The Detroit bullpen threw six scoreless innings last night, as the Tigers edged the Kansas City Royals 4-3. After Rony Garcia gave up a three-run homer in the third inning of his major league debut, Tyler Alexander, Jose Cisnero, Gregory Soto, Buck Farmer and Joe Jiménez held KC to just two hits. Detroit’s runs came in the bottom of the third, on two-run homers by Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart.
The Tigers host the Royals again tonight. Matthew Boyd will start against Danny Duffy. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
With pitcher Dario Agrazal on the injured list because of a forearm strain, the Tigers have brought pitcher Anthony Castro up from the alternate training facility in Toledo.
The Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 last night. The Crew appeared to take control of the game when they broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the seventh. Pittsburgh responded with four in the bottom of the inning, and then added two more runs off Bobby Wahl in the eighth. Keston Hiura homered for Milwaukee.
The Brewers play in Pittsburgh again tonight. Brandon Woodruff will pitch against Joe Musgrove.
Starting pitcher Josh Lindblom had to leave last night’s game in the fourth inning because of cramped back muscles. It’s not believed to be a long-term injury.
The Miami Marlins will remain off the field at least through the weekend. Major League Baseball suspended the team’s season because of COVID-19 concerns. 15 Marlins have now tested positive, along with two staff members. In Philadelphia, where the Marlins’ outbreak came to light, the Phillies won’t resume play until Friday, to assure proper disinfecting of stadium facilities. No Philadelphia players have tested positive. In the meantime, the two teams the Phillies and Marlins would have been playing – the Yankees and Orioles – will play each other tonight and tomorrow in Baltimore.
The Finlandia University baseball team has signed up another new member. Dylan Murphy is a pitcher from Rancho Cordova, California. He is the 23rd player added to the upcoming recruiting class.
If there is a National Football League season, the Green Bay Packers will play it without receiver Devin Funchess. Citing concerns for his family, Funchess announced yesterday that he’s opting out because of the COVID-19 threat. He had signed a one-year free agent deal with Green Bay earlier this year.
Funchess joins a growing list of players who will sit out this season. Chicago Bears’ nose tackle Eddie Goldman has also opted out.
Twilight League Baseball
In Copper Country Twilight League baseball last night…
• Dean Kangas-State Farm defeated REL-Mohawk Technology 4-1.
• Superior National Bank-Stanton v Garnet Garage-Subway – not reported.
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