Wednesday Morning State Sports Summary
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:56:20 EDT


The Detroit Tigers lost to the A's 6-3 last night at Comerica Park after the
game was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain.
Justin Verlander was charged with the loss, giving up five runs, three earned,
on four hits while striking out three in five innings of work.
Verlander threw 44 pitches in the first, the most in any single inning in his
career. Prince Fielder knocked in two runs on a single in the bottom of the
Tonight, Doug Fister (11-6, 3.54 ERA) takes the mound for Detroit, while Dan
Straily (6-7, 4.56 ERA) gets the start for Oakland.
First pitch at Comerica Park is 7:08 p.m.

Tigers catcher Alex Avila was behind the plate last night for the first time in
nearly three weeks after taking a foul tip off his mask in Cleveland earlier
this month.
Avila was hit August 8th and initial tests did not show a concussion, but after
a game two days later, he was put on the disabled list after reporting he had
headaches with nausea.
He was cleared to begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo last week, and says
he didn't have any symptoms in the last three games he played with the Mud Hens.

To make room on the roster, the Tigers sent catcher Bryan Holaday to Toledo.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland initially believed rookie reliever Bruce
Rondon had twisted his right knee.Then he thought he might've tweaked his
Turns out, Rondon hurt his back.
Rondon tweaked his lower back Tuesday night when he slipped on a wet mound while
delivering a pitch to Oakland's Daric Barton in the sixth inning Tuesday night.
Leyland wasn't sure if Rondon would be available Wednesday.

                   (M-L-B Scoreboard)

American League

Los Angeles Angels 6, Tampa Bay Rays 5
New York Yankees 7, Toronto Blue Jays 1
Oakland Athletics 6, Detroit Tigers 3 (6 innings)
Boston Red Sox 13, Baltimore Orioles 2
Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 3
Kansas City Royals 6, Minnesota Twins 1
Texas Rangers 4, Seattle Mariners 3 (10 innings)

National League

Milwaukee Brewers 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Washington Nationals 2, Miami Marlins 1
New York Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Cincinnati Reds 1
San Francisco Giants 5, Colorado Rockies 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 10, San Diego Padres 9 (10 innings)
Chicago Cubs 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2


Atlanta Braves 2, Cleveland Indians 0


The Detroit Lions have reduced their roster to 75 players by releasing kicker
Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland, cornerback DeQuan Menzie, receiver Terrance
Austin and tight ends Cameron Morrah and Matt Veldman.
All NFL teams were required to get to the 75 player limit by 4 p.m. yesterday.
Meanwhile, rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah, receiver Calvin Johnson, safety
Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh were all on the sidelines during
yesterday's practice, but receiver Ryan Broyals returned to the field for
drills. Detroit wraps up pre-season play against the Bills in Buffalo tomorrow

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus
Young in Southern California.
Orange County prosecutors say the arrest warrant was issued Tuesday after Young
no-showed his fourth consecutive court hearing.
Young has been charged with burglary, resisting arrest and assaulting a police
officer in connection with a string of incidents around Orange County.
In nearby Riverside County, the mother of Young's son sought a permanent
restraining order against the former NFL wideout earlier this year, citing
concerns about potential domestic violence issues.

                             ---College Football---

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio announced yesterday that fifth-year
senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell will be the starting QB in Friday's season
opener against Western Michigan.
Throughout the fall practices, it was a four-man competition for the Spartans
signal-caller, including Maxwell, Connor Cook, Tyler O'Connor and true freshman
Damion Terry.


The biggest upset of this year's U.S. Open has occurred as 17-year-old American
Victoria Duval has knocked off former champion and 11th-seeded Samantha Stosur.
Duval collected her first win over a top-20 player in the three-set triumph.
Meantime top seeds Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani all
advanced in straight sets while Petra Kvitova won a three-set match to advance
out of first-round play.
On the men's side of the draw, top-seed Novak Djokovic cruised in straight sets
while Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, Milos Raonic and Tommy Haas all moved on.
American John Isner also cruised in his first-round match.

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