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Morning Sports for Monday, April 21st

MLB: Tigers Slip Past Angels
The Tigers got seven strong innings from Rick Porcello, and edged the Angels 2-1 yesterday afternoon. Porcello earned his second win of the season, and Joe Nathan picked up his third save. Detroit scored their first run when Ian Kinsler went all the way from first base to home on a walk to Miguel Cabrera. Here’s how it worked – Kinsler tried to steal second base on a 3-2 pitch to Cabrera. The pitch was a ball… negating the steal because of the walk. But… before the home plate umpire could call the pitch a ball, Angels’ catcher Hank Conger fired the ball to second base… and past the base, into center field. Error number one. Kinsler headed toward third, while center fielder Mike Trout tossed the ball lazily back toward the infield… and to no one in particular. Error number two. Seeing the loose ball, Kinsler headed toward the plate… and dove across as the throw from pitcher Hector Santiago sailed wide of the catcher. Error number three… all on a walk. The Tigers open a home set against the White Sox tonight. Anibal Sanchez will pitch against John Danks. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on AM 1400, WCCY. Full details from yesterday’s game are here.

The Tigers released shortstop Alex Gonzalez yesterday morning, and called infielder Danny Worth up from Toledo to replace him. Detroit obtained Gonzalez from Baltimore a week before the season started in exchange for Steve Lombardozzi. Gonzalez was the hitting hero on opening day… but had collected only three singles since then. His defense had been inconsistent. Worth will share time at shortstop with Andrew Romine as starter Jose Iglesias continues a lengthy rehab from stress fractures in his shins.

Brewers Edge Pirates in 14
Khris Davis’ home run in the 14th inning lifted the Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Pirates. Milwaukee had trailed 2-1 going into the ninth, but Ryan Braun homered off Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli for the second straight day to send the game into extra innings. The Brewers return home to start a three-game set against the Padres tonight. Wily Peralta will start against Andrew Cashner. Full details from yesterday’s game are here.

Brewers’ leadoff hitter Carlos Gomez faces a possible suspension for his part in a brawl that broke out during the third inning. The benches cleared after Gomez reacted to some comments from Pirates starter Gerrit Cole after Gomez hit a triple. The benches cleared… and Gomez, Milwaukee third base coach Jerry Narron, and Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider were ejected.

Finlandia Baseball Splits with Maranatha Baptist; Falls Twice to Illinois Tech
The Finlandia University baseball team split a pair of games with Maranatha Baptist University on Saturday. The Lions won the opener 3-1. Luke Paul gave up just four hits and struck out seven to earn a complete-game victory. Finlandia dropped the nightcap 4-3. On Friday, the Lions lost both ends of a doubleheader at Illinois Tech. In the first game, the Lions opened a brief early lead by scoring twice in the first inning. The Hawks responded with a 12-run third inning, and cruised to a 12-6 victory. Finlandia lost the second game 12-0. The Lions play two at Cardinal Stritch University this afternoon.

Friday game one details are here. Game two details are here.
Saturday game one details are here. Game two details are here.

Red Wings
The Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-1 in the second game of their opening-round N-H-L playoff series yesterday. Boston goalie Tukka Rask stopped 34 Detroit shots. Luke Glendening scored the Wings’ only goal. The series is tied at one win per team. Game three will be played in Detroit tomorrow evening at 7:30. Hear the broadcast on AM 1400, WCCY. Full game details are here.

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