(Kansas City, MO) — Jeremy Guthrie tossed his first career complete-game shutout helping the Royals defeat the White Sox, 2-0. Guthrie gave up four hits and struck out three as he moved to 4-and-0. Eric Hosmer was 3-fo r-4 with a run scored for Kansas City, which has won three straight. Lorenzo Cain knocked in both runs with a first-inning triple. Paul Konerko was 2-for-4 for Chicago, which has lost four-of-six. Dylan Axelrod gave up both runs in seven-and-two-thirds innings for the loss.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals had 10 non-playing days in their first 33 dates. They logged four rainouts, a postponement at Boston from the police situation and five scheduled days off. Royals manager Ned Yost says, “You just deal w ith the off days” because “you can’t change it.”
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 yesterday. Jay also hit a three-run homer in the second. Allen Craig connected for a solo shot in the sixth, and Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke knows why it’s so hard to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. He says it’s simple: The Cardinals are “outplaying” his team. He says every personnel for St. Louis does “a good job” when on the field. The Brewers lost their third straight to the Cardinals yesterday.
(Los Angeles, CA) — Jonathan Quick posted 30 saves to lead the Kings in a 1-0 win over the Blues in Game Three of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series. Los Angeles pulled to within a game of St. Louis in the best-of-seven set but still remains down 2-1. Slava Voynov had the lone goal five minutes into the second period for the Kings, who host Game Four on Monday. Brian Elliott turned away 20 shots in defeat for the Blues, who took the first two games in their own building.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Regan Smith won the crash-filled Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR said he was leading at the final caution flag last night.
The race was delayed three hours by rain and slowed by several cautions, and NASCAR cut the distance by 10 laps as darkness closed in on the track. Then Joey Coulter brought out a caution and NASCAR decided to make one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.
At least 10 cars were jockeying for position in packs of two on the final lap when Brian Vickers was spun hard into the outside wall. Smith, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne raced three-wide to the finish line and Kahne crossed it first.
But NASCAR decided Smith was leading when the caution came out and was the winner.
This afternoon the Aaron’s 499 will see the return of Denny Hamlin following a crash on March 24th in which a vertebra was fractured in his lower back. Hamlin is still touch and go and may hand over the wheel partway through the race to teammate Brian Vickers if there are any signs of stress or fatigue in his spine.
The green flag flies at noon Central time.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Orb, the co-favorite at 5-to-1, splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey (meh-GAY’-hee) his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Longshot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third in the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.