Tiger Rookie Boyd wins 2-1
The Tigers beat the Royals 2-1 last night in Detroit. Matt Boyd got his first Major League win. Boyd is one of three left-handers acquired from Toronto in the David Price deal last week. He scattered seven hits over seven innings and allowed one run while striking out two, matching fellow lefty Daniel Norris. The bullpen of Bruce Rondon, Blaine Hardy and Alex Wilson did the job in relief. Alex Wilson earned his second save of the year after recording the last out of the game. Anthony Gose and Victor Martinez each drove in a run for Detroit. Kansas City got an RBI triple of their own off the bat of Kendrys Morales. In this afternoon's rubber match the Tigers send Anibal Sanchez to the mound and the Royals will start Yordano Ventura. Broadcast time is 12:40 p.m. on WBCK.
Former Tigers president and CEO Dave Dombrowski says he wasn't told about changes in the front office until he talked with owner Mike Ilitch on Tuesday. In an interview yesterday, Dombrowski, whose contract was due to expire at the end of this season, said he suspected something could happen because there were no negotiations with the team about an extension. He said he is sure he'll be back in the front office somewhere. In his 14 years with Detroit, Dombrowski helped build teams that won four straight American League Central Division titles and appeared in two World Series.
The Battle Creek Bombers lost to the Lakeshore Chinooks 2-0. Battle Creek managed just 3 hits on the night. Their overall record is now 26-42 with just four games to play in the season. The Bombers play the Mallards in Madison tonight.
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The NABF World Series started Wednesday night as host team HBC Behnke scored six runs in the ninth inning for an 8-6 come-from-behind win over the defending champion Stratford Storm. Matt Bartolemei got the pitching win and Seth Johnson had the key hit in the rally.
HBC Behnke will now face the Cleveland Black Wolves tonight at 6:30 p.m. at C.O. Brown Stadium. Games start at 11 this morning, with a total of nine games scheduled at the Bailey Park complex. HBC Behnke plays the Michigan City Lakers on Friday at 7 p.m. at C.O. Brown Stadium.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy will be with the Lions for a few more years after he and the team agreed to a contract extension. Levy was heading into the final season of a nine-point-seven-million-dollar contract and the organization announced the new four-year-deal yesterday.
Team president Tom Lewand said the linebacker is the kind of person they want to be the nucleus of the franchise in the years to come. In his first two seasons with Detroit, Levy has 270 tackles, including an NFL leading 117 solo tackles in 2014.
The Lions held their third training camp practice Wednesday night. The Lions traveled about 25 miles north of their headquarters in Allen Park to Novi High School for the public practice. About 7,200 people attended the free event, which was the first practice in full pads for the team.
The Battle Creek Coyotes will host the Wayne County Bengals this Saturday in a playoff game at Athens High School. Both teams are 5-3 in the league. The Coyotes are 6-4 overall, and the Bengals are 7-4. Battle Creek met Detroit in the first round last year and beat the Bengals. Kickoff is Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of Saturday’s divisional semi-final playoff game will travel to Ligonier, Indiana on Aug. 15 to face off against the No. 1 seed, Michiana Thunderhawks.
Former Michigan cornerback Blake Countess is talking about why he left the football program. Countess, now playing for the Auburn Tigers, says when coach Jim Harbaugh came in, he never had him try out for a roster spot. Countess was an All Big-Ten corner in 2013, and finished his career with 114 tackles and six interceptions in 38 games played. Countess didn't get into any further detail about why he opted to leave Michigan after spring practice concluded. One possible reason could've been the addition of current graduate transfer corner Wayne Lyons.
Michigan wide receiver Dennis Norfleet is no longer on the Wolverines roster. Wednesday, when the team provided the first major update to its official 2015 roster for the first time since spring practice, Norfleet's name was removed from the list. The 5-foot-7 168-pounder, who received permission to speak with Tuskegee University in Alabama last week, is currently the Michigan career leader in kickoff returns (90) and kickoff return yardage (2,203).