Digest for 08-17-14


LOCAL

PB Braves to face Cardinals Sunday

The Pine Bluff Braves will host the Clinton Cardinals in semipro baseball at 3 p.m. today at Regional Park.

Christian Kidd and Deonta Howard are expected to take the mound for the Braves (14-4).

Price outduels Hernandez as Tigers top Mariners

DETROIT — David Price tossed eight one-run innings and outdueled fellow former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 decision over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Price (12-8) made his first start in Detroit since coming over in a deadline deal from Tampa Bay and did not disappoint. The lefty struck out seven and surrendered just six baserunners.

The win was Price’s first decision in three starts with the Tigers. He had given up three and four runs, respectively, in no-decisions against the Yankees and Blue Jays.

Hernandez (13-4) had gone 16 straight starts with at least seven innings and two or fewer runs allowed — a major league record — before faltering in this one. Hernandez pitched just five innings, yielding a pair of runs on seven hits.

Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter finished the game 1 for 5 at the dish for Detroit, which moved back ahead of Seattle by one-half game for the second American League wild card spot.

REGIONAL

Flacco, Ravens down Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas — Joe Flacco was 9 of 17 for 113 yards and a touchdown as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 37-30, in the second preseason game for both teams on Saturday night.

Flacco, who began the game just 1 of 7 and played the entire first half, didn’t see his first snap until the 3:25 mark of the opening frame as Baltimore put up two non-offensive touchdowns. Courtney Upshaw returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown and Deonte Thompson took a kickoff 108 yards for a score.

Torrey Smith hauled in a 19-yard TD reception from Flacco, Bernard Pierce carried the ball seven times for 55 yards and Ray Rice had just two totes for 21 yards in the triumph.

Tony Romo played two series in his preseason debut. He was 4 of 5 for 80 yards and tossed a 31-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant, who caught three passes for 59 yards. Romo didn’t play in the first exhibition game so he could rest his surgically repaired back.

DeMarco Murray ran for 34 yards on eight carries in defeat.

NATIONAL

Bears sign WR Holmes

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears signed veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes to a one-year contract on Saturday.

Holmes was released by the New York Jets in March after four years, saving the team a reported $8.25 million in salary for the upcoming season.

To make room for the former Super Bowl MVP, the Bears cut seven-year veteran wide receiver Eric Weems.

Holmes, 30, figures to slot in somewhere behind first-stringers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall on the depth chart. No. 3 receiver Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured right clavicle in Monday’s training camp practice.

Holmes has 381 career receptions for 5,963 yards and 36 touchdowns in 103 games for the Steelers and Jets. He posted career-highs with 79 catches and 1,248 yards in 2009, the season before the Jets acquired him in a trade.

Ivanovic and Serena reach Cincy final

MASON, Ohio — Reigning U.S. Open champion Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic won in Saturday’s semifinal play at the $2.5 million Western & Southern Open tennis event.

The world No. 1 stalwart Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki, the No. 12 seed, by a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 margin on the hardcourts at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Williams and her good friend Wozniacki met for the second time in two weeks, as the American stopped the Dane in a quarterfinal in Montreal last week. Williams is now 8-1 lifetime versus Wozniacki, including wins in their last five meetings.

The 32-year-old Williams has never won the title here in five previous appearances. The only other event she has played six times without claiming the title is Sydney.

The ninth-seeded Ivanovic, meanwhile, appeared to be headed for a straight-set victory as she led 4-0 in the second set after winning the first. Fifth-seeded Maria Sharpova rallied to survive, but Ivanovic eventually persevered for a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 victory.

Water main break postpones Reds-Rockies

DENVER — Saturday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field was postponed because of a water main break outside of the stadium.

The game was first delayed by 30 minutes, but then postponed because the water main break endangered water supply to restrooms and concessions inside.

The Rockies said the rupture at 20th and Blake Streets “terminated the supply of water to Coors Field rendering the restrooms and concession stands inoperable.”

The game will be made up on Sunday as part of a split doubleheader with start times of 3:10 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Central.