Digest for 08-03-14


LOCAL

Hunter, Tigers throttle Rockies

DETROIT —Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter was 1 for 3 with a walk in the Detroit Tigers dominating win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Alex Avila finished with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored and Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings as the Tigers scored in every inning they batted in on their way to an 11-5 win over the Rockies.

Porcello (13-5) only allowed two runs on five hits and struck out a season-high 10 batters, joining teammate Max Scherzer as the lone 13-game winners in the American League.

Victor Martinez hit a three-run home run, while J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera each added solo homers for the Tigers, who have taken the first two games of this three-game set.

Tyler Matzek (2-6) was lit up for eight runs on 10 hits in just four innings of work as the Rockies lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.

REGIONAL

Cards edge Brewers as Masterson wins debut

ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong highlighted an offensive attack that provided Justin Masterson plenty of support in his St. Louis debut and powered the Cardinals to a 9-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Wong homered among his three hits and had three RBI for the Cardinals, who are two games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Masterson (1-0), acquired from Cleveland on Wednesday, gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. It was his first action since a DL stint for right knee inflammation.

Ryan Braun and Scooter Gennett both had two RBI for Milwaukee, which saw starter Kyle Lohse (11-6) get tagged for nine runs — seven earned — on nine hits and three walks in four-plus innings.

NATIONAL

Garcia remains 3 clear at Bridgestone

AKRON, Ohio — Sergio Garcia carded a 3-under 67 on Saturday as he maintained his 3-stroke lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Garcia, an 8-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished 54 holes at 14-under-par 196. He is seeking his first win on tour since the 2012 Wyndham Championship.

Open championship winner Rory McIlroy shot a 4-under 66 during his second round at Firestone Country Club to move into second place at 11-under 199, while Marc Leishman (68) is alone in third at minus-9.

Now Garcia will try to hold off McIlroy, just like McIlroy did to Garcia at the Open Championship in Hoylake.

Major winners Adam Scott (65), Justin Rose (70) and Keegan Bradley (67) are tied for fourth place at 8-under 202.

Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 2-over 72 on Saturday and fell into a share for 36th place.

Report: 49ers’ Dorsey tears biceps

San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey reportedly suffered a torn left biceps in practice on Friday that could conceivably sideline him for the entire upcoming 2014 season.

The 49ers have yet to publicly disclose the nature or severity of Dorsey’s injury, though ESPN.com reported that the six-year pro is expected to undergo surgery Monday and would likely be out for all of 2014.

According to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, Dorsey will be evaluated over the next few days before the team determines whether or not he will require surgery.

Dorsey joined the Niners in 2013 on a two-year contract and switched from defensive end to the interior of the line. He started 13 of the 16 games he played last season and notched 41 tackles with two sacks.

The 29-year-old LSU product spent his first five seasons in Kansas City after the Chiefs made him the fifth overall pick of the 2008 draft. He has 279 career tackles and six sacks in 82 NFL games, 78 of which have been starts.

Dorsey was elevated to the starting lineup after fellow nose tackle Ian Williams sustained a fractured ankle and ligament damage in Week 2 of last season. Williams has yet to practice thus far in training camp and is currently on the active/physically unable to perform list.

NORTH AMERICA

Habs, Subban agree to 8-year deal

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban ended their stalemate on Saturday, as the two parties agreed to terms on a new eight-year contract.

The pact, which aims to keep the 25-year-old Toronto native with the storied franchise through the 2021-22 season, holds a reported average annual value of $9 million.

Subban, the 2013 Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top defenseman, accumulated career-bests of 43 assists and 53 points while participating in all 82 regular-season contests last season, then contributed personal bests in points (14), assists (9) and goals (5) over 17 postseason appearances in the final year of a contract signed in January of 2013.

Nonetheless, the Canadiens and Subban remained far apart on contract talks during the offseason. Both sides eventually headed to arbitration on Friday, with multiple sources reporting the Habs requested $5.25 million and Subban’s camp asked for $8.5 million on a one-year deal which would make Subban an RFA with arbitration rights once more next summer.

Since making his NHL debut during the 2009-10 campaign, Subban has compiled 42 goals and 125 assists, along with 383 penalty minutes, over 284 regular-season appearances. He has chipped in 30 points (10G, 20A) in 43 playoff games.