The Detroit Tigers completed a two-game series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday afternoon at Comerica Park with a (4-1) win. Former Whitecap Don Kelly went (2-3) with an RBI and Austin Jackson was (2-4). Max Scherzer gave up one run on four hits while striking out 7 in seven innings for his 11th win of the season and Joe Nathan notched his 18th save. Tonight, Detroit is in Kansas City to begin the last series before the All-Star break. Drew Smyly gets the start against Jeremy Guthrie....first pitch is 8:10pm.
In other Tigers news, the final vote for the MLB All-Star Game ends this afternoon at 4pm. Detroit's Rick Porcello is still in third place behind Chicago's Chris Sale and Los Angeles' Garrett Richards. Also, former Tigers shortstop Tom Veryzer has died. Drafted in the first round by Detroit back in 1971....Tom was the every day shortstop for the Tigers from 1975 to 1977. Veryzer, who was 61-years-old, is survived by his wife and three children.
The Detroit Pistons lost their first game in Summer League action to the Boston Celtics (92-90) in Orlando yesterday. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope once again led Detroit with 26 points, Justin Harper came off the bench to score 19.
In the Midwest League, the Whitecaps fell again at Bowling Green (4-3). They will take on the Hot Rods again tonight in the series finale....first pitch is 8:05pm.
Finally, ESPN 96.1 is proud to welcome all the AAU basketball teams competing in the 2014 Brawl for the Ball Tournament, which starts today and runs through the weekend at the MVP Fieldhouse in Cascade. Checkout some of the top young basketball talent from the Midwest...featuring teams like Detroit Showtime, One Nation, King James Shooting Stars and the Grand Rapids Storm. Plus, this NCAA Certified event will have some of the big name college coaches there to watch as well. For more information, visit Brawlfortheball.com.