4.17.15:  The Red Wings beat Tampa Bay 3-2


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Petr Mrazek had 44 saves in his NHL playoff debut to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series Thursday night.

Datsyuk scored on two of the first four shots the Red Wings got against Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop. Luke Glendening’s short-handed goal gave Detroit a 3-1 lead early in the third period.

Mrazek, named Detroit’s starter for Game 1 over veteran Jimmy Howard, gave up a short-handed goal to Brian Boyle in the first period and a late goal to Nikita Nesterov that enabled the Lightning to pull within 3-2.

Tampa Bay outshot the Red Wings 46-14, but went 0 for 7 on the power play — failing to even get a shot off on the final opportunity in the closing seconds of the game.

4.16.15:  Tigers shut down Pirates again in 1-0 victory


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alfredo Simon gave up two hits over eight dominant innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Rajai Davis hit a leadoff homer in the sixth against Francisco Liriano (0-1) as Detroit shut out Pittsburgh for the second straight day. Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save while filling in for injured Joe Nathan.

Detroit won two of three in the interleague series despite scoring just seven runs. Simon (2-0) struck out only two but took advantage of solid defense behind him as the Tigers handed Pittsburgh consecutive home losses for the first time since last August.

Detroit had just five hits off four Pittsburgh pitchers but received all the offense it would need when Davis hit his first home run of the season.

4.16.15:  Jackson has 24, Pistons beat Knicks 112-90 to close season


NEW YORK (AP) — Reggie Jackson had 24 points and 11 assists and the Detroit Pistons closed out the season with a 112-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 17 points for Detroit. Caron Butler had 14, and Greg Monroe, Anthony Tolliver and Jodie Meeks each had 10.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 25 points, and Cole Aldrich added a career-high 24.

The Pistons (32-50) finished with their most wins since going 39-43 in 2008-09, the last season that they made the playoffs.

The Knicks (17-65) set a franchise record for fewest wins and finished with the second-worst record in the NBA. They have a 19.9 percent chance of getting the first pick in the lottery and can’t pick lower than fifth.

4.15.15:   Greene throws 8 strong innings as Tigers beat Pirates 2-0


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shane Greene pitched eight strong innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Greene (2-0), a 26-year-old right-hander, allowed just three singles and two of them never left the infield. He had three strikeouts and no walks after the Tigers’ six-game winning streak ended on Monday with a 5-4 loss.

Greene has allowed only one unearned run in 16 innings through his first two starts of the season. Acquired from the New York Yankees in an offseason trade that also included the Arizona Diamondbacks, Greene also pitched eight innings last Thursday to beat the Minnesota Twins.

Though Greene threw just 81 pitches, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called on Joakim Soria to pitch the ninth. Soria retired the side in order for his third save.

4.14.15:   Pistons fall to Cavs while Tigers get their first loss



CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James returned from a day off to record a triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers tuned up for the playoffs with a 109-97 win over the Detroit Pistons last night. James had 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and scored 28 for the Cavs. Andre Drummond scored 20 for the Pistons.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole shut down baseball’s top-hitting team as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 loss yesterday. The Tigers were trying to match the 7-0 start set by the 1984 club that went on to win the World Series. Cole struck out eight and walked two while giving up only three hits.

4.13.15:  The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are both 6-0



— There are just two unbeaten teams remaining in the majors, and both reside in the American League Central.

The Detroit Tigers are 6-0 for the first time in 30 years after Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with two homers and had four RBIs in an 8-5 victory against Cleveland. Cabrera was 11 of 14 with six RBIs in the three-game series, helping the Tigers improve to 18-5 in Cleveland since 2013.

J.D. Martinez added three hits and three RBIs to back Kyle Lobstein, who won despite yielding three runs and eight hits in five innings.


Kansas City also has a 6-0 record after Alcides Escobar and Alex Rios hit two-run doubles in a 9-2 pounding of the Los Angeles Angels. Salvador Perez homered and Yordano Ventura gave up two runs and four hits while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings.

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his 522nd career home run to move past Ted Williams, Willie McCovery and Frank Thomas for 18th on the all-time list.

4.13.15:  Jordan Spieth is the Masters champion


AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has been fitted for a green jacket after completing one of the greatest performances in Masters history.


The 21-year-old Spieth closed with a 2-under 70 to win his first Grand Slam title by four strokes over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. His lead never shrank below three shots in a final round that allowed him to finish 18-under, tying the Masters record score set by Tiger Woods in 1997.


Spieth was in line to break the 72-hole record until he missed a five-foot par putt on the final hole.


Spieth opened with an 8-under 64 on Thursday, allowing him to become the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976. It comes one year after he lost a share of the lead in the final round.


Craig Woods in 1941 is the only other Masters champion who led by at least three shots from the opening round to the trophy presentation.


Rory McIlroy finished at minus-12 six shots back and one ahead of Hideki Matsuyama.

4.8.15:  UConn does it again


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Connecticut Huskies are NCAA women’s basketball champions for the 10th time, all under head coach Geno Auriemma.


Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson each scored 15 points as the Huskies earned a 63-53 triumph over Notre Dame. Breanna Stewart had eight points and 15 rebounds to help UConn earn its third straight title. Stewart claimed Most Outstanding Player honors in the tournament for the third time.


Auriemma tied UCLA’s John Wooden for the most NCAA basketball championships.

4.8.15:  Red Wings beat Hurricanes 3-2, but haven’t clinched yet


DETROIT (AP) — Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk scored in the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings rallied past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night, taking a big step toward their 24th consecutive playoff berth.

Detroit could have clinched a postseason berth with the win over Carolina if Pittsburgh had beaten Ottawa in regulation, but the Penguins couldn’t do that.

The Red Wings’ streak of playoff berths is the longest active run in the four major U.S. pro leagues.

The Red Wings won for only the sixth time in their last 18 games, and they looked sluggish again while falling behind 2-1 in the second period, but Nyquist tied it less than two minutes into the third, and Datsyuk scored the game winner with 8:35 to play.

Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for Detroit, which was outshot 28-16 over the final two periods.

4.7.15:  Price falls 1 out short of shutout, Tigers beat Twins 4-0


DETROIT (AP) — David Price left no doubt about his worthiness as Detroit’s opening day starter, coming within one out of a shutout in the Tigers’ 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

Price retired the first 13 Minnesota batters and allowed five hits before being pulled with two on and two out in the ninth. Joe Nathan struck out Torii Hunter for the save, although Hunter argued to plate umpire Joe West that he checked his swing.

The Twins lost in their first game under new manager Paul Molitor.

J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila homered off Phil Hughes, and Yoenis Cespedes tripled and scored in his Detroit debut. Cespedes also reached above the wall in left to catch Kurt Suzuki’s drive in the third.

The Tigers acquired Price at last year’s trade deadline, and manager Brad Ausmus picked him to start opening day, snapping Justin Verlander’s seven-year streak of openers.