Your Five Things For July 10th: Tigers Head To KC With 4.5 Game Lead
1. Tigers Take Two Games From Dodgers
The Detroit Tigers sweep the Dodgers after a short two game series winning 4-1. The Tigers now have 50 wins this season and holds a 4.5 game lead in the AL Central. Scherzer pitched 7 innings giving up 1 run with 7 strikeouts. Nathan pitched a scoreless 9th for his 18th save of the year. The Tigers go to Kansas City for a 4 game series, the last before the All-Star Break. Tonight's pitcher are Smyly (4-8) vs Guthrie (5-7) with the first pitch being at 8:10.
2. World Cup Final Is Set
After Argentina beat The Netherlands in penalty kicks in second semi-final of the World Cup. After a scoreless 120 minutes, Argentina goalie saved 2 of the 4 shots he faced while Argentina scored all 4 kicks. They will meet Germany on Sunday after Germany beat Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday. With the loss, The Netherlands move down to the 3rd place game which will take place on Saturday.
3. Tanaka Heads To DL; MRI Scheduled
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be headed to the DL with a sore elbow. The phenom pitcher from Japan came to the New York Yankees because of a $155 million contract over 7 years. Tanaka, 25, is 12-4 with 3 complete games and 1 shutout and a 2.51 ERA.
4. Blackhawks Sign Kane, Toews To An Extension
The Chicago Blackhawks signed two staples to the team, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Both signed an $84 million extension over 8 years and will keep them with the team until the 2022-2023 season. Kane, 25, has 178 goals in 515 regular season games and 37 goals coming in 93 playoff games. Toews, 26, 195 goals in 484 regular season games also tallying 245 assists. He was also awarded the Conn Smythe Award in 2010 and the Frank Selke Trophy in 2013.
5. NBA To Raise Salary Cap
The NBA salary cap is set to move up $5 million this year and will reach $63 million and $76.8 million luxury tax line. The no penalty salary cap minimum will be at $56.7 million. This all went into effect today just in time for the free agency market. They are expecting another jump in the salary cap before next season because of a new TV deal on the horizon.