Wednesday Morning State Sports Summary
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:50:43 EDT

The Detroit Red Wings are back on Joe Louis Arena ice tonight as they host the Minnesota Wild. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
Detroit heads into tonight's action with a two game winning streak, including Saturday's 5-2 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver, while Minnesota has won their last three.
Forward Patrick Eaves is listed as day-to-day after he was hit in the jaw with a puck in practice.

(N-H-L Scoreboard)

NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 2
Ottawa 5, NY Islanders 3
Florida 4, Carolina 1
Columbus 4, Nashville 3
Buffalo 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh 2, Washington 1
Winnipeg 3, Boston 1
Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2
Los Angeles 3, Phoenix 2


Tigers pitcher Doug Fister had a rocky outing as Detroit lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 yesterday.
Fister gave up seven runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out three in three and two third innings.
Detroit has the day off today, but will return to the field tomorrow as they host the Houston Astros.
Justin Verlander will get the start, while Bruce Rondon, Joaquin Benoit and Al Alburquerque are also scheduled to pitch.

The Tigers have cut eight players from their spring roster, including top prospect Nick Castellanos.
The outfielder is off to Minor League camp along with outfielder Tyler Collins, reliever Trevor Bell and infielder Argenis Diaz.
Left-hander Duane Below, right-hander Jose Ortega and catcher Bryan Holaday were optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Second-base prospect Hernan Perez was optioned to Double-A Erie.

Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is having a hard time staying healthy this spring.
Dirks left Tuesday's game after slamming his right knee against the wall in left field while trying to make a catch on Jack Cust's deep fly ball at the top of the inning.
Dirks stayed on his feet and finished the inning, but left for a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning. He was diagnosed with a bruised right knee and is listed as day-to-day.

The Dominican Republic is celebrating its first World Baseball Classic championship.
The DR defeated Puerto Rico in the WBC title game on Tuesday, 3-0. Edwin Encarnacion (en-car-NAH-see-own) clubbed a two-run double in the first while Erick Aybar (EYE-bar) added an RBI double in the fifth for the Dominicans.
Samuel Deduno tossed five innings of two-hit ball with five strikeouts to get the win. Fernando Rodney locked down his seventh save of the tournament.
The Dominican Republic became the first team in WBC history to go undefeated in the tournament

(M-L-B Spring Training)

at Philadelphia 4, NY Yankees 1
Tampa Bay 11, at Detroit 5
at Toronto 10, Houston 6
at St. Louis 5, Miami 4
Baltimore 8, at Boston 7
Colorado 7, at Kansas City 2
at Milwaukee 6, LA Angels 1
at Chicago Cubs 5, Texas 4
at Cincinnati 10, Chicago White Sox 6
at LA Dodgers 7, Oakland 1
San Diego 6, at Arizona 2
at Seattle 6, San Francisco 3


The Detroit Pistons have the next couple nights off.
Detroit, losers of nine-straight games, will play at Miami on Friday night.
The Heat have won 23 straight games, which is the second longest win streak in NBA history. At 23-and-46, the Pistons are 19-games behind the Pacers in the Central Division.

(N-B-A Scoreboard)

Indiana 95, Orlando 73
Milwaukee 102, Portland 95
Denver 114, Oklahoma City 104
Sacramento 116, LA Clippers 101

---College Basketball---

North Carolina A&T and Saint Mary's are advancing after the first night of the NCAA Tournament.
The 16th-seeded Aggies of North Carolina A&T picked up a 73-72 win over Liberty to move on to the next round. It was the first win in ten tournament appearances for the Aggies.
Their reward is a date with the top-overall seed Louisville in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday.
Liberty was just the second team in history to make the Big Dance with 20 losses.
The 11th-seeded Saint Mary's Gaels took out Middle Tennessee, 67-54, to continue their run. It's the Gaels' first win in the tournament since making a run to the Sweet 16 in 2010.
Saint Mary's will play sixth-seeded Memphis from Auburn Hills, Michigan on Thursday.

Mike McFadden nailed two free throws with 8.7-seconds left as Robert Morris stunned defending national champion Kentucky 59-57 in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament.
Archie Goodwin scored 18 points for the Wildcats, who lost four of their final five games to finish the season 21-and-12. Robert Morris hosted Kentucky as Rupp Arena in Lexington is holding NCAA Tournament games this week.

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