Detroit sports glance: Tigers drop third straight game to Pirates; Pistons add four players to roster

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Pirates 8, Tigers 4 – The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep over the Tigers on Thursday afternoon.

LSJ Logo incertJ.D. Martinez hit his 21st home run of the season for the Tigers, while Ian Kinsler hit an RBI double.

Detroit starting pitcher Kyle Ryan took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings.Eye on the D

Detroit will host the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend starting on Friday night.

Record: 39-39

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

2 games behind Minnesota and Toronto for last playoff spot.

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight AL Central Division title: 93

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

Next Game: 07/03/2015 vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:08 p.m. @ Comerica Park.

Hitting Stats: J.D. Martinez HR (21) 3 RBI (51), Ian Kinsler 2B (17) RBI (32), Jose Iglesias 2B (7).

Pitching Stats: Kyle Ryan L (1-2) 4 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 5 BB 4 K

Pistons acquire three players from the Phoenix Suns, sign former Spurs center

The Detroit Pistons acquired small forward Marcus Morris, forward Danny Granger and guard Reggie Bullock from Phoenix for a second round draft pick on Thursday afternoon.

Morris averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 81 games for the Suns last season. He is expected to start at small forward for the Pistons.

Granger averaged 6.3 points per game for the Miami Heat in 30 games. A former All-Star as a member of the Indiana Pacers, Granger’s best season came in  2008-09 when he averaged 25.8 points per game.

Bullock averaged 1.9 points per game in 36 games for the Suns last season.

The Pistons also signed former San Antonio Spurs’ center Aron Baynes.

Baynes, who averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 70 games for the Spurs last season, started 17 games at center.

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