Tigers Come Back to Beat Jays
Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez homered in the ninth inning to lift the Tigers to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Blue Jays last night. Toronto opened a quick lead, scoring four runs off Anibal Sanchez in the first two innings. Sanchez left the game in the fifth inning after straining a chest muscle while making a pickoff throw to first base. He’ll be examined today. Detroit got a couple runs back when Ian Kinsler singled in Suarez and Rajai Davis in the third inning. The score stayed at 4-2 until Castellanos’ two-run shot off Jays’ closer Casey Janssen tied it. Suarez followed with the game-winning shot. Toronto threatened in the ninth, loading the bases against Joe Nathan, but Rajai Davis made a sliding catch of a pop foul in left field to end the game.
The Tigers continue that series at Toronto this afternoon. Max Scherzer will start against Marcus Stroman. Hear the first pitch at 1:07 on AM 1400, WCCY.
The Royals won their fifth straight game yesterday, so Detroit’s lead over Kansas City in the American League Central Division remains at two-and-a-half games.
The hamstring injury outfielder Andy Dirks suffered early in the week while playing for West Michigan is worse than was originally thought. Dirks had been moved up to Toledo, but was not able to take batting practice last night. He’ll remain with the Mud Hens while receiving treatment. Dirks is trying to come back after back surgery this spring.
Brewers Score Late to Beat Dodgers
The Brewers broke open a close game with four runs in the seventh inning, then added three more on a Rickie Weeks homer in the eighth, and beat the Dodgers 9-3 last night. Kyle Lohse made another effective start for Milwaukee, giving up just one run over six innings.
The Brewers host the Dodgers again tonight. Mike Fiers will start against Zack Greinke. Fiers is making his first big-league start of the season, filling in for the injured Matt Garza. Rob Wooten was sent back to Nashville to make room for Fiers on the roster.
Saint Louis lost, and Pittsburgh won, so Milwaukee’s lead in the National League Central Division is now a game-and-a-half over the Pirates, and two games over the Cardinals.
Lions, Packers Open Exhibition Season
The Detroit Lions open their exhibition season tonight at home against the Browns. The Packers begin their pre-season tomorrow evening at Tennessee.
Single Speed Race Today
Nearly 300 cyclists are registered for tomorrow’s Single Speed USA race in Copper Harbor. Online registration has closed, but you can still sign up at the Copper Harbor Community Building this morning between 8:00 and 9:30. The race begins at 10:00 at the Grant Township Park, and will be followed by live entertainment, beer and pasties. Details are here.