Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia had to wait 11 months to experience the thrill of victory. Patricia insists he wasn’t relieved by the result. The embattled coach says he has to stay consistent emotionally to lead the team. Matthew Stafford led the Lions to victory for the 35th time in his career when they tied or behind in the fourth quarter or overtime. Matt Prater’s field goal as time expired gave Detroit a 26-23 win against Arizona. Detroit hosts the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in a matchup of 1-2 teams.
DETROIT (AP) — The arrival of pitching prospects Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal was a big deal for the Detroit Tigers, but if fans expected an immediate impact, they may have been disappointed. Mize went 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA, and Skubal was 1-4 with a 5.63 ERA. After 114 losses in 2019, the Tigers improved enough to move into contention for a spot in this year’s expanded postseason, but then a late collapse left them at 23-35. Only two major league teams finished behind Detroit. The Tigers’ offense improved a bit after a dreadful 2019, but they finished last in the majors in ERA.