5.27.15:  Derek Jeter credits parents in Grand Rapids appearance



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Retired baseball star Derek Jeter says lessons from his parents are behind a successful career that saw him play in 20 seasons for the New York Yankees.


Jeter spoke Tuesday night at an annual dinner for The Economic Club of Grand Rapids, taking questions from columnist and baseball aficionado George Will.


Jeter said his parents made him and his sister abide by a code of conduct if they wanted to play sports. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1992 and was drafted that year by the Yankees.


Jeter also told the audience that he would add the designated hitter to the National League rather than have pitchers bat, and that his greatest fear was “not being prepared.”


5.27.15:  David Price outpitches Jesse Chavez as Tigers beat Athletics



OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David Price outdueled Jesse Chavez to win for the first time in four starts, and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from a shutout a day earlier to beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Price (4-1) gave up five hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings for a third straight winning decision, but his first victory since May 2 at Kansas City.

Former A’s outfielder Rajai Davis hit a sacrifice fly in the first against Chavez (1-5). Slugger Miguel Cabrera returned to the Tigers lineup after sitting out Monday and extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a ninth-inning single.

Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg took a ball in the mask in the ninth but stayed in the game after being checked, and then a fan ran onto the field to cause another delay.



5.26.15:  Hahn tosses four-hitter, shuts down Detroit in Oakland win



OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Hahn pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Monday for their first three-game winning streak this season.

Hahn (2-4) struck out five and walked one in his stellar 112-pitch performance. The right-hander pitched around three errors, but allowed only one runner to get to scoring position. He had never gone further than seven innings.

Max Muncy and Sam Fuld hit RBI doubles in the decisive four-run sixth inning.

Yoenis Cespedes went hitless in his first trip back to Oakland since being traded to the Boston Red Sox last July 31. He joined the Tigers in another trade Dec. 11.

5.25.15:  Indy500/Coca-Cola 600



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya overcame several mishaps to win the Indianapolis 500 for the second time since 2000, finishing ahead of Will Power. Montoya was bumped from behind during an early caution and had to pit to repair the damage, leaving him second-to-last in the field. After working his way back through the field, he was penalized for running over his air hose during a pit stop.


CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Carl Edwards picked one of NASCAR’s marquee races to end his lengthy winless streak, capturing the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He moved in front with 20 laps to go as most of his competitors needed green-flag pit stops. Greg Biffle was second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., pole-sitter Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.

5.25.15:  Rough afternoon for the Tigers & Chicago baseball



 Evan Gattis and Preston Tucker both homered in the sixth inning as the Houston Astros rallied past the Detroit Tigers 10-8 yesterday. The Astros trailed 7-3 before scoring four runs in the sixth. Jason Castro lined a tiebreaking two-run single with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh. Detroit reliever Alex Wilson took the loss.


The Chicago White Sox lost to Minnesota: 8-1.


Arizona beat the Chicago Cubs: 4-3

5.22.15:  McCann hits leadoff HR in 11th, sends Tigers over Astros



DETROIT (AP) — James McCann hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros 6-5 Thursday.

McCann sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp (2-1) into the Tigers’ bullpen, just beyond the reach of leaping left fielder Colby Rasmus. It was the second homer of his career.

Alex Wilson (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Detroit led 5-0 after six innings. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker tied it with one out in the ninth, connecting off Joakim Soria for his first career homer.


5.21.15:  Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach



The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach.

The team announced Wednesday that Babcock will be introduced at a news conference Thursday morning. Babcock spent the last 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2008.

His contract with Detroit expired at the end of June but the Red Wings had given him permission to negotiate with other teams. The Leafs must send a third-round pick to Detroit as compensation.

Babcock had not ruled out staying in Detroit, and also interviewed with the Buffalo Sabres.

The 52-year-old also coached Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and ’14.

The Leafs fired Randy Carlyle in January, and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant Peter Horachek.


Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he wants to talk to minor league coach Jeff Blashill about Detroit’s coaching vacancy.

5.21.15:  Castellanos’ 3-run triple lifts Tigers over Brewers 5-2



DETROIT (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a bases-loaded triple with two out in the eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

The Tigers avoided a sweep in the three-game series thanks to a rally in their final at-bat. With two out, nobody on and the score tied at 2, Jonathan Broxton (1-1) allowed consecutive singles by J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes and a walk to Tyler Collins.

Castellanos’ line drive down the line dropped in, then skipped past right fielder Gerardo Parra to clear the bases.

Blaine Hardy (2-0) struck out the only batter he faced for the win, and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 13 chances.

Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers.

5.20.15   Braun, Lind, Ramirez hit consecutive HRs to lead Brewers


DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit consecutive home runs in a six run-third inning, Jimmy Nelson pitched eight strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Braun drove in four runs and Carlos Gomez had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which has won the first two games of the three-game series.

Nelson (2-4) gave up a run and three hits, walked four and struck out five. He retired 11 straight batters from the fifth inning until there were two out in the eighth, when Miguel Cabrera grounded a single to right.

Tigers starter and loser Anibal Sanchez (3-5) gave up seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.


5.19.15:  Fight of century becomes fight in court as fans sue Pacquiao



LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxing fans across the country or at least their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud. They want their money back, and then some.

Some 32 class action lawsuits had been filed through Monday alleging primarily the same thing: that Pacquiao’s pre-existing shoulder injury should have been disclosed to fans ahead of time. The lawsuits from several different states say fans may have decided not to pay $89 or $99 for the pay-per-view fight if they had known the fighter wasn’t in tip-top shape.

Same goes for nightclubs and bars who say they spent thousands for the fight.

Legal experts doubt the cases have a chance, saying any contractual obligation Pacquiao had was not directly with his fans or pay-per-view buyers.