>>Royals Trip Red Sox
(Kansas City, MO) — Alex Gordon homered and drove in two runs to lead the Royals over the Red Sox 4-3 at Kauffman Stadium. Gordon had three hits for the afternoon. Starting pitcher James Shields earned the win to improve to 7-and-8. It was Shields’ first win at home since April 30 after he allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings. The Royals have won seven straight series. The Royals begin a three-game series with the Marlins tonight.
>>Red Sox Remain in Lead
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox’s lead in the AL East remains three games following the Sox’s 4-3 loss at Kansas City and the Rays’ 8-2 setback against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Texas was a 6-1 winner at Houston as the AL West leaders stayed one game ahead of Oakland, which won 6-4 against Toronto. Detroit was a 5-4 loser to the New York Yankees, cutting the Tigers’ lead in the AL Central to seven games over Cleveland.
>>Cardinals Top Cubs
((St. Louis, MO) — The St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs 8-4 yesterday. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each had three hits and drove in a run. Jon Jay and David Freese both drove in two runs. The Cardinals have dropped five of six to begin a 10-game homestand. The Cardinals get today off before opening a key series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday at Busch Stadium. Pittsburgh has a three-game lead in the NL Central over second-place St. Louis. Adam Wainwright starts the series opener for the Cards.
>>Pirates Lead NL Central
UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh lost to Colorado 3-2, leaving the Pirates just three games ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Central. Arizona fell 9-5 to the Mets to slip 7 ½ games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Atlanta outscored Miami 9-4 to maintain its 14 ½-game bulge over second-place Washington in the NL East.
>>Rams’ Fisher Reacts To Commentator Criticism
(Earth City, MO) — Rams coaches aren’t happy with the criticism from Browns TV commentator and former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar. Kosar called the game on Thursday and ripped Rams’ receivers, receivers coach Ray Sherman and backup quarterback Kellen Clemens. Head coach Jeff Fisher told the “St. Louis Post Dispatch” that he lost respect for Kosar and that he didn’t think the comments were justified.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs returned to practice on Sunday without right tackle Eric Fisher. The No. 1 overall pick hurt his right shoulder in their preseason opener. Fisher also hurt his left thumb in Friday night’s game in New Orleans. Fisher started at right tackle against the Saints.
>>Bush Wins Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Busch led for the final 29 laps in winning yesterday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. Busch held off Brad Keselowski (kehz-LOW’-skee), who had to settle for his third runner-up finish at Watkins Glen. Martin Truex Jr. was third, followed by Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya.