Tigers Snap Losing Streak
The Tigers broke out of their offensive slump with six runs in the first inning, and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the White Sox last night. The big blow in the inning was a three-run homer by Nick Castellanos. Max Scherzer did the rest, giving up just one run on five hits over seven innings to earn his 13th win of the season.
The Tigers conclude that set against the White Sox this afternoon. Drew Smyly will start against John Danks. Hear the first pitch at 1:08 on AM 1400, WCCY.
Kansas City also won, so Detroit’s lead in the American League Central Division remains at five games.
Tigers’ pitcher Evan Reed has been formally charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual assault. A 45-year-old woman says Reed accosted her March 30th at a Detroit hotel. Despite the allegation, Reed started the season with Detroit. He was sent down to Toledo in June.
Brewers Shut Down Rays
Yovani Gallardo outpitched David Price, as the Brewers blanked the Rays 5-0 yesterday. Gallardo threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits. Martin Maldonado drove in four runs for Milwaukee.
The Brewers have today off, and open a series at Saint Louis tomorrow night. Wily Peralta will start against Adam Wainwright.
Both Pittsburgh and Saint Louis lost yesterday, so Milwaukee now leads the National League Central Division by two games over the Pirates, and two-and-a-half over the Cardinals.
Copper Country Twilight League
In Copper Country Twilight League play tonight…
– At the Hancock Driving Park, Pat’s Foods hosts Wolverine-Orbit.
– At the Stanton Field, the Wildcats entertain BlueSky Health.
Samuelsson to Play in Sweden
Former Detroit Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson will play in his native Sweden this season. Samuelsson is 37. He saw limited action with Detroit last season because of injuries. He has signed a contract with the Djurgården team in Stockholm.
Former NMU Star Hiller Hired by Red Wings
Former Northern Michigan University hockey standout Jim Hiller has been named an assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings. Hiller was a member of the Wildcats’ 1991 NCAA championship team. He played briefly for the Red Wings two seasons later. Hiller has coached the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League for the past five seasons. He’ll work mostly with Wings’ forwards. The Wings filled their second open coaching position with Andrew Brewer, who spent the last three years as video coach for Hockey Canada .
Packers Extend Thompson
The Green Bay Packers have signed Ted Thompson to a new contract. Thompson has served as Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations since 2005. His teams have won four NFC North titles and one Super Bowl. Other than describing it as a “multi-year” extension, the team has not released the terms of the deal.
MTU Alum Named Earnhardt Crew Chief
Michigan Tech alumnus Greg Ives has been named the crew chief for NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., next season. Ives has been with Hendrick Motorsports for 10 years. Team owner Rick Hendrick says Ives is one of the sharpest engineers he’s ever had. Ives replaces Steve Latarte, who will become an analyst for the NBC Sports Network.
MTU Ladies’ Hoops Team Honored
The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team has been named to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2013-14 season. The Huskies ranked 24th in NCAA Division II. It is the eighth season in a row the Tech team has earned the honor.