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MLB – Tigers Win 6th Straight
Miguel Cabrera blasted two home runs, as the Detroit Tigers completed a sweep of the Cleveland Indians with an 8-5 victory. Cabrera finished with four hits in the game, and 11 in the three-game series. J.D. Martinez also homered. Kyle Lobstein gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings, and earned the win, filling in for Justin Verlander.
Verlander threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, and said he felt good. Assuming his tight triceps muscle feels all right today, he’ll test it again in a simulated game on Wednesday.
The Tigers open a series at Pittsburgh this afternoon. Anibal Sanchez will start against Gerrit Cole in the Pirates’ home opener. Hear the first pitch at 1:35 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY.
The Pirates are coming off a 10-2 pounding of the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday. Kyle Lohse gave up just one run through five innings for Milwaukee, but surrendered a three-run homer to Andrew McCutchen in the sixth. Pittsburgh added six runs in the ninth inning off Tyler Thornburg.
The Brewers play at Saint Louis this afternoon. Matt Garza will start against Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals’ home opener.
Kero Named All-American
Hancock native Tanner Kero was named to the American Hockey Coaches All-American Hockey Team on Friday. Kero won the Western Collegiate Hockey Association scoring title, and led Michigan Tech to second-place finishes in both the WCHA regular season and championship tournament. He is the first Husky since Jamie Ram in 1994 to be named a first team All-American. Read more about Kero’s selection here.
The Finlandia softball team was shut out twice at Wisconsin-Oshkosh Friday, 9-0 and 8-0. The Lions collected only four hits on the afternoon, The Lions lost both of their games at Cleary University Saturday by identical 5-1 scores. Yesterday, Finlandia lost to Olivet College 8-0 and 3-2.
The two Finlandia baseball games at Maranatha Bible Baptist University Friday were canceled because of poor field conditions. The Lions split their two games at Maranatha Saturday, losing the first contest 3-2, but taking the nightcap 5-3 for the first victory of the season. Luke Paul gave up five hits and struck out seven to earn the win.
NHL – Red Wings Open Playoffs Against Lightning
The Detroit Red Wings will open the NHL playoffs Thursday night in Tampa against the Lightning.
NBA – Pistons Rip Hornets in Home Finale
The Detroit Pistons closed their home schedule with a bang yesterday, pounding the Charlotte Hornets 116-77. Detroit led 30-10 after the first quarter. Jodie Meeks led the Pistons with 24 points. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 19 rebounds. The Pistons play at Cleveland tonight, and close their season Wednesday at New York.