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Tigers Fall to Reds – Thursday Sports Update

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The Detroit Tigers couldn’t hold an early lead, and lost to the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 yesterday. Michael Fulmer allowed just two baserunners over the first five innings, as Detroit built a 2-0 advantage on solo home runs by Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum. Fulmer tired in the sixth, though, as the Reds scored three times on back to back homers. Cincy added single runs in the seventh and eighth to put the game away.

The Tigers have today off, and begin a weekend series at Cleveland tomorrow night. Mike Fiers will pitch against Shane Bieber. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift.

Detroit has brought reliever¬†Johnny Barbato up from Toledo. He’ll fill in for Drew VerHagen, who broke his nose during Tuesday’s game, and has been placed on the disabled list.

The Milwaukee Brewers’ game at Pittsburgh last night was rained out. It will be made up July 14th. The Brewers entertain the Saint Louis Cardinals tonight. Brent Suter will start against Carlos Martinez.

Twilight League
In Copper Country Twilight League baseball tonight…
– Wolverine-Orbit faces REL-Mohawk Technologies at the Hancock Driving Park
– Dean Kangas-State Farm meets Superior National Bank-Stanton at the Stanton field.
Both games begin at 6:30.

In Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch Softball League play last night…
– The game between Mattila Rock and Dock and Loading Zone II/Calumet Golf Club was not played.
– Superior National Bank downed Northern Michigan Land Brokers 9-3. SNB took an early lead with three runs in the first inning, and four in the second. Rosalie Anderson got the win, with relief help from Adena Anderson. They combined to strike out 11.

The Detroit Pistons officially introduced new head coach Duane Casey yesterday. Casey praised the team’s biggest stars, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson, and said the squad’s developing youngsters have the talent to make the team a contender right away.

Casey arrived just in time for the NBA Amateur Draft, which will be held tonight. The Pistons do not have a first-round pick. Their only selection is in the second round, with the 42nd overall pick.

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