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Bullpen Fails Tigers Again; Sox, Cubs Lose

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More late-inning heartbreak for the Tigers last night at Comerica Park. Detroit was leading Boston 3-2 in the top of the 9th, and Brad Ausmus turned to Joba Chamberlain to try to close out the game. But David Ortiz belted a three-run homer and the  Red Sox went on to win it 5-3. The Tigers open a series in Chicago tonight against the White Sox, with Rick Porcello going after his 9th win against the Sox’ Hector Noesi. Broadcast time on 1450 WHTC is 7:45 p.m.

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In other baseball action, Josh Hamilton drove in three runs and C.J. Wilson allowed just three hits over 7-1/3 innings as the Angels downed the White Sox 4-2. Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field, Jake Arrieta threw six shutouts innings, but the Cubs’ bullpen gave up four runs over the final three innings in falling to the Marlins 4-3. Miami scored the winning run in the eighth on a wild pitch. Chicago opens a series in Pittsburgh tonight with Edwin Jackson on the mound for the Cubs.

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In the Midwest League, the Whitecaps continued their hot streak, downing South Bend 7-1 for their eighth straight home win. The ‘Caps go for a sweep of the Silver Hawks and first place in the division tonight at Fifth Third Ballpark.

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In the NBA finals…three nights after not being able to finish the opening game because of cramps, LeBron James came back big with 35 points and 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat evened the series with the San Antonio Spurs with a 98-96 win at AT&T Center.   Chris Bosh added 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining. Game three is Tuesday night in Miami.

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The Rangers look to avoid a huge deficit in the Stanley Cup Final as the series shifts to New York.  The Rangers host the Los Angeles Kings tonight in Game Three of the best-of-seven series at Madison Square Garden.  The Kings hold a 2-games-to-none lead in the series following a 5-4 double-overtime win in Game Two on Saturday.  Only five teams have come back from a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven finals and won the Cup.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Michigan native Brad Keselowski for the lead with five laps to go and then held on at the finish to win Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Pocono 400. It’s Earnhardt’s second win of the season and the 21st of his career in the series.

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