(Kansas City, MO) — Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer to help the Royals defeat the Indians, 3-2, in the opening game of a four-game series. Kansas City’s other run came on an Eric Hosmer walk with the bases loaded. Ervin Santana improved to 3-and-1 dealing seven shutout innings with five strikeouts. The Royals are now 12-and-8. Greg Holland picked up his sixth save despite allowing two runs in the ninth inning. Michael Brantley supplied the fireworks for Cleveland with a two-run triple. Jason Kipnis struck out with the tying run at third to end the game. Scott Kazmir took the loss allowing two runs in five innings. The Tribe fell to 8-and-12. The Royals and Indians will play a double header to make up the rained out Friday contest. First game is set for 1:10 this afternoon at Kauffman Stadium with the night game set for 7:10 p.m.
(St. Louis, MO) — After falling behind 2-0 the Pirates scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings combined and held on for a 5-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Russell Martin hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Andrew McCutched put Pittsburgh ahead with a bases-loaded walk. A.J. Burnett improved to 2-and-2 dealing six innings of two-run ball and six strikeouts. Jason Grilli nailed down his 10th save despite allowing a Carlos Beltran RBI double in the ninth. The Pirates are 14-and-10, only a half-game behind the 14-and-9 Cards in the Central Division. Pete Kozma had a one-run single for St. Louis in the sixth inning. Reliever Joe Kelly took the loss after Jake Westbrook pitched six perfect innings allowing six hits and striking out six. The Cardinals will try to bounce back this afternoon against the Pirates; first pitch at 1:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson will have a chance to play in front of friends and family after getting drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round. The 6-foot-4, 251-pound Wilson from Smith Center, Kansas, helped to protect Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein last year for the Wildcats.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams traded both of their sixth-round picks to the Houston Texans and concluded their draft by selecting Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy in the fifth round. The 5-8, 216-pound Stacy was third in the SEC with 1,141 yards rushing as a senior with 10 touchdowns.
(Richmond, VA) — Kevin Harvick made a hard charge in a green-white-checkered finish and held off the pack to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday. Harvick charged from seventh to first on the restart to collect his first win of the year and his third at RIR. Clint Bowyer finished second to Harvick followed by Joey Logano, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Burton. The series heads to Talladega next week for the Aaron’s 499.
(St. Louis, MO) — Jaden Schwartz fired in two goals for St. Louis in a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues helping St. Louis lock up home ice in the first-round of the playoffs with the four seed in the West. Brian Elliott had 22 saves for the Blues and Carter Hutton racked up 25 for the Hawks. Ben Smith had the lone goal for Chicago in the loss. The Western Conference leading Blackhawks finished the season with a record of 36-7-and-5 to capture their second Presidents’ Trophy, while St. Louis wrapped up at 29-17-and-2. Chicago will face the Minnesota Wild in the first round. The Blues will meet the defending champion Los Angeles Kings.