JaCoby Jones’ two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 604 victory over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Jones’ game-winning shot came after he fouled off two sacrifice bunt attempts. Andrew Romine and Miguel Cabrera also homered for Detroit. Cabrera’s was the 478th of his career, and advanced him into sole possession of 30th place on the all-time major league list. Starter Ivan Nova gave up three runs over the first two innings, then pitched through the fifth with no additional damage. Buck Farmer pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win, and Joe Jiménez claimed the save.
The Tigers will wrap up their season-opening series at Cincinnati this afternoon. Spencer Turnbull will start against Trevor Bauer. Broadcast coverage begins at 12:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
The Tigers have added another Fulmer to their pitching staff. Carson Fulmer was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. Fulmer was Chicago’s first-round pick in the 2015 draft. He’ll be available for today’s game. To open a space on the roster, reliever David McKay was optioned to Detroit’s alternate training site in Toledo.
The series in the Queen City provided another brush with COVID-19 for the Tigers. Cincinnati infielder Matt Davidson tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday, after taking the field as the Reds’ designated hitter Friday night. He’s been placed on the injured list.
The Milwaukee Brewers pounded the Chicago Cubs 8-3 yesterday. Justin Smoak and Christian Yelich homered. The Brewers conclude their set at Wrigley Field this afternoon. Freddy Peralta will pitch against Tyler Chatwood.
Two Big 10 college football programs are now on hold because of COVID-19 concerns. Michigan State quarantined its entire squad late last week, after two staff members and a player tested positive. Yesterday, Rutgers made similar move, after six players tested positive. The MSU quarantine is set to last 14 days. Rutgers has not set an end date. The Big 10 has already eliminated non-conference games from its fall schedule.
The National Hockey League teams that qualified for this year’s expanded playoffs are due to report to the league’s two hub locations in Toronto and Edmonton today. After some exhibition contests this week, the official games will begin on Saturday.
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