DETROIT (AP) - Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Wednesday night. Drew Smyly struck out two in a perfect inning in relief of Anibal Sanchez. Jose Veras entered with two outs in the eighth inning and closed the game for his first save with the Tigers. Kevin Correia allowed four runs - two earned - and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings. The Twins let Detroit score four runs with two outs in the seventh.
DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera felt healthy enough to stay in the lineup, giving the Detroit Tigers a big sense of relief. The Tigers batted Cabrera third and played him in his usual spot at third base Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. He was replaced by pinch-runner Ramon Santiago after hitting a three-run double in the eighth inning to give the Tigers a six-run lead. Cabrera aggravated a strain in his groin, abdominal and hip area when he swung and missed on a pitch Tuesday night. He walked off the field gingerly after his game-ending strikeout in a 6-3 loss to Minnesota. Tigers athletic trainer Kevin Rand said before the game that Cabrera was feeling much better Wednesday afternoon than he did Tuesday night. The reigning Triple Crown winner has been playing through a series of injuries lately, including a banged-up left knee and shin. Cabrera leads the majors in batting average and RBIs, and his 40 homers trail only Baltimore's Chris Davis.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Brian Cairns has won the Michigan PGA championship for a third time. The 49-year-old Cairns made a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at Oakland University in Rochester Hills for his first lead, coming back from a six-shot deficit. Cairns shot a 3-under 69 to finish 7-under 209 for the tournament, which he also won in 2000 and 1996. He works as a PGA professional at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center in Plymouth, Mich. One shot back was Scott Hebert, who's won six of the previous eight Michigan PGA championships. Matt Pesta finished third.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons signed center Josh Harrellson to two-year contract for the league minimum with the team holding an option for the second season Wednesday. Harrellson played sparingly in six games last season for the Miami Heat. The 6-foot-10, 275-pound Harrellson was drafted by New Orleans out of Kentucky in the second round in 2011, then traded that night to the New York Knicks. Harrellson averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.6 minutes as a rookie and played in four playoff games during the 2012 playoffs with the Knicks. The Pistons traded for point guard Brandon Jennings during their busy offseason and signed free agents Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups, Luigi Datome and re-signed Will Bynum.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The federal government says the home of the Detroit Pistons will make improvements for fans in wheelchairs. The government says The Palace of Auburn Hills will provide at least 99 wheelchair-accessible seats and an equal number of companion seats. The agreement says tickets for those seats will be sold in the same manner as other seats and will be available online through Ticketmaster. Palace Sports and Entertainment also will make changes at food stands, restrooms and parking lots. The U.S. Attorney's Office says it received complaints that The Palace wasn't in compliance with federal disability law. In a statement, Palace Sports thanked the government for helping to improved services at the arena.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh will miss the season because of a foot injury. The loss of the 6-foot-2, 212-pound sophomore is a tough one for the Wolverines, who were counting on him to provide another target for quarterback Devin Gardner alongside established veteran wideout Jeremy Gallon. Coach Brady Hoke made the announcement of Darboh's status in a written statement Wednesday. Hoke says he loves Amara but hates what the injury means for him. Hoke says Darboh "worked through the offseason and fall camp to earn a starting role." According to Hoke, Darboh's foot injury requires surgery. Darboh played sparingly at receiver as a freshman last season, but contributed on special teams. He played his high school football at Dowling Catholic in West Des Moines, Iowa.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Morneau had a season high four hits, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Glen Perkins struck out Miguel Cabrera with two on for the final out to help the Minnesota Twins hold off the Detroit Tigers in a 6-3 win Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Jared Burton got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth, and Perkins finished for his 29th save in 32 chances - barely. Rick Porcello allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings for Detroit. The Twins were without All-Star Joe Mauer, who was scratched from his start at first when he experienced dizziness during batting practice.
DETROIT (AP) - Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has another injury to deal with as he attempts to become the first to win baseball's Triple Crown in consecutive seasons. Cabrera might have aggravated a previous ailment, or he may have a new one. Manager Jim Leyland says Cabrera was in pain after his first swing in the ninth inning Tuesday night against Minnesota. Cabrera struck out swinging with two on, closing out a 6-3 victory for the Twins. Leyland wasn't sure if the injury was in Cabrera's groin or stomach area. Cabrera has been playing through a strained lower abdomen, injured hip and banged-up left leg. Cabrera had one hit in five at-bats, dropping his batting average to .359 with 40 homers and 120 RBIs.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions lost one of their three starting linebackers in free agency. His likely replacement will be a familiar face. Ashlee Palmer, who saw plenty of action on special teams last season, will join Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy in the middle of the defense this season. He replaces starter Justin Durant, who's now battling for a job in Dallas. The lead trio also has been helping a largely inexperienced group get acclimated this summer. Aside from the presumed starters, only Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead were on the field for an NFL snap in 2012.
UNDATED (AP) - The 2013 Sprint Cup season is over for Tony Stewart. The three-time Cup champion will miss the rest of the season because of broken bones in his right leg. He will be replaced in the Stewart-Hass No. 14 car by Austin Dillon and Mark Martin. Stewart is expected to return in time for preseason testing in January 2014. Stewart broke his right leg in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 in Iowa.