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Miguel Cabrera celebrated his birthday with a long home run in the first inning, but the Detroit Tigers lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 last evening. Cabrera’s 450-foot shot was one of only four hits the Tigers got all evening. Michael Fulmer turned in a quality start – giving up three runs over six innings – but took the loss for Detroit.
The Tigers face the Rays in Florida again tonight. Jordan Zimmermann will start against Chris Archer. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:45 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.
Tigers outfielder Justin Upton left last night’s game after injuring his wrist while sliding into second base. X-rays were negative. He’ll be evaluated further today.
The Milwaukee Brewers lost a 9-7 slugfest to the Chicago Cubs last evening. The Crew got off to an early lead, but the Cubs came back, powered by a four-run sixth inning. Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw homered for Milwaukee. Eric Thames had three hits for the Brewers, but saw his consecutive-game home run streak end at five. Jimmy Nelson gave up seven runs before leaving in the sixth inning. Jared Hughes took the loss in relief. The Brewers wrap up that series in Chicago this afternoon. Tommy Milone will pitch against Kyle Hendricks.
Milone has been filling in for Matt Garza, who has been out with a groin strain. Garza is ready to return. Team officials will decide today where Garza will be placed.
In track yesterday, both the Houghton boys and girls track teams finished second to Marquette at the NMU Dome Invitational. The Calumet girls came in seventh. For the Houghton boys, Clayton Sayen won the 200-meter run and the 400-meter run. The 4 x 800 relay team took first place. For the Gremlin girls, Kendra Monette won the shot put. For Calumet, Hailey Wickstrom Calumet won the high jump, Kierra Mayotte took the pole vault.
The Finlandia baseball team’s doubleheader against Northland College yesterday was rained out.
Copper Country Slow Pitch
The Copper Country Men’s Slow Pitch League will hold its first meeting of the season tonight at 6:30 at the Downtowner.
Houghton high school standout Sloane Zenner confirmed yesterday that she will play college basketball at Michigan Tech. Zenner averaged 15 points per game for the Gremlins.
Northern Michigan University has introduced its new hockey coach. Grant Potulny has been an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota for the past eight seasons. He was also a standout player for the Golden Gophers. Potulny becomes just the third coach in the 41-year history of the NMU program. Potulny replaces Walt Kyle, whose contract was not renewed after 15 seasons with the Wildcats.
In the NHL playoffs last night…
– The Rangers edged the Canadiens 2-1.
– The Sharks routed the Oilers 7-0. Both of those series are tied 2-2.
– The Blue Jackets staved off elimination with a 5-4 win over the Penguins. Pittsburgh leads that set 3-1.
– The Senators meet the Bruins. Ottawa leads that series 2-1.
– The Capitals take on the Maple Leafs. Toronto is up 2-1 in that set.
– The Wild face the Blues. St. Louis leads that series 3-0.
– The Ducks play the Flames. Anaheim is up 3-0 in that series.
In the NBA playoffs last night…
– The Raptors got past the Bucks 106-100.
– The Clippers defeated the Jazz 99-91. Both of those series are tied 1-1.
– The Bulls surprised the Celtics 111-97. Chicago is up 2-0 in that series.
– The Hawks take on the Wizards. Washington leads that series 1-0.
– The Warriors face the Trailblazers. Portland is up 1-0 in that set.
– The Rockets meet the Thunder. Houston leads that set 1-0.
The Detroit Lions will play next season without linebacker Stephen Tulloch. The 11-year veteran is set to announce his retirement from the NFL tomorrow.
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