Digest for 06-04-14


LOCAL

Hunter hitless in Tigers’ loss to Jays

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter finished 0 for 4 and Detroit’s comeback bid came up short in a 5-3 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

Jose Bautista broke a scoreless tie in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI single, Brett Lawrie had a three-run homer later in the frame in the opener of a three-game set from Comerica Park.

Detroit went to its closer in a 0-0 tie, but Joe Nathan (2-2) started the top of the ninth by walking Anthony Gose. Gose then broke for second and had the bag stolen easily as Nathan’s breaking pitch bounced in the dirt and made its way to the backstop.

Jose Reyes poked a single the opposite way to left field, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Melky Cabrera followed by popping up to deep shortstop, but Bautista picked him up, grounding the first pitch he saw sharply up the middle and into center field, easily scoring Gose for the game’s first run.

Steve Delabar looked to end the contest with a clean ninth inning, but walks to Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera set up J.D. Martinez’s three-run homer down the left field line. Casey Janssen took over with two outs and struck out Don Kelly on three pitches to post his ninth save.

NATIONAL

Alabama approves Saban extension

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Compensation Committee of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved the contract extension for head football coach Nick Saban on Tuesday.

The new deal, which Saban originally had agreed to in December, is for two additional years and will run through January of 2022. Saban will receive $6.5 million annually and the contract also contains a $400,000 completion bonus.

Saban had previously been under contract through 2020 after receiving an extension in March of 2012.

The Crimson Tide are 79-15 since Saban was hired as head coach in 2007. He led them to FBS titles following the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Saban, 62, has also coached Toledo, Michigan State and LSU and is one of only four coaches in the modern era to win four national titles. He also reached the top with LSU after the 2003 season.

Virginia coach Bennett receives new contract

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia men’s basketball head coach Tony Bennett signed a new seven-year contract through the 2020-21 season Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced on Tuesday.

The contract replaced an extension to Bennett’s original contract signed in 2012 that was scheduled to end following the 2018-19 season.

Bennett was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2013-14 after guiding the Cavaliers to ACC regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time in school history. He led the team to a school-tying 30 wins as Virginia earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The team lost to Michigan State, 61-59, in the Sweet 16, its first NCAA Sweet 16 berth since 1995.

Bennett’s annual base salary and supplemental compensation will increase to $1.924 million. The contract also includes $1.4 million in longevity bonuses over the span of the contract as well as a buyout provision.

Gators sweep Tide to win first WCWS title

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kirsti Merritt set the tone with a three-run homer in the second inning, and Florida held off Alabama the rest of the way to claim its first-ever Women’s College World Series title with a 6-3 victory.

Merritt’s blast off Jaclyn Traina capped a four-run second inning that snapped a 1-1 tie, and Delanie Gourley and Hannah Rogers held the Crimson Tide to one run over the final four frames to secure the Gators’ inaugural national championship.

Florida (55-12), seeded fifth nationally, won Monday’s opener of this best-of-three final by a 5-0 count behind Rogers’ four-hitter. She was touched for a run while working the last two innings in Game 2, taking over after Gourley allowed just one walk after relieving Lauren Haeger to begin the fourth.

Alabama (53-13), the No. 2 national seed seeking its second World Series crown in three years, got off to a good start via singles by Haylie McCleney, Kallie Case and Jaclyn Spencer that brought in an early run in the top of the first.

Florida was making its third trip to the World Series final in the last six years, falling to Washington in 2009 and Arizona State in 2011.

Red Sox’ Workman gets 6-game ban

NEW YORK — Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman was fined and suspended six games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for throwing at Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in a game last Friday.

Workman’s pitch in the sixth inning sailed behind Longoria’s back and came after the benches had already cleared once in the game.

The hostilities began in the first inning when Rays starter David Price hit Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the hip with a pitch. Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino, who issued warnings to both benches after the pitch.

The benches cleared after Price hit Mike Carp in fourth inning. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, the acting manager, was ejected for arguing.

Boston third-base coach Brian Butterfield, the second acting manager of the day, was automatically ejected after Workman’s pitch behind Longoria. Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn ended the game as the Boston’s acting manager and the Red Sox won the game 3-2 on A.J. Pierzynski’s walk-off triple in the 10th inning.

Angels activate Hamilton from DL

HOUSTON — The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim activated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Hamilton has been sidelined since early April, when a head-first slide into first base cost him almost two months of the season thanks to a thumb injury which eventually required surgery.

The 33-year-old slugger was off to a good start, hitting .444 with a pair of homers, seven runs scored and six RBI over the first eight games.

In addition, the Halos optioned pitcher Michael Kohn to Triple-A Salt Lake, selected the contract of Arkansas Travelers pitcher Cam Bedrosian, transferred pitcher Sean Burnett to the 60-day disabled list and reinstated pitcher Dane De La Rosa from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Salt Lake.

Bedrosian, son of long-time major-leaguer and 1987 NL Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian, went 1-0 with a 1.47 ERA over 17 games for the Double-A Travelers after failing to allow a run in five games with Inland Empire of the California League.