ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have claimed defensive back DeQuan Menzie off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions confirmed the move on Wednesday. Kansas City drafted Menzie last year in the fifth round and he didn't play as a rookie because of a hip injury. He started 20 of 25 games over two seasons at Alabama.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Verlander overcame a rocky start and rain delay to get his fifth win and Miguel Cabrera hit another homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 11-7 on Wednesday night, sweeping the two-game series between the AL Central's top teams. Verlander (5-4) was two outs from qualifying for a victory, when the game was stopped with the Tigers leading 9-5 in the fifth. The right-hander came back after the weather break and finished the inning to get the win, ending a run of five straight victories by the Indians over former Cy Young winners. The game was delayed 62 minutes by rain in the fifth and another 48 minutes in the eighth.
DETROIT (AP) - Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the second round series. Patrick Kane scored 4:35 into the third period to pull Chicago within one. The Blackhawks celebrated as if they tied the game about a minute later, but Andrew Shaw's goal was waved off because he was in the crease. Datsyuk's goal 6:46 into the final period gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead. The seventh-seeded Red Wings have a shot to put the top-seeded Blackhawks on the brink of elimination Thursday night in Game 4 in Detroit at 8 p.m.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Calvin Johnson is downplaying whatever was wrong with his fingers last year. Johnson caught 122 passes for an NFL-record 1,964 yards last season, putting up incredible numbers despite the fact that the rest of the offense was inconsistent. The Lions went 4-12, but after signing Reggie Bush in the offseason, they hope Johnson will have a little more help this year. Johnson met with reporters Monday. He was coy when asked how badly his fingers were hurt last year, saying he ''had a couple injuries to them" - but nothing that affected his play much.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - David Murphy put Texas ahead with a three-run home run, and the Rangers spoiled a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera with an 11-8 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night. Murphy's shot just over the fence in right field gave Texas an 8-7 lead and answered a bases-loaded double from Prince Fielder that put Detroit up by two in the sixth inning after the Rangers had walked Cabrera intentionally even though first base wasn't open. Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth off Derek Holland, then went deep again in the eighth against Tanner Scheppers. Cabrera, the 2012 AL Triple Crown winner and this year's leader in average and RBIs, went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs and has 11 homers, one off the AL lead.
Monday, May 20
Cros-Lex beat Almont 8-0 (Marin Western, Sydney Shaw & Stevie Michaels each had two goals. Paige Kinnee got the shutout in goal. The Pioneers are now 9-2 in league play.)
Cass City 3, Brown City 0
Memphis 8, Sandusky 0
USA and Harbor Beach played to a 2-2 tie
Cass City 10, Reese 8
Bad Axe 9, Harbor Beach 1
Tuesday, May 21
Cros-Lex swept Imlay City to win the Bluewater title, winning 1-0 & 8-1. Megan Guitar was the winning pitcher in both games. She also got the game winning hit in the bottom of the 6th to score Sydney Church. Victoria Bender had the big hit in the 2nd game, a two run home run.
Marlette split with Vassar losing the first game 10-0 and coming back to win the 2nd 4-2.
Wednesday, May 22
Brown City at Marlette
Sandusky at Memphis
Cass City at Harbor Beach
Lakers at USA
Cros-Lex at Armada
Thursday, May 23
Brown City at Harbor Beach
Bad Axe at Lakers
Lakers at USA
North Huron at Deckerville
Brown City at Bad Axe
Reese at Sandusky
Ubly at Vassar
Lapeer East at Cros-Lex (Baseball only)
USA at Marlette (Baseball Only)
Marlette at Kingston (Softball Only)
Sanilac County Meet at Brown City (Moved from Marlette)
Friday, May 24
USA at Memphis
Saturday, May 25
Softball Marlette Inv. (CPS)
Cros-Lex at John Glenn Inv.
CHICAGO (AP) - Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has a habit of attracting attention. Maybe you recall the former No. 1 overall pick hitting the Internet last season, when photos show him partying in Madison, Wis. Or the 2009 arrest in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., after an altercation with a cab driver. All that seems so long ago for Kane, who on Thursday was named one of the finalists for the Lady Byng trophy given to the NHL player who exhibits the best sportsmanship and "gentlemanly conduct" along with top skills on the ice. Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals is Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. in Chicago. Game 3 is Monday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 is Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have optioned right-hander Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo and recalled right-hander Evan Reed. Alburquerque has struggled with his control, and took the loss in Wednesday's game against Houston, leaving manager Jim Leyland frustrated. The 24-year-old has struck out 26 in 14 1-3 innings this year, but he's also walked 13 and thrown six wild pitches. The 27-year-old Reed has never pitched in the major leagues. He's gone 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA with Toledo this season. The Tigers claimed him from the Miami Marlins in April.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Geovany Soto ended Justin Verlander's night with a three-run homer that capped a seven-run third, and Yu Darvish lasted eight innings even though an anticipated pitching duel fizzled in the Texas Rangers' 10-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. Soto's drive just over the wall in left field came after Verlander walked in two runs - he had three previous bases-loaded walks in his career. Mitch Moreland's two-out double broke a 3-all tie before Soto's drive put Texas ahead 8-3. Darvish (7-1) won his fifth straight decision despite allowing two home runs for the third start in a row. Baseball's strikeout leader needed a career-high 130 pitches and matched his season low of six strikeouts.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Charles Woodson has another team interested in signing him. Woodson's agent, Carl Poston, tells The Associated Press that the 36-year-old defensive back will visit with The Oakland Raiders on Tuesday. The 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year would've traveled to Oakland from Denver after meeting with the Broncos on Wednesday, but he had charity obligations this weekend to support Mott Children's Hospital. Poston says the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers along with a couple other teams, who he says don't want to be mentioned, have also contacted him about the eight-time Pro Bowl player. Woodson spent his first eight seasons in Oakland after leading Michigan to the 1997 national championship. Green Bay cut him in a salary-cap move three months ago.