(CCN) — High school football teams across the state open practice today, and some got an early start by taking to the field at one minute after midnight on the first official day teams can practice. READ MORE
HOUSTON (CCN) — Jordan Zimmerman turned in a strong outing with five innings of work but the Detroit Tigers' offense didn't give him any run support against another outstanding pitching performance by a Houston starter. The Astros were ahead 2-0 when Zimmerman left and they eventally won 6-3 Thursday night after losing a 2-1 affair to the Tigers on Wednesday to spoil a brilliant outing by ace Justin Verlander.
Justin Verlander, who brought a 15-4 record into Wednesday's game against his former teammates, surrendered a home run to Ronny Rodriguez to break up a no-hitter in the 5th inning and then lost it when Detroit got its second hit on a 9th inning home run by John Hicks. Houston's other ace pitcher, Gerrit Cole, was dominant on Thursday night but got better run support.
Zimmerman, who saw his record fall to 1-9 on the year, allowed only two runs on three hits before Houston lit up Detroit's bullpen with four runs on six hits after Zimmerman went to the showers.
Rodriguez and Victor Reyes got the only hits off Cole who struck out 12 batters in seven innings of work. Verlander struck out 11 Tigers a night earlier when going the distance in his two-hitter.
ALLEN PARK (CCN) — Defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. has singed a one-year contract extension with the Detroit Lions. READ MORE NEWS ON DETROIT LIONS & NFL
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