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Pistons Win Draft Lottery – Wednesday Sports Wrap

Twilight League Baseball

In Copper Country Twilight League baseball last night…
• REL-Mohawk Technology got past Houghton Building Supply-Stanton 6-4.
• Garnet Garage defeated Northern Driveline 8-4. Chris Safari pitched to 17 batters in a relief appearance, and struck out eight of them.

Slow Pitch Softball

In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League play this evening…
• At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, A and S Industrial/Loukus Tech takes on Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics at 6:30, and Downtowner Two at 7:30.
• At the Hancock Driving Park, McGann’s/Northern Auto plays Pat’s Foods/Buckos at 6:30. Paul Hyrkas Construction faces Koppers at 7:30.

Fast Pitch Softball

In Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball League play tonight at the Bone Yard…
• Crush plays Tervo Agency at 5:45.
• JB’s faces Superior National Bank at 7:15.

College Volleyball

The Finlandia University volleyball team has introduced a new recruit. Emily Wilson was team captain and MVP at Verrado High School in Goodyear, Arizona.

NBA

In NBA tournament play last night…
• Deandre Ayton’s dunk off an alley-oop inbound pass from Jae Crowder with less than a second remaining gave the Suns a 104-103 win over the Clippers. Phoenix leads the Western Conference final 2-0.

Tonight…
• The Bucks host the Hawks in the opening game of the Eastern Conference final.

The Pistons will have the first pick in this year’s NBA draft. At last night’s lottery drawing, Detroit was one of three teams with a 14 percent chance at claiming the top selection. It will be the first time since 1970 that the Pistons have gone first in the draft. That year, they chose future hall-of-famer Bob Lanier. The likely top selection this year is Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham. The Rockets will pick second, and the Cavaliers third.

NHL

In the Stanley Cup semifinals last evening…
• The Canadiens defeated the Golden Knights 4-1. Montreal leads that series 3-2.

Tonight…
• The Islanders host the Lightning. Tampa Bay leads that set 3-2.

MLB

The Detroit Tigers erupted for six runs in the fourth inning, and cruised past the Saint Louis Cardinals 8-2 last night. Jonathan Schoop’s three-run homer was the big blow. Jake Rogers doubled and tripled, and drove in three runs. Tarik Skubal left as the Cardinals scored both of their runs in the fifth inning. Kyle Funkhauser got the win in relief.

That quick interleague series concludes this afternoon. Matt Manning will pitch against John Gant. Coverage will begin at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

Beau Burrows is no longer a Tiger. Detroit’s first-round pick in the 2015 draft was claimed off waivers yesterday by the Minnesota Twins, after he was designated for assignment. Detroit also sent outfielder Victor Reyes to the Lakeland Flying Tigers on a rehab assignment.

The Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 last night. Kolton Wong and Christian Yelich homered. The D-backs got just two hits – one off starter Freddy Peralta, who went six innings and got the win, and the other off Hunter Strickland in the ninth inning.

The Brewers visit the Diamondbacks again this afternoon. Brandon Woodruff will start against Caleb Smith.

The knee problem that forced pitcher Brett Anderson from Monday’s game has landed him on the injured list. Milwaukee also sent reliever Hoby Milner down to Nashville yesterday, and brought up pitchers Ryan Weber and Miguel Sanchez. Outfielder Tyrone Taylor was activated from the injured list, and outfielder Derek Fisher was designated for assignment. Outfielder Jake Hager was claimed by the Seattle Mariners, after he was designated for assignment last week.

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