Posted: Friday, 18 April 2014 5:35AM

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State

The Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians yesterday. Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs and Justin Verlander allowed three unearned runs in five innings. Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland's Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5.
 
Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis was ejected from yesterday's game against the Detroit Tigers after striking out in the third inning. Kipnis struck out swinging with the bases loaded for the third out. He then appeared to say something to plate umpire Lance Barrett, who immediately threw him out of the game.
 
The Cincinnati Reds are starting to come around following their worst start in two decades. Closer Aroldis Chapman is throwing off the mound again. Jonathan Broxton is back to pitching the ninth inning. An offense that was among the most wasteful in the majors for two weeks is starting to knock them out of the park at an impressive rate.
 
Developers who recently bought the University of Akron's old football stadium have dropped a plan to pursue a pro football team for the facility. Instead, they are pitching a multiuse entertainment venue. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the proposal by Team 1 Marketing Group also includes adding a dome to the stadium known as the Rubber Bowl.



National
 

Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last night in the longest game in Blues history. Game 2 is Saturday afternoon, also in St. Louis.
 
Paul Stastny was the hero for the Colorado Avalanche in their 5-4 win over upset-minded Minnesota last night. Stastny forced overtime with a goal with 13.4 seconds left in regulation and he ended it with a goal 7:27 into overtime.
 
The New York Rangers routed Philadelphia 4-1 in their playoff series opener for their ninth straight victory over the Flyers at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers held Philadelphia to one shot on goal in the final period.
 
Adam Wainwright tossed a two-hitter in pitching the St. Louis Cardinals past Washington 8-0 for his seventh career shutout. Matt Adams drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who were aided by four Nationals errors. Washington leads the majors with 20 errors in 16 games.
 
The NBA is taking a couple days off to prepare for its second season. The playoffs start Saturday with four games: Brooklyn at Toronto, Golden State at the L.A. Clippers, Atlanta at Indiana and Memphis at Oklahoma City.

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