By Dave Hart

Pirates 9, Tigers 3 – Tiger pitching allowed 21 hits, which included four home runs, as the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of the series on Wednesday night.

James McCann hit a home run for Detroit, while Nick Castellanos and Yoenis Cespedes each knocked in a run.

Detroit starting pitcher Alfredo Simon took the loss, allowing six runs on 15 hits in five 2/3 innings.

Detroit will look to avoid the sweep against the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.

Record: 39-38

3rd Place in AL Central (6.5 games behind Kansas City)

1.5 games behind Minnesota, Toronto and Tampa Bay for last playoff spot.

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight AL Central Division title: 94

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight playoff berth: 87

Next Game: 07/02/2015 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 1:08 p.m. @ Comerica Park.

Hitting Stats: James McCann HR (4) RBI (17), Nick Castellanos RBI (29), Yoenis Cespedes RBI (43), Victor Martinez 2B (8), Rajai Davis 3B (7).

Pitching Stats: Alfredo Simon L (7-5) 5.2 IP 15 H 6 R 6 ER 0 BB 7 K

Red Wings make a splash to start free agency

The Detroit Red Wings have signed top free agent defensemen Mike Green to a three-year contract.

Green had 10 goals and 35 assists in 72 games for the Washington Capitals last season.

The Red Wings also made a deal with forward Brad Richards for one season.

Richards had 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games for the 2015 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.