MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 7, Cleveland Indians 5
Boston Red Sox 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Cubs were off
Tigers 7, Indians 5 – Tigers hold on for 7-5 win over Indians
Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler's three-run homer in the fifth off Danny Salazar (0-2). Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland's Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in four chances.
Red Sox 3, White Sox 1 – Lester leads Red Sox past White Sox 3-1
Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston's two-run ninth, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Lester (2-2) allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning an impressive pitcher's duel with White Sox ace Chris Sale. Lester retired his first 16 batters before Tyler Flowers singled in the sixth. Xander Bogaerts homered in the sixth for Boston's only hit off Sale.
Cincinnati (Simon 1-1) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-1), 2:20 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Weaver 0-2) at Detroit (Smyly 1-0), 7:08 p.m. WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago White Sox (Paulino 0-1) at Texas (M.Perez 2-0), 8:05 p.m.
NHL – 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
St. Louis Blues 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 – 3 OT (STL Leads Series 1-0)
New York Rangers 4, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (NYR Leads Series 1-0)
Colorado Avalanche 5, Minnesota Wild 4 – OT (COL Leads Series 1-0)
San Jose Sharks 6, Los Angeles Kings 3 (SJS Leads Series 1-0)
Blues 4, Blackhawks 3 – 3 OT – Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs
Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. Ryan Miller blanked the Blackhawks after Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway to put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period. Both teams face a short turnaround with Game 2 Saturday afternoon.
Rangers 4, Flyers 1
Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in their NHL playoff opener.
Avalanche 5, Wild 4 - OT
Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild
Sharks 6, Kings 3
Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the San Jose Sharks jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 win.
Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (Game 1)
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m. (MTL Leads Series 1-0)
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m. (ANA Leads Series 1-0)
NHL – DET/BOS Preview – Bruins set for fresh start after regular season
The Boston Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy by leading the NHL with 117 points. Another number shows just how much, or little, that means. “I heard about 40 percent of the series are upsets in the first round,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “You have teams that have high expectations. You have teams that have nothing to lose and everything to gain. So that certainly makes that first round a challenge.” That begins for top-seeded Boston tonight against 8th seeded Detroit. The Red Wings had 24 fewer points in the regular season but went 3-1 against the Bruins, a sign that Detroit's speedy, puck-possession style can overcome Boston's physical approach. “I think we're complete,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I think we're way better than people think.”
NCAA Football – Michigan brings Dierdorf to broadcast booth
Dan Dierdorf is coming back to the booth and will be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall. The Pro Football Hall of Famer will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, one of his teammates while playing for the Wolverines during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. The announcement Thursday was made by Michigan and IMG College, the school's multimedia rights partner. The 64-year-old Dierdorf said in November he was leaving network broadcasting because the travel was becoming too tough on his artificial knees and hips and bad back. He was an NFL analyst for CBS Sports last season and worked for ABC's “Monday Night Football” from 1987-99. .
NBA – Pistons face another uncertain offseason
There will be more changes for the Detroit Pistons this offseason. The Pistons went 29-53 and missed the playoffs for a fifth straight year. Coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in February. Team president Joe Dumars stepped down this week. That leaves owner Tom Gores in charge of a significant overhaul.
AHL – American Hockey League
Lake Erie Monsters at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:05 p.m.
ECHL – 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs
Greenville Road Warriors at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Game 1)
MWL – Midwest League Baseball
West Michigan 7, Cedar Rapids 3
South Bend 5, Quad Cities 0
Beloit 7, Lansing 2
Great Lakes 4, Wisconsin 3
Lansing at Beloit, 7:30 p.m.
West Michigan at Cedar Rapids, 7:35 p.m.
Great Lakes at Wisconsin, 7:35 p.m.
South Bend at Quad Cities, 8 p.m.
MHSAA – High School Sports
St. Joseph 5, Portage Central 4 – 9 Inn – Game 1
Portage Central 5, St. Joseph 0 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 4, South Haven 0 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 3, South Haven 3 – Game 2, Suspended, darkness
Edwardsburg 11, South Haven 2 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 12, South Haven 2 – Game 2
Lakeshore 15, Niles 3 – Game 1
Lakeshore 8, Niles 1 – Game 2
St. Joseph 8, South Haven 0
Bears 8, Rams 0 – St. Joe shuts out South Haven
Sarah Corbe scored a hat trick and added an assist while Jessie Armstrong scored twice as St. Joe defeated South Haven 8-0 at Radcliffe Field. Aneesha Jain, Jodie Kirschner, and Sarah Hartwell also scored for the Bears who improve to 2-0-2 on the year. South Haven falls to 0-2.
Vicksburg at Lakeshore