Hunter, Tigers crushed by Red Sox

BOSTON — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter drove in a run but the Detroit Tigers were routed by the Boston Red Sox 20-4 on Wednesday night.

Hunter drove in Detoit’s first run in the top of the third inning with a groudout to second base to score Jose Iglesias.

The Tigers led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Red Sox, which hit eight home runs in the game, scored the final 17 runs, including eight in the sixth and five in the seventh.

UAPB volleyball drops SWAC opener

GRAMBLING, La. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff volleyball dropped its Southwestern Athletic Conference opener to the Grambling State Lady Tigers 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-23) on Wednesday night.

UAPB (0-6, 0-1) was led by Ashlie Jones who had 13 kills in the match, while Grambling (1-3 1-0) was led by Maya Lucas and Tiara McIver with six kills apiece.

The Lady Lions will open play in the University of Central Arkansas Tournament against host UCA at 7 p.m. Thursday.


Rangers’ Perez named AL Rookie of the Month

NEW YORK — Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez has been named the American League’s Rookie of the Month for August.

Perez was a perfect 5-0 with a 3.06 ERA and 26 strikeouts over five starts during the month. The Venezuelan native tossed the first complete game of his career on Aug. 11, allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

His five-game winning streak in August made him the only Texas rookie ever to win five consecutive starts without a no-decision.


Bautista won’t play for remainder of season

PHOENIX — Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista won’t play for the remainder of the season.

The Toronto Star first reported the news on Wednesday, and the team followed a short while later, saying the heavy-hitting veteran outfielder will be shut down due to a femur bone bruise. The Jays expect him to be 100 percent healthy by spring training.

Bautista had been placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 20, one day after a bothersome bruise on his left hip flared up during a doubleheader against the New York Yankees.

The 32-year-old native of the Dominican Republic collected 28 homers and batted .259 with 73 RBI over 118 games on the season.