(CROSWELL-LEXINGTON) -- The Croswell-Lexington ten and under little league team had a successful weekend at the state tournament in Muskegon. Cros-Lex beat Reed City 5-3 and Norway from the U.P. 9-0. That puts Cros-Lex in the final eight teams in the state. Cros-Lex plays at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 29 against Northwest Fraternal Little League from Midland.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Peavy pitched into the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Justin Verlander and Detroit 7-4 Thursday as the Tigers again played minus Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera missed his third straight game because of an injured left hip flexor. The AL MVP left in the middle of Monday's game. Torii Hunter homered for the third time in the series. But the Tigers outfielder exited in the eighth and is day to day with a sore left Achilles.
CHICAGO (AP) - All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter might want to shoo away his new shoes. The Detroit right fielder left Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning because of a sore left Achilles. Hunter says the problem was caused by dress shoes that were too tight. "I'll be fine tomorrow. Just a little sore," Hunter said. "I played through it the whole game. It happened this morning, but I'm fine. I'm fine." Hunter homered during Detroit's 7-4 loss. He said he said he recently bought shoes that "might have been a little tight on the Achilles." "A little sore the whole game," he said. Hunter didn't say exactly when he bought the footwear. He was confident he would play Friday night at home against Philadelphia despite being listed as day to day.
CHICAGO (AP) - Reigning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera is not in Detroit's lineup for the third straight game Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers third baseman who was baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season left Monday's game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a left hip flexor injury. Detroit manager Jim Leyland gave no update Thursday on Cabrera's condition other than to say he's not playing. Cabrera is hitting a major league-best .358 with 31 home runs and 96 RBIs. Don Kelly is playing third for Detroit and batting seventh. Without Cabrera in the lineup, Detroit has won two in a row over the White Sox and scored 12 runs.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz acknowledges every NFL team is optimistic about its chances right now. Schwartz says the difference in Detroit is the franchise has tangible reasons to be fired up. The Lions' entire team was due to report Thursday ahead of the first practice Friday morning. Detroit is facing more pressure than usual to win because the pieces seem to be in place to have success after last year's once-promising season closed with an eight-game losing streak and a 4-12 record. Schwartz says he fully expects the Lions to bounce back with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh leading the way on a team counting on some newcomers and returning players coming off injuries.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Department of Transportation officials say they haven't violated federal regulations by allowing Michigan State University coaches to use the state's passenger planes for athletic recruiting trips. The Lansing State Journal reports MDOT's response to a Federal Aviation Administration preliminary investigation was detailed in documents sent to the FAA this month. The inquiry came after the newspaper published a series on the taxpayer-funded planes. The FAA review could trigger a formal FAA investigation. A letter from MDOT suggests two concerns from the FAA - that the Athletics Department isn't eligible to use state planes because it is a self-sustaining division of the university, and that MDOT should have a certificate to provide services outside state government. MDOT spokesman Jeff Cranson says the state hasn't done anything wrong.
CHICAGO (AP) - Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter homered, and Anibal Sanchez pitched six scoreless innings to help the Detroit Tigers overcome Miguel Cabrera's absence in a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP and baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season, left Monday's game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a left hip flexor injury. He hasn't played since and might sit out Thursday, too, when the Tigers go for a four-game sweep. Detroit has won four straight and 13 of 21. Sanchez earned his first win since July 6, allowing six hits and striking out five. The right-hander had only allowed five earned runs in his previous two starts, both losses. John Danks lost his second straight start and is winless since July 2.
CHICAGO (AP) - Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in the lineup for the second straight night against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP who was baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, left Monday's game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a left hip flexor injury. Detroit manager Jim Leyland gave no update on Cabrera's condition, other than saying he's not playing. Cabrera is hitting a major league-best .358 with 31 home runs and 96 RBIs. Don Kelly start was in the starting lineup at third base for Detroit.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A state board has given the go-ahead for a new Red Wings arena in downtown Detroit that will be partially paid for with tax dollars. The Michigan Strategic Fund Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the Downtown Development Authority's request to use economic development taxes for the project. The board also signaled the intent to issue bonds to build the arena. The project includes $450 million for the arena and another $200 million for nearby developments designed to connect downtown to midtown. Fifty-six percent of the cost is private and 44 percent public. Gov. Rick Snyder and others defended using public money at a time Detroit is in bankruptcy proceedings and can't deliver basic services. Snyder says it's part of investing in Detroit's future and sending a message to investors.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who had 28 catches for the New York Jets last season. The team did not disclose contract terms Wednesday. The 27-year-old Schilens started six games for the Jets last season. He spent the previous four years with the Oakland Raiders, the team that drafted him in the seventh round in 2008. Schilens is also an accomplished baseball player. The Detroit Tigers drafted him in the 34th round out of high school.