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Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Tigers’ utility man embraces changing role

Since making his way into the Detroit Tigers organization, not once, but twice; Don Kelly has become a fixture who has seemingly mastered the secret of reinventing his role on a regular basis.

For the 34-year-old Pennsylvania native, transition has become a part of everyday life when he steps foot on the field. Currently standing as the only active player to have spent playing time at every position, Kelly has quickly and quietly become a “25thman” who embodies the skill level of nine men.

Detroit Tigers outfielder talks with media prior to Friday’s West Michigan Whitecaps game. Dirks is on a rehab assignment with the Whitecaps. - Courtesy photo/West Michigan Whitecaps

Dirks begins rehab, just wants to play baseball

Andy Dirks is back in a West Michigan Whitecaps uniform. The Detroit Tigers outfielder came back to the Whitecaps on Friday as the start of a rehabilitation assignment that will last the entire weekend and through Wednesday with the ‘Caps.

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SPORTS GALORE: World Series championship or bust

The Oakland A’s went all in. The Detroit Tigers decided to call. On Thursday, the MLB trading deadline turned into the ultimate poker tournament. Two of the top teams in the American League, the A’s and Tigers, both spent the day trying to stack their pitching rotations, their deck, if you will.

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: The healing power of baseball

There’s just something about a baseball field. While other sports carry their own traditions, baseball embodies a nostalgia for its rich history and maintains the ability to reach generation after generation. Father to son, grandfather to granddaughter. Each time a story is told, the home runs get longer, and the catches more elaborate.

Lakeview’s Drake Booker competes in the long jump during The Daily News Track Classic in May. Boomer placed third at the Division 3 state meet in the long jump.

Nichols takes over Lakeview boys track

Mark Nichols has been Lakeview Middle School’s track coach for what he believes is 10 years. “I forget what year I started there,” he said.

Vern Smith, right, will take over as Lakeview varsity baseball coach. Smith is also an assistant football coach for the Wildcats.

Lakeview baseball names new coach

Vern Smith is taking over in Lakeview. The JV baseball coach is moving up to the varsity position after Ryan Vellanti resigned.

Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart talks with his team as the Wildcats finish a weeklong minicamp on Friday. The Wildcats open the season Aug. 28.

Lakeview wraps up football minicamp

Don’t settle for average. That is the message being relayed from Lakeview football coach Sean Rinehart to his team. This week’s minicamp was just one more step the program is taking toward a second season under Rinehart.

Shurlow sends a pass down field during Tuesday’s passing camp at Greenville.

Lakeview’s Shurlow ready for 2nd season under center

A year ago, Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow was a first-year starting quarterback. Actually, he was a first-year high school football player. Shurlow, an all-around talented athlete, was a member of the Wildcats soccer team the previous two fall seasons.

Greenville cornerback Eric Plate, right, checks a Lakeview receiver off the line during Tuesday’s passing camp at Legacy Field. The first official football practice in Aug. 11.

Lakeview competes vs. GHS at passing camp

What a difference a week makes. A week ago, the temperature was more reminiscent of late-September (mid-60s). On Tuesday, the temperature felt like summer again (upper 80s).

West Michigan Whitecap Wynton Bernard takes a lead off first base. Bernard leads the team with 32 stolen bases.

Whitecap makes good with second chance

As the name of Wynton Bernard echoes through the concourse at Fifth Third Ballpark, his purposeful jog out to take his position in the outfield is something that is sure to not lose its significance to him or the fans any time soon. As the youngest of three sons to Walter and Janet Bernard, the Poway, Calif. native’s journey to pursue the game of baseball became a family affair from the beginning.