Five Things for June 11th: Pitcher Justin Alleman Leaving Michigan State
1. According to Fred Heumann of WLNS, Michigan State pitcher Justin Alleman is leaving the baseball team:
After closing his freshman year, and moved back to the starting rotation this past season. Alleman racked up a 2.75 ERA and held batters to a .208 average in 95 innings pitched. He was selected in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals out of high school.
Also, Jimmy Pickens signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds, and will not return to Michigan State for his senior season.
2. The Tigers were rained out last night against the Chicago White Sox. Justin Verlander, who was initially scheduled to start last night, will take the hill today instead. Brad Ausmus will skip Drew Smyly's start, which was originally scheduled for Thursday. John Danks will pitch for Chicago tonight.
3. The San Antonio Spurs came out on fire last night, playing one of the better offensive halves in NBA Finals history. SA shot 76% from the field in the first half, and they jumped out to a 25 point lead in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard was fantastic last night, scoring 29 points and playing excellent defense. Miami brought the game to within single digits late in the third quarter, but the Spurs eventually pulled away. The Spurs' final tallies: a 111-92 win, 59.4% shooting, 45% three-point shooting, and 81% from the free throw line. Yikes.
4. In sad news, former Cy Young winner Bob Welch has passed away. Welch pitched for 17 years in the major leagues, and won two world series championships. Welch was an alumnus of Eastern Michigan.
5. In baseball, Manny Machado was suspended for five games for his antics against the A's last week. Also, Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco made his MLB debut, and went 1-5. Colin Cowgill hit a walkoff home run for the Angels to get a win over the A's.