Hunter scores twice in Tigers’ win
DETROIT —Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter picked up a pair of hits and scored twice in Detroit’s home win Wednesday night.
Prince Fielder finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI to help push the Tigers past the Chicago White Sox, 8-5, in the middle contest of a three-game set at Comerica Park.
Alex Avila drove in two runs while Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez each collected three hits as well as an RBI for the Tigers, who have won seven of their last nine games.
Rick Porcello (6-6) surrendered three runs on seven hits with no walks while fanning six over six innings. After losing three in a row and allowing a combined 16 runs, Porcello has won two straight while yielding just three runs.
Joaquin Benoit brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but was able to produce a groundout to pick up his eighth save of the year.
Rangers to place Darvish on DL
BALTIMORE — The Texas Rangers are expected to place All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained muscle in his right shoulder.
Darvish was slated to start Thursday’s finale of a four-game road series against the Baltimore Orioles, but after feeling discomfort in the muscle during a throwing session on Monday, the Rangers and Darvish decided to skip the scheduled start rather than push through it.
The 26-year-old Japanese right-hander will be eligible to come off the DL on July 22 and is expected to start that night against the New York Yankees.
Through 18 starts this season, Darvish has posted an 8-4 record with a 3.02 earned run average to earn his second straight All-Star Game selection.
Though he will not be available to pitch, Darvish is expected to attend Tuesday’s All-Star Game festivities at Citi Field.
Cavs take a chance on Bynum
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly come to terms on a two-year contract with center Andrew Bynum, who missed the entire 2012-13 season due to balky knees.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer was one media source to report the agreement, which is reportedly for two years with $6 million guaranteed in the first year. The second year is a team option. ESPN reports Bynum’s deal is laden with incentives and could be worth up to $24 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers traded for Bynum last summer, but he never took the court for his new team after spending his first seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 7-foot center had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March.
The 25-year-old Bynum had also been fielding offers from the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks.
He missed only six games in a shortened 2011-12 campaign that saw him average career highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, but he has played a full season just once in his career after being selected by the Lakers with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Bynum will play for Mike Brown, who was the head coach of the Lakers during the 2011-12 season.
Martin wins Stage 11 of Tour
MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France — German Tony Martin captured Stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France on Wednesday, a 33-kilometer individual time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel.
The reigning world time trial champion crossed the finish line in a time of 36:29.
Britain’s Chris Froome finished second and extended his overall race lead in cycling’s most prestigious event. He claimed the leader’s yellow jersey after winning Stage 8 and now owns an advantage of 3 minutes, 25 seconds over Spain’s Alejandro Valverde.
“To be honest, I’d almost given up hope of the stage win,” Martin said. “It was starting to look very disappointing when I saw Chris beat my times at the intermediate check. I nearly started to cry. I couldn’t believe it.”
Thomas De Gendt, Richie Porte and Michal Kwiatkowski completed the top five on Wednesday.
Thursday’s Stage 12 is a 218-kilometer trek from Fougeres to Tours.