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In Play! is a digital sports magazine covering the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, Lions and Pistons. We also provide extensive coverage of Windsor sports teams such as the CHL Memorial Cup Champ Windsor Spitfires and the Plymouth Whalers.

Red Wings Destroy Phoenix, Move on to San Jose

By AJ Petronzi
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The Detroit Red Wings demolished the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 to win their first game seven road game since 1964.

Pavel Datsyuk was the first on the score sheet tonight, but followed his rebound goal with a beautiful breakaway deke to score tonight’s second goal. Vernon Fiddler gave Phoenix some life, but Brad Stuart, Todd Bertuzzi and two goals from Nicklas Lidstrom put the Coyotes to bed in the desert.

Pavel Datsyuk has a history of embarrassing Ilya Bryzgalov on breakaways and shootouts, and tonight Bryzgalov just wasn’t the same after that goal. Adding to that was the pure domination that Detroit had over this game. Detroit now moves on to San Jose, the number one seed, and will likely play Thursday. Detroit is the only bottom four seed team in the Western Conference to continue to the next round.

In Play! Man of the Game: Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk had the first two goals tonight and several other chances. Had Datsyuk not scored on that breakaway goal, Detroit may have lost this game.

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Red Wings Fall to Coyotes in Hockeytown, Down 2-1 in Series

By AJ Petronzi
In Play Magazine

The Detroit Red Wings gave up a goal 29 seconds into the game and never stood a chance, losing 4-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes in Detroit.

Jimmy Howard gave up the first goal to Sami Lepisto tonight just 29 seconds into the game. Valtteri Filppula tied the game before Wojtek Wolski and Petr Prucha put Phoenix back out to the lead. Johan Franzen cut that lead in half, but Radim Vrbata closed the book tonight.

The Red Wings just didn’t bring the same game they had on Friday and never stood a chance starting from the opening face-off. The Wings played a physical game, but that was all they did. Phoenix ended an outstanding plus 15 on the night – the Wings a minus 15. If Detroit continues to play this way then the series is going to be over on Friday when these teams meet for game 5 in Phoenix.

In Play! Man of the Game: Radim Vrbata. Vrbata stepped up when Shane Doan left the game, scoring a goal and getting an assist.

Post game audio from the Red Wings and Coyotes dressing rooms.

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Denny McLains Tigers Report April 12

Denny McLain’s first Tigers Report of the season.

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY – APRIL 8

1934 At Shibe Park, 15,000 fans witness the first legal baseball game between major league teams played on a Sunday in the city of Philadelphia. In a hometown exhibition game, the Phillies beat the A’s, 8-1.

1963 In his first major league at-bat, Pete Rose works out a walk off Pirates’ pitcher Earl Francis.

1963 The Tigers claim Denny McLain on first-year waivers from the White Sox. The right-hander, who will become the game’s last 30-game winner playing in the motor city, will win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in 1968 helping Detroit to win its first World Series in 23 years.

1963 The Tigers claim Denny McLain on first-year waivers from the White Sox. The right-hander, who will become the game’s last 30-game winner playing in the motor city, will win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in 1968 helping Detroit to win its first World Series in 23 years.

1969 Jack Murphy Stadium is dedicated as 23,370 fans watch the Padres make their National League debut defeating the Astros, 2-1

More interesting facts that all happened…today in baseball history.

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Red Wings Pull Just Two Points Shy of 100

By AJ Petronzi
In Play Magazine

The Detroit Red Wings overcame the Columbus Blue Jackets to win 4-3 with a goal filled two minute exchange to push their streak of consecutive 100 point seasons to 10 to a real possibility.

Niklas Kronwall scored first tonight but quickly that lead was snubbed out by a rare Nicklas Lidstrom turnover that RJ Umberger stuffed past Jimmy Howard. Just before the end of the first, Samuel Pahlsson put Columbus up to a one goal lead. The game stayed this way until a 76 second period in the third in which Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and Dan Cleary followed with one of his own. Columbus cut the lead to one with a goal by Mike Blunden but couldn’t tie the game.

Detroit came out to a rough game and set the stage for a train wreck early in the second before turning their game around in the third. Columbus took themselves out of this game late when they spent more time arguing about a penalty call than defending the powerplay. They then took a pair of misconduct penalties and set Detroit up for the three goals in just over a minute. Dan Cleary played possibly his best game of the season today.

Man of the Game: Tomas Holmstrom. Holmstrom deflected both late powerplay goals and played a great game in front of the net.

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY – APRIL 5

1913 In an exhibition game against the Yankees, 25,000 fans watch the Dodgers play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats New York, 3-2 with Casey Stengel hitting the park’s first home run, an inside-the-parker.

1925 Babe Ruth collapses at railroad station in Asheville, North Carolina, and will be hospitalized in New York.

1934 Babe Ruth, sponsored by Quaker Oats, agrees to do weekly NBC broadcasts. His thirteen week radio salary will be $4000 more than his Yankee contract.

1934 Reds president Larry MacPhail hires Red Barber to broadcast the team games on WSAL. The not-so-old “Ol’ Redhead” will spend the first four years of his Hall of Fame career in Cincinnati calling games from the stands of Crosley Field.

1957 The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, and Ben Flowers (the player to be named later) and send $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia’s new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242, before being traded to the Tigers.

1966 Don Larsen, who is the last active major leaguer who played Browns, is released by the Orioles. As a rookie 1953, the Michigan City, Indiana native posted a 7-12 record for the hapless franchise which loss 100 games in its final season in St. Louis.

1971 At RFK Stadium, 45,000 fans watch the last Opening Day game to be played in Washington, D.C.

1972 The season opener between Astros and Reds is canceled due to the player strike which started on April 1. It marks the first time in major league history Opening Day is delayed and 86 games will be lost before the labor dispute is settled.

1972 The Mets trade outfielder Ken Singleton and infielders Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen to the Expos in exchange for 28-year old all-star right fielder Rusty Staub. The ‘Le Grand Orange’ will miss most of the season due to injuries, but will play a major role in New York’s ‘Ya Gotta Believe’ pennant-winning team in 1973.

1983 Tom Seaver, making his first appearance as with the Mets since 1977, combines with Doug Sisk to blank the Phillies at Shea Stadium, 2-0. It is Tom Terrific’s 14th National League Opening Day assignment‚ tying Senators hurler Walter Johnson’s record.

1988 With a 6-3 Opening night victory over the Padres, Houston wins its 2,000th game in franchise history. The Astros score five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning making starter Mike Scott the winning pitcher.

1993 At Camden Yards, William Jefferson Clinton becomes the first U.S. president to successfully throw the first pitch of the season from the pitcher’s mound. Orioles starter Rick Suttecliffe doesn’t fare as well as the Birds lose to the Rangers, 7-4.

1993 At Shea Stadium, the Rockies lose their National League debut to the Mets, 3-0. Doc Gooden pitches a 4-hit complete game for the victory.

1993 In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, in their major league first game ever, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3. Joe DiMaggio throws out the ceremonial first pitch and the team retires uniform number 5 in tribute to Carl Barger, their late president.

1993 On Opening Day, Greg Maddux, who was signed as a free agent, allows no runs and scatters five hits to his former team over 8 1/3 innings as the Braves edge the Cubs, 1-0.

1993 Eric Fox, inserted into the game as late-inning defensive replacement hits a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning giving the A’s a 9-4 Opening Day victory before 43,370 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It will be the outfielder’s only homer of the season.

1997 At Olympic Stadium, the Rockies set a franchise record with seven home runs including three by Larry Walker, who is pulled from game in eighth inning by Rockies manager Don Baylor. The Colorado skipper doesn’t want to run up the score against the Expos with his team ahead 15-1.

2003 The Royals become the first major league team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100-games the prior year. Runelvys Hernandez, the winner of a coin toss making him the Opening Day starter, wins his second game as allows two hits in seven innings beating the Indians, 2-1

2003 To show support for the U.S. troops in Iraq, the White Sox announce all active military members showing a military ID will be given free admission to home games at U.S. Cellular Field. Tickets would not be available for the Cub series in June.

2004 Braves’ general manager John Schuerholz announces the team has exercised the option to retain Bobby Cox as the team’s manager through the 2005 season. The 62-year old skipper, who is ninth in all-time in managerial wins with 1,906, has won a record 12-consecutive divisional titles.

2005 The Washington Nationals, formerly known as the Expos, lose their inaugural season opener bowing to the Phillies, 8-4. The franchise, which played its initial 36 years in Montreal, becomes the first team to represent the nation’s capital since the Senators left to become the Texas Rangers in 1971.

2006 Sluggerrr, the Royals’ Mascot, celebrates his tenth birthday at Kauffman Stadium. In the off-season, the nearly seven-foot tall lion with a crown built into his skull is very active in the Kansas City community visiting local schools encouraging youngsters to be good students and a good citizens.

2009 In an Opening Day 4-1 victory over the Phillies, Jordan Schafer becomes the 99th rookie to homer in his first major league at-bat. Joining Joe Harrington (1895), Chuck Tanner (1955) and Jermaine Dye (1996), the 22-year old outfielder becomes only the fourth player to accomplish the feat in franchise history.

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Red Wings Have Seven Game Win Streak Ended by Nashville

By AJ Petronzi
In Play Magazine

In a defining game in the battle within playoff rankings the Detroit Red Wings lost 4-3 to the Nashville Predators in overtime today.

Brian Rafalski broke open the score sheet today scoring the lone goal of the first period. Shea Weber tied the game in the second and Martin Erat gave Nashville a one goal edge before Nicklas Lidstrom tied the game again. Just before the end of the second, J P Dumont put Nashville up by a goal again. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk scored the tying goal late in the third to force overtime before Ryan Sutter scored the game winner just 16 seconds into overtime.

Detroit played a rough first half of the first and didn’t look great during the second period either. Again they put themselves into a bad situation in overtime and lost the game. Today wasn’t the best game by Jimmy Howard, who will not start tomorrow for the first time in 25 games. Chris Osgood will start tomorrow in Philadelphia and today’s loss leaves Detroit in the possibility of falling back to seventh place in he standings.

In Play! Man of the Game: Tomas Holmstrom. Holmstrom was the only player to amass three points in the game, all of which came from assists.

Post game audio

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