Digest for 07-06-14


LOCAL

Hunter gets two hits but Tigers fall to Rays

DETROIT —Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter finished 2 for 4 but the Detroit Tigers lost their second straight game to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kevin Kiermaier hit two triples and drove in three runs to lead the Rays in the 7-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

Logan Forsythe hit a solo home run and drove in a pair, while Desmond Jennings and Brandon Guyer each had an RBI for the Rays, who have taken the past two games after dropping the opener of this four-game set.

Chris Archer (5-5) pitched into the ninth, but was pulled with one out. He was charged with two runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila hit solo home runs for the Tigers, who had won four straight prior to dropping the last two. Anibal Sanchez (5-3) allowed seven runs on six hits with four walks in 5 2/3 innings.

REGIONAL

Marlins stun Cards with 9th-inning rally

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Baker struck a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to give the Miami Marlins a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle test of a three-game series.

Casey McGehee added a game-tying hit in the ninth, while Christian Yelich launched a three-run homer in the seventh for the Marlins, who had dropped their previous two contests.

Mike Dunn (6-4) tossed a scoreless eighth before Steve Cishek locked it down in the bottom of the ninth to earn his 19th save.

Allen Craig hit a two-run homer and Jhonny Peralta added a solo shot for the Cardinals, whose three-game win streak came to an end. Matt Holliday drove in a run and scored twice.

Trevor Rosenthal (0-4) took the loss and the blown save, charged with two runs on two hits while retiring one batter.

Donovan Solano singled off Rosenthal with one out in the ninth, then McGehee’s single into the gap in right center was flagged down by Jon Jay and the relay throw beat Solano to the plate. Yadier Molina applied the tag late, however, and McGehee took second on the throw and scored the lead run as Baker singled to left off Sam Freeman.

NATIONAL

Browns’ Gordon arrested for DWI

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is in trouble again.

The 2013 All Pro, awaiting an appeal for a possible one-year suspension from the NFL, was arrested early Friday morning in Raleigh, N.C. on suspicion of driving while impaired.

Cleveland television station WKYC was the first to report the news, which the Raleigh police department later confirmed to NFL.com.

According to police reports, Gordon was arrested and booked into the Wake County Detention Center at approximately 3 a.m. Central on Friday. The three-year pro also received a ticket for speeding in a 35 mph zone.

Gordon is scheduled to have a hearing with the NFL later this month in regards to a failed drug test, which previous reports indicated was for marijuana. The troubled wideout was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Despite missing those two games, Gordon still led the NFL with 1,646 yards on 87 catches during a breakout campaign, setting Browns season records for receiving yards and 100-yard receiving games (7) as well as a new NFL mark for most yards receiving over a four-game stretch (774).

Gordon has been beset by off-the-field problems since his college days, having been dismissed from Baylor for a failed drug test in the summer of 2011. He was selected by the Browns in the second round of the following year’s supplemental draft.

Rain postpones Coke Zero 400 to Sunday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Mother Nature has interfered with racing at Daytona International Speedway once again.

Persistent rain during the late afternoon and evening hours at Daytona forced the postponement of Saturday’s Coke Zero 400. This 400-mile race has been rescheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. Central. It will be televised on TNT.

The start time had been slated for 6:57 p.m. Central. NASCAR officials made the decision to postpone it shortly before 9 p.m., as rain continued to fall on this 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Showers and thunderstorms have disrupted track activities here throughout the weekend. On Friday, knockout qualifying for both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series was shortened to only one round in the scheduled three-round session due to inclement weather. The start of the 250-mile Nationwide race that evening was delayed 90 minutes for precipitation as well. The event did finish in its entirety, with Kasey Kahne beating Regan Smith to finish line by 0.020 seconds.

David Gilliland will lead the 43-car field to the green flag. Gilliland won his first pole in Sprint Cup since the 2007 Daytona 500. Reed Sorenson will start second, followed by Landon Cassill, Bobby Labonte and Jimmie Johnson, who won this race one year ago, scoring a season-sweep at Daytona.

Hurley leads by 2 at Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley carded a 3-under 67 on Saturday and he stretched his lead to two strokes after three rounds of the Greenbrier Classic.

Hurley, who will go for his first PGA Tour win on Sunday, finished 54 holes at 12-under-par 198. This is the first time Hurley has had the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera fired a 6-under 64 to jump into second place at minus-10. In 16 starts this season on the PGA Tour, Cabrera’s best finish was a tie for 11th at the Travelers Championship. That was his lone top-20 finish all season.

Kevin Chappell managed a 1-under 69 in round three on the Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier. He is alone in third at 9-under-par 201.

Michael Thompson and Cameron Tringale both fired 64s on Saturday. They were joined in fourth place at minus-8 by Joe Durant (66), Steve Stricker (68), Camilo Villegas (67), Chris Stroud (70) and Will Wilcox (65).

Defending champion Jonas Blixt posted a 2-under 68 and he improved into a share of 19th at 5-under 205.

A’s acquire Samardzija, Hammel from Cubs

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have made a bold move to bolster their starting rotation, acquiring pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs in a blockbuster deal.

To land Samardzija, whose 2.83 earned run average this season ranked 10th among National League hurlers, and Hammel, the A’s surrendered the top two rated players in their farm system in Double-A shortstop Addison Russell and Single-A outfielder Billy McKinney.

The Cubs also received pitcher Dan Straily, a 10-game winner for Oakland last season, and will obtain either a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Samardzija has pitched well for the Cubs this season despite his 2-7 record, as Chicago has been shut out five times over his 17 starts and scored two or less runs in 11 of those outings.

The right-hander, who reportedly turned down a recent contract extension offer from the Cubs, has struck out 103 batters in 108 innings pitched this year.

Hammel, a free agent following the conclusion of this season, has also been solid in 2014. The 31-year-old righty has compiled an 8-5 mark with a 2.98 ERA over 17 starts, and heads back to the American League after spending the previous two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.