Sports

9.1.14:  Tigers fall to White Sox

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 yesterday. The White Sox took advantage of a season-high four errors by the Tigers to salvage a four-game split. Adam Eaton doubled twice and scored two runs.

The Detroit Tigers withheld slugger Miguel Cabrera from the lineup for yesterday’s game against the Chicago White Sox because of a sore right ankle. Manager Brad Ausmus says he’s day to day. Cabrera left in the fourth inning of the second game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader after struggling to run out a grounder.


8.29.14:  Swim across Straits of Mackinac planned for 2015

 

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — A long-distance swimmer from Michigan is hoping to start a new Labor Day tradition next year with a swim across the Straits of Mackinac.

 

Jim Dreyer, who is serving as event director of the 2015 Mighty Mac Swim, announced the plans on Friday. Dreyer says the swim will take place alongside the annual Bridge Walk, which draws thousands each year to make a 5-mile crossing on the Mackinac Bridge.

 

Dreyer says the Sept. 7, 2015 swim between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas will serve as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.

 

On Labor Day in 2007, Dreyer organized a swim across the straits as part of a 50th anniversary celebration for the suspension bridge.

 

Dreyer has made direct crossings of the five Great Lakes.

 


8.29.14:   Great day for both the Tigers and Lions

 

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila hit an RBI single off the wall in right field with two out in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday.

 

A day after David Price gave up nine straight hits, the Tigers sent Kyle Lobstein to the mound for his first major league start. The rookie performed well, allowing one earned run in six innings.

 

Then Detroit’s bullpen held off New York until the Tigers scored in the ninth off Shawn Kelley. Victor Martinez led off with a double through a shifted infield, then Kelley walked J.D. Martinez before striking out Nick Castellanos and pinch-hitter Torii Hunter.

 

Avila followed with a drive to right that Ichiro Suzuki couldn’t quite get to. Kelley flung his glove to the ground as soon as Avila connected.

 

Phil Coke got one out for the win.

 

— Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in a 23-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night in which Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins reinjured his ribs.

 

The first-round pick did not return after being struck in the left side by linebacker Ashlee Palmer on Buffalo’s second drive.

 

Moore hit Jeremy Ross for a 1-yard touchdown and Corey Fuller for a 25-yard score at the end of the second quarter. The Lions’ defense combined for four sacks and three interceptions.

 

Detroit rested most of its starters, including quarterback Drew Stafford, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

 

Buffalo continued to sputter on offense and could now be without Watkins for its opener at Chicago on Sept. 7. Watkins did not play against Tampa Bay last Saturday after bruising his ribs a week earlier at Pittsburgh.


 

8.28.14:  Rough night for David Price

 

DETROIT (AP) — The New York Yankees chased David Price with nine straight hits in the third inning, beating the Detroit Tigers 8-4 Wednesday night.

 

The Yankees scored all eight of their runs in the third off Price, who had pitched a one-hitter in his previous start. Jacoby Ellsbury started the barrage, and New York went all the way through the batting order until the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner was pulled after the ninth hit of the inning.

 

Rookie Shane Greene allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked one.

 

The Yankees pulled within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the second AL wild card, while Detroit remained a half-game behind the Mariners. The Tigers fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

 

Victor Martinez homered for Detroit.

 

Tigers star David Price allowed nine consecutive hits to the New York Yankees in the third inning before being pulled Wednesday night, a stunning outing for the left-hander who had thrown a one-hitter in his previous start.

 

The Yankees scored eight runs in the inning, all charged to Price. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York’s leadoff hitter, was also batting first in the third — so the Yankees went all the way through their batting order, with each batter adding a hit before reliever Blaine Hardy replaced Price and retired the first man he faced.

 

According to STATS, Price was the first pitcher who allowed nine straight hits in a game since Houston’s Bob Forsch gave up nine against Cincinnati on Aug. 3, 1989.

 

Also last night,  Derek Jeter was given two seats from Tiger Stadium during a ceremony before the game.

 

The three-game series will be the retiring shortstop’s final appearance in Detroit unless the Tigers and Yankees meet in the playoffs. Jeter went to high school in Michigan at Kalamazoo Central.

 

Tigers greats Al Kaline and Willie Horton presented Jeter with the seats from Detroit’s old ballpark, which Jeter had a chance to play in before the Tigers moved to Comerica Park in 2000.

 

Jeter also received three portraits of himself at various points in his career — one of him as a high school player, another of him at Tiger Stadium and another of him at Comerica.


8.27.14:  Great outing by Tigers’ Rick Porcello

 

DETROIT (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched eight impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers snapped New York’s five-game winning streak Tuesday night, beating the Yankees 5-2.

 

Porcello joined teammate Max Scherzer as the American League’s only 15-game winners, allowing two runs and nine hits. The 25-year-old right-hander threw a shutout in his previous start against Tampa Bay, and he blanked the Yankees until Jacoby Ellsbury’s homer in the fifth.

 

Ellsbury added another solo shot in the eighth.

 

Brandon McCarthy dealt with some uncharacteristic control problems in the second, and he ended up allowing five runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

 

Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for Detroit for his 28th save in 34 chances. First baseman Miguel Cabrera made two nice plays to close out the win.

 

J.D. Martinez had three hits for the Tigers.


8.26.14:  Djokovic, Sharapova win Open openers

 

NEW YORK (AP) —  It’s the final top tennis tournament of the year.

 

Top seed Novak Djokovic, third seed Stan Wawrinka and No. 8 Andy Murray were among yesterday’s first-round winners at the U.S. Open.

 

Winners on the women’s side include second seed Simona Halep,  fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, fifth seed Maria Sharapova, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 9 Jelena Jankovic. Venus Williams dropped the opening set of her opening-round match before pulling out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against Kimiko Date-Krumm.


8.25.14:  The Tigers get 13 runs against the Twins

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Martinez homered and had four RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

 

Rajai Davis also connected for the Tigers, who have won two straight to earn a split of this four-game series.

 

Detroit trials Kansas City by two games in the AL Central and is one back of Seattle for the second AL wild card.

 

Minnesota scored 32 runs in winning the first two games of the series and Detroit had 21 in taking the last two.

 

The Tigers’ 60 hits in the four games is their most in a four-game series since having 60 at Chicago from July 6-8, 1956. Minnesota set a franchise record for most hits allowed in a four-game series, surpassing the 59 yielded at Texas July 25-28, 2011.

 

Meanwhile,  Miguel Cabrera did not start for the Tigers on Sunday after he aggravated a sore right ankle in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

 

Cabrera appeared to tweak the ankle when he awkwardly stepped on first base. Detroit is off Monday before opening a three-game home series with the New York Yankees.

 

Don Kelly started at first base for the Tigers in their 13-4 victory at Minnesota.


8.22.14:  Price has good first outing for Detroit

 

UNDATED (AP) — David Price allowed only one hit in his first start against his former team, an RBI triple to Brandon Guyer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

 

Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez scored on Guyer’s hit. Price then retired his final 23 batters, nine on strikeouts, to finish an eight-inning complete game.

 

Alex Cobb scattered two hits, walked two and struck out six over seven innings, improving to 7-0 in his last 10 starts. After Brad Boxberger worked out of an eighth-inning jam, Jake McGee got three outs for his 14th save and complete a four-hitter.

 

Kevin Kiermaier, inserted as a defensive replacement in right field, made diving catch on Rajai Davis’ flare with a runner on second and one out in the eighth.


8.21.14:  Porcello pitched a 3-hitter for win

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout and Victor Martinez hit a grand slam, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 Wednesday night.

 

The Rays lost their fourth in a row.

 

Porcello moved into a tie for the league lead in wins, retiring 20 straight batters after Ben Zobrist’s double in the first.

 

Porcello walked none and struck out four in his first win since Aug. 2. He matched Miami’s Henderson Alvarez for the major league lead in shutouts.

 

Martinez hit his fourth career slam, connecting off Kirby Yates in the seventh. Starter Jake Odorizzi left earlier in the inning.

 

Wil Myers, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, went 0 for 3 in his return to the Rays’ lineup after missing 70 games because of a broken right wrist.


8.20.14:  Tigers score 3 in 11th, top Rays 8-6

 

T. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night.

 

Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour, a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass.

 

Hunter scored on Jeff Beliveau’s wild pitch and Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit an 8-5 lead.

 

Jim Johnson worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th. Joe Nathan gave up Evan Longoria’s RBI single in the 11th before getting his 26th save.

 

The Tigers, the AL second wild-card leader, won for the fifth time in 13 games.