Hunter goes hitless in Tigers’ win
DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went hitless, but the Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight game 2-1 over the Chicago White Sox Friday at Comerica Park.
It was the second time in three games the All-Star outfielder has gone 0-for-4. Unlike his 0-for-4 performance against Washington on July 30, in which he struck out three times, Hunter put the ball in play in all four at-bats Friday — two flyouts and two groundouts.
Detroit starter Doug Fister (10-5) worked quickly and efficiently in winning his fourth straight start. The ground-ball specialist scattered seven hits and allowed just one run in eight innings.
Report: Oden chooses Heat
MIAMI — Former No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden, who hasn’t played a game in the NBA the last three seasons due to injuries, has reportedly decided to sign with the Miami Heat.
ESPN reports it’s a two-year contract. The second year has a player option.
Since being taken as the top overall pick by Portland in 2007, Oden has played in only 82 contests. The Trail Blazers waived Oden on March 15, 2012. That was after he made nearly $23.3 million in salary.
Oden has had three microfracture surgeries on his knees, most recently on Feb. 20, 2012. The last game Oden appeared in was Dec. 5, 2009. He averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in his first season in the league and then 11.1 points and 8.5 boards in 21 contests in the 2009-10 season.
Cowboys’ Livings to have knee surgery
OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys announced Friday that guard Nate Livings is scheduled to undergo a scope on his ailing right knee, a procedure that could put his status for the season opener in question.
Livings, a 16-game starter at left guard last year, had surgery on the same knee in February and had just returned to practice after missing some time with a cut on his foot.
The seven-year veteran, who signed a five-year, $18.7 million free-agent deal with Dallas prior to last season, is expected to be sidelined anywhere from 2-to-4 weeks. The Cowboys begin their regular season Sept. 8 against the New York Giants.
Raptors sign ex-Griz Daye
TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors signed free-agent forward Austin Daye on Thursday.
Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
The 6-foot-11, 200-pound Daye averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting .418 from three-point range in 55 games with the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies last season.
Selected by Detroit in the first round (15th overall) in the 2009 NBA Draft, Daye has averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 237 career regular-season games (24 starts) with the Pistons and Grizzlies.
The California native ended up in Memphis as a piece in the three-team deal that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto on January 30.