9.30.14:  Michigan AD apologizes for mistakes with QB injury


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon says a “serious lack of communication” led to ailing quarterback Shane Morris playing Saturday against Minnesota when he should not have.


Brandon apologized for mistakes that “created a circumstance that was not in the best interest of one of our student-athletes.”


Brandon says medical staff and coaches on the sideline did not see the fourth-quarter hit Morris took from Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran, who was called for roughing the passer. A wobbly Morris briefly looked as though he was having trouble standing, but the sophomore remained in for the next play and threw an incompletion before coming out of the game.


Brandon says Morris had been treated for a sprained ankle earlier in the game, and medical staff on the sideline believed that was why he stumbled.

9.29.14:  Tigers win AL Central with 3-0 victory over Twins


DETROIT (AP) — David Price pitched Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title with the type of performance the Tigers acquired him for, taking a shutout into the eighth inning of a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday that wrapped up the division on the regular season’s final day.


Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer in the third, and the Tigers added two more runs in the eighth off Kyle Gibson (13-12). Detroit entered the game with a postseason berth already wrapped up, but the Tigers led the division by only one game over Kansas City. The victory gave Detroit the division championship — regardless of what the Royals were doing in Chicago against the White Sox.


The Tigers face the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Division Series.


9.26.14:  Tigers, Red Wings, Lions


(AP) — Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez homered as the Detroit Tigers moved closer to another AL Central title with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first. Cabrera added a solo shot in the fourth. Max Scherzer allowed two runs and five hits.


— Andrej Nestrasil and Tomas Nosek each had a goal and an assist to help the Detroit Red Wings hold off the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in an exhibition game last night. Bryan Bickell and Garret Ross scored for Chicago. Antti Raanta stopped 21 of 22 shots in the first period and a half. Michael Leighton made 17 saves on 19 shots.


-The Detroit Lions take on the New York Jets this Sunday on the road.

9.25.14:  Tigers clinch postseason berth


DETROIT (AP) — Getting a little help from fading Seattle, the Detroit Tigers have made it into the postseason by beating the Chicago White Sox 6-1 for Justin Verlander’s 15th victory. Verlander. He allowed a run and seven hits in eight innings. Combined with Seattle’s 1-0 loss in Toronto, the Tigers clinched no worse than a wild card and still could be AL Central champions.

Detroit’s lead over Kansas City in the American League Central is now two games and their magic number for clinching the division is three. That’s because the Cleveland Indians knocked off the Royals 6-4 as Yan Gomes hit his 21st homer.


9.24.14:  Tigers get big win over the White Sox


DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Detroit Tigers to a key 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.


The win kept Detroit a game ahead of Kansas City atop the American League Central and dropped their magic numbers to five for the division and two for the postseason.


Ian Kinsler started the bottom of the ninth by bouncing a single over Conor Gillaspie’s head at third, and Jake Petricka walked Torii Hunter. Cabrera then lined a single to left, with Kinsler scoring from second.


David Price took a three-hit shutout into the ninth. Adam Eaton singled, Alexei Ramirez doubled and Avisail Garcia hit a two-run single with one out. Paul Konerko singled with two out, moving Garcia to third and Marcus Semien followed with an RBI single.


Joe Nathan then came on to get the last out.

9.22.14:  Tigers have 1 1/2 game lead going into last week


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple, helping Jeremy Guthrie and the Kansas City Royals hold their AL wild-card spot by beating the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Sunday.


The Royals avoided a three-game sweep and moved within 1 1/2 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers. Kansas City began the day with a half-game edge over Seattle for the second wild-card spot.


Aoki’s triple in the fourth scored Omar Infante and Mike Moustakas to break a 2-all tie and end the day for Rick Porcello.


Porcello is 0-4 in his past five starts. He yielded four runs on nine hits and two walks in 3 1-3 innings.


Guthrie pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the second and was pulled after 81 pitches and 5 1-3 innings, yielding one earned run. Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth for his 43rd save in 45 chances, but first since Sept. 3.


The Detroit Tigers will host the Chicago White Sox tonight.


9.19.14:  Big weekend for the Tigers


The Detroit Tigers have a 1/2 game lead on the Kansas City Royals for first place in the AL Central Division.  Both teams were off Thursday but play each other this weekend in Kansas City.


The Detroit Lions will take on the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon.  Meanwhile….Defensive lineman B.J. Raji will need six to nine months to return from right biceps surgery. Raji says he had surgery recently to reattach a tendon following the injury last month during a preseason game. It knocked Raji out for the 2014 season. Green Bay drafted Raji in the first round in 2009.


College football on Saturday:   MI takes on Utah while MSU hosts Eastern MI



9.18.14:  Tigers fall while Royals win


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Santana tripled, doubled and drove in two runs as the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday night to tighten the AL Central race ahead of the Tigers’ big weekend series in Kansas City.


Kyle Gibson recovered from a rough start to pitch Minnesota to its second straight win over the division leaders. The Tigers ended the night with a half-game lead over the second-place Royals, who beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2.


Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles but was thrown out after a costly baserunning mistake in the seventh. With the Twins up 6-4 and Torii Hunter on first, Cabrera hit a one-out double to advance Hunter to third. Victor Martinez grounded to first base and Cabrera — apparently expecting Hunter to break for the plate — was tagged out for an inning-ending double play.


The Royals beat the White Sox Wednesday and are a 1/2 game behind Detroit in the AL Central.


9.17.14:  The Vikings change their minds


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. Peterson will not be able to play with the team while he addresses child abuse charges for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors came after the team initially had said Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out.


9.17.14:  The Tigers and Royals both lost their games Tuesday night


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Hicks hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 win over the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.


After J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to give Detroit a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Trevor Plouffe drew a one-out walk against Joe Nathan and was replaced by pinch-runner Doug Bernier.


Bernier scored when center fielder Ezequiel Carrera went  for a line drive off the bat of Kurt Suzuki and missed it, allowing the ball to roll to the wall.


Chris Herrmann ran for Suzuki and scored when Hicks battled Nathan to full count and beat out a bouncer fielded by shortstop Andrew Romine near second base.


After Martinez’s homer off Glen Perkins, it looked as if the Tigers had another big ninth-inning win as they try to maintain a slim lead over the Royals in the AL Central.


The Kansas City Royals lost to the White Sox 7-5.