Saturday State Summary
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 01:51:38 EDT
Rick Porcello (por-SELL-oh) tossed seven innings of five-hit ball with six strikeouts as the Detroit Tigers blanked the Indians in Cleveland, 7-0 Friday night. Porcello improved to 5-and-6 as Victor Martinez backed him with a 3-for-3 effort while driving in two. Andy Dirks reached base and scored three times while Jhonny Peralta drove in a pair. Detroit has won four in-a-row. The Tigers and Indians play game two of their four-game series this afternoon in Cleveland. First pitch at Progressive Field is 4:05 p.m.
Daniel Alfredsson is coming back for an 18th NHL season, but will be wearing a new uniform The 40-year-old Swedish forward has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Alfredsson had spent his entire 17-year career with the Ottawa Senators. He was the longest-serving captain in the NHL, having held that role with the Sens since 1999. Alfredsson is a six-time All-Star and Ottawa's all-time leader in goals, points and games played. He had 10 goals and 16 assists in 47 games this past season.
The Red Wings are bringing in free-agent forward Stephen Weiss. The team has signed the 30-year-old to a five-year contract. Weiss had spent his entire career with the Florida Panthers. He was limited to just 17 games this past season due to wrist surgery. Weiss ranks fourth on the Panthers' all-time list with 145 goals, second in points and is number-one is assists and games played.
Point guard Jose Calderon's stay in Detroit lasted all of 28 games. Calderon, who was acquired by the Detroit Pistons in a three-team trade last season, agreed to a four-year, $29-million contract with the Dallas Mavericks Friday, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. The Pistons traded for Calderon on Jan. 30 in a three-team deal that saw them send Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis while the Grizzlies sent Rudy Gay to Toronto.