Semien's slam lifts White Sox over Tigers 6-4
DETROIT (AP) - Marcus Semien's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Wednesday night.
Jose Abreu hit another long home run for the White Sox, but it was Semien's first career slam that turned around the game. Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed two runs in six innings, but Evan Reed gave up two singles and a walk, and Ian Krol allowed the home run to Semien.
Andre Rienzo gave up four runs in the fourth inning but kept the Tigers quiet otherwise in his first start this season. He allowed five hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings, striking out three.
Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth for his third save, but it wasn't easy. He allowed a single, a walk and two deep flyouts before retiring Alex Avila on a line drive to first with runners on second and third.
Bruins defense holding Red Wings to historic lows
DETROIT (AP) - The Boston Bruins have held the Detroit Red Wings to historically poor production offensively.
With just two goals through three games, Detroit is off to its worst three-game start in any playoff series since the 1945 Stanley Cup finals.
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask, backchecking forwards and shot-blocking defensemen have had a lot to do with that.
The Bruins have turned defense into offense to win the last two games by a combined score of 7-1. The dominating performances have lifted the defending Eastern Conference champions to a 2-1 lead in the opening-round series.
Detroit has to win Game 4 at home Thursday night to avoid facing elimination when the series shifts to Boston for Game 5.
Lions open at home against Giants on Monday night
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions will open the season with a home Monday night game against the New York Giants.
The Lions announced their 2014 schedule Wednesday night. The Sept. 8 game against the Giants will mark the first time Detroit begins the season in prime time since 1991, when the Lions opened with a Sunday night game at Washington. The last time Detroit opened on Monday night was in 1971 against Minnesota.
Detroit will host the Chicago Bears in the Lions' annual Thanksgiving game. It will be the 16th Thanksgiving meeting between the Lions and Bears.
The Lions will play the Atlanta Falcons in London on Oct. 26 as part of the NFL's International Series.
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