Thursday Morning State Sports Summary
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 01:54:37 EST
Greg Monroe had 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons ended their
season-opening eight-game losing streak in
convincing fashion, rolling to a 94-76 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers at the
Wells Fargo Center last night. Kyle Singler scored a career-high 16 points in
his first NBA start and Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight each chipped in 15
points for Detroit, which finished with a 57-38 rebounding advantage and netted
42 points in the paint.
The Detroit Tigers signed veteran outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year deal
worth $26 (M) million dollars yesterday. The 37-year old Hunter, who is a
nine-time Gold Glove Award winner, batted .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBI last
season with the Angels. The move gives Detroit a veteran outfielder, a solid
number-two hitter in front of Miguel Cabrera, and vocal leader in the clubhouse.
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander came up short in his bid for a second
consecutive AL Cy Young Award. Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price took the
honor instead, in the second closest finish in Cy Young history. Price finished
with 153 points, while Verlander earned 149 points. Price went 20-and-5 with an
AL-leading 2.56 ERA. R.A. Dickey won the award in the National League.
Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has been medically cleared following a
concussion. Avril, who suffered the injury in Sunday's 34-24 loss at Minnesota,
has started all nine games for Detroit this season. Receiver Calvin Johnson,
safety Louis Delmas, and defensive tackle Corey Williams were sidelined with
various injuries at yesterday's practice. Johnson normally skips at least one
practice each week, then plays on Sunday.