Sports: Bomber Beat Rockford 3-2; Tigers Start Home Stand
The Bombers beat the Rivets in Rockford, 3-2. It was their fourth win over Rockford this season. The Bombers got a quality start from Trent Johnson as he went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits. The Bombers only had six hits on the night, but made them count. Nick Walker .had an RBI doubles in the second. J.D. Mundy drove in a run in the fourth on a fielder’s choice. His Virginia Tech teammate Tom Stoffel drove in the Bombers final run on a fielder’s choice in the 5th. Battle Creek outfielder Jordan Getzelman went 2-4 and scored twice. Battle Creek pulled off a triple play in the fifth inning. The Bombers host the Rivets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then the Bombers head out to Fond du Lac and Green Bay thru Sunday.
The Tigers were off Monday and start a home stand tonight with the Kansas City Royals. They play three with the Royals, with Justin Verlander on the mound tonight. Broadcast time is 6:45pm on 95.3 WBCK. After the Royals, the Tigers host four with Cleveland and then the Giants come in next week. Then it’s a three game set at Cleveland leading up to the All Star Break. The Tigers are in 4th place, 7 games behind first-place Cleveland.
All Star Voting
All Star Voting ends Thursday, and the only Tiger with any chance to start in the game needs your vote. First baseman Miguel Cabrera is behind Eric Hosmer, Justin Smoak and Yonder Alonso.
K-Rod to Nats
Former Tigers’ closer Francisco Rodriguez could get another chance in the majors, with the Washington Nationals. The Nats have signed K-Rod to a minor league contract and sent the 35-year old right-hander to West Palm Beach. Rodriguez is a six-time All-Star in his 16th season but had a 7.82 ERA for the Tigers.
Rondon Takes K-Rod’s Spot
With the Tigers releasing K-Rod last week, hard-throwing reliever Bruce Rondon is getting another chance with the Tigers. Once talked about as the Tigers’ closer of the future, Rondon has been a disappointment for the team. Questions about his attitude and general fitness have resulted in him being relegated to the minors. But GM Al Avila says he’s worked hard to get back to Detroit and is in good shape. Rondon pitched a solid 8th inning in Sunday’s win, throwing 100 mph at times.
Public schools using the Redskin name for their sports teams would be in violation of state law, if one State Senator gets his way. Republican Wayne Schmidt's district covers Traverse City and the Eastern U-P, and includes five tribal governments. He says the term "Redskin" is highly offensive, especially to Native Americans or American Indians.
Little League Robbed
A safe containing more than $4,000 was stolen from a Little League building in mid-Michigan. The Bay City Times reports the break-in at the Bay City Southwest Little League was discovered on Saturday. A board member says the safe was pried off a counter in the Little League's building.
Russell Westbrook is the NBA MVP. The Oklahoma Thunder star set a record with 42 triple-doubles last season. Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season, and he broke Robertson's single-season record set when he had 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62.
College World Series
Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night. The Gators need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship. Tigers’ first round draft pick Alex Faedo could start game three on Wednesday, if that game is necessary.
John McEnroe Says Serena Williams Would Be Ranked 700th If She Played Men John McEnroe said in an NPR interview on Sunday that Serena Williams is the best female tennis player of all time . . . but if she played men, she'd only be the 700th best CURRENT player.