Afternoon Sports Update

| August 4, 2013
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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL kicks off its exhibition season tonight with the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. This year’s game has the Miami Dolphins playing the Dallas Cowboys. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 o’clock tonight and the game will be broadcast on NBC.


NEW YORK (AP) — Ervin Santana scattered five hits and allowed one run in six innings, and the surging Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 6-2.

The Royals won for the 11th time in 12 games.  Mike Moustakas hit a solo homer for the Royals, who won their second straight from the Mets. Kansas City completed an 8-1 road trip.


NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, who was struck in the mask by a foul ball in the Kansas City Royals’ win over the New York Mets on Saturday is going on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Perez came on for defense and was injured in the 12th inning. He finished the game but was sent to the hospital for tests because of a headache. The Royals recalled catcher Brett Hayes from Triple-A Omaha on Sunday to replace him.

Kansas City was also without right-handed pitcher Wade Davis, who is on the family emergency list, because of a medical situation regarding his brother. Davis, who left Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Mets in the first inning, isn’t slated to pitch until Wednesday against Minnesota.

The Royals recalled left-hander Will Smith from Omaha on Sunday. He is expected to be used out of the bullpen.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Carpenter broke his 0-for-23 slump with a bases-loaded double during the Cardinals’ decisive rally, and St. Louis ended a tough trip on the upswing by beating the Cincinnati Reds 15-2 on Sunday.

The Cardinals went 3-8 on a trip that included seven straight losses — four of them in Pittsburgh, allowing the Pirates to overtake them for the NL Central lead. Even during their worst trip of the season, the Cardinals maintained their knack for beating the Reds.

St. Louis took two of three at Great American Ball Park and has won its last six series against Cincinnati. The Cardinals lead the season series 8-4.


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kasey Kahne (kayn) has won the Sprint Cup race at Pocono.  It’s his second win of the season. The runner-up was Jeff Gordon with Kurt Busch third.

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