Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 in five shutout innings and the Boston Red Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez allowed two hits and four walks in helping Boston end its longest losing streak of the season. J.D. Martinez, Enrique Hernandez and Jarren Duran homered for the Red Sox. Boston pitchers struck out 18 batters, with Matt Barnes getting two as he pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances. Casey Mize gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three and allowed all three Boston homers.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Defensively, the Detroit Lions have nowhere to go but up as head coach Dan Campbell prepares for his first season. Last year’s squad finished last in the NFL in both points (519) and yards (6,716) allowed, the worst marks in the franchise’s 91-year history. The transformation is underway under new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, who’s tasked with developing the Lions’ young secondary. The Lions defense is transitioning to a 3-4 scheme this year and the players are already developing a camaraderie.
WEBBERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Calvin Johnson is simply in awe that he will soon join Jim Brown and Gale Sayers as Pro Football Hall of Famers inducted at the age of 35 years old or younger. Johnson plans to make the most of a post-playing career. He aims to change the conversation about cannabis and to help improve the lives of people whether or not they want to partake. He co-founded a cannabis research company that is collaborating with Harvard University to research how marijuana can help people with CTE and chronic pain.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Steve Hutchinson set out to become the best guard in the game when he was drafted in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks. He made good on his goal as a 12-year career in the NFL unfolded with five All-Pro selections. He will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. Hutchinson helped block on an outstanding offensive line for 2005 NFL MVP Shaun Alexander with a Seahawks team that made the Super Bowl. With the Minnesota Vikings, Hutchinson paved the way for record-setting rushing by Adrian Peterson.