Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yandy Díaz hit a leadoff home run and Mike Zunino later connected, reliever Dietrich Enns pitched four solid innings and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2. The Rays lead second place Boston and Toronto by 8 1/2 games. The fourth-place New York Yankees are nine back. Tampa Bay slugger Nelson Cruz left the game in the sixth with a bruised right forearm. He hit by a pitch on the arm during the first inning. Enns gave up one run and three hits as six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a six-hitter. The 30-year old left-hander, appearing in his seventh game this season and ninth overall, went four scoreless innings at Detroit last Saturday to get his first big league win.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Michigan State’s offense has been a surprise this season. So has Miami’s, in a very different way. The Spartans are moving the football more easily than they have in years, and they’ll look to keep that going on Saturday when they visit No. 24 Miami in the first matchup between the schools since 1989. Michigan State has put up at least 38 points in back-to-back regular season games for the first time since 2015 and has topped the 500-yard mark in consecutive games for the first time since 2014. Miami is struggling, averaging 4.6 yards per play in a serious dip from last season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers don’t believe a lopsided loss to start the season should impact their sky-high expectations for what they can accomplish this year. But it sure raises the stakes as they prepare to face the Detroit Lions in a Monday night home opener. Green Bay’s string of six straight season-opening victories ended with a thud when the Packers fell 38-3 to the New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville, Florida. The Packers now will try to win their home opener for a ninth consecutive season. The Lions opened their season by losing 41-33 to the San Francisco 49ers.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is off to a 2-0 start for the second straight season. The Panthers are wary as Western Michigan visits this weeknd. Pitt pulled out an emotional win on the road at Tennessee last week and has a shot to put together the program’s best start in more than 20 years. Coach Pat Narduzzi says his senior-laden unit will be careful not to take the Broncos for granted. Western Michigan was blown out in its opener against Michigan but responded by beating Illinois State.