Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers past the Seattle Mariners, 5-4 at Comerica Park Monday night.  Kinsler also went deep in the first inning.  James McCann had a two-run double in the second for the Tigers. Tigers’ starter Alfredo Simon went an out shy of 6 innings and gave up all four Mariner runs. Al Alburquerque picked up his first win and Joakim Soria notched his 21st save. Game 2 of the four-game series with the Mariners is tonight in Detroit. Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK as Shane Greene starts for the Tigers.

Stan Musial Baseball

The Stan Musial Baseball is underway.  It’s the road to the NABF world series next month.   The BC Merchants beat the Hurricanes 7 to 2 and 8 to 2.  They'll play the winner of the HBC Behnke/Razors matchup.

Tigers Might Trade Top Players

It might be time for a shakeup for the Tigers. "USA Today" is reporting the Tigers could be sellers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Ace David Price and slugger Yoenis Cespedes are names being thrown around as they will both be unrestricted free agents after this season. Detroit is 46-and-46, which puts them four games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.


The Bombers are off for the Northwoods League All Star game tonight in Wisconsin Rapids.  Pitcher Alex Hermeling will represent the Bombers.  They’ll be back in action this Thursday at C.O. Brown Stadium to play the Kenosha Kingfish.

Piston Signings

The Pistons made the re-signing of guard Reggie Jackson official yesterday. Jackson reportedly inked a five-year contract worth 80-million-dollars. He averaged 17.6 points, 9.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 27 games with Detroit last season.

The Pistons also announced the signing of second round draft pick Darrun Hilliard to a multi-year deal. Hilliard, out of Villanova, averaged 9.4 points in five Summer League games earlier this month in Orlando.

Pan American Games to Start for USA

Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine and the rest of Team USA begin preliminary round play in basketball at the Pan American Games in Toronto tonight. The U.S. tips off against Venezuela at 9 p.m. at the Ryerson Athletic Centre. Team USA will also play Puerto Rico and Brazil this week. The Medal Rounds will be played this weekend.

Former Spartan guard Keith Appling and the Orlando Magic have agreed to terms on a two-year, partially guaranteed contract.

British Open

Jordan Spieth's spirited bid for a Grand Slam was stopped Monday by Zach Johnson, who is no longer just a normal guy from Iowa. Not with a claret jug to go with that green jacket.  Johnson captured his second major, this one at the home of golf, winning the British Open in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman that capped off five wild days at St. Andrews and a suspense-filled final round. The players went into the playoff at 15-under par.  On a tense afternoon of shadows and showers on the Old Course, Johnson closed with a 6-under 66 by holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation, and caddie Damon Green strutted and flapped his arms in his celebratory chicken dance.  Oosthuizen was a runner-up for the second straight major. He was one shot behind Spieth in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

Michigan Football

The top recruit in America wants to see Michigan again. For the second time in two months, and the third time since Jim Harbaugh became the program's coach in late December.  Reports say five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary -- the No. 1-ranked recruit in the 2016 class -- is hopeful to make it back to Michigan early next month for his third unofficial visit of the year.  Michigan will hold its annual "Barbecue at the Big House" recruiting event during the first weekend of August, a large summer recruiting event that was started by former coach Rich Rodriguez, continued by Brady Hoke and now pushed ahead by Harbaugh.


The U.S. men's soccer team plays Jamaica tomorrow in the Gold Cup semi-final.


The Battle Creek Coyotes finish the regular season Saturday as they host the Marion County Crusaders. Kickoff is set for 7:11 p.m. at Harper Creek High School. Admission is just $5 for anyone 13 and older. It will be Kid's Night and Mascot Mania Night next Saturday, July 25. Children 12 and under get in free.  Money raised will help out 11-year old Sammy Bannister, who is battling a brain tumor.

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