Morning Sports for Monday, April 14th:
MLB: Scherzer, Tigers Fall in San Diego
Max Scherzer struck out 10… but also gave up four runs over five innings, and the Tigers lost to the Padres Sunday 5-1. Will Venable’s two-run double in the fourth was the big blow. Full game details are here. The Tigers have today off, and return home to face the Indians tomorrow night. Anibal Sanchez will start against Zach McAllister. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on AM 1400, WCCY.
The Brewers won their ninth-straight game… beating the Pirates 4-1. Kyle Lohse fell one out short of a complete game… giving up just four hits. After the final hit, with two outs in the ninth, Will Smith game in to strike out Pedro Alvarez on three pitches and earn his first major league save. Full game details are here. The Brewers open a three-game home set against the Cardinals tonight. Matt Garza will start against Lance Lynn.
Finlandia Baseball Team Opens Road Trip
The Finlandia University baseball team plays two this afternoon at Minnesota-Morris… and two tomorrow at Carleton College.
NHL: Red Wings Blank Blues
The Red Wings tuned up for the playoffs by shutting out the Blues 3-0 in their final game of the regular season Sunday. Justin Abdelkader scored twice, and Petr Mrazek earned his second NHL shutout. The game meant nothing in the playoff pairings for Detroit, so several regulars either did not play, os saw limited action. Full game details are here. The Wings open the playoffs Friday night at Boston. Faceoff is at 7:30 on AM 1400, WCCY.
NBA: Pistons Stagger Toward Finish Line; Prepare to Part with Dumars
The Pistons fell to 116-107 on Sunday. Detroit trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half… although they rallied to take a brief lead in the third quarter. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 23 points. The Pistons again played without Josh Smith, who is sidelined with tendinitis in his knee. Full game details are here. Detroit’s final game will be Wednesday night at Oklahoma City. The Pistons have been eliminated from the playoffs.
Reports continue to circulate that Joe Dumars is finished as Detroit’s President of Basketball Operations. His contract with the club is about to expire, and will not be renewed. Dumars led Detroit to an NBA title and six straight Conference Championship series… but the team has struggled in recent seasons, and he and new owner Tom Gores have had several disagreements. Sources say Dumars will continue with the club as an advisor.
Tech Men’s Tennis Finishes Regular Season
The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team fell to Tiffin 5-4 (details here) on Sunday. The Huskies lost 6-3 to Old Dominion (details here) on Saturday… and edged Findlay 5-4 (details here) on Friday. Tech men’s tennis wraps up the regular season with a record of 9-9 overall, and 4-7 in the GLIAC. The Huskies will be the eighth seed in the GLIAC Tournament, which begins a week from Friday in Midland.
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