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Flames Open Legion Baseball State Tourney This Morning – Thursday Sports Wrap

Slow Pitch Softball

In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League play last evening…
• Paul Hyrkas Construction v Pat’s Foods/Buckos – no report
• Koppers defeated Downtowner Two 19-13.
• Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics v Sayen’s Auto/Coca Cola – no report
• Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics v Bucko’s/Labatts – no report

Twilight League Baseball

In Copper Country Twilight League baseball tonight…
• Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker meets Houghton Building Supply-Stanton at the Stanton field.

American Legion Baseball

The Copper Country Flames American Legion baseball team opens play in the state tournament this morning. The Flames will play Chief Pontiac at 9:00 at Haley Field in Marquette. The winner of that game will face Menominee this afternoon at 2:00. The loser of this morning’s contest will continue play in the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament tomorrow morning.

College Football

The Finlandia University football team has added a new recruit. Alkamus Johnson is a defensive lineman from Saluda, South Carolina.

NHL

Luke Glendening is no longer a Detroit Red Wing. On the opening day of the free agent signing period yesterday, Glendening signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Stars.

The Wings signed contracts with three players. Forward Pius Suter signed a two year deal, after the Blackhawks declined to tender a qualifying offer on Monday. Sam Gagner stays with the team on a one-year deal. Defenseman Jordan Oesterle comes in from the Coyotes on a two-way contract. He played college hockey at Western Michigan University, and youth hockey in the Detroit area. The Wings also resigned goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year contract.

NBA

The NBA Draft takes place tonight. The Detroit Pistons own the first pick for the first time in a half century, and are expected to take Oklahoma State standout Cade Cunningham. The Pistons also hold three picks in the second round. The NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks have just one pick – at number 31 overall.

MLB

The Detroit Tigers outlasted the Minnesota Twins 17-14 yesterday. Detroit took control early, scoring twice in the second, and adding eight more runs in the fourth, as they sent 11 batters to the plate. Minnesota counterpunched with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. After the Tigers added three more in the sixth, the Twins plated another six in the eighth to close the gap to one. That didn’t last – back-to-back doubles by Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario gave Detroit four more in the top of the ninth. Gregory Soto gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but then closed the game out. The Twins hit seven home runs. Detroit hit none, but did get a triple from Willi Casttro, and six doubles, including two by Candelario.

The Tigers host the Baltimore Orioles tonight. Casey Mize will start against Alexander Wells. Coverage will begin at 6:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 last night. Adrian Houser turned in five shutout innings, allowing just two hits. Avisaíl García had three hits, drove in one, and scored twice.

The Brewers play in Pittsburgh again this evening. Freddy Peralta will pitch against Chad Kuhl.

Milwaukee bolstered its offense yesterday by acquiring veteran infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Diamondbacks. Escobar was a member of this year’s All-Star team. He’s expected to help out at third base, and could also get some time at first base, where he has never played in the majors. In exchange, Arizona gets two prospects – Triple-A utility player Cooper Hummel, and rookie infielder Alberto Ciprian.

NFL

Receiver Randall Cobb is returning to Green Bay. The Packers traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Texans to bring the 11-year veteran back. Cobb’s return was reported to be among the conditions that quarterback Aaron Rodgers set for agreeing to play this season. Rodgers met with the media after yesterday’s workout, and said he’s “all-in” on helping the Packers win a Super Bowl this season.

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