Digest for 07-14-13


LOCAL

Hunter hits 2 more, but Scherzer suffers first loss

DETROIT — Max Scherzer’s 13-0 start to the season came to an end Saturday, as the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-1.

Torii Hunter of Pine Bluff went 2 for 4 to lead the Tigers at the plate. Both hits were singles.

Scherzer gave up four earned runs on eight hits in six full innings. Mitch Moreland homered off Scherzer, whose earned-run average is now 3.08.

Bradford comes up big for East Texas Canes

Zach Bradford of Pine Bluff went 2 for 3 with a triple and run scored, helping the East Texas Canes summer-league team defeat Chugiak, Alaska, 4-3, in eight innings of an Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour game Friday in Alaska.

Bradford made two game-saving catches in right field during the eighth inning.

The Canes play two games today.

NATIONAL

Busch holds off Vickers for Nationwide win

LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch won a Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the fourth time on Saturday, but had to hold off Brian Vickers by 0.5 second in three green-white-checkered finish attempts to earn the victory.

The scheduled 200-lap Nationwide race at New Hampshire was extended to 213 mostly due to multiple accidents in the overtime period. Busch started on the pole and led 141 of those laps, including the final 91. Vickers and Matt Kenseth, who are Busch’s teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, led the other 74 laps in the event.

Summerhays jumps ahead by 2 at John Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — Daniel Summerhays shot 9-under-par 62 on Saturday and moved ahead by a pair of strokes entering the final round of the John Deere Classic.

Summerhays, who missed three straight cuts before tying for ninth at last week’s Greenbrier Classic, is 19-under 194 through 54 holes at TPC Deere Run. The 29-year-old will attempt to secure his first career PGA Tour win on Sunday.

David Hearn shot 64 and moved into second place at 17-under, while defending champion and overnight co-leader Zach Johnson dropped into third at minus-16 after a third-round 67.

Allen’s Senior Open lead shrinks to 2

OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Allen shot 2-over-par 72 on Saturday and saw his comfortable 5-stroke lead reduced to a pair entering the final round of the U.S. Senior Open Championship.

Allen’s 36-hole lead was the largest in tournament history, but it didn’t last, as the four-time Champions Tour winner managed just three birdies against five bogeys during an inconsistent third round at Omaha Country Club.

At 8-under-par 202, Allen sits two shots ahead of Kenny Perry and Fred Funk, who both took advantage of the opportunity to move within striking distance.

WORLD

Froome maintains yellow jersey at Tour

LYON, France — Britain’s Chris Froome made sure he wouldn’t have his lead in the Tour de France trimmed again on Saturday, finishing alongside his nearest competitors in the overall standings during Stage 14 of cycling’s most prestigious event.

Froome lost more than a minute off his overall advantage Friday, as Dutchman Bauke Mollema and two-time Tour champ Alberto Contador of Spain broke away from the yellow jersey group. That was not the case on Saturday, as all three finished with the same time.

The overall contenders were more than seven minutes behind stage winner Matteo Trentin of Italy. Trentin won a Tour stage for the first time, completing the 191 kilometers from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon in a time of 4 hours, 15 minutes and 11 seconds.

It also ended a three-year stage win drought for Italian riders, as Trentin crossed the line just a half-wheel ahead of Switzerland’s Michael Albasini with American Andrew Talansky a close third.

— Staff and wire reports