Tigers Rained Out; Hope to Get Martinez and Kinsler Back
Rain in Minnesota postponed the Tigers-Twins game last night. Buck Farmer started against the Twins last night, and held the Twins scoreless until the game was called in the third inning.
The stats will be wiped out, and the game will be restarted this afternoon as the two teams play a split doubleheader today. Anibal Sanchez will pitch game 1. WBCK will have the game on the air at 1:45pm. Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers tonight. Broadcast time on WBCK is 7:45.
Neither Victor Martinez nor Ian Kinsler were able to play last night due to injuries sustained after both were hit by pitches in the same inning on Sunday. Martinez has a swollen knee. Kinsler a mild concussion. The Tigers hope to get one or both back in the lineup today.
Detroit returns home on Friday to play Kansas City this weekend, and then host the first-place Indians starting Monday.
With losses by Baltimore and Toronto, the Tigers move to just one game out of the wild card. They are tied with Houston, with Seattle and the Yankees not far behind.
The Red Sox own a five-game lead over Toronto in the American League East, after winning 7 straight. The Indians beat Kansas City 4-3 to drop their magic number to five for winning the Central. The Rangers still have a magic number of two in the West.
The Dodgers have a six-game lead over the Giants in the National League West.
The Nationals trimmed their magic number to 2 in the East as Max Scherzer gets his 18th win. The Cubs already have clinched the Central division and lead St. Louis by 17 games. In the National League Wild Card race, the Mets, Giants and Cardinals are all tied.
Lakeview beat Battle Creek Central in 3 on Wednesday night. Sidney Schiller had 12 kills, seven digs and three aces. Lakeview is now 16-6 overall and 2-0 in the Conference.
Marshall 3, Parma Western 0. Mackenzie Benham had six kills and Chloe Webber had five for the Redhawks.
Coldwater beat Pennfield in 3.
Delton Kellogg’s boy’s and girl’s teams won cross country races at Schoolcraft. Andrew Jackson and Heaven Watson were the top runners for the Panthers.
The Athens girls won the race at Lawrence. Corra Hamilton was first. The Athens boys’ team placed second.
Pennfield 6, Hastings 1.
Bronson 5, Buchanan 3.
Michigan hosts Penn State this Saturday. Broadcast time is 2:30 on 104.9 The Edge.
The 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers visit on No. 8 Michigan State this weekend. Hear the Spartans-Badgers game at 10:30 this Saturday morning on WBCK.
WMU hosts Georgia Southern this Saturday at Waldo Stadium. WBCK gave away tickets to Brad Grolieu, Dan Orr and Sam Fry on the Morning Show.
Thursday Night Football
The New England Patriots are listing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Houston Texans. If Garoppolo can't play, wide receiver Julian Edelman will back up Jacoby Brissett unless the team adds another quarterback to the roster. Tom Brady still has two games left on his suspension.
The Lions have put running back Ameer Abdullah on the reserve-injured list with a foot injury, which will keep him inactive for at least eight weeks. Abdullah hurt his left foot on a 24-yard run in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Titans. The Lions head to Green Bay this Sunday. Broadcast time is 12 noon on 104.9 the Edge.
Charlotte Riots-Cam Newton
While Cam Newton called the latest police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina "embarrassing," the Carolina Panthers quarterback says he's not rushing to any judgments until he has more information. Speaking at his weekly press conference Wednesday, the league MVP said, "My big thing is holding people accountable— no matter what the race, no matter what the gender is, no matter what the age is." Carolina's home opener is this Sunday against Minnesota.
Raiders to Vegas?
The Raiders are another step closer to calling Las Vegas home. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he intends to call state lawmakers into a special session early next month to consider a public financing plan for an NFL stadium. The Republican governor said he spoke with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis this week and thought Davis was "committed and resolute in the team's interest in relocating to our state." The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee last week recommended raising hotel taxes in the Las Vegas area to help put $750 million toward a 65,000-seat stadium. Three-quarters of NFL owners would need to approve any team relocation.
NASCAR will not penalize Martin Truex Jr. or Jimmie Johnson for failing inspection after Sunday's race at Chicagoland Speedway, the opener the Sprint Cup playoffs. NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said not penalizing either driver was the fair decision. Truex won the race and Johnson finished 12th before both cars failed the laser inspection with infractions that should have drawn 10-point penalties.