BOSTON (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have recalled pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Jose Alvarez and catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo. Bonderman, who sat out the past two seasons after eight years with Detroit, began this season with Seattle then was signed by the Tigers on July 14 after the Mariners designated him for assignment. The right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.93 ERA for Seattle in seven games, all starts. With Detroit he was 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA in nine outings, all in relief, before being sent to Toledo last Saturday. The left-handed Alvarez is 1-4 with a 6.14 ERA in eight games for the Tigers this season. Holaday is batting .280 in 12 games for Detroit.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Quarterback Matthew Stafford learned a while ago that he should be ready to accept plenty of blame when his team loses. Over the past two seasons, Stafford has thrown for more than 10,000 yards, but he still faces questions about how far he can lead the Detroit Lions after the team's terrible 2012. Detroit dropped eight straight games to finish the season. In 2011, Stafford threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns, leading the Lions to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth. He passed for 4,967 yards last season, but the Lions went 4-12, and Stafford threw for only 20 TDs with 17 interceptions. The former No. 1 draft pick insists the pressure he feels now is nothing new.
UNDATED (AP) - If all goes according to plan, the possibility of an FCS wins over one of the big boys of college football won't exist much longer in the Big Ten. The College Football Playoff is coming next season, and strength of schedule is part of the criteria the selection committee will use to determine the four teams. Playing FCS opponents wouldn't help the cause. That's only part of the reason Commissioner Jim Delany is encouraging Big Ten schools to keep FCS schools off non-conference schedules. He said recently that games against FCS foes don't create enough excitement for players, fans and television networks. Every Big Ten team except Michigan and Penn State is playing an FCS opponent this season. Three of those games are this week.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio wouldn't identify Michigan State's starting quarterback for Saturday's game with South Florida. The same two names are listed atop the depth chart this week: Senior starter Andrew Maxwell and sophomore backup Connor Cook, who were 17 for 37 combined for just 116 yards in a 26-13 win over Western Michigan last Friday. Freshmen Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry did not play. Dantonio said Tuesday he wouldn't answer questions about ranking the players, in part to avoid a "media circus." The Spartans will have a change at wide receiver after a bunch of dropped passes. Sophomore Macgarrett Kings will make his first career start in place of senior Bennie Fowler against South Florida, which allowed 51 points in its loss to McNeese State.
BOSTON (AP) - Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Monday in a matchup of teams with the AL's best records. The Tigers won despite missing Miguel Cabrera for the third straight game. He has been sidelined by a strained abdomen, though general manager Dave Dombrowski said the star has been more hampered by a groin problem. Prince Fielder and Andy Dirks each drove in a run for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who won for the fourth time in five games. The AL East-leading Red Sox lost for just the second time in nine games.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan running back Drake Johnson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL sustained in Saturday's 59-9 win over Central Michigan. The redshirt freshman was listed as the No. 2 tailback on the Michigan depth chart, but was injured on his second carry against the Chippewas, and the team announced Monday that he will not return this year. Highly touted freshman Derrick Green, who rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown in his first game, will now move up to the No. 2 spot behind starter Fitzgerald Toussaint. The 17th-ranked Wolverines face No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday in the second night game at Michigan Stadium.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's new-look offensive line passed its first test. The next one is going to be much tougher. After steamrolling Central Michigan 59-9 in the season opener, the 17th-ranked Wolverines face No. 14 Notre Dame in just the second night game in Michigan Stadium history. The Wolverines had question marks coming into this season after replacing the three interior players on their offensive line. Jack Miller made his first start at center, while Graham Glasgow and Kyle Kalis debuted at guard. Miller is a redshirt sophomore, Glasgow is a former walk-on who only became a scholarship player last week, and Kalis is a redshirt freshman. Behind them, and fifth-year senior tackles Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield, Michigan ran for 242 yards and six touchdowns.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions say they have claimed safety DeJon Gomes on waivers. The team announced the move Monday, six days ahead of its regular season opener against the visiting Minnesota Vikings. The Washington Red Skins announced Gomes' waiver Saturday. He played college ball at Nebraska and was a fifth-round pick by Washington in 2011.
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