Weekend Review 8/11/13

The weekend was a wild one, having the Tigers playing in New York and Lions played their first pre-season game. Here is a little bit of a recap from the game today, via the Detroit Free Press:

“After Mariano Rivera blew a third straight save for the first time in his famed career, Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the ninth inning to give the New York Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday for their first series win in more than a month.

Rivera (3-2) gave up another homer to a limping Miguel Cabrera, plus a drive to Victor Martinez in the top of the ninth. The solo shots made it 4-all and turned Alex Rodriguez’s first homer of the season into a footnote.

Gardner connected off Jose Veras (0-5). The small center fielder flipped his batting helmet to A-Rod just before reaching the plate, then jumped into a cluster of teammates at home.”

So even though the Tigers loss two out of the games, they are still playing their best baseball of the year. Be prepared for a fun and a very exciting rest of the season from the boys of summer.

As for the Lions, they had a great start to the pre-season with a 26-17 victory of the New York Jets. Here is a little bit of the Freep article on it:

“Ziggy Ansah stood next to two orange Gatorade coolers, a pair of scissors in his hand, cutting the tape off his wrists.

When Don Carey tackled Bilal Powell for a 4-yard loss to end a New York Jets’ drive midway through the second quarter, Ansah stopped, took a few steps forward and raised his arms in celebration.

The rookie first-round pick got a bit of the veteran treatment in the Lions’ first preseason game, and deservedly so.

Ansah played just the first four series before taking the rest of the night off, returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown, and had two tackles, including one for loss, as the Lions beat the Jets, 26-17, at Ford Field.

“I know a lot of people were looking at us sideways when we drafted a guy that didn’t have a whole lot of experience and that was sort of the buzz around him,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “But watch the tape, he made plays like that in college. He’s very good on draws and screens, reverses, things that an inexperienced player would generally struggle with. He’s a good natural athlete. … We certainly weren’t surprised by it.””

It is a great early sign for the Lions and Ansah to be making plays like they did against  the Jets. They play the Browns on Thursday so we’ll see what happens.

Overall, it was not too bad of a weekend for Detroit sports. Hopefully, this week will be just as exciting.

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