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All-Star Football Practices Underway – Wednesday Sports Wrap

MLB: Tigers Win Fifth Straight
Detroit Tigers Circle LogoThe Tigers broke open a pitching duel with five runs in the seventh inning, and beat the Rangers 8-2 last night. J.D. Martinez started the onslaught with a two-run homer. He closed it by striking out with the bases loaded… but, by that time, Detroit had collected six hits and two walks, and stolen two bases. Ian Kinsler homered in the first inning, and singled in two insurance runs in the eighth. Drew Smyly earned the win… giving up one run on five hits over six innings.

The Tigers have won five in a row, and continue that series at Texas tonight. Anibal Sanchez will face Joe Saunders. Hear the first pitch at 8:05 on AM 1400, WCCY.

The Royals lost, so Detroit’s lead in the American League Central is up to three games.

A familiar face has returned to the Toledo Mudhens. The Tigers purchased the contract of lefthander Daniel Schlereth from the Pirates yesterday. Schlereth originally joined the Tigers in 2009, as part of the deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, and brought Max Scherzer to Detroit. He was released at the end of the 2012 season… spent 2013 in the Baltimore minor league system… and signed a minor league deal with Pittsburgh late last year. Schlereth has struggled this season, and his acquisition is designed to provide pitching depth at Toledo, rather than bring a new arm to the Tigers’ bullpen.

Milwaukee Brewers Circle LogoBrewers Lose Marathon
The Brewers played their longest game in more than a decade last night… losing to the Nationals 4-2 in 16 innings. The nearly five-and-a-half-hour marathon finally ended when Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer off Mike Fiers, who was pitching his fourth inning of long relief.

The Brewers wrap up that series against the Nationals this afternoon. Marco Estrada will start against Stephen Strasburg.

Copper Country Slow Pitch
Copper Country Slow Pitch LogoIn Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball play tonight…
– At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Pat’s Foods/ThermoAnalytics meets Bucko’s/Labatts at 6:15, and then takes on North Pointe Trucking at 7:30.
– At Hurontown, The Marley Bar meets 906/Pilgrim River Steakhouse at 6:15. Coca Cola/Miller’s Recreation faces Osmose at 7:30.
– At the Hancock Driving Park, Post 90/Lakes Lounge takes on Erickson Crowley Peterson at 6:15, and then plays The Goal Post at 7:30.

Jimmy Veker
Jimmy Veker

U.P. Football All-Stars Preparing for Big Game
Practices are underway for Saturday’s U.P. Football All Star Game. L’Anse’s Jimmy Veker says the West team is coming together… VEKER. The West roster also includes his Purple Hornets teammates Keith Denomie, Ryan LaBerge, Jonny Magaraggia, and Brandon Scroggs… Jacob Pieti and Paul Torola from Calumet… Sean Patchin from Hancock… Chuck Heckel and Konrad Klein from Lake Linden-Hubbell… Dillon Hueckstaedt from Baraga… and Tony Soumis from Ontonagon. Retired Forest Park football coach Bill Santilli will be the West head coach, and Lake Linden-Hubbell assistant coach Ken Klein will be one of his assistants. The game begins at 3:00 at the Superior Dome.

Strawberry Festival Run Advance Registration Deadline Today
Strawberry FestivalAdvance registration for the new Strawberry Festival Lions Fun Trail Run closes today. The 5K and 2K runs will be held on July 12th, as part of the 66th annual Strawberry Festival. Those who sign up by the end of the day will get a run t-shirt. You may also sign up the day of the race. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Simple Kindness for Youth. To register, click here.

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