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Zimm Struggles as Tigers Fall – Wednesday Sports Wrap

MLB

Jordan Zimmermann struggled, as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Cleveland Indians 8-2 yesterday. The damage started early, when former Tiger Leonys Martín blasted Zimmermann’s second pitch over right field for a home run. It as the first of three round-trippers Zimmermann would allow before leaving in the fifth inning.

The Tigers host the Indians again this afternoon. Matthew Boyd will start against Trevor Bauer. Pregame coverage will begin at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

The Milwaukee Brewers dropped an 11-8 slugfest to the Los Angeles Angels last night. Freddy Peralta survived a six-run first inning, and pitched into the fourth. The Brewers came back to tie the contest, but L-A scored three times over the last two innings to secure the win. Yasmani Grandal hit two home runs for Milwaukee, and Mike Moustakas added one.

The Brewers wrap up that interleague series against the Angels tonight. Brandon Woodruff will pitch against Félix Peña.

NHL

The Detroit Red Wings will pick sixth in the upcoming NHL amateur draft. At the lottery drawing last night, the New Jersey Devils won the first pick, followed by the New York Rangers, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Stanley Cup playoffs open tonight…
– The Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Tampa Bay Lightning.
– The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to New York to play the Islanders.
– The Saint Louis Blues open in Winnipeg against the Jets.
– The Dallas Stars visit the Nashville Predators.
– The Vegas Golden Knights face the Sharks in San Jose.

NBA

The Detroit Pistons overcame a 22-point first half deficit, and defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 last night. Blake Griffin’s knee problem forced him to the bench after just three minutes. Ish Smith led Detroit with 22 points.

The Pistons conclude their regular season against the Knicks in New York tonight. Pregame coverage begins at 7:35 on 99.3 The Lift. The Knicks have the worst record in the NBA this season. The Pistons will clinch at least the eighth playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a victory. They could climb to seventh if they win, and the Charlotte Hornets lose. If the Hornets win and the Pistons lose, Detroit will miss the playoffs.

Finlandia

The Finlandia University softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader at the University of Chicago yesterday, 8-7 and 9-0. Kassandra Avila had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored twice in the first game. The Lions collected only three hits in the nightcap. Those games had originally been scheduled for today, but were moved up because of snow in the Chicago forecast.

WCHA

Bill Robertson will continue as president of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and as its men’s division commissioner. The league announced yesterday that Robertson has agreed to a multi-year contract extension. He’s been in charge since 2014, and is credited with revamping the league’s playoff system, and increasing television availability of WCHA games.

NFL

It wasn’t just that sprained left knee that slowed up Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last season. Rodgers revealed yesterday that he was also playing on a broken leg. Rodgers says he suffered a fracture in his left shin in the first half of the season-opener against the Chicago Bears, and that it bothered him through the entire campaign.

The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Tom Savage. Savage played three seasons with the Houston Texans, and split time last year between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers. He’ll compete for the job as Matthew Stafford’s backup.

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