Tigers Inch Closer to Title
The Tigers moved one step closer to an American League Central title with a 4-2 victory over the Twins last night. Max Scherzer won his 18th game of the season, giving up two runs on five hits over six innings, and striking out nine. The start may have been his last in Detroit, depending on playoff scheduling, and how his pending free agency plays out. Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered.
The Tigers continue their final series of the regular season at home against the Twins tonight. Rick Porcello will start against Anthony Swarzak. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on FM 99.3 and AM 1400, WCCY.
The Royals also won, so Detroit’s lead in the American League Central Division remains at two games. With three games remaining for each team, any combination of two Detroit win or Kansas City losses will clinch the title for the Tigers.
The Brewers’ faint playoff hopes ended last night with a 5-3 loss to the Reds. Yovani Gallardo struggled into the sixth inning, giving up five runs on 10 hits. Milwaukee committed three errors.
The Brewers open their final series of the season at home against the Cubs tonight. Jimmy Nelson will pitch against Eric Jokisch, who will make his first major league start.
Milwaukee’s loss clinched a wild card playoff berth for the Giants.
In the NFL last night, Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes, as the Giants blasted Washington 45-14.
The Lions face the Jets in New York on Sunday. Detroit coach Jim Caldwell says Jets present a number of different looks on offense and defense… [CALDWELL]. Tight end Joe Fauria injured his ankle in an accident at home this week, so expect to see more of rookie Eric Ebron in the game.
The Packers take on the Bears in Chicago… a homecoming of sorts for Julius Peppers, who signed with Green Bay during the off-season, after four years with the Bears… [PEPPERS]. Both the Lions and the Packers’ games begin at 1:00.
NHL – Wings Edge Blackhawks
Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots, as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in preseason play last night. Tomas Nosek had a goal and an assist for Detroit. Nosek is an undrafted free agent out of the Czech Republic. The Wings host the Bruins in an exhibition tomorrow night. We will cover the Red Wings again this season on FM 99.3 and AM 1400 WCCY.
MTU Preps for Miner’s Cup
– In college football, Michigan Tech puts its unbeaten record on the line at Northern Michigan tomorrow evening. The Wildcats are just 1-3 on the season, but Huskies’ coach Tom Kearly knows they have a potent offense… KEARLY. This will be the 13th year in which the winner will take home the Miner’s Cup… which features an authentic miner’s helmet that was purchased from a Copper Country antique store… KEARLY B. Kickoff is at 7:00 at the Superior Dome. It’s Homecoming for the Wildcats.
– The MTU soccer team plays at Ashland on Sunday.
– The MTU volleyball team entertains Findlay tonight at 7:00, and Hillsdale tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.
– The MTU women’s tennis team plays at the ITA Regionals in Indianapolis this weekend.
Finlandia Volleyball Hosts Invitational
– The Finlandia University volleyball team hosts its own invitational this weekend. The Lions will face Mount Mary University at 2:00 this afternoon, Wisconsin-Marinette this evening at 6:30, and Grace Bible College tonight at 9:00. Tomorrow, Finlandia plays Alverno College at 10:00, and Maranatha Baptist Bible University at 6:00.
– The Finlandia women’s soccer team hosts Mount Mary University tomorrow morning at 11:00. The men’s team plays at Wisconsin-Platteville Sunday afternoon.
In high school volleyball last evening…
– Houghton remained unbeaten in the WestPAC by blanking West Iron County 3-0.
– Hancock shut down Chassell 3-0.
– Lake Linden-Hubbell got past Ontonagon 3-1.
– Baraga edged Dollar Bay 3-2.
– Calumet plays at the Duluth East High School Tournament.
– Hancock plays at the Marquette High School Invitational.
– L’Anse travels to Northland Pines.
In cross country tomorrow, Hancock runs at Ishpeming.
In high school football tonight…
– Hancock plays at Calumet. The Copper Kings’ Homecoming parade will begin at 6:00 on Mine Street. It will proceed down Red Jacket Road and 5th Street, and end at Agassiz field. If you can’t attend the game, listen to the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.
– L’Anse plays at Baraga. This will be the final football Battle of the Bay for the foreseeable future, as Baraga drops back to eight-man play next fall.
– Lake Linden- Hubbell faces Maple City-Glen Lake at the Superior Dome.
– Ewen-Trout Creek entertains Brimley.
– Ontonagon has the weekend off.
– Houghton plays at West Iron County. Hear the broadcast on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.