Tigers snap four-game skid, give Hinch something to celebrate in his return to Houston
HOUSTON – After a miserable weekend in Cleveland, the Tigers decided to have some fun in Houston town Monday. It started with a warm welcome back tribute to Tigers manager AJ Hinch – complete with a video montage and a standing ovation from the crowd of 15,779 at Minute Maid Park – and transitioned smoothly into a mostly comfortable 6-2 victory over the American League West leading Astros. Detroit came in as the lowest scoring team in the American League, but you could’ve fooled Astros starter and former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. The Tigers worked three walks in the first two innings, got ...
The Detroit News
On a night of small ball, Nationals go bigger to beat Cardinals 5-2
On a night when the Cardinals honored Hall of Famer manager Whitey Herzog, architect of the “Whiteyball” style of play for his slugging-challenged championship teams of the 1980s, the Cardinals and Washington Nationals seemed intent on trying to bring back some of that small ball. The Cardinals tried two sacrifice bunts, both by starting pitcher John Gant, and both were successful. One led to their first run. The Cardinals also stole a base — Tommy Edman has all three of theirs this season — to set up another scoring chance, on which they didn't capitalize. The Nationals tried to bunt on three...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chicago Cubs are held to 4 hits in a 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers — their 5th defeat in 6 games
MILWAUKEE — Another big inning doomed the Chicago Cubs in a 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The loss is their third consecutive and fifth in six games. The Brewers batted around in the sixth, sending 11 to the plate in the six-run inning. Cubs right-hander Adbert Alzolay faced the minimum through five innings, the lone blemish coming on a single in the second that was erased by an inning-ending double play. But the Brewers finally got to him in the sixth and loaded the bases with no one out. The Cubs brought in left-hander Andrew Chafin, who had been stellar this season, to get out of the j...
Dismal first half does in Magic as they fall to Spurs for sixth straight loss
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic’s recent offensive struggles followed them into the finale of a four-game homestand as they fell 120-97 to the San Antonio Spurs in front of a crowd of 3,107 Monday night at Amway Center. R.J. Hampton scored 16 points while Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points, Dwayne Bacon had 14 and Cole Anthony had 12 for Orlando (17-37), which dropped its sixth straight. DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and Dejounte Murray had 17 points to lead the Spurs (26-26), who swept the two-game season series with the Magic. San Antonio won the first meeting 104-77. And like that game, Or...
Joel Embiid powers Sixers to a 113-95 rout of Dallas Mavericks
DALLAS — It’s hard to tell that Joel Embiid has been hampered by wearing a brace on his left knee. Aside from early shooting woes, the 76ers center displayed the fluid moves he used before sustaining a bone bruise in the knee on March 12. That was a good thing for the Sixers. Led by Embiid’s 36 points and seven rebounds, they defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 113-95, Monday night at American Airlines Center. On one play, Embiid even channeled Hakeem Olajuwon’s Dream Shake move to score on Willie Cauley-Stein. His fluidness on this night is a good sign for the Sixers (37-17), who moved a half-game...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Brandon Hagel’s overtime goal gives the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Hagel scored 1 minute, 25 seconds into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday — and a two-game sweep at Nationwide Arena. Duncan Keith, Philipp Kurashev and Brett Connolly, playing his first game with the Hawks, all scored in regulation. Patrick Kane had two assists. The game also marked the debut of defenseman Riley Stillman, who was in the lineup in place of Nikita Zadorov. The Hawks acquired Connolly and Stillman from the Florida Panthers on Thursday. The Blue Jackets’ Patrik Laine sent the game into overtime with a coast-to-co...
Red Wings finish whirlwind deadline day with sweep of Hurricanes
One piece that was going to be part of the Red Wings’ rebuild was dealt Monday, but many others remain in Detroit. And some of those young cornerstones of the rebuild gave Wings' fans plenty of optimism playing against the Carolina Hurricanes later in the evening. Adam Erne and Filip Zadina (power play) scored goals 2 minutes 10 seconds apart early in the third period, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 36 shots, as the Red Wings defeated Carolina 3-1 and completed a two-game sweep of the Central Division leading Hurricanes (27-10-4). Sam Gagner added an empty net goal with 55 seconds lef...
The Detroit News
Paul Sullivan: Sage advice? Liam Hendriks turns to his tarot card reader for answers after some early struggles for the Chicago White Sox closer.
If you were expecting the 2021 Chicago White Sox season to turn into a Seth Rogen comedy before the end of the first month, give yourself a hand. Closer Liam Hendriks revealed Monday he expects the Sox to turn things around after talking to his tarot card reader, Rubi Rios, and “saging” the Sox clubhouse to remove negative energy. At least I think that’s what he said. When Hendriks goes into a soliloquy, it’s hard to keep up. “She’s sending me some bracelets and some crystals and stuff like that now to kind of figure out my locker a little bit,” Hendriks said Monday on a teleconference before ...
Helene St. James: Why Detroit Red Wings' Steve Yzerman gets an A-plus for dealing Anthony Mantha at deadline
Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman gets a top grade at the NHL trade deadline, unloading an underachiever and adding to the team’s short-term and longer-term gain without sacrificing flexibility. He found a taker for Anthony Mantha, a superbly skilled but equally frustrating player, in the Washington Capitals, and banked a first-round pick and a former-first round pick in Jakub Vrana among the return. “We’re trying to add draft picks or prospects to expedite the rebuild that we’re under,” Yzerman said. “This was an opportunity to acquire picks but still try to keep as competitive ...
Detroit Free Press
Panthers bet on talented underachievers at deadline with low-risk moves
There are no All-Stars joining the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline. The NHL’s most surprising Stanley Cup contender didn’t make a run at Taylor Hall, or decide to part with a first-round pick for Nick Foligno or David Savard. Instead, Monday was filled with conversations about fresh starts and changes of scenery, upside and long-term potential. The Panthers made one more trade for Sam Bennett on deadline day to finish off a month filled with low-risk, high-reward moves. “We didn’t necessarily have a plan to have a nexus between each acquisition where they all had that similar trait,” ge...