MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Beltran homered from each side of the plate and tripled to lead a 17-hit barrage yesterday, and Lance Lynn notched his ninth victory when the St. Louis Cardinals outslugged the Miami Marlins 13-7. Yadier Molina singled home two runs in the Cardinals’ five-run first inning, and David Freese’s fourth homer in the third inning put them ahead to stay in south Florida. The Marlins will dust themselves off and go at the Cardinals again this afternoon with Ricky Nilasco on the mound for Miami facing off against Cardinals’ rookie hurler Tyler Lyons; first pitch at 12:10 p.m. Central time.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of the Rays’ 5-3 win over the Royals Saturday. The Rays announced that Cobb, who remained conscious the whole time, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for further examination. The Rays and Royals will wrap up their four game set Sunday afternoon with Wade Davis taking the mound for Kansas City and Tampa Bay’s Roberto Hernandez in opposition; first pitch at 12:40 p.m. Central time.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Roger Penske says none of his employees were poached by other NASCAR teams despite what driver Brad Keselowski believes.
Penske says the defending Sprint Cup champion had “misinformation” when he accused Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing of luring away Penske employees in an effort to steal information.
Keselowski’s comments led to a stern rebuke from Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs, as both team owners blasted the driver for spreading false information.
Penske said before Saturday’s race at the Milwaukee Mile that Hendrick called him to discuss the situation and Penske considers it “a non-issue.”
Penske says any employees the organization lost were either no longer under contract or not being renewed as part of downsizing the engine shop.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota has changed its paint scheme for Sunday’s race at Michigan to the one that was used when Jason Leffler drove the car in 2005.
The tribute paint scheme was Hamlin’s idea and approved by Joe Gibbs Racing and sponsor FedEx.
Leffler was killed in an accident Wednesday night at a dirt track in New Jersey. He was 37. Leffler drove 19 Sprint Cup Series in 2005 with JGR as it launched the No. 11 as its third team.
The car was rewrapped by the team Saturday night into the primarily white paint scheme that was used when Leffler drove the No. 11.
CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Paille scored in overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 Saturday to tie the Stanley Cup finals at one game apiece.
The Blackhawks failed to clear the puck along the boards. Tyler Seguin picked it up and delivered a cross-ice pass to Paille, who beat Corey Crawford on his glove side for the winner at 13:48 of the extra period.
Game 3 is Monday at Boston.