Digest for 07-21-13


LOCAL

Hunter picks up RBI in loss to Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went hitless in Detroit’s 6-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Hunter was 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning that gave the Tigers’ a 3-1 lead.

Salvador Perez knocked in three runs and Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

The Royals registered their second straight win to begin this three-game series after battering Justin Verlander for six runs — five earned — over the All-Star hurler’s 5 2/3 innings of work.

Verlander (10-7) surrendered eight hits, none bigger than Moustakas’ blast in the bottom of the fifth that snapped a 5-5 tie, and walked four to lose for only the third time in 18 lifetime decisions against Kansas City.

Eric Hosmer added two hits and an RBI for the Royals, who improved to 5-2 against the AL Central-leading Tigers this season.

NATIONAL

Hamstring lands Cards’ Holliday on DL

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday because of a lingering hamstring injury.

Holliday has sat out the Cardinals’ last four games, including Friday’s opener against the San Diego Padres, after pulling his right hamstring while running out a ground ball against the Chicago Cubs on July 11.

The Cardinals were hopeful Holliday could avoid the disabled list, but the 33-year-old continued to feel tightness in the affected area while participating in running tests on Friday.

Holliday has posted a .268 batting average with 13 homers and 47 RBI in 83 games for the Cardinals this season.

The move is retroactive to July 12 and the Cardinals will fill the roster spot by purchasing the contract of Brock Peterson from Triple-A Memphis.

Peterson, 29, will make his major league debut. He was leading the Pacific Coast League with 22 home runs and 66 RBI while batting for a .306 average with Memphis this season.

Dolphins ink first-round pick Jordan

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins signed defensive end Dion Jordan, the last member of the club’s nine picks from this year’s draft yet to agree to a contract, on Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Miami Herald reported the contract is worth approximately $20 million over four years, with nearly $13 million guaranteed.

Miami snagged Jordan, fresh from a four-year stint with the Oregon Ducks, with the third overall selection. He finished his career with 121 tackles and 14 1/2 sacks over 45 games.

Jordan’s signing comes one day prior to the Dolphins scheduled first training camp practice on Sunday.

WORLD

Froome set for Tour de France win

ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France — Christopher Froome will become the second British rider to win the Tour de France after Bradley Wiggins’ triumph last year.

All Froome had to do Saturday was stay safe on the last difficult mountain stage of the race. He did just that, notching a third-place finish.

Colombian Nairo Quintana won Stage 20 after completing the 125-kilometer trek from Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz in a time of 3 hours, 39 minutes and four seconds. Joaquim Rodriguez came in second.

Quintana, who is riding in his maiden Tour, has the white jersey for the best young rider and the polka-dot one for the mountain classification.

Froome leads Quintana by more than five minutes heading into Sunday’s traditional finish along the Champs Elysees in Paris. Rodriguez is third in the overall standings.

Froome has held the yellow jersey since winning Stage 8.

Stage 21 is a 133.5-kilometer ride from Versailles to the Champs-Elysees.

Delbonis stuns Federer in Hamburg semis

HAMBURG, Germany — Argentinian qualifier Federico Delbonis stunned four-time champion Roger Federer in Saturday’s semifinals at the $1.44 million German Open Tennis Championships.

Delbonis took down Federer by a 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4) margin to reach his first career ATP World Tour final.

The 22-year-old Delbonis will play 12th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in Sunday’s title match. Fognini beat third-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in the other semifinal match.