(Boston, MA) — Daniel Nava drilled a three-run homer in the bottom of the eight to lift the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Royals in an emotional return to Fenway Park. This was the first baseball game in Boston since last Monday’s bombings. David Ortiz put Boston on the board with a run-scoring single in the sixth. This was the first game of the season for Ortiz who was out with an Achilles injury. Clay Buchholz improved to 4-and-0 after striking out six in eight innings of two-run ball for Boston, which moved to 12-and-4. Andrew Bailey locked up his third save. Lorenzo Cain hit a solo shot in the ninth for Kansas City, which sank to 8-and-7. He was 4-for-4, scoring all three KC runs. Kelvin Herrera suffered the loss in relief. Today the Royals and Red Sox face off in a double header to make up for Friday’s game that was postponed due to the massive Marathon Bombing manhunt.
(Philadelphia, PA) — Allen Craig’s two-run single highlighted a four-run third inning as the Cardinals went on to shutout the Phillies, 5-0. Lance Lynn tossed seven innings of one-hit ball, allowing three walks and striking out eight to improve to 3-and-0. Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer while Yadier Molina and David Freese each singled in a run for St. Louis. The Cards have won two-of-three to move to 10-and-7. Cliff Lee allowed five runs across as many innings to suffer his first loss. Philadelphia has dropped five-of-six and is now 7-and-11. The Cardinals will send Jake Westbrook to the mound this evening to face the Phillies Kyle Kendrick; first pitch is at 7:05 Central time.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Matt Crafton charged to the lead in a crash-filled race at Kansas Speedway, and then held off a late run by Joey Coulter to pick up his third career Truck Series victory yesterday. Crafton and Coulter were engaged in a spirited game of cat-and-mouse over the final 20 laps, but Crafton held onto his truck-length lead as they crossed the finish line. Today at Noon Matt Kenseth will go for another Kansas Speedway win in the STP 400, after taking the pole position Friday. The green flag flies at noon.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback James Franklin, who struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness his junior season, will have to beat out two challengers for the job in fall practice. Coach Gary Pinkel said after the annual Black and Gold game Saturday that he’d announce a pecking order for quarterback and every other position next week.