KANSAS CITY, MO – Hits and runs may be hard to find Monday afternoon in Kansas City.
Opening the season for Detroit will be right-hander Justin Verlander, who won 19 games last season and led all major league pitchers with 269 strikeouts. Opposing him for the Royals will be Zack Greinke, who won the 2009 Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the American League.
PHILADELPHIA – Claude Giroux and Arron Asham scored second-period goals, Kimmo Timonen added a goal and an assist, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Daniel Carcillo also scored for the Flyers, who had slipped to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 1-6-1 stretch over their previous eight games. Brian Boucher made 31 saves for Philadelphia.
FLINT, MI – This is another long weekend for many Genesee County employees.
Non-essential county offices will be closed Monday, the third of eight unpaid days off for county employees this fiscal year.
The county Board of Commissioners included the furloughs in an effort to balance the county budget in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Officials have said each day off is expected to save about $200,000.
DETROIT – Utilities are restoring power to thousands of Michigan customers whose electricity was knocked out by storms packing high winds.
DTE Energy Co. spokeswoman Eileen Dixon said Sunday that power had been restored to all but 6,500 of the utility's customers. At the peak, she says about 40,000 homes and businesses served by DTE were without power. That figure is about 10,000 more than DTE estimated Saturday.
East Lansing, MI – Despite Michigan State's loss in the NCAA tournament semifinals, as many as 1,500 Spartan fans spent much Saturday night rallying behind their team.
MSU's dream of clinching its first national championship since 2000 died in a 52-50 nailbiter against Butler University that came down to the game's final seconds. When it was over, hundreds of people filled the streets of East Lansing's Cedar Village neighborhood.
Police were arresting some members of a large crowd of young people who gathered in East Lansing's Cedar Village neighborhood late Saturday night. The throng formed after Michigan State's loss earlier in the evening in the semi-final game of the NCAA basketball tournament. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports the situation was not out of control, as police in riot gear were out in force. Media reports of the estimated size of the crowd varied widely.
Eastern Michigan University says a 22-year-old student has died of injuries following an early-morning fire that gutted a rental home in Ann Arbor and injured two other people.
The school in nearby Ypsilanti said Renden LeMasters of Dexter died following the Saturday fire. He was a senior in the College of Technology. University President Susan Martin said in a statement his death was a "tragic loss."
East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - As the MSU community waits excitedly for Saturday's national NCAA semifinal game, the university and the city of East Lansing are warning would-be troublemakers to avoid disruptive behavior.