Tigers Win in Ninth
J.D. Martinez’ three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Indians last night. Rookie starter Kyle Lobstein gave up two runs in the first, but then pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning. Phil Coke earned the win in relief, and Joe Nathan closed the game for his 29th save.
The Tigers continue that series at Cleveland this evening. Justin Verlander will start against Danny Salazar. Hear the first pitch at 7:05 on FM 99.3 and AM 1400, WCCY.
The Royals also won, so the Tigers continue to trail Kansas City by a half-game in the American League Central Division.
Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila left last night’s game, after being hit in the mask with a foul ball. Manager Brad Ausmus says Avila did not suffer a concussion, but will get today off.
Brewers Lose Seventh Straight
The fading Brewers lost to the Cubs 7-1 last night. Chicago opened the game with four runs off Yovani Gallardo in the first inning, helped by back-to-back errors by shortstop Elian Herrera.
The Brewers wrap up that set at Chicago tonight. Matt Garza will return from the disabled list to start against Kyle Hendricks.
Milwaukee has lost seven in a row. Saint Louis has won four in a row, and the Brewers now trail the Cardinals by two games in the National League Central Division.
Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez has been diagnosed with a sprained wrist. He left Sunday’s game against the Giants after an awkward swing in the batter’s box. Team officials say it could be “multiple weeks” before he returns.
High School Volleyball
In high school volleyball yesterday…
– Calumet blanked West Iron County 3-0.
– Hancock shut out Chassell 3-0.
– Lake Linden-Hubbell defeated Baraga 3-0.
– Ontonagon shut down Watersmeet 3-0.
Lions Place Van Noy on IR
The Detroit Lions have placed rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy on the short-term injured reserve list. Van Noy will not be able to practice with the team for the first six weeks of the season. He can’t be activated until week eight. The second-round draft pick underwent surgery last week to repair an injured core muscle.
Our high school football coverage continues Friday night, as Hancock entertains Baraga. Hear the game on the Keweenaw’s High School Sports leader, KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.