Digest for 07-28-13


LOCAL

PB Braves to play Little Rock in tune-up game

The Pine Bluff Braves will put their 13-game winning streak on the line when they take on the Little Rock Rangers at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bishop Park in Bryant.

The game will be a tune-up for the Braves before they head to Birmingham, Ala., to play in the Wood Bat World Championship beginning on Friday.

According to Braves player/manager Winfred Smith, the team will play four pool-play games — two each on Friday and Saturday — with the championship round played on Sunday.

Hunter picks up three hits in return from injury

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with a double in his first game since suffering an Achilles injury Thursday.

Miguel Cabrera also returned to the lineup as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 Saturday at Comerica Park.

Cabrera homered and had three RBIs in his return, while Hunter picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly and scored a pair of runs.

NATIONAL

Newman edges Johnson for Brickyard 400 pole

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana-native Ryan Newman earned his 50th career pole win in the Sprint Cup Series after topping Jimmie Johnson in Saturday’s qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Newman, who grew up in nearby South Bend, set a new track qualifying record at Indianapolis with a lap at 187.531 mph. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was the last driver to make a qualifying lap in the 45-car field. His 50th pole moved him into sole possession of ninth on the series’ all-time pole winners list. His last pole victory came in September 2011 at New Hampshire (63 races ago).

Eagles’ Maclin tears ACL in right knee

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice on Saturday.

Maclin was on the ground for a few minutes as the Eagles’ medical staff tended to him. The Missouri product was only able to put weight on his left leg as he was helped into the back of a cart and taken off the field.

An MRI conducted afterward revealed the severity of the injury, which will likely require season-ending surgery.

In 15 games last season, Maclin caught 69 passes for 857 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 25-year-old is entering the final year of the five-year contract he signed in 2009.

Pacers acquire Scola from Suns

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers acquired forward/center Luis Scola from the Phoenix Suns on Saturday in exchange for forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a future first-round draft pick.

Scola averaged 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 82 games (67 starts) last season, his first with the Suns after spending five seasons in Houston.

Pujols leaves Angels to have left foot examined

OAKLAND, Calif. — Angels slugger Albert Pujols has left the team to have his nagging left foot evaluated.

Pujols headed back to Anaheim on Saturday while the team remained in Oakland to play the Athletics.

The 33-year-old Pujols has been hobbled by plantar fasciitis in his left foot for most of the season, but up until now, it had been manageable.

WORLD

Langer leads by 3 at Senior British Open

SOUTHPORT, England — Bernhard Langer carded a 4-under 66 on Saturday to move three strokes clear of the field after three rounds of the Senior British Open.

Langer, the 2010 champion, finished 54 holes at 9-under-par 201. He will go for his 19th Champions Tour win on Sunday.

David Frost posted a 2-under 68 to move into second pace at minus-6. Mark Wiebe, who shared the second-round lead with Langer, managed an even-par 70. He dipped into third place at 5-under 205 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.