Tuesday Morning State Sports Summary
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 01:47:25 EDT

                        ---M-L-B---

The Detroit Tigers lost the first of a four game set against the Blue Jays 8-3
yesterday afternoon in Toronto.
Jose Alvarez got the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits while
striking out four and walking three in three innings.
Omar Infante went 4-for-4 at the plate and was a triple short of hitting for the
cycle and Prince Fielder added a solo homerun.
With the loss, Detroit falls a half game behind Cleveland for top spot in the
Central Division.
Tonight, Doug Fister takes the mound for the Tigers and Chien-Ming Wang gets the
start for the Blue Jays.    
Game time is 7:07 p.m.




Tigers catcher Alex Avila will be activated from the 15-day disabled list and is
expected to be behind the plate tonight against Toronto.
Avila had been on the DL since June 17th, when he was hit by a pitch on his
forearm.   
He has spent the last week on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. To make
room on the roster, the Tigers sent catcher Bryan Holaday back to the Mud Hens.




Voting for this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game is in its final days.

Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is still leading the American League with
more than 5.8-million votes in the latest tabulations released Monday.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is second, less than 400-thousand votes
behind.
Other positional leaders are Twins catcher Joe Mauer (MOW-er), Yankees second
baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NO), Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and Red Sox DH
David Ortiz.
The Angels' Mike Trout, Orioles' Adam Jones and Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hold
the top three outfield spots. Voting ends Thursday night at midnight. The 84th
All-Star Game will be played July 16th at Citi Field in New York.




Anibal Sanchez looked to be on the verge of rejoining the Detroit Tigers.
Now his anticipated return appears to be in question after he was reportedly
struck on his left calf by a comebacker during a rehab start late Monday in
Lakeland, Fla.
Sanchez was removed from the game for precautionary reasons and was able to walk
off the mound.
Prior to his rehab start, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he expected Sanchez,
who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, to rejoin
Detroit after his start Monday.




                    (M-L-B Scoreboard)

American League

New York Yankees 10, Minnesota Twins 4
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Detroit Tigers 3
Tampa Bay Rays 12, Houston Astros 0

National League

Washington Nationals 10, Milwaukee Brewers 5
Miami Marlins 4, San Diego Padres 0
New York Mets 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (13 innings)
Cincinnati Reds 8, San Francisco Giants 1 (6 innings)




                         ---N-B-A---

The Detroit Pistons are shopping the free agent market.
Pistons' president Joe Dumars has already been in contact with Atlanta Hawks
forward Josh Smith.
Yahoo! Sports reported that a four-year deal was offered to Smith.
Meanwhile, Dumars is expected to meet with Denver Nuggets free agent Andre
Iguodala this week. Iguodala is also scheduled to meet with the Sacramento
Kings and Golden State Warriors.




As expected, Chris Paul will remain with the Los Angeles Clippers instead of
testing the NBA free agent market.
ESPN Los Angeles reported Monday that the All-Star point guard has accepted the
Clippers' offer of a five-year, $107
million maximum contract extension.
The deal cannot be formally announced until July 10, when the league's
moratorium on player signings and trades is
lifted. Paul confirmed his decision through social media, declaring "I'M IN!!!
#ClipperNation" on his Twitter account.




                               ---Tennis---

Serena Williams will not be a repeat champion at Wimbledon after she was a
stunning fourth-round loser Monday against German Sabine Lisicki at The
Championships.
The 23rd-seeded Lisicki took down the world No. 1 superstar 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 on the
famed Centre Court at the All England Club. Williams was riding a career-best
34-match winning streak.
In other fourth-round action involving top-eight seeds, fourth-seeded Agnieszka
Radwanska rallied past Tsvetana Pironkova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, No. 6 Li Na of China
whipped 11th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-0 and No. 8 Czech Petra
Kvitova handled 19th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.




Former champion Novak Djokovic and last year's runner-up Andy Murray secured
berths in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
The world No. 1 Djokovic reached his fifth straight and sixth overall Wimbledon
quarterfinal by topping 13th-seeded
resurgent German Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), while the second-seeded
Murray landed in his sixth straight Wimbledon quarter by handling 20th-seeded
Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on the famed Centre Court.
Meanwhile, fourth-seeded French Open runner-up David Ferrer reached his second
straight Wimbledon quarterfinal by overcoming capable Croat Ivan Dodig 6-7
(3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-1 and eighth-seeded former U.S. Open champion Juan
Martin del Potro doused 23rd-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 to
reach his first-ever Wimbledon quarter.




                           ---P-G-A---

The PGA Tour is banning the use of anchored strokes beginning in 2016.
The Tour will adopt the rule change set forth by the U.S. Golf Association and
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
The PGA Tour wanted the proposed ban rescinded back in February, but
commissioner Tim Finchem says the board has decided uniform rules are in the
best interest of the sport.
Golf's governing bodies jointly announced their proposal to eliminate the
popular belly and long putters last November. Four of the last seven major
champions used anchored strokes, including Adam Scott at this year's Masters.


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