Digest for 07-03-13


LOCAL

Hunter 4-for-5 in Tigers win

TORONTO — Torii Hunter of Pine Bluff drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning for the Detroit Tigers as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6.

In the top of the eighth, Hunter hit a ground ball that deflected off Toronto relief pitcher Neil Wagner (1-3) toward shortstop Jose Reyes, but outran the throw to arrive safely at first base. The infield single scored Omar Infante to put the Tigers up by a run. Hunter, who now hits .302 on the season, went 4-for-5 on the day.

Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays in the bottom of the second inning and had four RBIs for the game.

Striders bring home medals, national rankings

Twelve athletes from the Louis Moss Striders Track Club of Pine Bluff competed last week at the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Edwardsville, Ill.

Five of the participants returned to Pine Bluff with medals. Anaya Johnson, in her first year of track and field, took second place in the 7- to 8-year-old girls 200 meters with a time of 32.41 seconds and came in fourth in the 100 with a time of 15.32. Akyell Madison, also a first-year competitor, was fourth in the 7-8 boys long jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and eighth in the 100 (15.64).

Coulaj Eans, last year’s runner-up in the USATF National Junior Olympics, took second in the 9-10 boys long jump (14-4) and was fifth in the 400 (1 minute, 7.33 seconds). Michael Johnson took eighth in the 13-14 boys long jump (16-3), and Elesia Moss came in fifth in the 13-14 girls 200 hurdles (30.61).

Also for the Striders, Kristin Adams, Rebekah Hamilton and Antonio Adams earned national rankings at the meet. Adams ran the 1,500 meters in 6:19 to rank 14th nationally, and Hamilton’s 27.10-second 200 dash earned her a No. 24 ranking as well as No. 22 position in the 100 (13.15). Adams is ranked 24th in the 800 (3:43).

The Striders will compete in the USATF Region 9 Junior Olympic championships in Florissant and St. Charles, Mo., from July 11-14.

NATIONAL

Reds’ Bailey no-hits Giants

CINCINNATI — Homer Bailey pitched the last no-hitter of the 2012 season. The Cincinnati right-hander then tossed the first one of the 2013 campaign on Tuesday night.

Bailey carried a perfect game into the seventh inning until walking Gregor Blanco in the Reds’ 3-0 win over the Giants at Great American Ball Park.

That was San Francisco’s only baserunner of the night.

This is the 16th no-hitter in the history of the franchise and the second one thrown by Bailey in a 20-start span, which includes a playoff game against the Giants last year. He tossed one on Sept. 28, 2012 at Pittsburgh.

Report: Clips acquire Redick, Suns get Bledsoe

The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly acquired shooting guard J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks while shipping point guard Eric Bledsoe and veteran forward Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade agreed upon on Tuesday.

In addition to Redick, an unrestricted free agent who will receive a four- year, $27 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade transaction according to Yahoo!Sports, Los Angeles will land swingman Jared Dudley from the Suns. The Bucks will get a pair of future second-round draft choices — one from each team — for their role in the deal.

The trade cannot officially be announced until July 10, when the NBA’s moratorium on player transactions is lifted.

WORLD

Gerrans takes yellow jersey

NICE, France — Simon Gerrans moved into the overall lead of the 100th Tour de France after his Australian team, Orica-GreenEdge, placed first in Stage 4’s team time trial on Tuesday.

One day after capturing Stage 3, Gerrans and his cohorts completed the 25- kilometer route through Nice with a time of 25 minutes and 56 seconds.

Third at the intermediate checkpoint, Orica-GreenEdge crossed the finish line one second ahead of Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Sky Procycling posted the third- best time another two seconds behind.

Gerrans, who started the day ranked third in the overall standings, one second behind Jan Bakelants, is the sixth Australian to wear the coveted yellow jersey. Following Gerrans in the standings are two more Orica-GreenEdge riders, Daryl Impey and Michael Albasini, who share the same time as Gerrans. The trio is one second ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski and Sylvain Chavanel.

Wednesday’s fifth stage is a mostly flat 228.5-kilometer jaunt from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille.

— Staff and wire reports