Another game against Cleveland . Another loss to Cleveland . The Detroit Tigers dropped their 19th consecutive contest to the Indians Saturday, 3-1. Spencer Turnbull gave up all three Cleveland runs before leaving in the fifth inning. Detroit avoided the shutout when Willi Castro scored on JaCoby Jones’ two-out double in the bottom of the ninth. With the tying runs on second and third, Cameron Maybin grounded out to end the game.
That set wraps up in Detroit this afternoon. Michael Fulmer will start against Adam Plutko. Coverage begins at 12:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
Tigers’ first baseman C.J. Cron will miss the rest of the season. Cron will undergo surgery to repair a ligament he tore in his knee during last Monday’s game. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday that Jeimer Candelario will take over at first base.
Starting pitcher Ivan Nova has also been placed on the disabled list. He’s suffering from triceps tendinitis. With Tyler Alexander expected to follow Fulmer in relief in today’s contest, that leave two holes in Detroit’s starting rotation. There’s no word as to who will fill them. For now, reliever Anthony Castro has been called up from Toledo.
The Milwaukee Brewers scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning, then held on to edge the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Saturday. The Cubs took an early lead with three quick runs off Randy Houser, who settled down, and completed five innings. Three runs by the Crew tied it in the fourth. Milwaukee added one in the sixth to take the lead, but Seven Souza, Jr.’s homer off Corey Knebel in the bottom of the eighth forced extra innings.
Those teams conclude their series in Chicago this afternoon. Josh Lindblom will face Jon Lester.
Logan Morrison is no longer a Milwaukee Brewer. Morrison was designated for assignment last Monday. No team claimed him on waivers, and he has chosen to become a free agent.
Today’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates has been called off, as Cincinnati continues investigation of a positive COVID-19 test result from late last week.
The Saint Louis Cardinals returned to the field Saturday, after more than two weeks off because of positive COVID-19 tests. They won both ends of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, 5-1 and 6-3.
The Green Bay Packers have signed defensive lineman Kenny Clark to a contract extension. Reports say it’s a four year deal worth up to $70 million, with $25 million guaranteed.
The NBA playoff field is set. The Portland Trailblazers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 126-122 Saturday to win their play-in series. First round action begins Monday.
In the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday… in Eastern Conference play at Toronto…
• The Bruins downed the Hurricanes 3-1. Boston leads that series 2-1.
• The Lightning edged the Blue Jackets 3-2. Tampa Bay is up 2-1 in that set.
• The Capitals face the Islanders. New York leads that series 2-0.
• The Flyers face the Canadiens. That set is tied 1-1.
In Western Conference action at Edmonton Saturday…
• The Coyotes defeated the Avalanche 4-2. Colorado leads that series 2-1.
• The Golden Knights got past the Blackhawks 2-1, and took a 3-0 lead in that series.
• The Golden Knights and Blackhawks play again.
• The Stars face the Flames. Calgary is up 2-1 in that set.
• The Blues play the Canucks. Vancouver leads that series 2-0.
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