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AP source: Dumars out as Pistons team president PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:55
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Joe Dumars tried to push the Detroit Pistons back toward the playoffs with a couple of big moves last offseason.
That didn’t work, and now the Pistons will be hiring someone else to replace him.
Detroit has decided not to renew Dumars’ contract as president of basketball operations, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made any announcement on Dumars’ future, says Dumars will remain with the Pistons as an adviser.
Dumars was named the 2003 executive of the year, and the Pistons won the title the following season, adding the 2004 crown to the two they won when Dumars was a player.
But Detroit hasn’t made the playoffs since 2009, and the retooled Pistons flopped badly this season.
Detroit has one of the game’s top young big men in Andre Drummond, but he’s one of the franchise’s few bright spots at the moment.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 06:59
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Raptors blow lead but still beat Pistons PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:53
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kyle Lowry picked up his fifth foul at around the midway point of the fourth quarter — then was called for his sixth 20 seconds later.
It was the type of mistake that could prove costly for Toronto in the playoffs, but this time the Raptors were able to overcome it.
DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and the Raptors tied a franchise record for victories with a 116-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Lowry scored 28 points before fouling out with 5:51 remaining.
“I was just glad the guys won it without me,” Lowry said. “DeMar was rested going into the fourth quarter, and he really took over down the stretch. That’s what happens when he is aggressive — he can take over a game.”
The Raptors (47-33) had already clinched the Atlantic Division, and the victory over Detroit was their 10th in 14 games. Toronto has reached the 47-win mark for the third time. The Raptors went 47-35 in 2001 and 2007.
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Indians let 9th-inning lead slip away in loss to White Sox PDF Print E-mail
Written by ROBERT QUESENBERY Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:49
CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians looked poised to salvage a four-game split.
One pitch from John Axford and one big swing by Alexei Ramirez changed that.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox over the Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday.
The Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth, getting the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by closer Matt Lindstrom.
Axford (0-1) came in seeking his fifth save in as many chances. He issued a leadoff walk to Jordan Danks, who stole second.
One out later, Ramirez homered over the left field fence.
“Nobody in this game is perfect,” David Murphy, whose single had tied the game in the ninth, said of Axford. “But everybody in here has confidence in him and knows that he’s going to get it done pretty much every day.”
The White Sox won a series against Cleveland for the first time since October 2012. Chicago took three of four in this set after dropping 14 straight to the Indians.
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Scherzer, Tigers lose to Padres to drop 2 of 3 in series PDF Print E-mail
Written by BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:51
SAN DIEGO — The Detroit Tigers left town after losing two of three games to the San Diego Padres, with each defeat coming against a power pitcher.
Tyson Ross outdueled AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, and Jedd Gyorko and Xavier Nady homered as the San Diego Padres beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Sunday to take two of three.
“It’s one of those games where we were not getting anything going,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “It was a blah game for us. We couldn’t string anything together. We had some good swings, we hit some balls decent.”
On Friday night, the Tigers were one-hit by Andrew Cashner and lost 6-0.
After two shaky opening starts, Ross (1-2) struck out seven and held the Tigers to one run and six hits in seven innings. He walked one.
“His stuff is deceptive,” Torii Hunter said. “His slider comes out of his hand looking like a fastball, then just breaks out of nowhere.”
Scherzer (0-1) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings, struck out 10 and walked three. The Tigers have scored three runs for Scherzer in his three starts.
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Heisey hits slam, Mesoraco 4 RBI as Reds top Rays PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:48
CINCINNATI — The Reds went two weeks before breaking out of their hitting slump.
Chris Heisey connected for his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in a career high-tying four runs as Cincinnati took advantage of Tampa Bay’s depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday.
The Reds’ best offensive showing of the season featured Mesoraco’s three-run homer, Joey Votto’s two-run shot and Heisey’s pinch-hit slam in the eighth. Jay Bruce doubled, walked four times and scored four runs.
The Reds had a brief meeting following a 1-0 loss on Saturday that epitomized their season-long struggle at the plate.
“The key early in the season is to not lose faith,” manager Bryan Price said. “We understand that we’re a good team, and everyone in there knows it.”
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