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Tigers rally in late innings to beat Mariners 4-2

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Aviles drove in the tiebreaking run with an infield single in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the sixth to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead, but Detroit scored a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to tie it. With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Aviles tapped a dribbler up the first-base line, and the Seattle infielders had no play anywhere.

James McCann added a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.

Bruce Rondon (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.

James Paxton (1-3) allowed four runs and 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.


Mariners losing in spite of long balls

DETROIT (AP) — The Mariners have homered in 14 straight games, but Seattle is 5-9 during that span. The Mariners went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

Manager Scott Servais says the game came down to getting runners home from third and notes the Mariners haven’t been able to do that when it matters lately. He says players may be trying to fix things with one swing and adds the team just needs a good day to break out of its slump.


Iwakuma, Fulmer to mound Wednesday

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer (7-2) gets the start as the Tigers again host the Mariners this evening, against Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 2.43) of Seattle.

Fulmer’s five-start winning streak was snapped in his last start against Kansas City, but over his past six outings, the right-hander has allowed only two runs in 40 innings. Fulmer has the lowest ERA among all rookie pitchers, minimum 50 innings.


Von Miller, Wade, Arrieta to appear in ESPN ‘Body Issue’

NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, 12-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will be featured in ESPN The Magazine’s eighth annual “Body Issue.”

Other athletes photographed include NFL stars Antonio Brown and Vince Wilfork, UFC champion Conor McGregor, WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, swimmer and Washington native Nathan Adrian, beach volleyball Olympian April Ross, soccer player Christen Press, wrestler Adeline Gray, boxer Claressa Shields, and retired diver Greg Louganis. Duathlete Chris Mosier is the first transgender athlete to appear in the issue.

ESPN says the issue will be posted online July 6 and appear on newsstands two days later.


Valentine, Hield appear at Yankees game

NEW YORK (AP) — Buddy Hield and Denzel Valentine were among four projected top NBA draft picks who watched batting practice before last night’s New York Yankees game from near the Yankees dugout.

For Hield, who grew up in the Bahamas and then starred at Oklahoma, it was the first major league game he’d seen in person. He looked eager to take a few cuts, but playfully admitted he has a “bad swing.”

Valentine, who stayed home and went to Michigan State, said he didn’t play baseball as a kid but could decently swing the bat. He told reporters he could also throw the ball in from the outfield pretty well.

Domantas Sabonis of Gonzaga and Marquese Chriss of Washington also were in attendance ahead of Thursday night’s draft.


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