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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.

 


7.23.15:  Former LPGA pro to give girls lesson on golf swing

 

 

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Young female golfers will receive a lesson on the sport from a former pro during the Meijer LPGA Classic in western Michigan.

Michigan native Allison Fouch-Duncan leads a “Swing Like A Girl” session on Thursday for two dozen girls at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Belmont, near Grand Rapids.

The girls are between 10 and 17. They are members of The First Tee youth development program’s Detroit and Grand Rapids chapters. The LPGA and PGA helped start the international youth service organization.

The golf swing session is part of a confidence building campaign for girls.

The Meijer LPGA Classic runs through Sunday at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.

 

 


7.23.15:  Tigers beat Seattle thanks to Grand Slam

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a grand slam off the brick facade in left-center field, part of an eight-run third inning for the Detroit Tigers in their 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Anibal Sanchez (10-7) won his seventh straight decision, and Ian Kinsler had four hits for the Tigers, who rebounded from an ugly 11-9 loss the previous night.

Detroit entered the night four games behind the American League’s second wild card. With the trade deadline approaching, it’s not clear what the next week or so has in store for the Tigers, but every win helps their postseason chances.

Nelson Cruz homered twice for Seattle. Mike Montgomery (4-4) allowed six earned runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings.

The Mariners did make it close enough to force Detroit to use closer Joakim Soria, who got four outs for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

 


7.22.15:  DNR reports 2014 deer hunting harvest down across Michigan

 

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say the 2014 deer hunting harvest was down about 15 percent from the previous year, due in part to back-to-back years of severe winter weather.

The state Department of Natural Resources says Wednesday that it Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Report found that roughly 615,000 hunters statewide killed a total of about 329,000 deer last year.

Wildlife managers say regional declines were the greatest in the Upper Peninsula, where the overall harvest was down by nearly 36 percent.

DNR Director Keith Creagh notes, however, that the state’s deer harvest numbers have risen and fallen in an ebb-and-flow pattern since the early 1960s. The DNR and the Natural Resources commission, meanwhile, are working on ideas to improve future deer hunting seasons.

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7.22.15:  Grand slam by Gutierrez gives Seattle 11-9 win over Tigers

 

DETROIT (AP) — Franklin Gutierrez’s pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a wild 11-9 victory over the Detroit on Tuesday, pushing the Tigers one loss closer to a trade deadline that could have drastic consequences in Motown.

The Tigers had come back from a 5-1 deficit and led 8-6 when Neftali Feliz (1-3) allowed five runs in the eighth. Feliz, who was picked up by Detroit on July 11 after refusing a minor league assignment from Texas, allowed a run on a wild pitch before giving up Gutierrez’s opposite-field drive. There was no activity in the Detroit bullpen as Seattle rallied.

Joe Beimel (1-1) got the win in relief, and Carson Smith got four outs for his eighth save.

Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and Detroit’s J.D. Martinez each hit long home runs to center field in the third.

 

 


7.21.15:  Kinsler homers twice, Tigers beat Mariners 5-4

 

DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler homered twice, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Monday night.

Kinsler, who came in with three homer this season, hit one off Seattle starter J.A. Happ in the first, and then drove a fastball from Mark Lowe over the Tigers’ bullpen with two out in the eighth. It was his first multi-homer game since Sept. 7, 2011.

Lowe (0-1) hadn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12 outings, dating back to June 14, but Jose Iglesias doubled with one out, took third on a grounder and scored on Kinsler’s homer.

Al Alburquerque (1-0) picked up his first decision in 60 outings, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Joakim Soria got the last three outs for his 21st save.