The Detroit Tigers’ bats kept booming yesterday, as they pounded out 16 hits on the way to an 11-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Detroit slugged out five runs in the first inning, powered by homers from Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron and Jeimer Candelario. All came before the first out was recorded. JaCoby Jones added a round-tripper later in the game. Detroit starter Ivan Nova was shaky, giving up five runs over five innings, but he earned the win.
In their last two games after the team was sidelined by the Saint Louis Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak, Detroit has scored 28 runs on 32 hits.
The Tigers conclude their weekend series at Pittsburgh today. Spencer Turnbull will start against Steven Brault. Coverage will begin at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.
There was a scary moment in the sixth inning of yesterday’s game, when Miguel Cabrera lofted a fly ball down the right field line. Pirates’ right fielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Phillip Evans both gave chase, and collided at full speed. Polanco got up. Evans didn’t, and was eventually removed from the field on a stretcher, and taken by ambulance to a hospital with his neck stabilized. He was said to be awake and responsive in the emergency room.
The Milwaukee Brewers fell behind early, and lost to the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 yesterday. Brett Anderson allowed three runs in the first inning, in a start that ended with two outs in the third. Corbin Burnes completed the game, giving up just a run on one hit, and striking out eight.
The Brewers entertain the Reds again this afternoon. Brandon Woodruff will start against Sonny Gray.
In National Hockey League round-robin play yesterday…
• The Golden Knights shaded the Avalanche 4-3.
• The Flyers shut down the Lightning 4-1.
The last remaining qualifying series will be decided today, when the Maple Leafs face the Blue Jackets. That best-of-five set is tied 2-2.
The final round-robin games to establish seeding in the Stanley Cup tournament will also take place today. The Bruins meet the Capitals, and the Stars face the Blues.
The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs begins Tuesday.
The Detroit Lions have activates tight end T.J. Hockenson, cornerback Amani Oruwariye and punter Arryn Siposs from the COVID-19 list. Only one player remains sidelined because of the coronavirus – safety Jalen Elliott.
The Lions have waived defensive tackle Daylon Mack. Mack was picked up just last weekend off waivers from the Ravens, but he failed his physical.
The Mid-American Conference has become the first NCAA Division I FBS league to cancel all of its fall sports. In a written statement, officials said they may try to stage their fall sports next spring. The league has made no decision about winter sports. MAC members include Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan Universities.