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Jackson Strong in Tigers Return – Saturday Sports Wrap

MLB

Edwin Jackson returned to the Tigers’ rotation a decade after his last Detroit start, and led the team to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night. Jackson allowed an inside-the-park home run in the first inning, then gave up just three more hits and no more runs before leaving in the seventh. Jake Rogers homered for Detroit, and Dawel Lugo had three hits.

The Tigers have won three of their last four games, and host the Royals again tonight. Spencer Turnbull will start against Mike Montgomery. Pregame coverage will begin at 5:45 on 99.3 The Lift. 

Detroit has released second baseman Josh Harrison. The veteran was signed to a one-year contract this spring, but went down with a torn hamstring at the end of May. He was on track to return late this month, but the Tigers have decided to continue using some of their younger players. The release will give Harrison a chance to sign with another team.

The Tigers also released reliever Sandy Baez, to make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster.

Detroit pitcher Blaine Hardy will seek medical help for his sore elbow. Hardy has been limited all season because of inflammation. It’s the type of injury that could require Tommy John surgery.

Eric Thames’ home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers last evening. Thames’ blow also rescued reliever Josh Hader, who had entered the game for Milwaukee in the top of the ninth with a one-run lead, and gave a game-tying homer. Gio Gonzalez pitched five innings, and gave up one run on two hits.

The Brewers will host the Rangers again tonight. Adrian Houser will start against Pedro Payano.

Milwaukee has sent struggling third baseman Travis Shaw back down to San Antonio. Utility man Hernán Pérez has been brought back up. He needed to be added to the 40-man roster, so the Crew designated reliever Burch Smith for assignment.

Twilight League

The Copper Country Twilight League semifinals will wrap up this morning. Top seed REL-Mohawk Technologies will face fourth-seed Garnet Garage at 10:30 at the Hancock Driving Park in the deciding game of their three-game series. The winner will face Dean Kangas-State Farm in the championship series beginning Tuesday night. We’ll broadcast the championship series on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

NFL

The Detroit Lions are bringing veteran quarterbacks Josh Johnson and Landry Jones into camp for workouts. Backup Tom Savage is undergoing concussion protocol after being slammed to the turf in Thursday’s preseason game. Third-stringer David Fales is expected to get most of the playing time in his absence, but the team wants some insurance, so they can keep starter Matthew Stafford out of harm’s way through the preseason. Johnson has played for nine different teams, and started eight NFL games. Jones spent the past four seasons with the Steelers, where he started five games. He was recently released by the Raiders.

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