Wednesday Afternoon State Sports
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:15:05 EDT

         --Sports Headlines--

The Tigers will end regular-season play tonight at Kansas City. Luis Marte will
get the start for Detroit, while the Royals counter with Luis Mendoza. Max
Scherzer was scheduled to start for the Tigers, but he suffered an injury to his
ankle on Monday. Manager Jim Leyland said Scherzer's ankle is swollen, but
doesn't appear to be serious. Detroit already has the American League Central
locked up, and will host Game One of the AL Division Series on Saturday.


Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is inching closer to the record books.
Cabrera is looking to become the first Triple Crown winner in baseball since
Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967. Cabrera heads
into the final day of the regular season hitting .331 with 44 home runs and 139
RBI. All three numbers are tops in the American League.


The Tigers have 7-1 odds to win the World Series. The Texas Rangers, who are
tied with the Oakland Athletics for the American League West lead going into the
final day of the regular season, are the favorites. The Rangers have 4-1 odds,
according to VegasInsider.com. The National League East champion Washington
Nationals and NL Central champ Cincinnati Reds have 5-1 odds. Texas lost the
last two World Series to the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and to the St. Louis
Cardinals in 2011.


The Detroit Lions returned to practice this morning in Allen Park. Safety Louis
Delmas was a full participant for the first time since undergoing knee surgery
in early August. Meanwhile, Dominic Raiola, Cliff Avril, Justin Durant and
Brandon Pettigrew missed practice today because of various injuries. The Lions
are off on Sunday before playing at Philadelphia on October 14th.


Michigan was picked first in the preseason Central Collegiate Hockey Association
media poll released today while Notre Dame was the coaches' choice to win the
title in the final season of the conference. Michigan was followed by CCHA
tournament champion Western Michigan and Notre Dame in the media poll. Notre
Dame was followed by Michigan and Western Michigan in the coaches' poll.
This is the last year for the CCHA with Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State
headed to the Big Ten next season, Western Michigan and Miami to the new
National Collegiate Hockey Conference, Notre Dame to Hockey East and the
remaining schools to the WCHA.

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