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Hunter drives in 3, Tigers sweep Athletics 9-3

Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 |
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DETROIT (AP) - Torii Hunter hit three RBI singles and capped a six-run burst in the sixth inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Oakland Athletics 9-3 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

The three-time AL Central champion Tigers won for the 11th time in 13 games. The division leaders reached the halfway mark with a 47-34 mark.

Oakland still has the best record in the majors despite its stumble at Comerica Park.

Justin Verlander (7-7) won for the first time since May 30. He looked like he might be in trouble when Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss hit long homers off him in the first inning, but left after the sixth with a 9-2 lead.

Jesse Chavez (6-5) struggled for the second straight start, giving up five runs in five-plus innings. Reliever Jim Johnson replaced him and allowed four runs while only getting one out.
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December 17, 2014 08:07 GMT

NBA

Tuesday's Games

Washington 109, Minnesota 95

Miami 95, Brooklyn 91

New Orleans 119, Utah 111

Memphis 105, Golden State 98

Dallas 107, New York 87

Oklahoma City 104, Sacramento 92

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Utah at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Toronto, 8 p.m.

Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Portland, 10 p.m.

Indiana at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Houston at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Tuesday's Games

Columbus 1, Detroit 0, SO

Florida 2, Washington 1, SO

Nashville 3, Boston 2, SO

Tampa Bay 3, Philadelphia 1

Toronto 6, Anaheim 2

Montreal 4, Carolina 1

St. Louis 5, Los Angeles 2

Winnipeg 5, Buffalo 1

Chicago 5, Minnesota 3

N.Y. Rangers 5, Calgary 2

Arizona 2, Edmonton 1, OT

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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