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Tigers Win on Mercer’s Walk-Off – Friday Sports Wrap


Jordy Mercer’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth powered the Detroit Tigers to a 10-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night. The blow capped an evening in which neither pitching staff distinguished itself. Detroit’s Matthew Boyd gave up two home runs before leaving in the third inning. Travis Demeritte hit his first big league home run for Detroit, and Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera also went deep.

The Tigers host the Royals again tonight. Edwin Jackson is being brought up to start for Detroit. The much-traveled veteran was signed to a minor league deal a couple of weeks ago, after he was released by the Blue Jays. Brad Keller will counter for KC. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:45 on 99.3 The Lift. 

JaCoby Jones left last night’s game after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch. It’s badly bruised, but x-rays showed no structural damage.

The Tigers made several roster moves yesterday. They officially designated reliever Drew Rosenthal for assignment. They brought pitchers John Schreiber and Matt Hall up from Toledo, and sent relievers Blaine Hardy and Eduardo Jimenez down.

The Milwaukee Brewers had yesterday off, and host the Texas Rangers for an interleague set beginning tonight. Gio Gonzalez will start against Kolby Allard.

Twilight League

The Copper Country Twilight League semifinals last evening…
– Top seed REL-Mohawk Technologies evened up their best-of-three series against fourth-seed Garnet Garage with a 12-8 victory. The date for game three has not been announced.
– The result of the game between second seed Superior National Bank-Stanton and third seed Dean Kangas-State Farm was not reported.

The best-of-three championship series will begin Tuesday next week. We will broadcast the games on KBear 102.3 and KBear102.com.


The Detroit Lions’ preseason got off to an ugly start last night, with a 31-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Neither Matthew Stafford nor Tom Brady played, and most of the anticipated starters for both teams saw little or no action. Tom Savage started at quarterback for Detroit, but was knocked out of the game early with a concussion, after having been sacked three times. David Fales completed just five of 14 passes for 62 yards, and was sacked six times. Receiver Jermaine Kearse broke his leg, and is probably out for the season. Defensive tackle Darius Kilgo suffered a leg injury.

The Green Bay Packers edged the Houston Texans 28-26. The Pack led by 18 points at the end of the third quarter, then held off a Houston comeback. Aaron Rodgers did not play. DeShone Kizer completed eight of 13 passes for 102 yards. Dexter Williams rushed for 62 yards.

High School

The 17th annual Lakes Linebackers Golf Outing will be held at the Calumet Golf Club on Saturday, August 17th. It’s a nine-hole, two-person scramble, with a shotgun start at 1:00. The $40.00 cost includes dinner. For details, or to sign up, call 370-1329.

The dinner following the outing is open to the public. Enjoy roast pork, sides and dessert for $10.00. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Linden-Hubbell football program.

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