Hunter plates three in win over Blue Jays
TORONTO — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter had three RBIs and Prince Fielder drove in a pair of runs as the Tigers won for the ninth time in 11 meetings with Toronto.
Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings, Austin Jackson hit a two-run home and the Detroit Tigers routed the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 11-1 on Thursday.
Jackson went 4 for 5 with a walk and scored four times as the Tigers pounded out 16 hits.
Hunter finished 2 for 4 with a run scored, bumping his average back to .303.
Braves put Schafer on DL
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle contusion.
Schafer is hitting .312 with six doubles, three homers and 15 RBI in 61 games this season.
To fill the roster spot, Atlanta purchased the contract of outfielder Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett. He was batting .318 with 24 doubles, 18 homers and 58 RBI in 85 games with Gwinnett this year.
Cavaliers to sign Clark
LOS ANGELES — The Cleveland Cavaliers and free-agent forward Earl Clark have agreed to terms on a two-year, $9 million contract, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Thursday.
Clark comes to the Cavs off a solid 2012-13 season with the Los Angeles Lakers in which the 25-year-old posted career-best averages of 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while starting 36 of his 59 regular-season games. The former first- round pick was acquired by the Lakers from the Orlando Magic as part of last August’s blockbuster trade that also sent All-Star center Dwight Howard to Los Angeles.
The Lakers had reportedly been interested in retaining Clark, but the cap- strapped franchise wasn’t able to match the $4.5 million annual salary he’ll receive to join recent No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in Cleveland.
Clark, who spent the first two seasons of his five-year career with Phoenix, has averaged 4.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 14 minutes over 197 NBA games.
Bruins, Stars make 7-player deal
Frisco, Texas — The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have pulled off a seven-player trade.
On Thursday, the deal between American NHL counterparts saw forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button go from Boston to Dallas in exchange for forward Loui Eriksson, along with forward prospects Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and defensive prospect Joe Morrow.
“Tyler is a dynamic player that will be a part of our core group for a long time to come. A player at his age, position and talent level are extremely difficult to acquire and we’re thrilled to bring him into our organization,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “Rich is an extremely reliable center that is great in the faceoff circle and will help us as a puck possession team. Being able to add two centermen in this deal will solidify a very important position, while allowing Jamie Benn to return to his natural spot at wing.”
Seguin totaled 16 goals and 16 assists in 48 regular-season games, but was limited to a goal and seven assists in 22 postseason contests as the Bruins’ Stanley Cup dreams fell short against Chicago. Memorably selected with the 2010 second-overall pick the Bruins received from Toronto for Phil Kessel in 2009, the 21-year-old heads to Texas after 56 goals and 65 assists in 203 games over three seasons with the B’s.
Eriksson recorded 12 goals and 29 points in 48 games for Dallas, and departs the only franchise he’s ever known with 150 goals and 357 points in 501 career contests.