(Oakland, CA) – Brandon Moss tripled in a run during the bottom of the sixth inning and the Athletics held on for a 2-1 win over the Royals. Tommy Malone upped his mark to 4-and-5 after giving up one run in six innings. Grant Balfour locked up his eighth save for Oakland, which has won the first two of this three-game series. Ervin Santana dipped to 3-and-3 despite allowing only two runs in seven frames. Billy Butler drove in the lone run for Kansas City, which has lost three-of-four. The Royals will try to avoid the sweep this afternoon with Luis Mendoza on the mound facing off against the Athletics’ A. J. Griffin; first pitch at 3:05 p.m. Central time.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jeff Bianchi drove in two runs with a 10th-inning single up the middle, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 last night. Joe Kelly allowed runs for the first time in five appearances and took the loss. He allowed two hits and a walk in one inning for the Cardinals, who fell to 0-3 in extra-inning games this season. The cards will try to take the series this afternoon as they hand the ball to rookie John Gast for his second start as a Cardinal. He will face off against former Cardinal Kyle Lohse; first pitch at 1:15 p.m. Central time.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have placed left-hander Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain. General manager John Mozeliak says the team became aware of the issue about a week ago. St. Louis didn’t announce who would take Garcia’s place in the rotation. The NL Central leaders recalled reliever Mitchell Boggs from Triple-A Memphis yesterday.
In American League match ups today:
Seattle at Cleveland , 12:05 p.m.
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 12:05 p.m.
Houston at Pittsburgh , 12:35 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.
Boston at Minnesota 1:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at L.A. Angels , 2:35 p.m.
Detroit at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
In the National League:
Arizona at Miami, 12:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 12:35 p.m.
Houston at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta, 12:35 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Washington at San Diego, 3:10 p.m.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has become the first four-time winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson battled teammate Kasey Kahne (kayn) for a little more than one lap after the final restart before clearing Kahne and sailing away to the $1 million payday. Joey Logano finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, Kahne and Kurt Busch.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Orb came up short in the Preakness, frustrating everyone who made the Kentucky Derby winner a 3-5 favorite — no one more than trainer Shug McGaughey.
McGaughey and Orb were certainly on a high in the two weeks since the Derby. The colt had trained sensationally ahead of the Preakness, fanning hopes that a horse was finally going to end the Triple Crown drought that dates back to Affirmed in 1978.
Orb needed a Preakness win to set the stage for a Triple try three weeks later in the Belmont Stakes. He couldn’t deliver, despite the outpouring of support at Pimlico as fans cheered loudly when he led the post parade.