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Tigers Trade for Price – Friday Sports Wrap


Tigers Fall to Chisox; Trade for Price
The Tigers dropped a 7-4 decision to the White Sox yesterday, but the impact of their fifth loss in their last six games was dimmed by what happened off the field during the late innings. Drew Smyly wasn’t sharp in what turned out to be his final start as a Tiger. He gave up four runs on 11 hits over five innings. Still, the game was tied when he left. Chicago scored three late runs off Joakim Soria and Joba Chamberlain to claim the win.

The Tigers open a home set against the Rockies tonight. Justin Verlander will start against Franklin Morales. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on AM 1400, WCCY.

The Royals won yesterday, so Detroit’s lead over Kansas City in the American League Central Division fall to four games.


A few hours after potential playoff opponent Oakland bolstered its starting rotation by trading for Jon Lester yesterday, Detroit responded by picking up former Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Rays. In exchange, the Tigers sent starter Drew Smyly to Tampa, and outfielder Austin Jackson to the Mariners to complete the three-team deal. Jackson was in center field when the trade was made, and Rajai Davis had to be sent out to replace him. Detroit also sent 18-year-old shortstop Willy Adames to the Rays. Price is a four-time All-Star. This season, he has a 3.11 ERA. He has struck out 189, and walked just 23. He also leads the American League in innings pitched.

Detroit has called centerfielder Ezequiel Carrera up from the Mud Hens. Carrera has hit .307 with six home runs this season. He’ll split time in center field with Rajai Davis. The Tigers also sent pitcher Ian Kroll down to Toledo, and will bring back pitcher Pat McCoy from the disabled list.


Brewers Open At St. Louis Tonight
The Brewers had yesterday off, and will open a series at Saint Louis tonight. Wily Peralta will start against Adam Wainwright.

The Cardinals won yesterday, and the Pirates lost, so Milwaukee leads the National League Central Division by two games over Saint Louis. Pittsburgh is two-and-a-half back.

The Brewers shored up their outfield defense just before the trade deadline yesterday, getting Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks. Parra is a two-time Gold Glove winner, but his offensive production had slipped this year. Milwaukee gave up two minor-leaguers… infielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda.

Twilight LeagueCopper Country Twilight League
In Copper Country Twilight League play last night…
– At the Stanton Field, the Wildcats scored seven runs in the second inning, and upended regular-season champ BlueSky Health 12-2. The big blow was a three-run homer by Paul Kuoppala. Cole Jepsen allowed just four hits to earn the win for Stanton.
– The result of the game between Pat’s Foods and Wolverine-Orbit was not reported.


Olson Named MTU Defensive Coordinator
Michigan Tech football coach Tom Kearly has filled the team’s vacant defensive coordinator position from within. Linebackers coach Steve Olson will take over the job. He replaces Tim Driscoll, who left to become the head coach at Finlandia University. Olson has been on the Huskies’ staff since 2011. He also served as defensive coordinator at Minnesota-Crookston. Olson’s promotion opened the door for two other Huskies’ staff members to move up. Bryan Thomas, who has served in a graduate assistant and part time role for the past four seasons, will now be the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. Josh Wood, who has been a graduate assistant for the past three seasons, will continue working with the secondary in a full-time role.

Copperman Triathlon LogoCopperman Triathlon Tomorrow
The Copperman Triathlon begins tomorrow at 9:00 at Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor. The Copperman includes a half-mile swim in Lake Fanny Hooe, a 23-mile bike along the shores of Lake Superior and a five-mile run. Participant packets must be picked up this evening between 5:00 and 9:00 at the Copper Harbor Community Center. For full details, click here.

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