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The Detroit Tigers exploded for seven runs in the first inning, and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers yesterday. Nicholas Castellanos started the outburst with a solo home run. The rest of the scoring came on a collection of singles, walks, an error, and a double by Mikie Mahtook. Mike Fiers pitched five shutout innings, then allowed a solo home run in the sixth. Blaine Hardy turned in two scoreless innings of relief. Alex Wilson gave up the final Texas run in the ninth.
The Tigers host the Rangers again this afternoon. Michael Fulmer will pitch against Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Pregame coverage will begin at 12:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Milwaukee Brewers collected just four hits, and lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-1 yesterday. Filling in for the injured Brent Suter, Aaron Wilkerson gave up two runs in the first inning, but no more through the fifth. Milwaukee closed the gap on a deflected infield single by Brad Miller in the bottom of the seventh, but Atlanta put the game away with three runs off Mike Zagurski and Jorge López in the eighth.
The Brewers entertain the Braves again this afternoon. Junior Guerra will start against Sean Newcomb.
The Detroit Red Wings have signed their top draft pick, Filip Zadina, to three-year entry-level contract. There remains a question as to where Zadina will play this season. Zadina skated for Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. The NHL has ruled that he was not an official member of the Halifax team, but was on loan from his official team in his native Czech Republic. If that ruling stands, Detroit could assign Zadina to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Halifax may challenge the ruling. If it is determined that Zadina was officially on the Halifax roster last season, Halifax would have a right to demand that he play the upcoming season with them if he does not make the Detroit roster out of training camp.
The Detroit Pistons have signed former University of Miami guard Bruce Brown, whom they selected with the 42nd pick in this year’s draft. They then released guard Dwight Buycks.
Chassell Lions Run
Tom Smith of Houghton raced to an easy victory in the Chassell Lions 5k at the Copper Country Strawberry Festival yesterday. Smith finished 40 seconds better than Chassell’s Ben Tuomi. Kirsten Monahan of Houghton was third overall, and first in the women’s division. For full results, click here.
The defending champion Appleton Assassins, the local Shottle Bop team, the perennial power Boomtown Saints and Buck’s Brigade lead the field into the second day at the 61st Annual Coca Cola International Frisbee Tournament. Those four teams reached the semifinal level on the first day of competition. Other teams remain in the mix, as double-elimination play resumes this morning at Agassiz Field in Calumet. The final will be played late this afternoon.
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