5.5.16:   Indians beat Tigers 4-0




CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a five-hit shutout and the Cleveland Indians used a four-run fourth inning to defeat the Detroit Tigers for the fifth straight time this season, 4-0 Wednesday night.

Kluber (2-3) worked out of jams in the second and fourth to beat Detroit for the second time in two weeks. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014, struck out seven and walked two in his second career shutout and eighth complete game.

Anibal Sanchez (3-3) didn’t allow a hit through three innings, but gave up four runs on three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch in the fourth.

Michael Brantley’s RBI single and Mike Napoli’s run-scoring double gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead. Another run scored on Sanchez’s wild pitch before Yan Gomes’ double capped the scoring.



5.5.16:  Cav’s set an NBA record




CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers shattered a pair of NBA playoff records for 3-pointers while taking a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Cavs set league marks with 18 treys in the first half and 25 total as they crushed the Atlanta Hawks 123-98. J.R. Smith led the 3-point barrage by hitting 7 of 13 attempts. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each hit four 3s for the Cavaliers, who shot 56 percent from beyond the arc.

Golden State set league postseason marks with 12 first-half treys and 21 total in their rout of Houston just last week.

James finished with a game-high 27 points, Smith had 23 and Irving added 19 in the laugher.

Paul Millsap had a game-high 16 points for the Hawks, who will host Game 3 on Friday.


5.4.16:   Indians stop Tigers 7-3



CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer, scored three times and fell a triple short of the cycle, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Lindor singled in the first inning when Cleveland scored three times, doubled and scored in the third and homered in the fifth as the Indians ended Detroit’s five-game winning streak.

Lindor, who finished second in last season’s AL Rookie of the Year voting, also made an outstanding defensive play at shortstop in the second inning.

Josh Tomlin (4-0) remained unbeaten in four starts, allowing two runs in six innings.

Justin Verlander (2-3) gave up seven runs in five innings.

The Indians beat the Tigers for the fourth straight time this season. Cleveland swept a three-game series at Comerica Park on April 22-24.


5.2.16:  Saltalamacchia lifts streaking Tigers over Twins, 6-5



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Sunday for their fifth straight victory.

Saltalamacchia’s drive to left field off reliever Ryan Pressly (1-2) allowed Justin Upton to score from first. Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar could’ve had a play at the plate, but he bobbled the ball on the relay throw.

Mark Lowe (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the win. Justin Wilson worked a scoreless eighth and Francisco Rodriguez converted his seventh save in eight opportunities.

Detroit swept the three-game series and extended its longest winning streak of the season.


The Tigers take Monday off before beginning a new series against Cleveland.


4.29.16:  The Tigers get a 7-3 win over Oakland



DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Gose doubled and homered, Anibal Sanchez pitched through a wild outing and the Detroit Tigers beat Oakland 7-3 Thursday to take three of four in the series against the Athletics.

Gose entering with a .170 and had not gotten an extra-base hit since homering on opening day.

Sanchez (3-2) scraped through 5 2/3 innings while still searching for his proper mechanics. Sanchez allowed two runs and three hits while striking out nine, but walked seven — one shy of his big league high. He allowed three runners to steal without a throw.

Sanchez was the first Tigers starter to walk seven and strike out nine in the same start since Jack Morris against Texas on April 14, 1988.


4.29.16:  Lions pick up Taylor Decker



ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have selected offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 16th overall pick in the NFL draft.

Detroit drafted the four-year starter from Ohio State on Thursday night to address a need identified by new general manager Bob Quinn. The Lions will likely want Decker to start at right tackle opposite Riley Reiff, a 2012 first-round pick, who is entering the last year of his contract.

Detroit lost nine games last year, its 13th losing season in 15 years.

The Lions went into the three-day draft with 10 picks, including two in the fifth round and three in the sixth.



Meanwhile…..Jack Conklin of Plainwell , who played for MSU,  was selected by the Tennessee Titans.

4.28.16:  Tigers beat the A’s 9-4



DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched impressively into the seventh inning, J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus shuffled his lineup before the game, moving J.D. Martinez from fifth to second in the batting order as he switched spots with Justin Upton. The moves paid off when J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the second inning. Victor Martinez added a three-run shot of his own in the sixth.

Verlander (2-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, his third straight quality start since allowing seven runs against Pittsburgh on April 11.

Sonny Gray (3-2) lasted only two innings in the shortest start of his big league career. He allowed four runs, two hits and four walks, throwing 65 pitches.


4.27.16:  Hill pitches 7 outstanding innings, A’s beat Tigers



DETROIT (AP) — Rich Hill allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Marcus Semien homered for the A’s, and Hill (3-2) breezed through Detroit’s righty-heavy lineup with little trouble. The left-hander struck out eight and wasn’t really in any jams after he escaped the first inning with two on.

Mike Pelfrey (0-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings and remains winless since signing with Detroit this past offseason. He allowed three runs in the fourth inning and then gave up Semien’s two-run shot with two out in the seventh.

Justin Upton made a terrific catch in left field in the third, reaching above the wall on a drive by Oakland’s Chris Coghlan. The ball actually popped out of Upton’s glove, but he was able to gather it in before it hit the ground.


4.27.16:  Griffins beat Milwaukee to win series



(Mlive)– The Grand Rapids Griffins celebrated a victory Tuesday with two goals that very few people saw in one of the more bizarre occurrences in a hockey game.

The Griffins swept the Milwaukee Admirals with a 4-1 victory that included two goals that amazingly both went through the back netting and within one minute, 34 seconds of each other.

It took a replay review to decide both.

Every once in a while a shot will angle just right and go through the back of the goal net. That’s rare enough. But twice in such a short amount of time?

“I’ve never experienced anything like that,” said forward Eric Tangradi. “We kind of laughed and joked about it, but definitely a different scenario.”

“It happens maybe once a year or every five years,” said Anthony Mantha, who was credited with one of the goals.

Coach Todd Nelson, asked if he’d ever seen back-to-back mesh breakers before, replied.

“No. Not even close.”

It was even bantered that both shots went through the same spot on the mid-upper right side.

The shots, while bizarre, turned the game around as the Griffins went from trailing to a 2-1 lead, with no looking back.

The first shot fooled nearly everyone as play continued for another 45 seconds. After a stoppage, it took close to five minutes to decide the goal had been scored by defenseman Brian Lashoff in a scrum in front of the net. To add to it, it was Lashoff’s first playoff goal since 2009.


The Griffins lead the world in net-passing goals at Van Andel Arena.

4.22.16:   Tigers lost 4-0



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edinson Volquez tossed seven sharp innings, Mike Moustakas went deep and the Kansas City Royals pounded Mike Pelfrey in a 4-0 shutout home win over the Detroit Tigers Thursday night.

Volquez retired the first eight batters and only had to wiggle out of one jam, when Alcides Escobar let a grounder go through his legs in the fourth inning.

The Tigers went on to load the bases before Volquez struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia.