Five Things For July 9th: Tigers Pound Dodgers
1. Tigers Bounce Back
Justin Verlander and the Tigers bounced back after a horrible top of the first inning. The Tigers fell down 5-0 and never looked back, winning 14-5 over the Dodgers. Verlander pitched 100 pitches in 6 innings giving up 5 runs, on 5 hits with 4 strikeouts improving to 8-7 on the season. Rajai Davis went 3-4 with 3 RBI's and Miguel Cabrera went 3-5 before being pulled for Don Kelly. The Tigers had 20 total hits. The conclusion of this series will take place this afternoon as Max Scherzer takes on Zack Greinke at Comerica Park.
2. Host Brazil Gets Slammed
The first semi-final of the world cup took place yesterday afternoon and within the first half, host Brazil was already down 5-0 with the final being 7-1 in favor of Germany. In the game, Germany Midfielder, Miroslav Klose, became the all time leading scorer in World Cup History. The defeated was the worst loss for Brazil in their soccer history. Germany will play the winner of Argentina and The Netherlands on Sunday and Brazil will play the loser for 3rd place.
3. Sidney Crosby Needs Surgery
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sidney Crosby is scheduled to have wrist surgery. According to the report, the injury hurt his performance in the playoffs. Surgery was not what Crosby wanted but will happen now because therapy did not correct the problem. The surgery is scheduled to happen within the next few days.
4. Home Run Derby Teams Announced
With the All-Star weekend coming up, the home run derby teams were announced. For the American League, Captain Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier and Adam Jones. For the National League, Captain Troy Tulowiztki, Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton. The All-Star game is next Tuesday.
5. Tour de France Stage 5 Underway Today
Today, stage five will take place for the Tour de France after Marcel Kittel wins another stage. After a horrible stage two, Kittel is trying to chip away at leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. Kittel is currently 147th overall but second in points. Entering today's race, Team Sky of Great Britain is the team leader of twelve seconds.