LAKELAND, FL – Justin Verlander was roughed up for five runs, three earned, over 5 1-3 innings in his final start of spring training, though the Detroit Tigers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 Wednesday.
Verlander, who will face Kansas City's Zach Greinke on Monday, allowed 10 hits and walked two as his spring ERA ballooned to 5.48.
Verlander said he felt ready to go and was using the game to make adjustments he would not normally make in the regular season.
Governor Granholm visited a hospital in Lansing to sign an executive order that will start preparing Michigan for the new federal healthcare law. The governor created a healthcare council and ombudsman to start making plans and informing people about their options.
The state House Judiciary Committee met Wednesday in Lansing while the Legislature continues its two-week spring break. The lawmakers approved a measure that would require juvenile fingerprints and arrest cards to be thrown out in certain circumstances.
AUDIO: The fingerprints and arrest records of juveniles would be thrown out if they complete a probationary period that dismisses the case.
Detention hearings for members of a Christian militia group who authorities say plotted to incite a violent revolt are recessed until Thursday.
A federal prosecutor who argued to hold them without bail said Wednesday that an undercover agent infiltrated the group and built explosives under the direction of suspected ringleader David Brian Stone.
East Lansing, MI – WKAR Sports Director Earle Robinson opened the mic on his first call-in show 25 years ago. On April 1, 1985, "SportsTalk AM 870" debuted on WKAR. Over the years, Earle and co-host Rob Bennett have chatted with thousands of sports lovers and luminaries, from Magic Johnson to Tom Izzo. WKAR's Kevin Lavery asked Earle how it all began.