5 Things for April 30th: Tigers Come Back From 3-0 Defecit to Beat White Sox
1. A nice come-from-behind win for the Tigers last night. Justin Verlander got into some trouble in the third inning, giving up three runs on four hits. That put Detroit behind 3-0, but they climbed back in the game fairly quickly. Trailing 3-1 in the 6th inning, the middle of the lineup came up with a 2-out rally. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson got four straight hits to push across two runs for the Tigers and tie the game.
With the game tied in the ninth inning, Austin Jackson reached base with a three-base error. Jackson was on third with two outs when Bryan Holaday came up to the plate:
Detroit won the game 4-3. Other than one rough inning, Verlander was excellent. Miguel Cabrera appears to be heating up. He had two more hits last night and is 11-26 over his last six games. The two teams play a game at 2:10 today. Max Scherzer is on the mound for Detroit.
2. Adam Silver has made a landmark decision to ban Donald Sterling from all NBA activities. You can watch the press conference here on NBA.com. Sterling will be banned from the league for good. His fellow NBA owners will have a chance to vote on whether he should be forced to sell the team in the near future. It will require 3/4ths of the fellow owners to wish his banishment out of the league.
In my opinion, Silver hit an absolute home run yesterday. Considering it was Silver's first big decision as the commissioner, this decision was going to set the tone for what type of leader he would be. I respect him for taking questions from the press, and answering them as directly as he did. There was no grandstanding, and Silver acted quickly and forcefully. It inspired a lot of faith in his leadership from the players and the fans.
3. Speaking of the NBA, there were some really good games last night. The best one was between OKC and Memphis. Russell Westbrook made in incredible steal and dunk in the dying moments of regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime. In OT, Kevin Durant of all people, missed a free throw with a chance to tie the game late (with a little help from Joey Crawford). The Grizzlies pulled out a 100-99 win in overtime. There was a very controversial call as time expired, with Serge Ibaka appearing to get hit on wrist as he tried to tie the game.
The Wizards are a bit of a pleasant surprise in the east. They knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs with a 75-69 win.
The Clippers, who obviously had an emotional day with all of the Sterling news, took a 3-2 lead over the Warriors. DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 18 rebounds for the Clips.
4. The Flyers blewout the Rangers 5-2 to force a game 7. Wayne Simmonds had a hat trick for Philadelphia.
Flyers-Rangers are one of three game 7's on the schedule tonight. Wild-Avalanche is at 9:30, and Sharks-Ducks is at 10:00. The Sharks have a goaltending controversy between Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock, as they try to close out the Kings after losing three straight games.
5. Robinson Cano made his return to the Bronx last night and was met with mostly boos. The Mariners won the game 6-3.
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