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9.4.15:  Lions beat Bills 17-10 in preseason finale

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Rookie Zach Zenner, fighting for a roster spot, ran for a go-ahead, 3-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions held on to beat the Buffalo Bills 17-10 Thursday night.

The Lions (3-1) went ahead for a second time after Buffalo (2-2) stopped them on a fourth down only to have the play negated by Ikemefuna Enemkpali’s penalty. Buffalo signed the linebacker last month a day after he was cut by the New York Jets because he punched quarterback Geno Smith and broke his jaw.

Buffalo’s fourth-string quarterback, Matt Simms, played the entire game and had the ball at his team’s 36 with just under two minutes left, but turned the ball over on downs.

Both teams rested starters as expected, choosing not to risk any of them getting hurt a little more than a week before the season begins.

 

 


9.4.15:  Royals’ bats come alive in 15-7 blowout of struggling Tigers

 

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Paulo Orlando added a two-run shot and Kendrys Morales drove in four runs as the Kansas City Royals routed the Detroit Tigers 15-7 on Thursday night to wrap up another series win.

Ben Zobrist drove in two runs for the Royals, whose 15 runs and 20 hits were their most since piling up 21 hits in a 16-8 victory at Colorado on July 3, 2011.

Chris Young (10-6) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief of Edinson Volquez, who yielded six runs, eight hits and a walk in three innings.

Volquez still outpitched Matt Boyd, who was hammered for six runs before getting the hook four batters into the second inning. The last batter he faced was Cain, whose skyscraping homer barely cleared the wall in left field on its descent for his second home run in as many nights.

 


9.4.15:  Utah spoils Harbaugh’s debut, beating Michigan 24-17

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Running back Devontae Booker had 124 combined yards and a touchdown and Utah spoiled Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan coaching debut, beating the Wolverines 24-17 on Thursday night.

The Utes took a 24-10 lead on Justin Thomas’ 55-yard interception return for a touchdown with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter in the opener for both teams.

Harbaugh, the former Michigan quarterback who returned to his alma mater eight months ago after leaving the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, faced many of the same issues that plagued former coach Brady Hoke.

Quarterback Jake Rudock beat out Shane Morris for the start and the Iowa transfer had a reputation for limiting turnovers. Rudock promptly threw three against Utah, and finished 27 for 43 for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Michigan was held to 355 yards, gaining only 76 on the ground.

Booker overcame a slow start to finish with a team-high seven catches for 55 yards and added 69 yards rushing. Travis Wilson threw for 208 yards and ran for 53 yards and a touchdown.

 


9.3.15:  White Caps edge out Fort Wayne 1-0

 

 

For the second straight season, the West Michigan Whitecaps are playoff-bound after they beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 1-0 Wednesday night at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The Whitecaps scored their only run on an RBI-single by David Gonzalez to take a 1-0 lead.

 

West Michigan will open the 2015 Midwest League Playoffs at Fifth Third Ballpark either September 9 or September 10 against Fort Wayne.

 


9.3.15:  Royals offense rolls in 12-1 rout of Tigers

 

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura struck out 11 over seven sharp innings, the Royals hit four home runs and Kansas City rolled to a 12-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Kendrys Morales hit a three-run shot, Cheslor Cuthbert added his first career homer, and Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain also went deep as the AL Central leaders cranked out 14 hits.

Ventura (10-7) walked one and hit one while matching a career high for strikeouts set in his last start. The 24-year-old with the 100 mph fastball has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last five outings, and is 6-0 since his last defeat July 20 against Pittsburgh.

Randy Wolf (0-3) gave up eight runs in 3 2-3 innings for Detroit, though he did last longer than Miguel Cabrera. The slugger was tossed by third base umpire Gary Cederstrom after fanning in the third inning, and after a quarrel with plate umpire Quinn Wolcott proved fruitless.

 


9.2.15:  Verlander, Kinsler lead Tigers to 6-5 victory over Royals

 

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Justin Verlander threw his fifth consecutive quality start, and Ian Kinsler homered and drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Tuesday night.

The Tigers, who had lost nine of 10 to drop into last place in the AL Central, snapped a four-game losing streak.

Verlander (3-6) limited the Royals to seven hits and four runs, two unearned, over 6 2-3 innings. He has a 0.76 ERA in his past five starts and the Tigers’ lone two victories since Aug. 19, including a one-hit shutout of the Angels in his previous outing.

Johnny Cueto (2-4), who the Royals acquired in a July 26 trade with Cincinnati, allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings. Cueto has given up 38 hits in his past four starts, the most hits he has allowed in his career over a four-start span.

 


8.31.15:  Blue Jays beat Tigers 9-2

 

 

TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion homered for the fourth time in two days, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the struggling Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar each hit a two-run shot for Toronto, which leads the majors with 184 home runs. The AL East leaders had their second straight four-homer game and sixth of the season.

Toronto’s 45 home runs in August are the most in the majors. The Blue Jays have hit three or more in six of their past 11 games.

Mark Buehrle (14-6) allowed two runs in six-plus innings as the Blue Jays improved to 21-5 in August, matching the team record for wins in a month. Toronto went 21-9 in May 2014.

 

Meanwhile,  Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion connected in the first inning against Detroit, homering for the third straight at-bat.

Encarnacion hit three home runs and matched a Blue Jays record with nine RBIs in Saturday’s 15-1 win over the Tigers.

Sunday’s solo drive extended Encarnacion’s hitting streak to 25 games, the longest in the majors since a 28-game run by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado in 2014.

 

 


8.28.15:  Shoemaker shuts down hometown Tigers, pitches Angels to win

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning in his hometown ballpark, Albert Pujols drove in one run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday.

The Angels began the day trailing Minnesota by one game for the second American League wild-card spot, with Texas also a half-game ahead of them.

Shoemaker (6-9) went to high school about 30 minutes from Comerica Park and attended Eastern Michigan University, a school that has a large ad on the right field fence. He dominated the Tigers in his first game in Detroit, permitting just a single by Anthony Gose in the third.

Shoemaker walked one and struck out five in 7 1-3 innings.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 31st save, finishing the combined two-hitter.

Randy Wolf (0-2) pitched well enough to win in his second start since June 2014. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out five.

 


8.27.15:  Verlander takes no-hit bid into 9th, Tigers beat Angels 5-0

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed barely fair on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.

Trying to become the sixth major leaguer to throw three no-hitters, Verlander settled instead for a one-hit shutout.

He was an inch away from so much more.

Iannetta’s shot kicked up chalk and rolled into the left-field corner. Verlander attempted to will it foul with body English, then arched his back in disappointment after the ball hit right on the line.

Verlander hasn’t won since July 29, but entered with a 2.00 ERA over his past four starts.

Verlander’s most recent no-hitter came at Toronto on May 7, 2011. He also pitched one against Milwaukee on June 12, 2007.

 

 


8.26.15:   3 wild pitches help Angels beat Tigers 8-7

 

 

DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols homered and the Los Angeles Angels scored three times on wild pitches in an 8-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Both teams came into the game with four-game losing streaks, dropping the Angels 1 ½ games behind Texas for the second American League wild-card spot and the Tigers to sixth, 5 ½ games back.

Jered Weaver (6-9) picked up the win, despite allowing six runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Weaver struck out one batter and didn’t issue a walk.

Huston Street got the final four outs for his 30th save.

Alfredo Simon (11-8) struggled badly, giving up eight runs on nine hits, four walks and three wild pitches. He struck out two.