7.22.16:  Kinsler, Cabrera homer as Tigers beat White Sox 2-1



CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Kinsler hit his 20th home run, Miguel Cabrera added his 19th and the Detroit Tigers the struggling Chicago White Sox 2-1 in a game that was called after more than a two-hour rain delay in the seventh inning Thursday.

A heavy downpour before the bottom of the seventh sent players and umpires running for cover at U.S. Cellular Field. And after two hours, five minutes the game was finally called.

The Tigers opened a seven-game trip on a winning note while the White Sox have now dropped seven of eight.

Kinsler and Cabrera made it 2-1 with solo homers against James Shields (4-12) in the fifth. Mike Pelfrey (3-9) won for just the second time in nine starts, and the Tigers came out on top after dropping two of three against Minnesota.

Adam Eaton had three hits and scored for Chicago. Shields gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings, but the White Sox continued their slide after going 1-5 on a trip to the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle.


7.21.16:  Twins homer twice off Rodriguez, beat Tigers 4-1



DETROIT (AP) — Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth, and the Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 Wednesday.

Detroit wasted a fine start by Justin Verlander, who gave up a run and two hits in eight innings. Rodriguez (1-1) retired the first two batters of the ninth before Kepler sent a drive to right field to break the 1-all tie.

Rodriguez then made a throwing error and appeared to be shaken up, but after a conference at the mound he stayed in the game and allowed a two-run shot by Rosario.

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and Detroit’s Ian Kinsler homered in the first inning, and that was all the scoring until the ninth.

There was a delay in the seventh when a fan ran onto the field and eluded security for a while. He eventually stopped around the edge of the infield and was tackled.

Detroit had two hits in the ninth but didn’t score.

The last-place Twins took two of three from the playoff-chasing Tigers, with Detroit managing only four runs in the series.


7.19.16:  Tigers beat the Twins 1-0



DETROIT (AP) — Matt Boyd allowed three hits over six innings and the Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota 1-0 on Monday night.

The defeat handed the last-place Twins another loss just hours after they announced the firing of general manager Terry Ryan.

Justin Upton homered in the second to back Boyd (1-2), who struck out seven with one walk and provided a welcome boost to a rotation that has shown little depth of late.

Three relievers finished for the Tigers, with Francisco Rodriguez pitching a hitless ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances.

Monday was the longest scoreless start of the 25-year-old Boyd’s career. The Tigers acquired him in last year’s trade that sent David Price to Toronto.



Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins have fired general manager Terry Ryan.

The Twins entered the day 33-58, 21 games out of first place in the American League Central Division. Only Atlanta has a worse record in the majors.

Assistant GM Rob Antony will take over on an interim basis. Owner and CEO Jim Pohlad made the announcement Monday, hours before the Twins opened a series in Detroit.

Ryan was named GM in November 2011 after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant to GM Bill Smith. Antony is in his 29th season in the Twins organization and his ninth as an assistant GM.


7.18.16:  Saltalamacchia’s HR in 9th gives Tigers 4-2 win over Royals



DETROIT (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

After Tyler Collins hit a leadoff single in the ninth, Saltalamacchia won it with a drive off Joakim Soria (3-4) that easily cleared the wall in right field. The Detroit catcher raised his right arm in celebration almost immediately as he trotted toward first base.

Those were the only two RBIs of the day for Detroit. The Tigers scored their first two runs of the game on a balk and a wild pitch.

Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) pitched a perfect top of the ninth for the win.

Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings. Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings.


7.18.16:  Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race wrapping up



MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — More than half of the boats in the annual Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron have crossed the finish line.

Race organizers say that of the 214 vessels that started the race Saturday organized by Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club about 120 finished as of early Monday.

They say the last boats are expected to cross the finish by early Tuesday.

The Arete, owned by Rick Warner of Marine City, was the first across Sunday. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race says the multi-hulled sailboat covered the Cove Island Course in 21 hours, 44 minutes, 58 seconds, breaking the mark of 23:33:51 it set last year.

Some boats take the Cove Island Course and some take the shorter Shore Course. Winners are based on a handicapping system.


7.15.16:  British Open and Tour de France express sadness 



TROON, Scotland (AP) –  The French flag was at half-staff after the carnage in Nice, casting a somber mood on the second round of the British Open.

Phil Mickelson began Friday with a three-stroke lead after shooting an 8-under 63 at Royal Troon, nearly becoming the first play to shoot 62 in a major championship. At the 18th hole, a 16-foot birdie putt lipped out of the cup, costing Lefty a truly historic round.

In Nice, a large white truck plowed through Bastille Day revelers, killing at least 84 people in what was the third major attack on France in two years.

Two French golfers were in the British Open field: Victor Dubuisson and Clement Sordet. The 23-year-old Sordet used a blue marker to write the words “Pray For Nice” on his cap. The French flag that flies above the grandstand at the 18th green, along with the banners of every other nation represented in the 156-player field, was lowered to half-staff.




NYONS, France (AP) — Tour de France leader Chris Froome has sent a message of support to the victims of the deadly attack in Nice.

The defending champion posted a picture of the blue, white and red French flag and wrote: “Thoughts are with those affected by the horrific terror attack in Nice.”

Froome was scheduled to compete in the race’s first time trial later Friday.

France has been stunned again after a large truck mowed through a crowd of revelers gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in the Riviera city of Nice, killing at least 80. The attack Thursday night on France’s national holiday took place after attacks last November in Paris killed 130.


7.14.16:  Athletes must agree to drug tests to play at Michigan school



WATERVLIET, Mich. (AP) — Athletes at a high school in southwestern Michigan must agree to random drug tests to play sports.

The school board in Watervliet  approved the policy this week. Superintendent Kevin Schooley says playing sports is a privilege.

The Herald-Palladium newspaper quotes school board member Bill Spaulding as saying the drug-testing policy is a “valuable deterrent.” Besides random tests, athletes can be tested if there’s “reasonable suspicion” of drug or alcohol use.

John Johnson of the Michigan High School Athletic Association says drug testing is strictly a local issue for schools. There is no statewide rule.


7.13.16:  AL wins All-Star Game



SAN DIEGO (AP) — There was a time when the National League thoroughly dominated the major league All-Star game, but those days are long gone.

The American League has won the midsummer classic for the fourth straight year by banging out a pair of second-inning homers and working out of an eighth-inning jam to beat the NL 4-2.

The AL took the lead for good when a pair of Royals went deep against a former teammate. Salvador Perez belted a two-run shot off Johnny Cueto of San Francisco to break a 1-1 deadlock in the bottom of the second, two batters after Eric Hosmer hit a solo shot. Hosmer was named the MVP of the game after collecting two RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the fourth to make it a 4-1 game.

The senior circuit had a great opportunity to tie the game in the eighth, loading the bases with two out before Astros reliever Will Harris fanned rookie Aledmys Diaz of the Cardinals to end the threat.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit a solo blast in the first inning for the National League, which got its second run on a fourth-inning single by Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins.

David Ortiz was embraced by his AL teammates near first base after exiting his final All-Star Game. The popular Big Papi plans to retire at 40 after this season with Boston.

The AL is 29-7-1 in the last 37 All-Star games since the NL took 19 of 20 from 1963-62. The National League holds a 43-42-2 edge overall since the first All-Star game at Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber was credited with the victory. Cueto was the loser, and Zach Britton picked up the save.


7.12.16:  San Diego hosts MLB All-Star Game



SAN DIEGO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton has won the Home Run Derby on the eve of the major league All-Star Game in San Diego. Stanton beat defending champion Todd Frazier of the White Sox 20-13 in the final. The Marlins outfielder slammed 61 home runs during his three rounds, beating Robinson Cano  24-7 in the first round and current home run leader Mark Trumbo 17-14 in the semifinals.

Stanton’s longest shot was estimated at 497 feet. He hit the eight longest homers of the competition and 20 of the 21 deepest drives.

Frazier advanced to the final by beating both Carlos Gonzalez and Adam Duvall by one round-tripper in each round.

The actual midsummer classic is slated for Tuesday at Petco Park. The White Sox Chris Sale has been named the starting pitcher for the American League, while San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto gets the ball for the National League.

Sale leads the majors with 14 victories and has compiled a .225 batting average against. Cueto is the NL’s wins leader at 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA at the break.

The American League starting lineup for Tuesday’s game has Astros second baseman Jose Altuve  leading off, followed by Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and designated hitter David Ortiz of the Red Sox. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts  hits fifth, ahead of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, Bosox right fielder Mookie Betts, Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez and Red Sox left fielder Jackie Bradley.

Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and Chicago third baseman Kris Bryant are the top three hitters for the National League, with hometown favorite Wil Myers of the Padres batting fourth as the DH. Giants catcher Buster Posey is fifth, followed by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna, Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell.


The only Detroit Tigers represented this year is Miguel Cabrera.


7.11.16:  Donaldson hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Tigers 6-1



TORONTO (AP) — All-Star slugger Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer, R.A. Dickey won back-to-back starts for the first time in a month and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Sunday in the teams’ final game before the All-Star break.

Donaldson is the sixth player in American League history to hit at least 20 home runs and score 80 runs or more before the All-Star break. The others were Lou Gehrig (1936), Ted Williams (1946), Reggie Jackson (1969), Frank Thomas (1994), and Alex Rodriguez (2000).

Donaldson is the first player to score 80 or more runs before the break since 2008, when Ian Kinsler (84) and Hanley Ramirez (80) both did it.

Dickey (7-9) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since victories at Boston on June 3rd and at Detroit on June 8th.



Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians had a wonderful opportunity to pad their lead in the American League Central this weekend. Instead, they dropped three of four at home to a Yankees team that was two games under .500 entering the series.

The Indians committed three errors that led to eight unearned runs in an 11-7 loss to the New York Yankees.

Jacoby Ellsbury belted a two-run homer after Carlos Santana dropped a throw to first, and shortstop Francisco Lindor’s throwing error contributed to a six-run fifth that gave the Yanks an 11-1 lead. Ellsbury finished with three RBIs and Brett Gardner drove in a pair to support an impressive outing by Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed just one hit over 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief after the Indians chased Masahiro Tanaka.


The outcome keeps the Indians 6 ½ games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City and Chicago seven games back