DETROIT (AP) - Virgil Trucks, who pitched two no-hitters in 1952 for the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 95. The two-time All-Star died Saturday near Birmingham, Ala. He pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58, helping the Tigers win the World Series in 1945. "Fire" Trucks is one of five pitchers to throw two no-hitters in a season, according to STATS. He did it in a year the Tigers lost 104 games. Trucks went 5-19 with a 3.97 ERA in 1952, but he held Washington without a hit on May 15 and did the same to the New York Yankees on Aug. 25. Trucks pitched 12 seasons for the Tigers and also had stints with the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics and Yankees.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 in Auburn Hills. Big Blue is going to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. Michigan will play Kansas Friday, March 29 at 7:37 p.m. in North Texas in the South Regional semifinals. Meanwhile, Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to help third-seeded Michigan State cruise past sixth-seeded Memphis 70-48 Saturday, putting the Spartans in the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years. MSU will play Duke on Friday, March 29 at 9:45 p.m. in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks bruised his right knee running into a wall while chasing a ball Tuesday. Dirks says he is day-to-day. His competition for the starting left field spot is Quintin Berry, who is also day-to-day because of tendinitis in his left knee. Dirks was injured while going after a double hit by Tampa Bay's Jack Cust.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Luke Scott hit a grand slam as part of a six-run sixth inning in the Tampa Bay Rays' 11-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Shelley Duncan also homered for the Rays and Chris Gimenez raised his spring batting average to .382 with a pair of hits. Devon Travis went deep for the Tigers, and Austin Jackson, Jhonny Peralta and Torii Hunter all added two hits. Detroit starter Doug Fister took the loss after giving up seven runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. Manager Jim Leyland said Fister's rough spring wasn't a concern yet, but some adjustments need to be made. The Tigers are idle Wednesday and play the Houston Astros in preseason play Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the hapless Detroit Pistons 119-82 Monday night in the opener of their eight-game road trip. Detroit lost its ninth straight and fell to 2-13 since the All-Star break. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank returned after missing six games to be with his seriously ill wife. Frank is planning to return to New Jersey before Detroit plays Friday in Miami. The Nets, coming off a 12-point loss to Atlanta on Sunday, pulled within a half-game of New York in the Atlantic Division, with the Knicks playing later Monday at Utah. Brook Lopez added 18 points and seven rebounds, while former Pistons guard Jerry Stackhouse had 10 points in his first game since Jan. 26.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. The eighth-seeded Wolverines (21-10) face ninth-seeded Villanova (21-10) on Sunday in Stanford, Calif. The winner takes on either Stanford (31-2) or Tulsa (16-16) in the next round. The No. 8 seed ties the highest in program history. Michigan was also seeded eighth in 2000 and 2001. It's the fifth NCAA tournament appearance for coach Kim Barnes Arico, who took over at Michigan after last season. She made her first four NCAA appearances with St. John's.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State's women's basketball team is a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face Marist in the first round. The Spartans (24-8) travel to College Park, Md., for Saturday's game. Michigan State is in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time. The Spartans are 9-2 in first-round games. Michigan State finished tied for third in the Big Ten. The Spartans and Iowa are the only Big Ten schools that have reached the last five NCAA tournaments. If Michigan State beats Marist (26-6), the Spartans play the winner of the game between Maryland (24-7) and Quinnipiac (30-2).
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - The Central Michigan women won't have to travel all that far for the NCAA tournament. The Chippewas (21-11) were given a No. 11 seed and will take on No. 6 seed Oklahoma (22-10) in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday. The winner faces either UCLA (25-7) or Stetson (24-8) in the next round. Central Michigan won the Mid-American Conference tournament to receive an automatic bid. The Chippewas lost to Eastern Michigan in the league title game a year ago on a last-second shot, but this time they beat Akron comfortably, winning 86-68.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - The Detroit Tigers rallied for four runs off Rafael Soriano in the seventh inning and beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Monday. Given a 1-0 lead, Soriano allowed five hits and a walk, retiring just two batters. Detroit went ahead on RBI singles by Prince Fielder, Alex Avila, Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago. Tyler Collins added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann, throwing a hard sinker, gave up a leadoff single to Andy Dirks and then retired his next 18 batters. Detroit starter Max Scherzer gave up five hits in five innings, including Adam LaRoche's home run in the fourth. Washington's Wilson Ramos went 3 for 3.