Digest for 08-15-13


LOCAL

Hunter reaches base twice in Detroit’s win

CHICAGO — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter picked up a hit and also reached on a walk as the Detroit Tigers edged the Chicago White Sox 6-4.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Omar Infante had two hits and drove in a run as the Tigers avoided a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rick Porcello (9-6) earned the win after giving up three runs on 11 hits over six innings. Joaquin Benoit needed 27 pitches to navigate through a rocky ninth inning, but stranded a pair of runners in scoring position to notch his 15th save for the AL Central leaders.

REGIONAL

Royals acquire Bonifacio from Blue Jays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have acquired veteran infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Bonifacio hit .218 with 16 doubles, three homers, 20 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 94 games with the Blue Jays this season. On Nov. 19, 2012, the switch-hitter was traded to the Toronto along with Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, John Buck and Mark Buehrle.

In 570 career games with the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Marlins and Blue Jays, Bonifacio has hit .261 with 69 doubles, 10 homers, 120 RBI and 122 stolen bases.

His younger brother, Jorge, is an outfield prospect in the Royals’ organization, currently at Double-A with Northwest Arkansas.

To make room for Bonifacio on the 40-man roster, Kansas City transferred infielder Miguel Tejada to the 60-day disabled list.

Rangers rally to top Brewers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ian Kinsler scorched a go-ahead, two-run single as part of a three-run seventh inning, as the Texas Rangers rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a two-game series.

Elvis Andrus added a run-scoring single in the rally and finished with two RBI, as the Rangers bounced back from Tuesday’s setback that snapped their eight-game winning streak.

Jason Frasor (4-2) held the Brewers off the board in the seventh to earn the victory, while Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth to nail down his 36th save of the season.

Juan Francisco clubbed a pair of home runs and knocked in all four runs for the Brewers, who wrapped up a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

John Axford (5-6) was tagged with the loss after giving up the lead in the seventh.

NATIONAL

Reports: Patriots’ Brady sprains knee

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left Wednesday’s practice with a sprained left knee, according to multiple reports.

After attempting a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, Brady grabbed his knee and limped off the field. Although Brady returned to the field, he reportedly did not look comfortable and had the knee checked by trainers.

Brady tore the ACL in his same knee in Week 1 of the 2008 season.

While there’s no timetable on the return of the two-time NFL MVP and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, multiple media sources reported Brady’s knee injury is not considered serious.

The 36-year-old Brady was reportedly hurt when left tackle Nate Solder was pushed into him during a pass play during full team drills. Solder was driven into Brady during a bull rush from Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

The Patriots will play the Buccaneers in the preseason on Friday.

Wizards sign Al Harrington

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards signed veteran forward Al Harrington on Wednesday.

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Harrington played in just 10 games with the Orlando Magic last year due to a staph infection following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in April 2012. He was waived by Orlando earlier this month.