Digest for 06-13-13


LOCAL

Hunter hitless in loss

Pine Bluff native Torri Hunter’s struggles continued Wednesday as he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in Detroit’s 3-2 loss Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

Hunter’s average drops to .296 and Detroit is now 36-28 overall. Detroit has today off but will play at Minnesota on Friday.

NATIONAL

Kidd to coach Nets

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Last week, Jason Kidd announced his retirement as a player in the NBA.

Now, the 40-year-old 10-time All-Star is diving head-first into coaching.

The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday night Kidd will become the team’s next head coach.

It’s sort of a homecoming for Kidd, who captained the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. He played in 506 games over 6 1/2 seasons with the team, which was then based in New Jersey.

The Nets lost to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals and then announced interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo would not return to the sidelines next season. Carlesimo, who replaced Avery Johnson, took over as interim head coach on December 27, 2012 and led the Nets to a 35-19 record over the final 54 games of the regular season.

The Nets interviewed Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw on Wednesday. However, Kidd, who has no prior coaching experience, convinced Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov that he’s ready to take over the helm.

Kidd, who just completed his 19th season as a player in the NBA, takes over a team that went 49-33 overall during the regular season.

Dodgers, D’backs to open 2014 season in Australia

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will open the 2014 regular season with a two-game series in Australia.

The two teams, who were involved in a benches-clearing fracas Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, will play at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22-23, 2014.

The announcement came from the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, at a press conference in Sydney.

It will be the first Major League Baseball games played in Australia. MLB has previously opened seasons in Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo, Japan (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012); and San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001).

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of exhibition games played by the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants at the same sports venue where the 2014 two-game series will be staged.