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Pistons Clinch Playoff Berth – Thursday Sports Wrap

MLB

Matthew Boyd turned in six strong innings, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 yesterday. Boyd gave up just four hits, and one run in his final frame. Niko Goodrum’s two-run home run in the first inning gave Detroit an early lead. John Hicks also homered.

The Tigers host the Indians again this afternoon. Spencer Turnbull will start against Shane Bieber. Pregame coverage will begin at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 last night. All four L-A runs scored in the third inning against starter Brandon Woodruff. Christian Yelich drove home both Milwaukee runs with a pair of singles.

The Brewers have today off, and begin a series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles tomorrow night. Corbin Burnes will pitch against Julio Urías.

Milwaukee third baseman Travis Shaw had to leave last night’s game in the second inning after he was hit on the hand by a pitch while batting. He’s considered day-to-day.

NHL

On the opening night of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs…
– The Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.
– The New York Islanders got past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.
– The Saint Louis Blues shaded the Winnipeg Jets 2-1.
– The Dallas Stars slipped past the Nashville Predators 3-2.
– The San Jose Sharks outskated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2.

The three remaining series begin tonight…
– The Toronto Maple Leafs face the Bruins in Boston.
– The Carolina Hurricanes skate against the Capitals in Washington
– The Colorado Avalanche visit the Calgary Flames.

NBA

The Detroit Pistons took control early, and routed the New York Knicks 115-89 last night. With Blake Griffin on the bench because of his sore knee, Luke Kennard led Detroit with 27 points. Andre Drummond scored 20, and grabbed 18 rebounds. The win in the final game of the regular season clinched a playoff berth for the Pistons for the first time in three years. They have not won a playoff game since 2008. They’ll be seeded eighth in the Eastern Conference, and will open against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks Sunday night.

Finlandia

Former Houghton basketball standout Cassie Ryynonen will play college hoops at Finlandia University. Ryynanen averaged 12 points a game in her senior season with the Gremlins, and was named to the All-West PAC Copper Division first team.

NCAA Hockey

The semifinals of the NCAA Division One Hockey tournament will be played tonight in Buffalo, New York. Minnesota-Duluth takes on Providence in the early game, and Massachusetts will face Denver in the second contest. The winners will play for the title Saturday at 8:00. Hear all of the Frozen Four games on 99.3 The Lift.

Copper Kings Fundraiser

The Calumet All Sports Booster Club will host the “Celebrate Blue and Grey” fundraiser at the Colosseum ballroom Saturday night. Tickets are $30.00 each, and include a dinner buffet. All proceeds raised will benefit Calumet Athletics. Tickets should be purchased in advance, and are available at Copper World.

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