Hunter hitless as Twins dodge Tigers

DETROIT — Torii Hunter of Pine Bluff walked once and struck out once in a 0-for-3 afternoon as the Minnesota Twins averted a Detroit Tigers comeback and won 7-6 Thursday.

Detroit scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 6, but Minnesota added a run in the eighth to provide the difference.

For Detroit, Austin Jackson went 2 for 4 including a home run, and Bryan Holaday smashed his first homer of the season. For Minnesota, Ryan Doumit was 2 for 5 with a homer.


Oaklawn 3-year-olds to compete in Saratoga

Rebel Stakes winner Will Take Charge and Arkansas Derby champion Overanalyze will compete in Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes and $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes, respectively, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Will Take Charge, owned by Willis Horton of Marshall and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, competed in all three races of the Triple Crown along with two other horses entered in the Travers. Luis Saez will be aboard Will Take Charge.


Braves’ Heyward has surgery

ATLANTA — Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward underwent surgery Thursday to repair his fractured jaw.

Heyward is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Glenn Maron.

Heyward was injured in the top of the sixth inning after taking a pitch from Jon Niese to the side of his face in Wednesday’s 4-1, 10-inning victory over the New York Mets.

Heyward had been on a tear since being moved to the leadoff spot last month. He is hitting .253 with 13 homers and 37 RBI for the NL East-leading Braves.

No surgery for Bell

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell will not need surgery for a mid-foot sprain, according to coach Mike Tomlin.

Bell sustained the injury in the team’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Monday.

Tomlin said Thursday that the injury does involve the lisfranc, but it’s not like the lisfranc injury suffered by tight end Matt Spaeth, who did undergo surgery.