Sports: Bombers win; BC Merchants win City League
The Battle Creek Bombers beat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 12-6. Davenport University’s Andrew Click went just one inning, giving up three runs. T.J. Shook took over and pitched four innings, giving up just one run, and Alex Smith pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Alex Howard was 3 for 6 and JD Mundy knocked in four runs. Battle Creek leads the season series with Green Bay, 6-1. Those same two teams go at it again tonight in Battle Creek. First pitch will be at 7:05. The Bombers are in Kalamazoo on Wednesday and Friday to play the Growlers, and will host Kalamazoo on Thursday.
The BC Merchants are the City League champions. The Merchants beat HBC/ Behnke 8-3 last night and qualify to host the NABF World Series in two weeks at Bailey Park. The two teams spit a pair of games on Sunday, forcing a one-game playoff last night. HBC/Behnke will play next weekend in a regional tournament with a chance to still make it into the series.
The Symetra Tour, the official qualifying Tour of the LPGA, returns to Battle Creek Country Club this weekend. The fourth annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship will have a field of 144 players from the United States and 28 countries. Those women will compete for a $100,000 total tournament purse. The winner will earn $15,000. The top 10 Symetra Tour money earners will get LPGA Tour cards for the 2018. This is the 15th tournament of the season and the third in the state of Michigan. With only eight tournaments left in the season, players are jockeying for position inside the top 10.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says he’s moving redshirt freshman Brandon Randle to defensive end. Randle was a four-star recruit in 2016 from Battle Creek Central. With Malik McDowell leaving for the NFL, and Auston Robertson and Josh King being kicked off the team, the Spartans think Randle can fill a need a defensive end, rather than linebacker. Dantonio thinks Randle can develop into a good pass rusher.
Dantonio says his Spartans will "re-establish" themselves coming off the toughest season of his tenure in East Lansing. The team was rocked by the tragic loss of punter Mike Sadler and beset by disciplinary issues, stumbling to a 3-9 finish after three conference titles and six straight winning seasons.
Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten conference will triple its primetime national TV exposure during the football season thanks to new deals announced with broadcast partners FOX, ESPN and CBS. The conference's own network will also expand coverage, adding new personalities and feature a 10-year anniversary package.
The annual Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron got a boost from good winds. The Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday and the boats finished Sunday and Monday. Il Mostro broke its own elapsed time record for the Cove Island course, finishing in 21 hours 45 minutes and 12 seconds.
Rose to Cavs
Free agent Derrick Rose agreed Monday to sign with Cleveland. Rose, a former NBA MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million. The deal is expected to be finalized and announced Tuesday.
The Tigers lost to the Royals, 5-3 in 12 innings. Justin Verlander started and pitched well, going seven innings, giving up three runs on just five hits. He struck out 9 and walked two. But a home run by Jorge Bonifacio gave the Royals a 3-0 lead in the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, Miguel Cabrera singled in Ian Kinsler, and Alex Avila tied the score with a clutch single to center. Alex and Justin Wilson each pitched a perfect inning to send the game into extra innings. The Tigers had a chance to win it in the 10th, with two on and one out. But Miguel Cabrera popped out and Nick Castellanos grounded out to end the threat. Drew VerHagen, called up to spell an overworked bullpen pitched well in the 10th and 11th, but was tagged for back-to-back home runs in the 12th. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas went deep and the Royals won it 5-3. With their sixth straight victory, Kansas City stays a game and a half behind first place Cleveland in the Central Division. The Tigers fall to 7 ½ back. Michael Fulmer pitches for the Tigers tonight against the Royals in game 2 at Comerica Park. Hear it at 6:45on 95.3 WBCK.
Former Tiger outfielder J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to help Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Lefty Daniel Norris was called back to Detroit, but not to play baseball…to see doctors. Norris, who had to leave a rehab start in the first inning on Sunday, is being examined to try and figure out what is going on with his ailing legs. A left groin pull forced him to the 10-day disabled list earlier in the month, but Norris is also having issues with the right quadriceps.
Jamaica will face the United States in a Gold Cup Soccer Championship on Wednesday.