Monday State Sports Headlines
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:16:07 EDT

Mike Aviles smacked a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon, avoiding a three-game sweep at Comerica Park. Alex Avila went 3-for-3 with a walk for the Tigers, who had won their previous three. Justin Verlander tossed seven scoreless innings in a no-decision. Joaquin Benoit suffered his first loss of the year. The Tigers now travel to Boston to open up a three-game series against the Red Sox. First pitch is 1:35 p.m.

The NFL regular season is less than a week away. The Detroit Lions begin the year at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Lions went 3-and-1 in the preseason with wins over the Jets, Patriots and Bills. The Lions lost both games against the Vikings a season ago.

Devin Gardner threw for 162 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions as the Michigan Wolverines dropped Central Michigan 59-9 in Ann Arbor on Saturday. He added 52 yards and two scores on the ground. Fitzgerald Toussaint also scored twice in the run game. The Wolverines host Notre Dame on Saturday. Michigan State scored 19 unanswered points on its way to a 26-13 win over Western Michigan on Friday. Jeremy Langford ran for 94 yards and a touchdown for Sparty. Andrew Maxwell threw for 74 yards in the win. The Spartans host South Florida on Saturday.

Michigan versus Notre Dame is one of the marquee games on the schedule on Saturday. The series is ending after the two teams square off at South Bend in 2015. They've been on each other's schedule since 2001 and have played 40 times throughout history. During the offseason, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said Notre Dame was "chickening out" from playing the Maize and Blue. In 2012, the Irish beat the Wolverines, 13-6, on their way to the BCS Title game. Both teams are 1-and-0 this season.

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