The Tigers are pretty darn good at collecting gaudy individual feats, and now here comes Scherzer, hanging 10s all over the place. On a team of pitching stars, it's his turn to star.
The guy that desperately needs good fortune now is Dumars. In the coming weeks, he'll take another shot in the draft, then another shot at the free-agent and trade markets. And if there isn't a significant boost, Dumars likely will be gone.
Bush, 28, was the No. 1 free-agent target for the Lions, and it's important to recognize why. It's not that Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford required more help than the defense. It's that in Motown terms, if you spend big money on a fast car, you don't run it with a clogged fuel pump.
At this rate, with this pitching, the Tigers might clinch the division by the Fourth of July and spend the rest of the summer fishing (for a closer).
The relevant question is, can the Tigers win this way? If they pitch like this, of course they can. The rotation has delivered quality starts in 12 of the past 13 games, yet the Tigers are 6-7. For all their hitting prowess, they have the 12th-best record in baseball.
The Lions sit at a familiar crossroad, where the direction matters more than the destination. And on a brilliantly sunny day, Bill Ford Jr. was looking up. Not many clouds in June, with the season three months away.
The Red Wings made the playoffs, beat the second-seeded Ducks in a Game 7 on the road and lost to the top-seeded Blackhawks in an overtime Game 7 on the road. In a sense, they skipped over a rebuilding year, and a dangerous transition has become a doable transition.
Seabrook’s shot tipped Niklas Kronwall’s skate before flipping past Howard, and that’s how these crazy Game 7s often end. On the ice after the game, Kronwall dropped to one knee, his head down, while Howard put his arm around him.
It’s hard to tell if the Red Wings are rattled or riled, but it’s easy to see the enormity of the task. They have to go into the United Center Wednesday and try to win a Game 7 against the league’s top team, a deep, skilled Blackhawks group.
The Wings lost their lead, their edge and possibly much more, falling 4-3 Monday night to send the series back to Chicago for Game 7.
Expected response from the Blackhawks? Yep. Acceptable response from the Red Wings? Nope, not at all. If they plan to close this series out, they have to push back much, much harder back home.
This is being decided in the toughest areas of the ice, in front of the net, in their relentlessly grinding effort. And make no mistake about this — it’s also being decided in the head.
Now we find out how tight and real it is, how frustrated the Blackhawks truly are, how much higher Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard can raise their games. The Red Wings are gathering confidence and the Blackhawks are gathering themselves.
If it moved, the Red Wings hit it. If it bounced, they chased it. The Blackhawks kept passing and pressuring, and the Red Wings kept pressing and pressing, slamming bodies and pursuing pucks.
In between the hyperbolic extremes, the Wings are finding rejuvenation and balance, and a whole lot of energy. They come churning into Joe Louis Arena tonight ...
Oh, the Red Wings are outmanned, and it was evident in Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss. But after practicing at Joe Louis Arena on Friday before hopping on the ...
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The Wings rolled into Anaheim and knocked off the second-seeded Ducks 3-2 Sunday night in Game 7 to advance to the second round, where the Blackhawks await. ...
Did the Wings and Ducks play seven games of aesthetically scintillating hockey? No. But they played one of the tightest series imaginable, more tightly ...
From the brink and back, the Red Wings made another crazy trip and pulled out another crazy game Saturday night in Detroit. They blew a late lead but ...
They’ve been skating on the edge all series, and skated deep into the night again. But this time, the Red Wings could conjure no overtime magic.
The final play went from rookie to rookie to rookie, and in the playoffs, you grow up fast. The Red Wings are learning on the fly and earning what they get, ...
Bob Wojnowski is a Michigan native who grew up in Ann Arbor, went to high school in Battle Creek and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983. He has been at The Detroit News since 1989, a columnist since 1992. He has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the Olympics to the World Series to the Final Four to the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals.
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