Digest for 07-10-13


LOCAL

Hunter picks up a hit in blowout loss

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter picked up a hit and scored a run, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Detroit got blown out at home on Tuesday.

Dayan Viciedo hit a pair of homers, including a three-run blast during a seven-run eighth inning, as the Chicago White Sox beat the Tigers, 11-4, in the opener of a three-game set at Comerica Park.

Adam Dunn also homered during the decisive eighth inning, connecting on a two-run shot off Detroit starter Justin Verlander to break a 1-1 tie and help the White Sox end a four-game slide. Dunn finished 3-for-5 with three RBI.

Alex Rios added a career-high six hits, drove in two runs and stole two bases, and Chicago starter Jose Quintana outdueled Verlander, as Chicago won for just the third time in 13 games. Quintana (4-2) allowed just three runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking one, to win for the first time since May 21.

STATE

Arkansas’ Swanson placed on Rimington watch list

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas senior center Travis Swanson has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.

Swanson, of Kingwood, Texas, is on the watch list for the third year in a row. He also is a preseason All-America and All-SEC selection.

Swanson, a team captain last season, earned second-team postseason All-SEC honors, leading an offensive line that allowed just 1.58 sacks per game. He has started all 38 games of his collegiate career.

NATIONAL

Cardinals release Wigginton

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals granted veteran infielder Ty Wigginton his unconditional release on Tuesday.

Wigginton hit just .158 with three RBI in 47 games with the Cardinals this season.

St. Louis had signed the former All-Star to a two-year, $5 million deal in December.

A veteran of nine-plus seasons in the majors with the Mets, Pirates, Rays, Astros, Orioles, Rockies, Phillies and Cardinals, Wigginton is a career .261 hitter with 169 homers and 594 RBI.

St. Louis also purchased the contract of catcher Rob Johnson from Triple-A Memphis. He was batting .236 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 59 games with the minor league club this year.

Johnson owns a career batting average of .201 with eight homers and 62 RBI in 245 games with Seattle (2007-10), San Diego (2011) and the New York Mets (2012).

WORLD

Chelios, Niedermayer, Shanahan selected for Hall

TORONTO — Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Chelios and Niedermayer were first-time eligible candidates, while Shanahan was in his second year on the ballot after falling short of election last year.

Joining the trio at induction ceremonies on Nov. 11 in Toronto will be head coach and architect of the “Broad Street Bullies,” Fred Shero, in the builder’s category and Canadian women’s hockey player Geraldine Heaney.

Kittel beats Greipel for Stage 10 win

SAINT-MALO, France — Marcel Kittel outsprinted fellow German Andre Greipel to win Stage 10 of the Tour de France, while Britain’s Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey as the overall leader of cycling’s most prestigious event.

Kittel, who also won the first stage in Corsica on the opening day of the 100th Tour, beat Stage 6 winner Greipel to the line by about a tire length to win Tuesday’s 197-kilometer trek from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo.

Froome finished 24th on Tuesday. He claimed the leader’s yellow jersey after winning Stage 8 on Saturday and still owns an advantage of 1 minute, 25 seconds over Spain’s Alejandro Valverde, who was 25th on Tuesday.

“We’re aware that this isn’t going to be an easy ride now and every day that we have in yellow is an absolute honor,” said Froome.

Stage 11 on Wednesday is a 33-kilometer time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel.