Digest for 08-08-13


LOCAL

Hunter helps Tigers’ win 11th-straight game

CLEVELAND — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went just 1-for-7 Wednesday night, but his one hit was a big one as Detroit defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-5 in 14 innings.

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning, Hunter came to the plate with nobody on and two outs. The All-Star singled to center to bring Miguel Cabrera to the plate who promptly homered to right field. Cleveland tied the game in the bottom of the frame.

Both teams went scoreless until the Tigers put up two runs on a Prince Fielder double in the 14th inning.

Five named to UAM Sports HOF

MONTICELLO — Four All-Americans and a two-way lineman who was part of a 1950s football dynasty will join the Arkansas-Monticello Sports Hall of Fame, according to a UAM news release on Wednesday.

The class consists of: Track and field all-Americans Milton Williams and Jeff Pope; football noseguard Roland Autrey; softball standout Jodie Scott; and two-way tackle M.L. Mann.

Also announced was that Robert Leonard, long-time director of the Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship, will receive the UAM Spirit Award.

The class of 2013 will be inducted at a ceremony on the UAM campus Oct. 24.

According to the release, tickets to the Hall of Fame induction banquet will go on sale in mid-August. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling the Department of Athletics at 460-1058.

REGIONAL

Cardinals’ Miller exits after two pitches

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller left Wednesday’s start against the Dodgers in the first inning after being hit in the right elbow by a liner off the bat of Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford.

Crawford scorched Miller’s second offering right back up the middle, and as the right-hander tried to avoid the line drive, it caught him flush on his pitching elbow.

Crawford cruised into second as the ball trickled into the outfield, while Miller remained near the mound in obvious pain.

After meeting with the training staff, Miller was removed from the contest. Michael Blazek took over on the mound for the Cardinals.

St. Louis said later in the game that Miller was removed with a right elbow contusion.

Miller entered Wednesday’s contest with an 11-7 record and a 2.89 earned run average through 21 starts this season.

NATIONAL

A-Rod formally appeals suspension

NEW YORK — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has officially filed an appeal against a 211-game suspension handed to him from Thursday through the 2014 season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

Multiple media sources reported the appeal for Rodriguez, who was among 13 players suspended by MLB on Monday following an investigation into Biogenesis of America.

The other 12 players accepted 50-game suspensions for their connection to the now-closed South Florida anti-aging clinic accused of supplying performance-enhancing substances.

By appealing, Rodriguez is eligible to play until his case is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, though a final decision could conceivably not come until after the World Series.

Report: Phils, Utley agree to extension

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly reached an agreement on a contract extension with second baseman Chase Utley.

According to an MLB.com report, the club has been discussing an extension with the fan-favorite second baseman for several weeks. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has frequently stated that he envisioned Utley as a “Phillie for life,” but terms of the deal were not available.

Entering Wednesday, Utley is hitting .275 with 15 homers and 42 RBI, despite missing 29 games this season. Over 1,275 career games, Utley is batting .287 with 214 home runs and 781 RBI.

The 34-year-old has appeared in just 384 games since 2010, but was a cornerstone piece of the Phillies run in back-to-back World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009.

Utley holds the record for most home runs in World Series history by a second baseman with seven and tied Reggie Jackson’s record for homers in a single Fall Classic with five in 2009 against the Yankees.