>>Royals Tumble Against Tigers
(Detroit, MI) — Prince Fielder belted a two-run homer to lead the Tigers to a 4-1 win over the Royals in the first of a five-game series in Detroit. Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera each had RBI singles for the AL Central leaders. Jeremy Guthrie gave up 13 hits and four runs in seven innings to fall to 12-and-9. Anibal Sanchez got the win for Detroit. The Royals and Tigers will play twice today. The teams meet in a day-night doubleheader that makes up a game from earlier this year. Danny Duffy opposes Justin Verlander in the opener at 12:08 this afternoon. The 7:08 nightcap features James Shields against Jose Alvarez. KC is five-and-a-half games out of a Wild Card spot.
>>Holliday, Cards Walk-Off On Pirates
(St. Louis, MO) — Matt Holliday delivered a game-winning RBI-single in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Cardinals over the Pirates 6-5 at Busch Stadium. Holliday finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with two runs while driving in one. Kevin Siegrist threw a perfect 12th to earn his first career win. St. Louis took two-out-of-three in the series and pulled within two games of Pittsburgh in the NL Central. The St. Louis Cardinals are on the road today to start a three-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley. The Cards send Jake Westbrook to the hill against Jake Arrieta. St. Louis lost two-of-three against Chicago two series ago.
>>Other MLB Scores
- Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez smacked a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Giants past the Nationals 4-3 and avoid a three-game sweep in DC.
- Joey Votto hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning as the Reds edged the Brewers 2-1 in the opener of a four-game series.
- Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Mets past the Padres 4-1 in the opener of a four-game series.
- The Angels used a five-run eighth inning, capped off by a Chris Nelson grand slam, to put away the Yankees 8-4 at Yankee Stadium.
- A’s rookie hurler Sonny Gray shut down the Astros for eight innings as Oakland blanked Houston 5-0.
- A two-run seventh inning was all the Blue Jays needed as they pulled past the Red Sox 2-1 to take two of three.
- Wil Myers was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored as the Rays rolled the Mariners 7-1 in St. Petersburg.
- Chris Herrmann singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Twins walked off the White Sox 4-3.
>>Selig Talks About A-Rod Appeal
(Cooperstown, NY) — Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is speaking out about the 211-game suspension handed down to New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. Selig says he’s not second guessing his decision and is very comfortable with the punishment handed down. He added that he can’t control what people are saying about the suspension and is focused solely on cleaning up the game. A-Rod is appealing the 211-game suspension handed down last week by MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. The clinic was investigated by the league for allegedly distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
NFL fans are getting some early looks at their teams in preseason play. The Browns pounded the Lions 24-6 last night. Baltimore scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upend the Falcons, 27-23. The Eagles snuck past the Panthers, 14-9. And the Bears outgunned the Chargers, 33-28.
>>Chiefs Host 49ers Tonight
(Kansas City, MO) — The Chiefs play their preseason home opener tonight against the 49ers. In facing his former team, quarterback Alex Smith says it’s just another preseason game, but then again it’s not. Smith suffered a concussion last season with the Niners and wound up losing his starting job to backup Colin Kaepernick [[ CAP-er-nick ]].
>>Franklin Named Mizzou Starter
(Columbia, MO) — The Missouri quarterback competition is over. Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel named senior James Franklin the starter. Franklin threw for over 15-hundred yards and 10 touchdowns against seven interceptions last season.
>>Decathlon Champ Jenner Racing At Kansas Speedway
(Kansas City, KS) — An Olympic champion will be driving at Kansas Speedway today and tomorrow. Decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner and his son Burt will drive in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Races. Jenner, who starred in the 1976 Summer Games, raced professionally in the 1980’s after shattering the decathlon world record.