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7.31.15:  Trade deadline nears and Tigers make a move

 

 

— The Pirates have made another move to upgrade their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Tigers for a minor leaguer.

The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. He didn’t allow a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash.

Pittsburgh gave up infielder JaCoby Jones. They will have to make a move to create a roster spot when Soria joins the team, which opened a four-game series in Cincinnati on Thursday.

The Tigers also dealt away All-Star left-hander David Price to Toronto earlier Thursday.

 

 

Meanwhile, Toronto has acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993.

After acquiring slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado earlier in the week, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding the top remaining starting pitcher on the market. Johnny Cueto was traded from Cincinnati to Kansas City, and Cole Hamels went from Philadelphia to Texas.

The Blue Jays sent left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers in the deal, which was announced by both teams Thursday. Price can become a free agent after this season.

 

The Tigers played Baltimore Thursday night. 

Yoenis Cespedes homered and drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 .                          The Tigers kept busy on the bases. Detroit finished with 16 hits. That includes three apiece by Cespedes, Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias.

 

 


7.30.15:  Dirty water a concern for Rio Olympics

 

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games.

An Associated Press analysis of water quality has revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues.

Some competitors already training in Rio have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

 

 

Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated.


7.30.15:  Verlander outlasts Archer, Tigers beat Rays 2-1

 

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander outlasted Chris Archer for his first win this season and the Detroit Tigers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday.

Verlander (1-3), who retired his first 14 batters before Asdrubal Cabrera homered on an 0-1 pitch with two outs in the fifth, gave up one run, four hits and had 10 strikeouts.

Archer (9-8) lost a perfect game bid and the lead in the seventh inning. The right-hander, 0-4 over six starts since beating Toronto on June 23, allowed two unearned runs, three hits and struck out 11 in seven innings.

 

 


7.29.15:  Casali homers twice again, Rays trounce Price, Tigers

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Curt Casali had three hits and homered twice for the second straight game, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to 10-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Casali hit a two-run homer off All-Star David Price (9-4) in the fourth inning and added a solo shot off the former Rays ace for a 5-1 lead in the sixth. He struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth, finishing 3 for 4 with three RBIs on consecutive nights.

Jake Odorizzi (6-6) allowed one run and six hits over six innings to improve to 2-1 since returning from a five-week stint on the disabled list.

Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight night for the Tigers, who’ve lost four of five to start a 10-game game road trip.

 

 


7.29.15:  Brady will miss 4 games

 

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the four-game suspension handed to Tom Brady for his role in using underinflated footballs during New England’s rout of Indianapolis in the AFC championship game six months ago. Goodell said the Pats quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady’s cellphone on or just before March 6, the day he met with independent investigator Ted Wells. Brady’s agent called the appeal hearing a sham and said Goodell “failed to ensure a fair process.”

 


7.28.15:  Tigers lost to Tampa Bay 5-2

 

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Curt Casali homered twice, Nathan Karns took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Monday night.

Casali’s first homer came on the first pitch of the third inning by Anibal Sanchez, who lost for the first time in nine starts since June 3. Casali added a towering two-run homer off Bruce Rondon in the eighth.

Detroit lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

Consecutive doubles by Steven Souza Jr. and Kevin Kiermaier made it 2-0 in the fourth, and Logan Forsythe had a two-out RBI single off Sanchez (10-8) in the fifth.

Karns (6-5) gave up three hits and no walks in six-plus innings,

Yoenis Cespedes led off the seventh with his 16th home run to pull the Tigers to 3-1. Victor Martinez followed with a single to chase Karns.

Brad Boxberger pitched the ninth for his 25th save.

 


7.27.14:  Lexi Thompson rallies to win Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan

 

 

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Lexi Thompson has won the Meijer LPGA Classic by a stroke, shooting a 6-under 65 and rallying from four shots back.

The 20-year-old Florida golfer on Sunday won for the fifth time on the LPGA Tour. This is her first victory since she won her first major title last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

She finished at 18-under 266. Gerina Piller closed with a 64 and was one shot behind. Third-round leader Lizette Salas finished with a 70.

Salas parred the first six holes. Thompson caught her with birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 7. Piller made five birdies on the front nine. A birdie at No. 8 briefly tied her for the lead with Thompson and Salas.

 

 


7.27.15:  Tigers suffer 11-1 loss in Boston

 

 

 

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.

Ortiz, who had two three-run homers and an RBI single, and Xander Bogaerts each had four of the season-high 20 hits by the Red Sox.

Boston won for just the second time 11 games — with both victories coming in this series.

Nick Castellanos hit a solo homer for the second straight day for the struggling Tigers, who have lost six of nine.

Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3) rebounded from a miserable start by pitching seven strong innings.

Shane Greene (4-8) didn’t make it out of the fifth inning for the third straight start since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo. He gave up five runs — four in the fifth — on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

 


7.24.15:  Salas, Kirk, Carter share Meijer LPGA Classic lead

 

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Lizette Salas, Katherine Kirk and Dori Carter shared the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at 7-under 64 on Thursday at Blythefield Country Club.

Jaye Marie Green and rookie Wei-Ling Hsu were a shot back in the second-year tournament.

Michigan-born Kris Tamulis was at 66 along with Q Baek, Ilhee Lee and Jane Rah.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, who lost to Miram Lee in a playoff last year, had three front-nine bogeys in a 70. Chella Choi, the Marathon Classic winner Sunday in Sylvania, Ohio, opened with a 71.

Salas, Kirk, Carter and Green played in the morning in little wind and perfect scoring conditions. Hsu had the best round in the afternoon after the wind kicked up. Park and Choi also played in the afternoon.

 

 


7.24.15:  Zunino’s double lifts Mariners over Tigers 3-2 in 12 innings

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Zunino’s RBI double in the top of the 12th inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Chris Taylor started the 12th with a single off Ian Krol (1-3), and Zunino tried to bunt him to second. After two failed attempts, Zunino doubled down the left-field line. Yoenis Cespedes misread the bounce off the fence, allowing Taylor to score the go-ahead run.

Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the bottom of the 12th for his first save of the season after Fernando Rodney (3-4) threw a scoreless 11th.

Neither starter was involved in the decision.

David Price, the subject of trade rumors with Detroit (47-48) struggling to get above .500, allowed two runs in eight-plus innings. Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma allowed two runs in seven innings.