Morning Sports for Friday, May 23rd:
MLB: Tigers Drop Fourth Straight
The Tigers lost their fourth game in a row Thursday… 9-2 to the Rangers. Rookie starter Robbie Ray was charged with seven of those runs before he left in the fourth inning. Ray was filling in for Rick Porcello… who has been experiencing some soreness in his side. Porcello should be ready for his next start… so Ray has been sent back to Toledo. The Tigers will bring up right-hander Corey Knebel to provide some bullpen help.
Detroit’s bullpen has been so badly taxed the past few days that shortstop Danny Worth pitched the ninth inning yesterday. Worth showed off a knuckleball that was so good he struck out two batters… and catcher Bryan Holaday had trouble catching it.
The Tigers host the Rangers again tonight. Anibal Sanchez will face Scott Baker. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on AM 1400, WCCY.
The Rangers will finish the season without former Tiger Prince Fielder. Fielder will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. He says the injury dates back to last season… but admits he didn’t say anything about it until it worsened this spring.
Brewers Fall to Braves
The Braves scored three runs in the seventh inning… and edged the Brewers 5-4 Thursday night. The Brewers open a weekend series at Miami tonight. Marco Estrada will pitch against Tom Koehler.
Ryan Braun left Thursday’s game with a sore right oblique muscle. That’s the same tender area that forced him onto the disabled list several weeks ago. There’s no word as to his status for tonight’s game.
Finlandia Catcher Named All-American
Finlandia University catcher Alexis Lawley has been named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American third-team. Lawley becomes the first player in Finlandia NCAA history to earn All-American recognition. She is currently leading the NCAA Division III in hitting with a .574 batting average. The Division III season ends with the national championship series this weekend.
Lane Qualifies for 1500-Meter Finals
Michigan Tech runner Jani Lane has advanced to Saturday’s championship race in the 1500 meter run at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Lane finished fourth in his preliminary heat last night. Lane holds four of the five best times in the 1500 meter in school history. The school record he set this year was the fifth-fastest Division II time in the nation.
Ride the Keweenaw Weekend Opens
This year’s Ride the Keweenaw Weekend opens with a ride at the Adventure Mine in Greenland tonight. Tomorrow, rides are scheduled at the Michigan Tech, Churning Rapids and Swedetown Trails. On Sunday, guided rides will continue in Copper Harbor, with a new Enduro Race and Downhill Race added to this year’s schedule. For full details, click here.
Global Guts Day Activities Scheduled
The Frisbee game that was invented here in the Copper Country will be celebrated tomorrow in Calumet. Global Guts Day activities will run from noon until 4:00 at Haralson Field, at the corner of US-41 and Red Jacket Road. Meet people who play the sport, and try it yourself. You can also see the finals of the Top Gun competition involving local high school students. Enjoy free hot dogs, brats and Coke. This year’s International Frisbee Tournament will be held July 5th and 6th at Agassiz Field in Calumet.
Ontonagon Classic Deadline Tomorrow
Entries are due tomorrow for the 2014 Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic. The Ladies’ Powder Puff Tournament will be held a week from today, and the full classic will be open next Saturday and Sunday. To sign up, and get full details, check with Greig’s Tackle Shop in Ontonagon, or click here.
Soccer Spirit Friday
The Copper Country Soccer Association has designated today as Soccer Spirit Friday. They’re encouraging all past, present, and future players to show your soccer spirit by wearing your jersey to school or work. Tomorrow is the final day for kids through age 11 to enroll for soccer this summer. Sign up online here.
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