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Detroit Lions softball game to benefit Detroit Public Schools

Stephen Tulloch hates to lose in football and softball.

Since he moved to Detroit, the linebacker has hosted a Detroit Lions charity softball game with the offense playing the defense.

His team has never won.

“I’m not losing this year, I’ll promise you that. It’s a sick feeling walking in the grocery store and people asking you about the softball game,’’ Tulloch said. “I’m tired of losing.’’

Dominic Raiola, who will lead the offense, said it’s going to be tough for Tulloch to break his losing stretch.

The big game is set for June 7 at Ford Woods Park in Dearborn. The home run derby starts at 2 p.m. with the game to follow. 

Tulloch said about 30 Lions have committed to play. Other Detroit sports and media personalities will fill out the teams. 

“Hopefully we can trade some players from offense and get some guys on defense, obviously they have Calvin (Johnson), Golden Tate and Kris Durham so we’ve got to make a trade,’’ Tulloch said.

Raiola showed no indication of trading guys like Johnson and Tate who have both taken batting practice before a Tigers game at Comerica and blasted home runs.

Raiola is taking over for Nate Burleson who previously captained the offense. 

Burleson may show up at the game for old time’s sake, according to Raiola.

“It’s another way to bring the team together and raise money for a good cause, this year we’re raising money for Detroit Public Schools,’’ Tulloch said.

Admission is $10, with kids under 5 free.

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