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MIAA Calls Off Fall Sports – Friday Sports Wrap

MLB

Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, but the Detroit Tigers fell 5-3 to the Kansas City Royals last evening. Jonathan Schoop also went deep. Ivan Nova pitched into the sixth inning, giving up eight hits, but only two runs. José Cisnero took the loss in relief.

The Tigers entertain the Cincinnati Reds tonight. Spencer Turnbull will start against Luis Castillo. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.

Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin has landed on the injured list. He suffered a strained right quad muscle while running out an infield single last evening. A temporary replacement will be announced today.

The Milwaukee Brewers had yesterday off, and will host the Cardinals in their home opener tonight. Brett Anderson will pitch against Jack Flaherty.

This weekend’s scheduled series between the Blue Jays and Phillies in Philadelphia has been postponed. Two members of the Phillies staff have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak in Philadelphia began with the visiting Miami Marlins early this week. The list of infected Marlins players has grown to 17, along with a couple of staffers. Miami has been trying to rebuild its team using taxi squad players and free agents, and will not play this weekend.

As games are canceled in this COVID-19-shortened season, the prospect of make-up doubleheaders is looming. Because limited numbers of players are available, there are reports that the league and the players association have agreed to shorten doubleheader games to seven innings, for this year only.

College

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has postponed all of its fall sports seasons. The Division III league is developing plans to play some or all of those sports this spring. Finlandia University is not a full MIAA member, but does play within the league for football. The Lions had eight MIAA games on their fall schedule.

The Southeastern Conference announced yesterday that it will limit football competition to just league games this fall. The Big 10 made that move a couple of weeks ago, but a recent report from the league office reveals that the conference is still considering calling off its football season completely.

Finlandia

The Finlandia University baseball team now has 25 incoming players. The latest to commit is Jacob Mead, a center fielder from Montgomery, Texas.

MTU

Michigan Tech senior defensive lineman Nate LaJoie has been named a Preseason Second Team All-American by Lindy’s Sports in its annual college football preview magazine. LaJoie played his high school ball at Sault Ste. Marie.

NBA

The NBA resumed its season with two close games last evening…
• The Jazz edged the Pelicans 106-104.
• The Lakers shaded the Clippers 103-101.

There are six games on today’s schedule in Orlando, beginning at 2:30 this afternoon.

NHL

The National Hockey League will resume play tomorrow. 24 teams will begin an expanded Stanley Cup playoff series in the two hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton.

NFL

The Green Bay Packers have placed kicker Mason Crosby, tight end Jace Sternberger and defensive lineman Treyvon Hester on the COVID-19 list. The list is for players who have either tested positive for the coronavirus, or who have been in close contact with someone who is infected.

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