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5.22.15:  McCann hits leadoff HR in 11th, sends Tigers over Astros

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — James McCann hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros 6-5 Thursday.

McCann sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp (2-1) into the Tigers’ bullpen, just beyond the reach of leaping left fielder Colby Rasmus. It was the second homer of his career.

Alex Wilson (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Detroit led 5-0 after six innings. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker tied it with one out in the ninth, connecting off Joakim Soria for his first career homer.

 


5.21.15:  Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach

 

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach.

The team announced Wednesday that Babcock will be introduced at a news conference Thursday morning. Babcock spent the last 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2008.

His contract with Detroit expired at the end of June but the Red Wings had given him permission to negotiate with other teams. The Leafs must send a third-round pick to Detroit as compensation.

Babcock had not ruled out staying in Detroit, and also interviewed with the Buffalo Sabres.

The 52-year-old also coached Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and ’14.

The Leafs fired Randy Carlyle in January, and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant Peter Horachek.

 

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he wants to talk to minor league coach Jeff Blashill about Detroit’s coaching vacancy.


5.21.15:  Castellanos’ 3-run triple lifts Tigers over Brewers 5-2

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a bases-loaded triple with two out in the eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

The Tigers avoided a sweep in the three-game series thanks to a rally in their final at-bat. With two out, nobody on and the score tied at 2, Jonathan Broxton (1-1) allowed consecutive singles by J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes and a walk to Tyler Collins.

Castellanos’ line drive down the line dropped in, then skipped past right fielder Gerardo Parra to clear the bases.

Blaine Hardy (2-0) struck out the only batter he faced for the win, and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 13 chances.

Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers.


5.20.15   Braun, Lind, Ramirez hit consecutive HRs to lead Brewers

 

DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit consecutive home runs in a six run-third inning, Jimmy Nelson pitched eight strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Braun drove in four runs and Carlos Gomez had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which has won the first two games of the three-game series.

Nelson (2-4) gave up a run and three hits, walked four and struck out five. He retired 11 straight batters from the fifth inning until there were two out in the eighth, when Miguel Cabrera grounded a single to right.

Tigers starter and loser Anibal Sanchez (3-5) gave up seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

 


5.19.15:  Fight of century becomes fight in court as fans sue Pacquiao

 

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxing fans across the country or at least their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud. They want their money back, and then some.

Some 32 class action lawsuits had been filed through Monday alleging primarily the same thing: that Pacquiao’s pre-existing shoulder injury should have been disclosed to fans ahead of time. The lawsuits from several different states say fans may have decided not to pay $89 or $99 for the pay-per-view fight if they had known the fighter wasn’t in tip-top shape.

Same goes for nightclubs and bars who say they spent thousands for the fight.

Legal experts doubt the cases have a chance, saying any contractual obligation Pacquiao had was not directly with his fans or pay-per-view buyers.


5.19.15:  U-M regents consider design for $168 million sports complex

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The athletic department at the University of Michigan is seeking approval to move forward with a proposed $168 million Division I Olympic sports complex in Ann Arbor.

On Thursday, the Board of Regents is expected to consider a schematic design of the 280,000-square-foot facility known as the Stephen M. Ross Athletic South Competition and Performance Project. The complex will house men’s and women’s track and field, cross country and women’s rowing, with an indoor and outdoor track competition venue.

The proposal concludes that a consolidated performance team center is more cost-effective at providing specialized team spaces and shared resources.

Regents approved the project in September.

 


5.19.15:  Gomez returns from beaning to lead Brewers over Tigers 3-2

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Back in the lineup a day after being beaned, Carlos Gomez led off the game with a home run and added a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Gomez was hit in the left earflap by a pitch from New York Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard on Sunday, but he played in the series opener at Detroit, and he began the game with a drive to left off Kyle Lobstein (3-4).

With the score tied at 2 and two outs in the seventh, Gomez singled up the middle to score Luis Sardinas from second.

Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) earned the win. Milwaukee’s Jonathan Broxton worked through a jam in the eighth, and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his eighth save in as many chances.

 

Meanwhile,  Justin Verlander threw a 45-pitch bullpen session before Detroit’s game against Milwaukee on Monday.

The right-hander says he’d likely need a simulated game and at least one rehab start before taking the mound in a game for the Tigers. Manager Brad Ausmus says Verlander will probably throw another bullpen before participating in any sort of simulated game.

Verlander has not pitched this season because of a strained right triceps.

Reliever Bruce Rondon, who hasn’t appeared in a game for the Tigers since 2013, threw 25 pitches Monday. He missed last season because of an elbow injury, and the right-hander has been dealing with tendinitis recently.


5.18.15:  Griffins beat Rockford to win series and move on

 

 

 

(Mlive)–Teemu Pulkkinen scored again early to set the stage for an explosive three-goal second period Sunday to lead the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 5-3 win over host Rockford and a trip to the Western Conference finals.

 

Goals by Andy Miele, Marek Tvrdon and Tyler Bertuzzi in the second period helped the Griffins pull away at BMO Harris Bank Center and eliminate the IceHogs in five games.
It is the franchise’s second trip to the conference finals in three seasons.

 

The Griffins will play either Utica or Oklahoma City beginning later next week. Utica, the No. 1 seed in the conference, leads the series 3-2 with Game Six on Monday.
In the Eastern Conference, the finals are set. Manchester and Hartford will open their series Thursday.


5.18.15:  Cardinals beat Tigers to avoid sweep

 

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and Lance Lynn got his fifth career RBI to back his dominant pitching as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

 

Miguel Cabrera’s RBI double in the first was the only damage against Lynn (3-3), who gave a weary bullpen a break before walking the last two batters he faced at the end of his 7 1-3 innings.

 

Seth Maness’ only pitch got a double-play ball to end the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his 13th save.

 

Matt Carpenter added two hits and Peter Bourgos tripled and scored on Lynn’s single in the third. The Cardinals improved to a major league-best 25-12 despite having two players thrown at the plate.

 

Alfredo Simon (4-2) gave up two runs in six innings for the Tigers, whose three-game winning streak ended.


5.15.15:  Cabrera homers twice to lift Tigers over Twins 13-1

 

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs, and Anibal Sanchez pitched eight sharp innings to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 13-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

Nick Castellanos and Bryan Holaday also went deep for the Tigers, and Anthony Gose added a career-high four hits. It was Cabrera’s third multihomer game of the season and 33rd of his career. He now has a team-high eight home runs in 2015.

Sanchez (3-4) allowed a run and five hits after entering the day with a 5.44 ERA. He struck out nine and walked one.

Mike Pelfrey (3-1) allowed four earned runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

The Tigers already led 5-1 when Cabrera hit a two-run homer to left in the sixth. He added another two-run shot an inning later.

Detroit’s 13 runs and 20 hits were both season highs.