Digest for 06-08-14


LOCAL

PB Braves to play at Bryant today

After suffering through about eight days of rain, The Pine Bluff Braves will finally resume their schedule when they travel to Bishop Park in Bryant today to face the North Little Rock Ashcats at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader.

The Braves (1-2) will start Mason Reynolds, who pitched at Arkansas Tech this year, for the first game and Michael Marsh for the second game.

Marsh was 5-1 last season and is 0-1 so far this season.

Hunter breaks out of slump

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went 2 for 5 and knocked in his 32 RBI of the season as the Tigers defeated Boston 8-6 on Saturday at Comerica Park.

Hunter, who was moved to the five hole, also scored a run as the two teams combined for 31 hits in the contest.

Nick Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a solo home run to help the Detroit Tigers.

Miguel Cabrera was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as the Tigers have won the first two of this set after dropping their previous five.

REGIONAL

Miller goes the distance as Cardinals top Blue Jays

TORONTO — Shelby Miller pitched a complete game three- hitter and the St. Louis Cardinals upended the surging Toronto Blue Jays, 5-0, on Saturday to even this three-game set at Rogers Centre.

Miller (7-5) was nearly flawless against the best offense in the majors, striking out five with just one walk to end a personal three-game losing skid. Toronto, which had won six straight games and 15 of 17 overall, entered the day leading the major league with 314 runs and 89 homers.

Miller had a perfect game through 4 1/3 before missing outside with a 3-2 fastball and walking Adam Lind. He kept the no-hitter intact though, inducing a Brett Lawrie groundout before Juan Francisco flied to the warning track in center.

Reyes finally broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth, lacing a single to right. Melky Cabrera then doubled sharply off the glove of a diving Allen Craig, putting two runners in scoring position with two outs for Jose Bautista. Miller got Bautista chasing a high fastball to end the inning.

NATIONAL

Brown’s double-OT strike gives Kings 2-0 series lead over Rangers

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown’s deflection hit the back of the net with 9:34 remaining in the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings have gone two-up on the New York Rangers courtesy of a 5-4 decision in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday.

Brown was initially stationed near the top of the crease, but, while wrestling with defenseman Ryan McDonagh, was pushed into the high slot. Nonetheless, he was able to bat a Willie Mitchell point drive out of the air and past Henrik Lundqvist for the winner.

Mitchell and Dwight King recorded a goal and assist each while Jarret Stoll and Marian Gaborik also tallied for the Kings, who showed resilience in overcoming deficits of 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2 on Saturday.

Justin Williams contributed three assists to back a 34-save effort by Jonathan Quick.

McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Derick Brassard lit the lamp for the Rangers, who have the next two contests on home ice, starting with Monday’s Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Henrik Lundqvist once again played well in defeat, but suffered the loss despite 39 stops.

Padres select Manziel in 28th round

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres selected 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the 28th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

Just under a month after being selected 22nd overall in the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Manziel, listed as a shortstop, was scooped up by the Padres with the 837th overall selection during the third and final day of the draft.

The former Texas A&M quarterback took home college football’s most outstanding player award during his first season with the Aggies in 2012, becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Manziel joined a select group of Heisman Trophy-winners to be chosen in the MLB Draft, but he’s far from the first quarterback, as Super Bowl-winners Tom Brady and Russell Wilson were both selected in the June draft.

Manziel is no stranger to San Diego’s Petco Park, having taken batting practice there prior to throwing out a football-style first pitch — which featured a fake handoff and a bootleg — back on May 17, 2013.

Crane still leads suspended St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS — Ben Crane was four strokes clear of the field when the third round of the St. Jude Classic was suspended due to inclement weather on Saturday.

Crane stood at 13-under par overall and he was 1-under through six holes of round three.

There have been weather issues all three days so far. Saturday’s play was delayed by one hour at the outset due to fog, and later suspended by inclement weather. The third round is scheduled to resume Sunday at 7 a.m. Central.

Troy Merritt was 2-under par through seven holes and had moved into second place a minus-9. Peter Malnati was minus-1 after seven holes and stood at 8- under par overall

Billy Horschel, Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas are tied for fourth place at minus-7 at the TPC at Southwind. Horschel was minus-2 through eight holes, while Goosen and Villegas were plus-1 after six holes.

Phil Mickelson is tied for 11th at minus-5. He was even-par through nine holes of round three.