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Finlandia Hoops to Schedule with UMAC – Thursday Sports Wrap

Detroit Tigers Circle LogoMLB: Tigers Hold Off Rangers
The Tigers took a quick lead… and hung on to beat the Rangers 8-6 last night. Detroit scored three runs in the first… two of them on back-to-back doubles by Victor and J.D. Martinez. The Martinez’ hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning. Miguel Cabrera also drove in two runs. Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs in less than six innings… but earned the win. Joe Nathan gave up a run in the ninth, but earned the save.

The Tigers wrap up that series at Texas tonight. Rick Porcello will face Nick Martinez. Hear the first pitch at 8:05 on AM 1400, WCCY.

The Tigers have won six in a row. The Royals lost again last night, so Detroit’s lead in the American League Central is up to four games.

Brewers Overpower Nats
Milwaukee Brewers Circle LogoScooter Gennett’s grand slam powered the Brewers past the Nationals 9-2 last night. Gennett drove in five runs in the game. Khris Davis also homered. Marco Estrada pitched into the seventh to earn the win.

The Brewers host the Rockies tonight. Wily Peralta will start against Christian Friedrich.

Copper Country Slow Pitch
Copper Country Slow Pitch LogoIn Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball play last night…
– At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Bucko’s/Labatts shut down Pat’s Foods/ThermoAnalytics 18-2. Steve Dunstan allowed just six hits to earn the win. Jack Benson homered for Bucko’s. Pat’s then lost to North Pointe Trucking 25-9. Jeff Aho, Kyle Kilpela, Brent Jurmu, and Phil Helminen each had four hits for North Pointe.
– At Hurontown, the results from the games between The Marley Bar and 906/Pilgrim River Steakhouse… and Coca Cola/Miller’s Recreation and Osmose… were not reported.
– At the Hancock Driving Park, Erickson Crowley Peterson smothered Post 90/Lakes Lounge 30-3. Manny Brunk and Tim Loftquist homered for Erickson. Jed Denomie gave up just five hits to earn the win. Pot 90 then lost to The Goal Post 26-16.
Click on the highlighted scores to see the box scores.

Twilight League Baseball
In Twilight League baseball action tonight…
– At the Hancock Driving Park, Pat’s Foods entertains Wolverine-Orbit
– At the Stanton Field, the Wildcats host BlueSky Health.

Western Wild Opens Play for National Title
The Western Wild girls’ basketball team is in Gainesville, Florida, where the USSSA National Tournament opens today. The ninth-graders from Baraga and Hancock don’t see action today…  but will play three games tomorrow. Follow the tournament here.

Finlandia LionsFinlandia Basketball to Schedule with UMAC
The Finlandia University men’s and women’s basketball teams will be added to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference conference schedule for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. The agreement between Finlandia and the UMAC came about because of the odd number of teams in the UMAC with their recent addition of the University of Wisconsin-Superior. It should result in a much more balanced schedule between home and away games for the Lions. Finlandia is hoping to make a formal application for membership in the UMAC for all of its athletic teams. To that end, the University is adding seven new sports programs over the next seven years, including football in the fall of 2015.

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