that stretch. He’s been out since the 4th of July with a Grade 3 calf strain. The Tigers are 12-and-a-half games behind the first-place Royals. Rookie Matt Boyd will be on the mound for Detroit. Royals’ ace Johnny Queto will pitch for them. Broadcast time is 7:45 tonight on WBCK.
The Battle Creek Bombers ended their season with a cancellation of their game in Wisconsin with the Woodchucks. The Bombers finish the season at 27-44. They finish in 7th place in the South Division, ahead of Wisconsin and Kalamazoo. Former Battle Creek Bombers pitcher Alex Hermeling has been named the 2015 Northwoods League Pitcher of the Year. He posted a Northwoods League-best 1.17 ERA over 52 2/3 innings, threw four complete games and struck out 52 while walking just 12.
NABF World Series Baseball
The NABF World Series was won by Buffalo Battistoni Diesel, 7-3 over the Lombard Illinois Orioles. Host team HBC/Behnke won their first two, but lost to the Diesel 6-4 on Saturday.
Sunday morning’s third annual Cereal City Triathlon was won by West Olive’s Randy Wood. The 34 year old Wood finished in an hour and 22 seconds. 120 athletes took part in the 750 meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K run. Kalamazoo’s Sarah Willey won the women’s overall competition.
1. Randall Wood (1:00:22) West Olive
2. David Daprato (1:03:27) Grand Rapids
3. Patrick Farrell (1:06:37) Battle Creek
1. Sarah Willey (1:10:27) Kalamazoo
2. Gillian Colquhoun (1:13:29) Battle Creek
3. Logann Haluszka (1:14:11) Battle Creek
The Lions continue training camp today at their practice facility in Allen Park. The Lions open the preseason on Thursday at Ford Field against the New York Jets.
The NFL opened preseason play Sunday night with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio as the Vikings downed the Steelers, 14-3. Stars Ben Roethlisberger and Adrian Peterson did not play. The exhibition game wrapped up Hall of Fame weekend in Canton. During the broadcast, NBC paid tribute to Frank Gifford, who passed away at the age of 84 earlier Sunday.
Detroit native son Jerome Bettis capped off an excellent NFL career with his Hall of Fame induction this weekend. He retired as the NFL's sixth-highest leading rusher after 13 seasons with the Rams and Steelers.
Joey Logano took the checkered flag at the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen. Logano's second victory of the season came just a week after he ran out of gas while leading at Pocono. Logano also won the Xfinity series race on Saturday. Kyle Busch came in second. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five.
The Battle Creek Coyotes beat the Wayne County Bengals 24-6 at Athens High School on Saturday to move to the next round of the playoffs. Otis West, Devington Halliburton, and Jeremy Mack each scored touchdowns for the Coyotes, while the defense forced four turnovers and held the Bengals to less than 100 yards from scrimmage. The Coyotes will travel to play the No. 1 Seed, Michiana Thunderhawks, for the MLFA North Conference's Midwest Division Championship next Saturday at 4 p.m.
Wrigley Field Bomb Threat
Wrigley Field had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat on Sunday. According to the team, the Cubs received the threat via phone after their 2-0 win over the Giants. Fans, players, staff and media were cleared out, and the ballpark was closed for about an hour while police went through the stadium. Traffic was also redirected away from Wrigley. A Chicago police spokesperson confirmed the threat, but didn't provide any details.
Ireland's Shane Lowry won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. Lowry carded a bogey-free four-under in the final round to finish 11-under for the championship. Lowry was two shots better than Bubba Watson.
Tigers Veteran Lefty Back Up from Toledo
Tom Gorzelanny is getting another chance in Detroit. The left-handed relief pitcher who cleared waivers one month ago was recalled by the Tigers Sunday. They sent right-hander Shane Greene to Toledo. Gorzelanny wasn’t impressive in his inning on Sunday.