The Kansas City Royals pounded six home runs, and spoiled the Detroit Tigers’ home opener 14-6 last night. In his first start in nearly two years, Michael Fulmer gave up four runs before leaving in the third inning. Detroit had opened up an early lead with a five-run second frame, highlighted by a JaCoby Jones home run, but their only scoring after that came on a solo shot by Victor Reyes in the sixth. Meanwhile, K-C was taking command, with six runs in the fourth – most of them off Kyle Funkhauser, who took the loss. They tacked on two more in the fifth, and two in the ninth.
The Tigers host the Royals again tonight. Starters for both teams have yet to be determined. Dario Agrazal was supposed to pitch for Detroit, but has been put on the injured list with a forearm strain. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Milwaukee Brewers mounted a late comeback, and spoiled the Pittsburgh Pirates’ home opener 6-5 last night. The Crew scored four times in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Ryan Braun’s two-out, two-run double was the big blow. Eric Sogard doubled home the winning run in the 11th. Starter Adrian Houser pitched five effective innings, and giving up just one hit – a solo home run.
The Brewers play in Pittsburgh again tonight. Josh Lindblom will pitch against Derek Holland.
The Miami Marlins’ games against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for last night and tonight were canceled, after more than a dozen Marlins’ players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The diagnoses came after Miami’s opening series in Philadelphia. The Phillies’ home game against the New York Yankees last night was also canceled, so the visiting locker room could be sanitized. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said play will continue for the rest of the league. More information is expected later today, after another round of test results is received.
If the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference plays sports at all this fall, schedules will be limited to opponents from within the league. The decision to forego non-conference games was made late last week by the Council of Presidents, because of COVID-19 health concerns. Which sports, if any, will actually be played is yet to be determined. The Council will evaluate the situation early next month.
If sports proceed, the Huskies’ football opener would be pushed back to September 19th at Saginaw Valley State. The volleyball team would start September 18th with a home match against Grand Valley State. Northern Michigan University’s football season would kick off September 19th at Davenport University.
The Finlandia University volleyball team has signed up a new recruit. Terhyn Barlow was a three-time all-district selection and two-year captain at DeQuincy High School in Louisiana.
National Football League training camps will begin today. Players will undergo four days of COVID-19 testing and virtual meetings. Organized physical activities won’t start until next week.
Twilight League Baseball
In Copper Country Twilight League baseball tonight…
• Dean Kangas-State Farm plays REL-Mohawk Technology at the Hancock Driving Park.
• Superior National Bank-Stanton faces Garnet Garage-Subway at the Stanton field.
In Copper Country Horseshoe League play last evening…
• Dreamland One blanked 41 Lumber 9-0.
• Calumet One defeated Bucko’s Party Store 8-1.
• Dreamland Two edged Ahmeek Fire Department 5-4.
• L and L stopped Drift Inn 8-1.
• Harter’s Party Store downed Loading Zone 8-1.
• Rocky’s Bar shut down Calumet Electronics 7-2.
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