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The Detroit Tigers scored three runs in the seventh inning, and came from behind to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Friday night. Detroit took an early lead when Ian Kinsler slammed a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. Justin Verlander shut out the Royals through the first five innings. KC scored two in the sixth. Verlander completed the seventh, and Detroit’s rally earned him the win. In the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Collins tied the game with a solo home run. A few batters later, Victor Martinez drove in the final two runs with a bases-loaded infield single that glanced off the glove of former Tiger Joakim Soria.
The Tigers continue that home set against Kansas City this evening. Mike Pelfrey will face Danny Duffy. Hear the first pitch at 7:10 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.
Collins was in the lineup because outfielder Justin Upton has been placed on the bereavement list. The team has not said why. MLB rules say that a player placed on the bereavement list must be away from the team for at least three games, but no more than seven.
The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t hold an early lead, and lost to the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Friday night. Milwaukee built a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, but Cincy scored three times in the sixth against Matt Garza and Carlos Torres, and added an insurance run in the seventh. Milwaukee closed the gap to one run in the ninth, and had the bases loaded with one out, but Scooter Gennett and Ryan Braun each popped out to end the game.
The Brewers play at Cincinnati again tonight. Jimmy Nelson will pitch against John Lamb.
Milwaukee brought reliever Corey Knebel up from Colorado Springs for last night’s game. Reliever Michael Blazek has been sent down.
Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball
Team Two defeated Team One 20-6 in the annual Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball All-Star Game at the Chassell field Friday night. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Erin Gast scored on a Selena Stromer double. Stromer also scored to give Team Two a 2-0 lead. Team One took the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth, but Team Two blew the game open with 13 runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Mel Baker was the winning pitcher, with four strikeouts and six walks. Sarah Audette took the loss. She struck out six and walked nine. Selena Stromer led Team Two at the plate with three singles and a double. Erin Gast and Molly Berg each singled twice. For team One, Sarah Audette had a triple, and Jana Hendrickson had two singles.
The Detroit Pistons have have finally completed their maximum contract deal with Andre Drummond. Terms of the five-year, 130-million dollar contract were worked out weeks ago, but the signatures were delayed until the new NBA salary cap was released. Drummond led the league in rebounding last season, and averaged 16 points per game.
The Hancock Canal Run will be held today. The event includes a half-marathon, and five and 10-mile walks and runs. Shuttle service to the starting points will begin at 6:00 am at the Church of the Resurrection. Registration has closed. See full details here.
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