Weatherford Democrat

June 19, 2013

Sports briefs - June 19, 2013


Weatherford Democrat

— Orioles insert Britton for Hammel in rotation 

DETROIT (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles were planning to start left-hander Zach Britton in place of ailing right-hander Jason Hammel on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter says he doesn’t expect Hammel’s illness to be serious enough to put him on the disabled list. Hammel is 7-4 with a 5.24 ERA this season.

The Orioles sent Britton to Triple-A Norfolk after he gave up six runs in six innings of a loss to Seattle on April 29, his only start this year for them. He is 16-15 with a 4.85 ERA in two-plus seasons with the Orioles.

Texas men’s track coach Thornton retires 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas men’s track coach Bubba Thornton is retiring after 18 years and 12 conference championships.

According to a statement from the school on Monday, Thornton and athletic director DeLoss Dodds mutually agreed to terminate the coach’s contract effective Aug. 31. The Longhorns won this year’s Big 12 indoor and outdoor championships and finished sixth at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Thornton’s teams produced 26 individual NCAA champions. He also coached the U.S. track team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.