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Rajala to Play at Finlandia – Thursday Sports Wrap

Detroit Tigers Circle LogoMLB: Tigers Sweep Athletics
The Tigers erupted for six runs in the sixth inning, and completed a sweep of the Athletics with a 9-3 victory yesterday. The sixth-inning onslaught included a two-run rbi single by Rajai Davis… and a two-run double by Miguel Cabrera. Justin Verlander wasn’t overpowering… he surrendered two home runs in the first inning, and worked out bases-loaded jams in the third and sixth innings. Still, he earned his first win since May 30th.

The Tigers host the Rays tonight. Erik Bedard will face Erik Bedard. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on AM 1400, WCCY.

Kansas City also won… so Detroit’s lead over the Royals in the American League Central remains at four-and-a-half games.

Victor Martinez missed his third-straight game yesterday, with soreness in his side. Manager Brad Ausmus hopes Martinez will be back in the lineup tonight.

The Tigers signed five Latin American players on the first day of the International Signing Period yesterday. The most notable contract goes to 16-year-old Julio Martinez of the Dominican Republic… a hard-hitting outfielder who got a 600-thousand dollar signing bonus. He was ranked as the 19th-best international prospect.

Brewers Fall in 9th
Milwaukee Brewers Circle LogoEdwin Encarnacion’s three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Blue Jays to a 7-4 victory over the Brewers yesterday. The blow came off Brandon Kintzler… although the loss went to Will Smith, who put the two runners on base.

The Brewers have today off, and begin a series at Cincinnati tomorrow night. Kyle Lohse will start against Alfredo Simon.

The Cardinals won… so Milwaukee’s lead over Saint Louis in the National League Central shrinks to five-and-a-half games.

On the first day of the International Signing Period yesterday, the Brewers spent a whopping three-million dollars to sign 16-year-old Gilbert Lara from the Dominican Republic. Lara is currently a shortstop, but is projected as a third-baseman or outfielder in the future. He was ranked fourth on the MLB International Prospects List.

Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball
Copper Country Slow Pitch LogoIn Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League play last night…
– At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Bucko’s/Labatts outslugged North Pointe Trucking 37-17. Bucko’s capped the 40-hit effort with a 12-run seventh inning. Brad Anderson had six hits, including a home run. Bucko’s then fell to Nutini’s 42-19. Nutini’s scored 10 in the third, 11 in the fifth, and 11 in the seventh, while collecting 46 hits.
– At Hurontown, Post 90/Lakes Lounge shut down 906/Pilgrim River Steakhouse 31-5. Jason Wilks and Bobby LaRoux each had five hits. Wilks and Jason Sedar homered. The score of the game between 906/Pilgrim River Steakhouse and Osmose was not reported.
– At the Hancock Driving Park, the score of the games between The Goal Post and Erickson Crowley Peterson… and Pat’s Foods/ThermoAnalytics and The Marley Bar… were not reported.

Copper Country Twilight League
In Copper Country Twilight League baseball tonight…
– At the Hancock Driving Park, Pat’s Foods hosts Blue Sky Health.
– At the Toivola Field, Mosquito Inn entertains the Stanton Wildcats.

Hornets’ Star Rajala to Finlandia
Finlandia LionsA L’Anse girls’ basketball standout will continue her career at Finlandia University this fall. Valerie Rajala averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds per game as a forward on the Purple Hornets team that won a WestPac title and a district crown. During her senior season, she was named to the West-Pac All-Conference First Team and was named to the All-UP Second Team. The Lions have also signed Brooke Pasanen from Superior Central. Pasanen is a guard, who averaged 14 points per game as the Cougars won a Central U-P Conference Title and a district title.

The Finlandia men’s team has picked up a point guard. Sean Appling-Daniels played at Michigan Collegiate High School in Warren. In his senior season for the Cougars, he was the team captain, and a member of the All-Conference Academic Team.

Wings Add Miele
The Red Wings added a second Hobey Baker Award winner to their organization. A day after signing 2008 winner Kevin Porter, the team agreed to terms with 2011 winner Andy Miele. Miele has been in the Phoenix organization. Both players are expected to spend most of their time in Grand Rapids.


Conner Signs with Caps
Former Michigan Tech star Chris Conner has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals. Conner split time last season bedtween the Penguins and their minor-league affiliate, the Portland Pirates. He’s also played in the Stars, Red Wings and Coyotes.

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