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Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:09

Fielder, Tigers beat White Sox 8-5

DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game. Fielder lined a two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer of the year. Alex Avila's two-run single in the third put Detroit ahead 5-1. Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham homered for Chicago. Porcello allowed three runs and seven hits. Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances. Dylan Axelrod allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have signed Josh Smith to a $54 million, four-year contract. The Pistons announced the addition Wednesday. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars calls Smith a two-way player. He says he looks forward to the forward blending his talent with the team's young nucleus. Detroit will likely start the 27-year-old Smith it its frontcourt with 23-year-old power forward Greg Monroe and center Andre Drummond, who turns 20 next month. The backcourt will include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the No. 8 overall pick in the draft. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Smith led Atlanta with 17.5 points per game last season, averaging 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. Smith has played only for his hometown Hawks, who drafted him No. 17 overall out of high school in 2004.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have decided to bring back Chauncey Billups. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed the move Thursday morning. Billups has agreed to a two-year deal - the first season is guaranteed - for $2.5 million a year. Detroit dealt Billups to his hometown Denver Nuggets early in the 2008-09 season and the team has struggled since making the unpopular trade. Billups was the NBA Finals MVP in 2004 when he led Pistons past the Los Angeles Lakers. The five-time All-Star turns 37 in September. He bounced back last season to play 22 games for the Los Angeles Clippers after tearing his left Achilles tendon during the 2011-12 season.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-round draft pick Denard Robinson to a contract. According the league's rookie slotting system, Robinson gets a signing bonus around $210,000 and counts about $450,000 against the salary cap. A college quarterback at Michigan who is learning how to play running back in Jacksonville, Robinson is expected to see playing time as a rookie. The Jaguars list him as an "offensive weapon." Robinson finished his college career with the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA history. He ran for 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He also threw for 1,319 yards and nine scores. The Jaguars now have two draft picks unsigned: fourth-rounder Ace Sanders and sixth-rounder Josh Evans.  

DETROIT (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with Luigi Datome. The person spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until Wednesday, when Datome is expected to sign his contract. The Pistons wanted to add a player with an outside shooting touch after agreeing to a deal with former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. They found what they were looking for in the 25-year-old Datome, who is from Italy.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have placed second baseman Omar Infante on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and recalled infielder Hernan Perez from Double-A Erie. The move is retroactive to July 4, so Infante will be eligible for activation after the All-Star break. Infante hasn't played since last Wednesday, when he was hit hard by Toronto's Colby Rasmus, who was sliding into second base. Tigers manager Jim Leyland says he expects Infante to be OK after the break. Infante is hitting .309 with six homers and 27 RBIs this season. Perez started in his place in the series opener against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. He made his major league debut last month, playing in two games for the Tigers.

DETROIT (AP) - Alex Rios tied an American League mark with six hits in a nine-inning game and Adam Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth to lift the Chicago White Sox to an 11-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Dayan Vicideo's second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth inning, and they scored three more runs in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring. Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th homer, an impressive blast to left-center, to give him a major league high 92 RBIs and .363 batting average. He broke the franchise record for homers before the All-Star game, surpassing the total Cecil Fielder had at the break in 1990 during his 51-homer season. Verlander gave up a season-high 12 hits, five runs and struck out three to match a season low in seven-plus innings. 

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Matthew Stafford has signed a $53 million, three-year extension to stay under contract with the Detroit Lions for at least the next five seasons. Stafford and the Lions agreed to terms Tuesday on the deal that will pay him another $41.5 million in guarantees, and he signed the contract Wednesday morning. Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and signed him to a six-year contract worth as much as $78 million with $41.7 million in guarantees. After two injury-shortened seasons, he helped the franchise reach the playoffs in 2011 for the first time in more than a decade. Stafford threw more interceptions and had 21 fewer touchdown passes in 2012 than he did the previous year.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Max Scherzer remained unbeaten and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double in the 10th inning as the Detroit Tigers extended their lead in the AL Central with a 4-2 win over the second-place Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Martinez doubled off Matt Albers as the Tigers won three of four in the series and moved 3 1/2 games ahead in the division. Drew Smyly worked out of a jam in the ninth for the win, and Joaquin Benoit pitched the 10th for his seventh save, striking out Mike Aviles with runners at first and third to end the game. 

ALBI, France (AP) - Veteran American rider Christian Vande Velde has pulled out of the Tour de France after his second crash of the race. His Garmin-Sharp team said the 37-year-old suffered "multiple contusions and abrasions" in a crash Friday on Stage 7 from Montpellier to Albi. Vande Velde was riding with severe back pain and a blood clot in his neck muscle sustained in an earlier crash on Stage 5. The team says the accumulation of injuries from two crashes in three days forced him out of the Tour. It is the third time the American has failed to finish the Tour. In 2001, Vande Velde crashed out during a wet team time trial stage and three years ago he had to abandon after falling in a mass pile-up on stage three.