Hunter homers in Tigers’ win over White Sox
CHICAGO — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter hit his eighth home run of the season in Detroit’s 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Hunter, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, hit the solo homer in the top of the seventh to extend the Tigers’ lead to 4-1.
Coming off an All-Star Game start, Max Scherzer (14-1) threw eight strong innings and got back in the win column.
Victor Martinez singled four times and drove in three runs, as the AL Central leaders won back-to-back contests for the first time since winning five straight, July 2-6.
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera exited the game in the fifth inning due to a sore left hip flexor muscle. He was replaced by Don Kelly and is listed as day-to-day.
Cubs ship Garza to Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers put an end to recent speculation on Monday, acquiring starting pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs.
The 29-year-old will head to the AL West club for a package, which includes infielder Mike Olt, pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, along with a player to be named later. The deal is contingent upon all players involved passing physicals.
Garza, who missed the start of the season due to a strained left lat, has gone 6-1 with a 3.17 earned-run average in 11 starts this season, his third with Chicago. He is expected to join the Rangers on Tuesday.
Nuggets reportedly sign Nate Robinson
DENVER — The Denver Nuggets have reportedly agreed to sign Nate Robinson.
The Denver Post reports that the deal is for two years.
Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists in 82 games last season with the Chicago Bulls. He made 141-of-348 three-point attempts last season.
Report: Broncos LB Miller faces suspension
DENVER — The Denver Broncos may be losing a key member of their defense for the first four games of the 2013 season.
According to the Denver Post, linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL drug policy. The case is currently under appeal.
This message was posted on Miller’s Twitter account Monday afternoon: “Seeing reports abt 4 game susp. I know I did nothing wrong. I’m sure this’ll be resolved fairly. Disapp. Broncos have 2 open camp like this.”
Ohio State RB Hyde suspended, not dismissed
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Buckeyes have suspended senior running back Carlos Hyde, contrary to earlier reports.
The school announced Monday afternoon that Hyde has been suspended from all football team activities pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations.
The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier Monday that Hyde had been dismissed from the team. The paper said he was named as a person of interest in a weekend assault against a female at a bar in Columbus.
Hyde, the Buckeyes’ projected No. 1 running back, rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer also took disciplinary action Monday against two freshmen who were involved in legal issues in the past week: tight end Marcus Baugh and defensive lineman Tim Gardner. He also announced that senior cornerback Bradley Roby will not attend Big Ten media days this week.