Sports: Tigs win on Grand Slam
The Tigers beat the Mariners 9-4 last night in Detroit. Nick Castellanos hit the first grand slam of his career. Ian Kinsler went four-for-five at the plate. Jose Iglesias and Victor Martinez each hit in a run for the Tigers, who moved back to .500 with the win. Anibal Sanchez picked up the win, giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out six in six and two thirds innings and Joakim Soria got his 22nd save of the year. In this afternoon's series finale, David Price goes to the mound for Detroit and Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start for Seattle. Broadcast time is 12:40 p.m. on WBCK.
City Senior Golf Tourney
Chris Kallgren came from three strokes down to win the City Senior Golf Championship for the second straight year. Kallgren was tied for 4th after day one, and shot a 74 Wednesday on his home course, Binder Park. He then won a playoff with Mike Tungate for the win. Mike Raymond, Smith Patterson and Mike LeBarre all finished one shot off the pace.
There will be a new winner of the Meijer LPGA Classic Sunday, as Mirim Lee will not defend her title. The South Korean golfer withdrew from the event due to an injury to her wrist. The tournament at the Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids is set to begin this morning at 7:15 a.m.
The Battle Creek Bombers host the Kenosha Kingfish tonight at C.O. Brown Stadium.
USA Wins at Pan American Games
Team USA men's basketball team beat Puerto Rico 102-70 last night at the Pan American games in Toronto. Bobby Brown had 16 points, MSU senior Denzel Valentine added 15 and former Piston Damien Wilkens also ended the night with 15 points. The United States will wrap up preliminary round play tonight against Brazil.
Jamaica stunned the United States with a pair of first-half goals and held on for a 2-1 victory in the Gold Cup semifinals Wednesday in front of sold-out crowd at the Georgia Dome. Michael Bradley had the only goal for the U.S.
Pistons Sign Rookie
The Detroit Pistons have signed first-round draft pick Stanley Johnson to a rookie contract. The Pistons made the 6-foot-7 Johnson the eighth overall pick in last month's draft after one season at Arizona where he led the Wildcats in scoring. Johnson's signing gives the Pistons 17 players under contract, two more than the regular-season limit.
City League Baseball
The showdown is set for city league baseball this weekend at Bailey Park. HBC Behnke will take on the Battle Creek Merchants. The winner gets an automatic berth in next month’s NABF World Series in Battle Creek. The loser will head to the NABF Regional in Flint for a chance to make the series.
Shamrocks at AABC Series
The Battle Creek Shamrocks, an 8-under youth baseball team, is in Waterbury, Connecticut to play in the AABC Roberto Clemente World Series. Play gets underway today.
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 Kids 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.
MLB Trade Deadline Change Pondered
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball may need to rethink its July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He points to the 2012 addition of a second Wild Card team in each league as keeping more teams in the race beyond the current deadline. Manfred says teams may need more time to decide whether they are in the postseason hunt or not. Players traded after July 31 through August 31 must first clear waivers.