Digest for 08-05-14


LOCAL

Hunter goes hitless in loss

NEW YORK — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went 0 for 4 as the Detroit Tigers lost 2-1 to the New York Yankees Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

Brandon McCarthy worked into the sixth inning and struck out as the Yankees improved to 5-0 with McCarthy on the mound since acquiring him from Arizona last month.

He was lifted with two outs in the sixth inning after throwing 116 pitches but gave up just one unearned run, five hits and two walks.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who have won three in a row.

REGIONAL

Cards surge past Brewers

ST. LOUIS — ohn Lackey emerged a winner in his St. Louis debut, thanks to a three-run seventh-inning rally that lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 decision over the Milwaukee Brewers in a key NL Central clash.

After mustering a mere one hit against a dominant Matt Garza through the first six innings, the Cardinals rocked the Milwaukee bullpen for five in the deciding seventh to claim Sunday’s series rubber match and move within a game of the first-place Brewers in the division race.

Matt Holliday began the comeback with a mammoth solo home run, with A.J. Pierzynski and Oscar Tavares later delivering RBI singles against Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) to put St. Louis in front.

Garza had thrown just 71 pitches and allowed one hitter over the minimum prior to being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke stated afterward that the right-hander injured his left oblique near the end of the sixth inning.

NATIONAL

Bengals’ Dalton agrees to extension

CINCINNATI — he Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton have agreed to a long-term contract.

Dalton still had a year left on his rookie deal and now has a six-year extension in place through the 2020 season. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but multiple reports indicate the pact to be worth $115 million.

Dalton has been the Bengals’ starting quarterback since the club selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has helped the team to a record of 30-18 and three straight playoff appearances during his brief tenure. The Bengals have yet to win a playoff game in that span, though, losing in the wild card round each time.

In 16 games last season, the TCU product threw for franchise records of 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns with 20 interceptions as the Bengals captured the AFC North title. Cincinnati went on to lose a home playoff game to San Diego.

Dalton has thrown for 11,360 yards with 80 touchdowns and 49 interceptions in 48 games, all starts. He has also run for seven scores.

Favre to enter Packers’ hall in 2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers announced Monday that Brett Favre will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

Favre’s No. 4 jersey will be retired at the Packers Hall of Fame induction banquet next July. Then, the Packers will have a ceremony at a game with Favre and his family unveiling his name and No. 4 on the north facade of Lambeau Field.

The announcement took place in the new Hall of Fame under construction in the Lambeau Field Atrium, featuring in-person remarks from Packers Hall of Fame Inc. president Perry Kidder, Packers president Mark Murphy and former Packers president Bob Harlan, who is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame executive committee.

Favre, who played 16 seasons with the Packers from 1992-2007, confirmed the news Sunday night in a statement on his website. He did not appear at Monday’s announcement but spoke via telephone.

“Wow, I’m speechless. I’m honored, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” Favre said. “To be able to play 16 wonderful years in Green Bay was an amazing honor. There’s no place like it.”

Woods withdraws from Bridgestone

AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday with a back injury.

Woods, who missed several months earlier this year due to back surgery, bent over in pain after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole. He walked down the fairway, then withdrew from the tournament with a back injury.

At the time, Woods had fallen to 4-over par for the tournament with a birdie, two bogeys and a double-bogey on his front nine.

Woods, who won this title last year for an eighth time, injured his back on his second shot on the par-5 second, where his tee shot stopped in the rough just above a bunker. After hitting his shot from the awkward lie, Woods jumped backwards into the trap.