UNDATED (WHTC) -- The Rangers crushed the Tigers 12-2 at Comerica Park on Saturday. Rick Porcello fell to 7-and-2 after being roughed up for eight runs over five-and-a-third innings for Detroit. Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler each knocked in a run while Victor Martinez had three hits as the Tigers lost their fifth in six games. The Tigers try to even up the four game series against the Rangers this afternoon. 1450 WHTC broadcast time is 12:40 P.M.
Travis Wood improved to 5-and-4 with seven-and-a-third innings of two-run ball as the Cubs knocked off the Padres 3-2 at Petco Park. Wood scattered three hits in the win while Hector Rondon notched his sixth save. Luis Valbuena cranked a solo homer while Nate Schierholtz and Travis Wood drove in a run each. The Cubs play in San Diego again this afternoon.
The White Sox fell to the Yankees in ten innings on Saturday, 4-3. John Danks pitched eight innings of three-hit ball for Chicago before Ronald Belisario blew the save in the ninth. Zach Putnam took the loss for the Sox, who had won four of their last five. The White Sox and Yankees go at it again this afternoon.
The heat of the playoff race was evident on Saturday night in Ohio, where the West Michigan Whitecaps dropped the rubber match of a three-game series, 5-3, to the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field. West Michigan is now one game behind Dayton in the race for the final Eastern Division playoff spot with 21 games remaining in the first half of the season. The ‘Caps head to Kentucky to face the Bowling Green Hot Rods this evening. Hear the game on 1450 WHTC and whtc.com beginning at 7:55 P.M.
The Kings scored three goals after being down 2-1 at the end of the first period to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 in Game Three of the Western Conference Final at the STAPLES Center. Jonathan Toews scored two goals in the first period while Patrick Sharp added a goal in the closing seconds. Corey Crawford had 28 saves for the Blackhawks, who try to even the series up at two in Game Four on Monday.
Ed Carpenter has the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 on today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter is starting first at the most prestigious race on the IndyCar circuit for the second straight year after posting a four-lap average of 231.067 mph in last week's qualifying. The race starts right after noon.
Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole position in today's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The six-time Sprint Cup champion claimed his first pole this season with a lap speed of 194.911 mph in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format. Johnson, who has yet to win a race this year, will be joined on the front row by Brad Keselowski. The race gets underway at 6 P.M.
Story by; Diane E Coston