Detroit sports glance: Tigers win home opener; Pistons clinch playoff spot

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Tigers 4, Yankees 0- The Tigers blanked the New York Yankees in their home opener on Friday afternoon.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann had a solid debut as a Tiger, allowing no runs on two hits in seven innings while striking out three.

Nick Castellanos paced the Tigers with four hits while Miguel Cabrera chipped in with his first home run of the season.

The Yankees were led by Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira with a single each.Eye on the D

Detroit will continue its three-game weekend series at home against the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

Record: 3-0

1st Place in AL Central Division (1 game ahead of Chicago and Cleveland)

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 158

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 159

Next Game: 04/09/2016 vs New York Yankees 1:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park

Hitting stats: Miguel Cabrera HR (1) 2 RBI (3), Jose Iglesias RBI (1), Anthony Gose RBI (2), Ian Kinsler 2B (1).

Pitching stats: Jordan Zimmermann W (1-0) 7 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 3 BB 3 K.

Pistons 112, Wizards 99– The Pistons clinched their first playoff berth in seven years following a victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Detroit, which has two games left in its regular season, will either face Toronto or Cleveland in the Eastern Conference first round next week.

The Pistons jumped out to a 39-25 lead after the first quarter, led 62-55 at halftime and had a slim 86-84 advantage after three quarters.

Detroit closed the game with a strong 26-15 fourth quarter run to seal the win.

Reggie Jackson paced the Pistons with a game-high 39 points and nine assists while Tobias Harris added 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Wizards were led by Markieff Morris with 29 points while Bradley Beal chipped in with 25.

Detroit will play its final regular season home game on Tuesday against the Miami Heat.

Record: 43-37

2nd Place in Central Division (13.5 games behind Cleveland)

7th Place in Eastern Conference (13.5 games behind Cleveland)

Playoff spot clinched!

Eliminated from Central Division and Eastern Conference title contention.

Next Game: 04/12/2016 vs. Miami Heat 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills

Stats: Reggie Jackson 39 points 9 assists, Tobias Harris 17 points 9 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 14 points, Marcus Morris 13 points , Aron Baynes 12 points.

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