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Paavola to Play at FinnU – Thursday Sports Wrap

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MLB
The Detroit Tigers managed just five hits yesterday, in a 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Blaine Hardy surrendered three home runs over five innings. He was charged with five runs, and took the loss.

Tigers have lost six in a row. They’ll take today off to return home, and host the Minnesota Twins tomorrow night. Jordan Zimmermann will start against Ervin Santana. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Tigers demoted struggling reliever Daniel Stumpf yesterday, sending him down to Toledo. The also put catcher John Hicks on the 10-day disabled list. He has a groin strain. They brought pitcher Artie Lewicki and catcher Grayson Greiner up from the Mud Hens.

The Tigers also purchased the contract of pitcher Nick Tepesch from the Toronto Blue Jays. Tepesch is 29 years old. He has some major league experience, but spent this season in Double-A and Triple-A. He’s been assigned to Detroit’s Double-A team at Erie.

The Milwaukee Brewers pounced on rookie starter Brett Kennedy early, and cruised to an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres last night. Jesús Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames blasted consecutive home runs as the Crew scored five times in the first inning. Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich added solo shots later in the game. Jhoulys Chacín got the win, giving up three runs over six effective innings.

The Brewers wrap up their series against the Padres this afternoon. Junior Guerra will pitch against Robbie Erlin.

Twilight League
The Copper Country Twilight League playoff semifinals continue tonight.
– Superior National Bank-Stanton faces REL-Mohawk Technologies at the Stanton field. SNB leads that best-of-three series one game to none.
– Wolverine-Orbit takes on Dean Kangas-State Farm at the Hancock Driving Park. Wolverine holds a 1-0 advantage in that series.
Both games begin at 6:30.

We will broadcast the Twilight League championship series next week on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.

Finlandia
Former Hancock High School standout Dylan Paavola will join the Finlandia University hockey team this fall. Paavola was a captain in the state champion Bulldogs squad in 2016. He made three All-Great Lakes Conference, and two Division Three All-State teams.

NFL
Both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers open their exhibition schedules over the next two days. The Lions play the Radiers in Oakland. Kickoff is tomorrow at 10:30. Hear the broadcast on the Keweenaw’s voice of the Lions, 99.3 The Lift following Tigers-Twins. The Packers entertain the Tennessee Titans tonight.

Email sports stories and game results to mornings@up.net.

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