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.


9.16.14:  Twin some from behind to tie the Tigers


Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the 9th inning to help the Detroit Tigers win 8-6 over the Minnesota Twins last night.  The Tigers were ahead but the Twins eventually tied the game. Kyle Ryan earned the victory by recording the last out of the 8th.  Joakim Soria converted his first save opportunity since being acquired for the Tigers despite allowing a leadoff double to Kurt Suzuki.


The Kansas City Royals were tied in the 9th inning in their game with the White Sox, when they scored in the bottom of the inning and beat Chicago 4-3.


The Tigers remain 1 1/2 games ahead of the Royals for first place in the AL Central Division.

9.15.14:  Good Day for the Tigers but not the Lions


DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh as the Detroit Tigers swept a three-game series against Cleveland by beating the Indians 6-4 yesterday. Kinsler went deep off reliever Bryan Shaw to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Detroit added two more runs on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton threw for 281 yards and a touchdown in the Carolina Panthers’ 24-7 victory over the Detroit Lions yesterday. Newton was 22 of 34 and overcame four sacks. Carolina started 2-0 for the first time since 2008. Matthew Stafford threw for 291 yards with one touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked four times.

9.12.14:   Weekend sports for Michigan teams


The Detroit Tigers are 1/2 game behind Kansas City in the AL Central race.  The Tigers will host Cleveland this weekend.


College football finds MSU with the weekend off.  Michigan will take on Miami of Ohio Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


In the NFL, The Detroit Lions, get ready for their second game of the season and play in Carolina on Sunday.

9.11.14:  Kalamazoo residents tip caps to Derek Jeter


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents are tipping their hats to Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter in a tribute video to the retiring New York Yankees captain.


The video has been in production since July and is inspired by Nike’s tribute commercial. The local video features teachers from Kalamazoo Central High School who taught Jeter, as well as former classmates and old friends.


The public can participate in a group hat-tip filming on Sept. 18 in Kalamazoo. The final video will be sent to Jeter and posted online.


Jeter is retiring after 19 seasons with the Yankees. The 14-time All-Star has been honored at Major League ballparks around the country this year, including by former President George W. Bush, who gave him a photo from his presidential library in Texas.


9.11.14:  Tigers fall 3-0


DETROIT (AP) — James Shields allowed two hits over seven innings in another terrific performance, and the Kansas City Royals edged Detroit 3-0 on Wednesday night to take a one-game lead over the Tigers atop the AL Central.


Shields gave up a single to Ian Kinsler leading off the first. Then he picked off Kinsler — and retired every other batter he faced until another Detroit single in the seventh. The Tigers put two on that inning, but Shields worked out of the jam.


Kelvin Herrera pitched the eighth and Wade Davis finished for his third save.


Rick Porcello pitched well for the Tigers, but Kansas City pushed across two runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain.


Alcides Escobar added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

9.10.14:  Tigers gain ground on the Royals


DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez homered, and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 4-2 on Tuesday night to pull within percentage points of the Royals atop the AL Central.


Scherzer allowed a run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Kansas City was down 3-1 in the fifth when Alex Gordon’s deep fly to right went just foul with two on. Gordon walked to load the bases with one out, but Salvador Perez lined out and Eric Hosmer struck out.


Joe Nathan earned his 30th save in 36 chances, allowing two infield singles to start the ninth before ending it with two strikeouts sandwiched around a picked-off runner.


Kansas City’s Jason Vargas allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings.