Digest for 06-27-13


LOCAL

Hunter homers in Tigers’ loss to Angels

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of a losing effort for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Mike Trout and Erick Aybar each had two hits and two-run homers to pace the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 7-4 victory.

Trout knocked in three runs and scored twice for the Angels, who were able to pull out an eighth straight victory against the Tigers despite having scheduled starter Tommy Hanson scratched just before first pitch.

The Tigers went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position for the contest.

In his third career start, Jose Alvarez (1-1) was tagged for four runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 2/3 frames.

Iowa to host UAPB in women’s hoops

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Arkansas-Pine Bluff has not released its 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule, but one nonconference opponent for the season is now known.

Iowa has announced that it will host UAPB in a Nov. 13 game. The game will be the third at home this coming season for the Hawkeyes, who finished last season 21-13 overall and 8-8 in the Big Ten and made the second round of the NCAA tournament.

UAPB went 13-18 and 7-11 in the SWAC, reaching the conference semifinals. The 13 wins were the most in three seasons and a 12-game improvement from the previous season.

NATIONAL

Teixeira to undergo season-ending surgery

BRONX, N.Y. — New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will adhere to doctors orders and undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing right wrist.

Teixeira’s wrist had not responded well to a cortisone shot given to alleviate inflammation, and a recent MRI confirmed that a tendon sheath originally injured back in March has not healed adequately. Team doctors recommended surgery following the discovery.

Teixeira told reporters Wednesday the surgery requires 4-5 months of rest and rehabilitation, but said he expects to be 100 percent in six months.

The Yankees placed Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list on June 18 after he complained of continued discomfort. He played in just 15 games this season.

Bird to return as Pacers president

INDIANAPOLIS — Larry Bird has decided to return as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers.

Bird, who chose to resign following the 2011-12 campaign to deal with health issues, agreed to a multi-year contract to return on Wednesday as the top man of the Pacers’ organization beginning July 1.

Donnie Walsh filled in for Bird during his year away, but will now move into a consulting role. General manager Kevin Pritchard will remain in his post as the No. 2 man in the front office.

Bird took over as president of the team back in 2003 and was instrumental in the Pacers’ rebuilding process which built the current outlook of the team.

He acquired the draft rights to center Roy Hibbert back in 2008 and selected combo guards Paul George and Lance Stephenson in the 2010 draft. Prior to the 2011 season, he traded for guard George Hill and signed forward David West.

— Staff and wire reports