The Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-1, in the rubber match of a three-game set yesterday afternoon. Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in six runs. Cespedes hit a grand slam in the first and added a two-run shot in the second for Detroit, which improved to 10-and-2 on the year. Catcher James McCann had his first major league extra-base hit, a triple.

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Shane Greene fired seven innings of one-run ball to up his record to 3-and-0.  Jose Quintana was rocked for all nine runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings.  The Tigers open up a four-game series against the New York Yankees tonight. Alfredo Simon will take the mound for the Tigers, up against C.C. Sabathia of the Yanks.  Broadcast time is 6:40 p.m. on WBCK.

Verlander on Hold Again

Justin Verlander's throwing schedule has been put on hold once again. And this time, it could be delayed for a couple days or possibly longer. Verlander, who was scheduled to throw light toss yesterday, was instead instructed to rest his arm. And based on pitching coach Jeff Jones' comments, it appears the 32-year-old will continue to rest until the soreness in his throwing arm subsides.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are home to host Game Three of their first-round playoff series Tuesday night. Detroit hopes to have Justin Abdelkader back from a hand injury, and Coach Mike Babcock says he’ll start Petr Mrazek in goal again. The Wings and Lightning split the first two games at Tampa Bay, with Detroit winning Game One 3-2 and the Bolts bouncing back to take Game Two, 5-1. The Montreal Canadiens have a 3-0 series lead in over Ottawa. Holding two game to one leads: The Islanders over the Capitals, Chicago over Nashville, and Calgary over Vancouver.


It took about nine hours and 11 extra laps, but Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race started nearly an hour-and-a-half late because of rain and was stopped three more times, including one delay that lasted almost four hours. Kenseth led for a total of 47 laps en route to snapping a 51-race winless streak with his fourth victory in Bristol. Jimmie Johnson took home second place, Jeff Gordon finished third, and Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

KCC Softball

The KCC softball team swept a doubleheader from Muskegon Community College Sunday, 11-1 and 3-2.  The Bruins beat the #17 ranked Jayhawks behind the arm of Holly Van Tilburg and clutch hitting from Tess Gailhouse and Brooke Edmonds. Van Tilburg got the win in both games and Gailhouse and Edmonds combined to hit 10-14 on the day!

Girls’ Tennis

The Lakeview Spartans won Saturday’s for the girls' All-City Tennis tournament for the ninth straight year. Harper Creek was runner-up overall, Pennfield was third, Battle Creek Central was fourth, and St. Philip was fifth.

Girls’ Track

The Harper Creek girls’ track team finished first Saturday at the Paw Paw Invitational.  The Beavers won with 162 points, edging out seven other teams. The Harper Creek Boys took second place.

Lions Draft

The Detroit Lions officially begin off-season workouts today. It's mostly weight training and rehabbing injuries. Organized Team Activities get underway after Memorial Day weekend. There are three sessions in all, followed by a mandatory mini-camp beginning June 16.  The Lions have the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the draft, which begins April 30.

NBA Playoffs

The final set of opening-round games are in the book in the NBA playoffs. The Cleveland Cavaliers started the day with a 113-100 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their first- round playoff series.  Also in the Eastern Conference, the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks held on for a 99-92 win over the Brooklyn Nets.  Out West, the Memphis Grizzlies locked in defensively and took down the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86, and the Los Angeles Clippers took an early 1-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs following a 107-92 win.


Jim Furyk outlasted Kevin Kisner in a two-hole playoff to earn his first PGA Tour victory since 2010 in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.  Furyk finished 18-under including a day's best eight-under-par to claim his 17th career PGA Tour win and his second RBC Heritage victory.  Masters Champion Jordan Spieth ended up tied for 11th place at 10-under.

Lester Throws Glove for Out

Jon Lester of the Cubs pitched against the San Diego Padres yesterday at Wrigley Field, and snagged a hard ground ball in the second inning.  But he couldn't throw it to first because the ball was STUCK in the webbing of his glove.  So instead . . . he just threw the entire glove.  And it worked . . . he got the out.  The Cubs ended up losing 5 to 2 though, and the Padres took the series.

Tebow to Eagles?

Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. That's according to three people familiar with the deal. Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets.

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