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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 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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Red Wings Go Wild on Minnesota!

By AJ Petronzi
In Play Magazine

The Detroit Red Wings scored the first goal tonight against the Minnesota Wild and never gave the Wild a chance to get back into the game.

Johan Franzen broke open the sheet tonight and was then followed by Tomas Holmstrom, Jonathan Ericsson, and Pavel Datsyuk before Andrew Brunette stopped the goal run by scoring for the Wild on the powerplay. Detroit had killed off the previous 29 penalties before allowing the goal. A weird bounce put the Wild within two early in the third, but then Franzen and Drew Miller drove the game home.

Detroit had a slow start but took control of the game halfway through the first. Detroit’s special teams have been rolling which was big tonight with the game’s 30 penalty minutes. Minnesota amassed 20 of those minutes. The top line for the Wings (Franzen, Datsyuk, Holmstrom) had four of the six goals with the number two line (Todd Bertuzzi, Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula) seeing their point steak of 20 points in three games come to an end as no one on that line recorded a point tonight.

In Play! Man of the Game: Johan Franzen. Franzen was on fire tonight, recording a career high four points (2-2).

ADDED BONUS: Post game audio from the dressing room after tonights game Howard, Franzen.

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Wings Top Blues 4-2, Zetterberg RED HOT

By AJ Petronzi
In Play Magazine

Despite giving up a quick goal to St. Louis, the Detroit Red Wings came back and took control of the game, beating the St. Louis Blues 4-2.

Paul Kariya scored first tonight with a breakaway. Then in the second, Henrik Zetterberg scored just 26 seconds into the period, followed four minutes later by Todd Bertuzzi. Jay McClement tied the game early in the third, but Valtteri Filppula came back with a pair of goals to give the Wings the win.

Detroit easily could have been down by five goals after the first period because the Blues kept feeding breakaway after breakaway. Jimmy Howard has huge tonight in net, making 30 saves to record win number 30 of the season. Howard is still making his case for the Calder Trophy. Last year Steve Mason, another goalie, won the trophy and recorded 33 wins and 10 shutouts. While Howard only has one shutout, he is one of the players in the running. Detroit hasn’t seen a Calder Trophy since the 1950’s.

In Play! Men of the Game: Zetterberg, Filppula, and Bertuzzi. This line has combined for 20 points in the last three games including several multi-goal nights from Zetterberg and Filppula.

ADDED BONUS:
AJ Petronzi talks with RED HOT Henrik Zetterberg and Mike Babcock in post game inteview.

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