Max Scherzer struck out 14 over eight shutout innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-2) at Comerica Park yesterday afternoon. The reigning AL Cy Young winner allowed three hits and two walks to improve to (14-4). J.D. Martinez homered and drove in two as Detroit earns the sweep of the two-game set. The Tigers open up a three-game series against Austin Jackson and the Seattle Mariners tonight at Comerica Park. First pitch is set for 7:08pm, and Rick Porcello will get the start for the Tigers.
Also, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is apologizing to fans for flicking his fingers and his glove under his chin at them following Wednesday night's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nathan was booed after he walked two batters in the ninth inning of the game, and said that his frustrations with the crowd reaction "got the better of me."
The Detroit Lions are on the road for their second preseason game as they take on the Raiders in Oakland, California tonight....kickoff is 10pm. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was taken off the physically unable to perform list earlier this week, but will not play tonight against the Raiders.
In NASCAR news, Tony Stewart will not race in this weekend's Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Yesterday, Stewart-Haas racing announced Jeff Burton will drive the #14 car.
The Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland will remain with the team through the 2017-18 season. Holland has been Detroit's general manager for 17 years and has had a hand in four Stanley Cup Championships.
U-M quarterback Devin Gardner found himself on the 2014 Manning Award watch list announced yesterday....one of 32 players nationally. Also on that list from the Big Ten are Connor Cook of Michigan St., Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Iowa's Jake Rudock and Indiana's Nate Sudfeld.
Finally, the Whitecaps lost last night to South Bend (10-2). They will open up a weekend series in Midland tonight against the Great Lakes Loons....first pitch is 7:05pm.