Tigers hold on for 7-5 win over Indians
DETROIT (AP) - Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Justin Verlander allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler's three-run homer in the fifth off Danny Salazar.
Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland's Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in four chances.
There were four unearned runs in a sloppy game that included five errors, three by the Tigers.
Cleveland's Jason Kipnis ejected at Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis was ejected from Thursday's game against the Detroit Tigers after striking out in the third inning.
Kipnis struck out swinging with the bases loaded for the third out, then appeared to say something to plate umpire Lance Barrett, who immediately threw him out of the game.
Kipnis also hit into a double play in the first inning. He's batting .212 this season.
Mike Aviles replaced Kipnis at second base in the bottom of the third.
Bruins set for fresh start after regular season
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy by leading the NHL with 117 points.
Another number shows just how much, or little, that means.
"I heard about 40 percent of the series are upsets in the first round," Boston coach Claude Julien said.
"You have teams that have high expectations. You have teams that have nothing to lose and everything to gain. So that certainly makes that first round a challenge."
That begins for top-seeded Boston on Friday night against eighth-seeded Detroit.
The Red Wings had 24 fewer points in the regular season but went 3-1 against the Bruins, a sign that Detroit's speedy, puck-possession style can overcome Boston's physical approach.
"I think we're complete," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I think we're way better than people think."
Pistons face another uncertain offseason
DETROIT (AP) - There will be more changes for the Detroit Pistons this offseason.
The Pistons went 29-53 and missed the playoffs for a fifth straight year. Coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in February, and team president Joe Dumars stepped down this week. That leaves owner Tom Gores in charge of a significant overhaul, three years after he took over the team.
The Pistons made one last bid to turn their fortunes around under Dumars last offseason, when they hired Cheeks as coach, signed Josh Smith and traded for Brandon Jennings. That trio of moves raised expectations, and the team did not come close to meeting them.
Michigan and IMG get Dan Dierdorf back in booth
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Dan Dierdorf is ending his brief retirement as a broadcaster to be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall.
The school and IMG College announced Thursday that the Pro Football hall of famer will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, one of his teammates while playing for the Wolverines.
Brandstatter has been Michigan's radio analyst for football games with play-by-play voice Frank Beckmann, who retired after last season.
Dierdorf said in November he was ending his broadcasting career because the traveling was getting to be too tough with two artificial knees, two artificial hips and a bad back. He was an NFL analyst for CBS Sports last season and spent 12 years on ABC's "Monday Night Football."
SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL
Gene Fieger leads Senior PGA Professional
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
The 53-year-old Fieger, the PGA director of golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples, Fla., had a 10-under 206 total at PGA Golf Club in the event postponed in October in Virginia because of rain and flooding. The top 35 on Friday will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Michigan.
Steve Parker and Frank Esposito were tied for second.
Parker, a 56-year-old PGA Life Member from Houston, shot a 67. Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head pro at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., had a 74.
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