Hunter 0 for 4 in Tigers’ win
TAMPA BAY — Torii Hunter went 0 for 4 at the plate, but the Detroit Tigers benefited once again from the strong pitching of Max Scherzer to take a 6-3 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
Hunter, of Pine Bluff, is batting .297 on the season. But batting just behind him, Miguel Cabrera had a strong day with his 23rd and 24th home runs of the season, going 4 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Scherzer (12-0) held Tampa Bay to three earned runs on four hits in seven full innings.
Nets to reportedly acquire Garnett, Pierce
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly come to an agreement on a blockbuster trade to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics.
Multiple media sources reported Thursday, the night of the 2013 NBA Draft, of the huge deal.
Yahoo! Sports reported Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the trade, which cannot become official until the NBA’s moratorium on player signings is lifted on July 10. The report also states the Nets agreed to fully guarantee Garnett’s $12 million salary for the 2014-15 season, the third year of his contract.
The report also states that veteran guard Jason Terry would be headed to Brooklyn as part of the package, with the rebuilding Celtics to receive first- round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 from the Nets in addition to forwards Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans and Tornike Shengelia. Sources also told Yahoo!Sports that Brooklyn would also send over swingman Keith Bogans to Boston in a sign-and-trade scenario, as well as forward Kris Joseph.
The Celtics had until June 30th to pick up the $15.3 million option on Pierce’s contract for next season. It appears certain that the Nets will do so with the 10-time All-Star forward.
Murray, Ferrer move on at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England — Andy Murray and David Ferrer were winners Friday at Wimbledon.
The second-seeded Murray topped 32nd-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5, under the closed roof on Centre Court to advance to the fourth round.
Murray extended his winning streak on grass to 14 matches. The 26-year-old was last year’s Wimbledon runner-up to Roger Federer and then beat the Swiss great in last year’s Olympic gold-medal match at the All England Club.
Federer, of course, was stunned in the second round on Wednesday. The player who authored the upset, Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, wound up not sticking around much longer. Stakhovsky, ranked 116th in the world, lost 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
The fourth-seeded Ferrer overcame Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 in just the 10th all-Spanish bout at the All England Club and first since 2009.
— Staff and wire reports