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Jordy Mercer homers in rare Detroit Tigers’ rally for 6-4 win at Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jordy Mercer fired up his teammates and helped them put an end to another skid in a sorry season. Mercer put the Tigers ahead with their third home run of the fourth inning, and Detroit overcame a three-run deficit in a victory for the first time this year by beating ...

Jorge Soler powers Kansas City Royals past Detroit Tigers again, this time 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jorge Soler hit his 39th homer to set a Royals team record Tuesday night, and manager Ned Yost thought that might really open the floodgates for the breakout slugger. Relieved to have the record in his pocket, a relaxed Soler stretched his total to 40 with a 450-foot ...

Detroit Lions release injured receiver Andy Jones

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Andy Jones from injured reserve. The team announced the move Tuesday. Jones played in eight games last season for Detroit and made three starts. He had 11 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Jones spent time with the Lions ...

Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Nilas Kronwall hangs up skates after 15 years

DETROIT (AP) — Niklas Kronwall is retiring after 15 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. The hard-hitting defenseman announced his retirement in a video Tuesday on the team’s Twitter account. He will remain with the Red Wings as an adviser to the general manager. Kronwall played in 953 ...

Kepler’s 8th-inning single leads Twins over Tigers 4-3

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Twins' path to the playoffs is getting a boost on the road. Max Kepler hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the AL Central-leading Twins topped the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday. The Twins have gone 6-1 in the ...

Freshman Charbonnet helps No. 7 Michigan clean up mistakes

By MATT SCHOCH Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — With Michigan debuting its high-tempo, no-huddle "size in space" offense, a freshman helped bail the Wolverines out of an uneven performance. No. 7 Michigan was sloppy Saturday during a 40-21 victory over Middle Tennessee in the ...

Lions seeking better start after messing up 2018 opener

By PAULA PASCHE Associated Press ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A better start is on everyone's mind in Detroit. The Lions open the season at Arizona, hoping to perform far better than they did last year when the New York Jets won big in Matt Patricia's debut as head coach. The roster and ...

Michigan State, Tulsa tangle on college gridiron tonight

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Part of the reason the Michigan State offense is under so much scrutiny is because it is much easier to predict what the Spartans will do on defense. “You’re going to have to earn every yard, as I’ve seen a ton of tape against them at ...

Much-penalized Detroit Lions fall to Cleveland Browns, 20-16, to end preseason

CLEVELAND — Once Austin Seibert straightened himself out, the Browns’ kicking competition got on target. Seibert appeared to lock up Cleveland’s kicking job after a summer-long battle with Greg Joseph, and the Browns ended the preseason with a 20-16 win Thursday night over the Detroit ...

Detroit Tigers blanked 2-0 to finish Cleveland Indians’ series sweep

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Every win feels big for the Cleveland Indians at the moment, so a visit to play the last-place Tigers was an important opportunity. And the Indians drubbed Detroit again. Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in eight sparkling innings, and Francisco ...

Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions end preseason schedules tonight

The Indianapolis Colts launch into the post-Luck era with his successor on the bench. Coach Frank Reich plans to sit Jacoby Brissett against the Cincinnati Bengals tonight, the Colts’ first game since Andrew Luck announced his retirement. Either Phillip Walker or Chad Kelly will start, ...

Manager Ron Gardenhire wants to return, but that’s up to Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Ron Gardenhire doesn’t seem terribly stressed about his future. The Detroit manager said Wednesday he’d like to return next season, but he’ll understand whatever decision the Tigers make. Gardenhire is in his second season at the helm, and ...

NFL tight ends evolve into pass-catching threats

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The day before Tony Gonzalez was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month, he was asked about being a something of a pioneer at tight end. A guy who changed his position — and the game itself. Gonzalez sort of ...