7.2.15:  Walker homers twice as Pirates pound Tigers 9-3



DETROIT (AP) — Neil Walker homered twice, including a two-run shot in a five-run third, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Wednesday night.

Walker also drove in the winning run in Tuesday night’s 14-inning win — a game that ended early Wednesday morning.

The Pirates finished with 21 hits, their most since May 13, 2004 in Colorado.

A.J. Burnett (7-3) got the easy win, giving up two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Alfredo Simon (7-5) took the loss, allowing six runs on a career-high 15 hits in 5 2-3 innings. The 15 hits were the most allowed by a Tigers starter since Scott Sanders allowed 16 on April 14, 1998.


7.2.15:  U.S.-Japan will do it again in championship match



EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The U.S. women’s World Cup team will play Japan for the championship this Sunday in Vancouver in a rematch of the title match four years ago won by Japan. Japan defeated England 2-1 when Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time.


The Americans advanced with a 2-0 win Tuesday night over Germany as Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O’Hara’s first international goal late in the victory. Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout before a crowd of 51,176 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.


7.1.15:  Walker’s RBI double in 14th lifts Pirates over Tiger 5-4



DETROIT (AP) — Neil Walker’s RBI double in the 14th inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in a game that ended early Wednesday morning.

The Pirates took the lead in that inning despite a massive baserunning mistake. With one out and a runner on first, Josh Harrison doubled, but Gorkys Hernandez retreated, thinking Rajai Davis had made a diving catch.

After being urged on by Harrison, Hernandez then broke for third, but didn’t retouch second, and was out on a Tigers appeal. Walker followed with an RBI double off Tom Gorzelanny (2-1) to make it 5-4, but the Hernandez mistake cost the Pirates a run.

Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Victor Martinez hit into a game-ending double play.

Deolis Guerra (1-0) picked up his first major-league win with three scoreless innings of relief.



7.1.15:  USA beat favorite Germany: 2-0



MONTREAL (AP) — Team USA is going to the Women’s World Cup championship — and seems to be peaking at the right time.

Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O’Hara’s first international goal late in the Americans’ 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinal in Montreal. Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout before a crowd of 51,176 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

England and the defending Women’s World Cup champion Japan play tonight for the right to play the Americans in Sunday’s championship in Vancouver.



6.29.15:  Tigers beat the White Sox in bottom of 9th



DETROIT (AP) — James McCann homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a dramatic Detroit comeback, and the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Sunday.

Detroit trailed 4-0 before scoring four runs in the eighth off Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija. Victor Martinez tied it with a three-run double.

Joakim Soria (3-0) pitched a perfect top of the ninth, and McCann’s one-out drive off Zach Putnam (1-3) cleared the fence in left field to end the game.

It was McCann’s third homer of the year and his first since May 21, when the rookie catcher went deep in the 11th inning to beat Houston.

Samardzija allowed only two hits over the first seven innings, but he couldn’t make it through the middle of the Detroit order in the eighth.


Meanwhile,  Justin Verlander is on track to return Tuesday from a back issue that caused him to miss a start.

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus says Verlander will start Tuesday night against Pittsburgh. The right-hander didn’t pitch at all this season until June 13 because of an arm problem, and after making two starts, he was scratched from Wednesday’s game against Cleveland because of back stiffness.

The 32-year-old Verlander is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA this season. He was able to throw 117 pitches in his most recent outing, a 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees on June 19.

Verlander has been one of baseball’s most durable pitchers throughout his career, making at least 30 starts in each of the past nine seasons.

6.26.15:  Sanchez 3-run triple in 10th lifts White Sox over Tigers 8-7



DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Sanchez hit a three-run triple off Joba Chamberlain in the 10th inning Thursday, and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7.

With the score 5-all, Chamberlain (0-2) walked Melky Cabrera with one out, hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch and then allowed pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck’s two-out infield single to shortstop.

Sanchez tripled past first baseman Miguel Cabrera and all the way to the right-field wall on a 1-2 pitch, putting Chicago ahead 8-5.

David Robertson gave up a two-run single to Bryan Holaday with one out in the bottom half, then retired Ian Kinsler on a flyout and, with runners on first and second, intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases.

Josh Wilson took a ball, then swung and missed at three straight pitches, giving Robertson his 15th save in 19 chances.

Zach Duke (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Adam Eaton homered for Chicago.



6.25.15:  Indians finally top Tigers



CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco kept the AL’s best hitting team in check for eight innings and the Cleveland Indians won their first home game against Detroit this season, beating the Tigers — without slugger Miguel Cabrera in the lineup — 8-2 on Wednesday.

Carrasco (9-6) carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh before giving up a two-run homer to J.D. Martinez. The right-hander allowed five hits and struck out seven.

The Indians came in 0-5 against the four-time defending AL Central champions in Cleveland this season and were just 5-20 at Progressive Field versus the Tigers since the start of 2013.

Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis, the league’s leading hitter, extended his hitting streak to 19 games, and rookie Francisco Lindor hit his first career homer off Buck Farmer (0-2) to help the Indians salvage the series finale.


Meanwhile, the Tigers have recalled right-hander Buck Farmer to start against the Indians because Justin Verlander has a stiff back.

Detroit made the move shortly before Wednesday’s series finale. Verlander was scratched from his start late Tuesday night. Manager Brad Ausmus said the right-hander’s back tightened during his previous start and the team is hopeful the former Cy Young winner will miss just one start.

Verlander began this season on the disabled list with a triceps injury.

To make room for Farmer, the Tigers optioned left-hander Ian Krol to Triple-A Toledo.

Farmer is making his second start this year for Detroit. He pitched five innings and took the loss against the Los Angeles Angels on May 28. He’s gone 8-4 with a 3.56 ERA for the Mud Hens.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is getting the day off. He’s batting .619 with five homers and 16 RBIs against Cleveland in 2015.

6.24.15:  Tigers beat Indians again 7-3



CLEVELAND (AP) — David Price allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings and Detroit scored six times in the fifth to continue its dominance over the Cleveland Indians with a 7-3 win on Tuesday night.

The Tigers are 9-2 against the Indians and have won all five games at Progressive Field this season. Detroit is 20-5 in Cleveland over the past three seasons.

Price (7-2) scattered nine hits and struck out seven. The left-hander is 9-1 in his last 11 starts against Cleveland, including a shutout at Comerica Park on June 12.

Miguel Cabrera was 2 for 5 and is hitting .619 (26 for 42) with five homers and 16 RBIs in the season series. He’s 15 for 22 in five games in Cleveland.

Ironically, Cabrera’s weak tapper with the bases loaded in the fifth helped turn the game in Detroit’s favor. Danny Salazar (6-3) committed an error on the apparent inning-ending double play grounder that broke a 1-all tie.


Meanwhile,  Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has been scratched from Wednesday’s start against the Cleveland Indians because of back stiffness.

Verlander, who didn’t pitch until mid-June because of a right triceps injury, is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA in two starts. Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander felt the stiffness during his start against the Yankees on Saturday.

Ausmus said following Tuesday night’s 7-3 win over the Indians that he didn’t think the injury was serious, but he didn’t know when Verlander would make his next start.

Verlander allowed six runs, including a homer by Alex Rodriguez for his 3,000th career hit, in 6 2-3 innings against the Yankees.

Right-hander Buck Farmer has been called up from Triple-A Toledo to start Wednesday. Right-hander Ian Krol was optioned to Toledo.


6.23.15:  Cespedes homers, drives in 3 as Tigers topple Indians 8-5



CLEVELAND (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs, Miguel Cabrera reached base four times and the Detroit Tigers continued to push Cleveland around, beating the Indians 8-5 on Monday night.

Cespedes hit an RBI double off Trevor Bauer (6-4) in the first inning, homered in the third and added a sacrifice fly in Detroit’s four-run fourth as the Tigers improved to 8-2 against the Indians this season and 34-14 since the start of 2013.

Detroit has won 15 of the last 18 against Cleveland.

Cabrera walked twice, once with the bases loaded, singled twice and remained a mystery to Cleveland pitchers. He’s batting .649 (24 of 37) with five homers and 16 RBIs against the Indians this year.

Victor Martinez followed the fourth-inning walk to Cabrera with a two-run single to make it 6-3.

Blaine Hardy (3-1) replaced starter Kyle Ryan in the fourth and pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings.

6.23.15:  Americans, Brits reach quarters



UNDATED (AP) — The second-ranked U.S. team has advanced to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals and will take on China on Friday in Ottawa.

The Americans beat Colombia 2-0 in the knockout round on goals by Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd. Morgan put the U.S. ahead in the second half with her first goal of the tournament.

The United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.

England has moved into the quarterfinals with a 2-1 comeback win over Norway. Lucy Bronze scored the tiebreaking goal in the 76th minute, 15 minutes after Steph Houghton knotted the score. The rally sets up a quarterfinal meeting between England and Canada in Vancouver on Friday.