The Battle Creek Bombers beat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 4-3 on Thursday night at C.O. Brown Stadium.  Battle Creek took an early lead with a run in the third and two in the fourth.  The Dock Spiders countered with two in the sixth off starter Jared Middleton.  The pitcher from West Florida University in Lakeland went 7 1/3 innings and gave up just two earned runs.  But the Spiders tied it up in his final inning, as it was 3-3 in the eighth.  But the Bombers pushed ahead the go-ahead and eventual winning run in their half of the 8th.  Nik Vasic doubled and scored on Aaron Antonini’s base hit.  Gull Lake Grad and CMU hurler Colton Bradley came on to get the final five outs, striking out side in the 9th.  Bradley gets the win.  Vasic, Antonini, and Tom Stoffel each had two hits in the game.  The Bombers host the Dock Spiders again tonight.   Andrew Click (Davenport University) will get the start for Battle Creek.    Tonight is a “Front Row Fireworks Night” at C.O. Brown and WBCK’s Richard Piet and Heather McGregor will be on hand.    The Woodchucks come in on Saturday and Sunday, and then it’s the Northwood’s League All-Star Break.


The Tigers get back into action as the Toronto come in tonight.  Justin Verlander will start for Detroit, who begins the second half of the season eight games under .500 and eight games out of first place.  Broadcast time from Comerica Park is 6:45 on 95.3 WBCK.  Next week the Tigers hit the road for Kansas City and Minnesota.

Cubs Make Deal for Pitching

One of the teams interested in making a pitching deal with the Tigers has made a trade with their crosstown rivals instead.  The world champion Cubs, in need of starting pitching, have acquired left hander Jose Quintana from the White Sox.  The Cubs, who trail first place Milwaukee by 5 ½ games, sent four prospects to the Sox.


The Pistons unveiled their latest acquisition, Avery Bradley, on Thursday.  Detroit landed the 6’2 shooting guard from the Celtics for forward Marcus Morris last Friday.   Known for his defense and offense, Bradley is a guy that Coach Stan Van Gundy says the just couldn’t pass up.

Red Wings

The Red Wings and Tomas Tatar have a week to work out a deal, before a scheduled arbitration hearing.   The Wings are offering Tatar a five-year deal for $5 million each season.  Sources say Tatar wants a six or seven year deal for more like $6 million per season.  If they don’t work out a deal by next Thursday,  Tatar get a one-year contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.


Venus Williams is on her way to the women’s finals at Wimbledon for the first time in eight years.   She’ll face Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on Saturday.

This morning,  it’s men's semifinals as Marin Cilic plays American Sam Querrey and then Roger Federer takes on Tim Berdych.


Charles Howell III and Ollie Schniederjans each shot 8-under 63 in perfect morning conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic.

Larry Mize birdied half the holes and shot an 8-under 64 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Senior Players Championship.
Shanshan Feng had a one-shot lead when the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club was suspended by darkness.


NASCAR heads to New Hampshire this Sunday for the Overton’s 301.  Martin Truex Jr. tops the standings, followed by Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

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