Michigan Sports

Twins first baseman Mauer sent out for Triple-A rehab stint

By MIKE COOK, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have sent first baseman Joe Mauer to Triple-A Rochester for a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a cervical neck strain and concussion-like symptoms. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer is expected to be the ...

Detroit Tigers jump out early to win, avoid sweep in Boston

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON — Detroit had trouble containing Boston’s offense during the first two games of their series. The Tigers took advantage of a first-time starter to find some of their own. Leonys Martin had a two-run homer to cap a five-run first inning and the ...

Detroit Lions invest in free agency, draft to improve running game

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have desperately tried to improve what has been a weakness, signing and drafting players to improve their running game. Detroit ranked last in the NFL last season in rushing offense and has been among the league’s worst on the ...

Tempers flare before Detroit Tigers earn split with New York Yankees

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton left a doubleheader split in sour moods Monday night. Judge became the first player ever to record eight strikeouts in a doubleheader, including five punchouts in the nightcap, and Giancarlo Stanton ...

15 arrested in cock-fight raid

HART TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — More than a dozen people have been arrested and 35 live roosters found after police broke up a cock-fighting ring in western Michigan's Oceana County. State police say Sunday that the bodies of 10 roosters also were found in a large pit during Saturday's raid in ...

Michigan trails decide whether to welcome electric bikes

DETROIT (AP) — Many Michigan residents are questioning whether electric bicycles should be allowed on woodland trails and urban bikeways as the motorized two-wheelers gain popularity. A new state law says trail managers and oversight boards can either allow electric bikes to glide alongside ...

Hunter-Reay races to 1st IndyCar win since 2015

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — After his first IndyCar victory since 2015, Ryan Hunter-Reay could look back on some of the most frustrating moments of the drought. "If you look at the past Indy 500s in '17 and '16, ones I think we could have won — both of those. Led the ...

Smoak, Sanchez help Blue Jays beat Tigers, 8-4

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are going to enjoy Monday's day off after all. Justin Smoak had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs to help the Blue Jays end a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on ...

Fight brews with farmer who bars LGBT weddings at orchard

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A farmer wants the courts to step in after he was barred from a Michigan farmers market because he doesn’t allow gay couples to marry at his apple orchard. A conservative Christian nonprofit, Alliance Defending Freedom, is representing farmer Steve Tennes and ...

Michigan candidates for governor meet for only joint debate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Michigan’s major-party gubernatorial candidates met Thursday night for their only joint debate, offering contrasting answers to questions about roads, education and other topics that fell largely along party lines two months before ...

Reyes’ 3-run triple helps Tigers beat Angels 6-2

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Ronny Rodriguez had a memorable major league debut, hitting singles, scoring a run and making plays at second and third base to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Thursday. "Amazing day," Rodriguez said in front of his ...

Mother files lawsuit in G League basketball death

DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a G League player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence. Zeke Upshaw played for the Grand Rapids Drive, a G League affiliate of the Pistons. He collapsed ...

Man who set wife on fire sentenced

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP)  A suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to 11™ to 50 years in prison for dousing his wife with gasoline and setting her on fire. The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports 55-year-old David John Garnett learned his punishment Tuesday after entering a no contest plea to a ...