The Detroit Tigers opened a seven-game road trip with an extra inning (8-6) win over the Tampa Bay Rays last night. Detroit pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the 11th and Tampa Bay could only score once in the bottom of the inning. Ian Kinsler was 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI. Starter Max Scherzer got a no-decision, going seven innings while giving up four runs on four hits and striking out nine. Jim Johnson got the win in his second appearance. Tonight, Rick Porcello gets the nod for the Tigers and the Rays send Jake Odorizzi to the hill. First pitch is 7:10pm at Tropicana Field.
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw for the first time since he was taken out of a game last week with inflammation in his right shoulder. Verlander said he felt good after spending about 15 minutes throwing before Detroit's series opener against Tampa Bay yesterday. He's hoping to avoid being put on the disabled list and to pitch in his upcoming slot in the rotation on Saturday in Minnesota.
The Detroit Lions announced yesterday that they have released cornerback Drayton Florence. Detroit continues training camp as they get ready for their third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field on Friday night.
The worst fears of Ohio State fans has now become a reality. Head coach Urban Meyer confirmed yesterday that starting QB and two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season. He reinjured his surgically repaired right shoulder while throwing a routine pass in practice on Monday. Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to take Miller's starting spot for the Buckeyes.
And the West Michigan Whitecaps gave one away last night (6-5) to the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth-Third Ballpark. The Caps will face the Lugnuts again tonight - 7pm first pitch.