Sports: Tigers beat Tribe 8-5
(Source: Michigan Radio Network, Associated Press)
The Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 8-5 to open a three-game series in Cleveland. Yoenis Cespedes had three hits, including a solo home run, and knocked in three runs. Victor Martinez had two RBI. Starter Kyle Ryan did not figure in the decision, giving up three runs on six hits in three and two third innings. Reliever Blaine Hardy picked up the win by not allowing any hits and striking out one in two innings of work. The Tigers have won 10 of the last 11 games in the Indians' home stadium and 19 of the last 24 since 2013. David Price is slated to take the mound for Detroit in tonight's game-two, up against Danny Salazar of the Tribe. Hear it at 6:45 p.m. on WBCK.
The Bombers lost to LaCrosse, 7-1 at C.O. Brown Stadium. The Bombers host the Wisconsin Woodchucks tonight.
All Star Voting
With less than two weeks to go in voting, Tigers first basemen Miguel Cabrera has taken the lead over the Royals Eric Hosmer for the start in the MLB All-Star Game. Last week, Cabrera was behind Hosmer by a half million votes, but now leads his Kansas City counterpart by over one-point-three-million. Jose Iglesias is second among all shortstops and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is in fourth place.
Catcher Alex Avila is likely to start playing in just a few days. He could return to play for the Detroit Tigers in about 10 days. Avila is likely to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday and is likely to play for the Mud Hens for a week or more before being activated.
College World Series
Vanderbilt won game one of the College World Series, beating Virginia 5-1. Vanderbilt needs one win, today or Wednesday, to win back-to-back national titles.
The NBA Draft takes place Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Pistons have the eighth overall pick. Former Wisconsin Badger center and 2015 College Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky was in Auburn Hills Saturday to work out for the Pistons. Kaminsky is expected to be a top-10 pick. Coach Stan Van Gundy concedes the Detroit Pistons are "not entirely optimistic" about bringing Greg Monroe back this offseason. He says the door isn't closed, but Monroe can test the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The Pistons traded for forward Ersan Ilyasova earlier this month in a move that appeared to give them a potential replacement.
The U.S. women's national team is moving on at the World Cup. The Americans scored twice in the second half to capture a 2-0 win over Columbia in Round of 16 play in Edmonton. Alex Morgan started the scoring in the 53rd minute, and Carli Lloyd found the back of the net on a penalty kick in the 66th minute to put the match out of reach. Team USA will take on China in the quarterfinals on Friday.
State Gets Commitment
Josh Langford, a five-star class of 2016 guard from Alabama, has committed to Michigan State, according to a Monday report from ESPN. Should he sign with the Spartans, Langford would become the team's highest-ranked signee since Shannon Brown in 2003.
MSU Loses Defensive Player
Sophomore linebacker/safety Jalyn Powell has been granted a release from Michigan State and is transferring to Youngstown State, according to two people with knowledge of the transfer. Powell, a hard-hitting 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Warren, Ohio, appeared in nine games last season and made five tackles for the Spartans.
Red Wing Coach to announce Staff
New Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is expected to name his assistants today. According to general manager Ken Holland, Blashill will tap Tony Granato and Chris Chelios today and will name another assistant later. Granato worked under Mike Babcock last year, and interviewed with Detroit's ex-coach in Toronto. Chelios, who played with the Wings from 1999-2009, is expected to work with the defensemen as he has under Blashill for the last three years.
CMU Player Dies
Central Michigan cornerback Derrick Nash passed away in the afternoon on Monday after a two-year battle with cancer. Nash was hospitalized nearly a month ago seeking treatment and was put on a new ventilator last week. He was diagnosed with leukemia in the spring of 2013 as a high school senior after signing a national letter of intent to play college football for Central Michigan University.
No Charges for MSU Softball Coaches
No charges will be filed against two Michigan State softball coaches who were accused by a former player of intentionally throwing at her during batting practice.
Prosecutors in both Ingham and Isabella counties declined to bring charges against head coach Jacquie Joseph and assistant coach Jessica Bograkos after reviewing an investigation by the Michigan State Police and Michigan State University Police.
22-year-old Alyssa McBride of Mattawan said she believed she was hit intentionally before a game at Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant on April 29 and before a game in East Lansing on May 3. MSU is conducting an internal investigation into the allegations.