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.
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.
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.