>>Royals Drop Rubber Match To Marlins
(Kansas City, MO) — The Marlins scored twice in both the seventh and ninth innings to beat the Royals 5-2 at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals open a key five-game series with the first-place Tigers tonight in Detroit. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Friday to make up a rainout from earlier this season. Jeremy Guthrie opposes Anibal Sanchez in tonight’s series opener. KC is seven-and-a-half games behind Detroit in the AL Central.
>>Pirates Cruise Past Cards To Extend NL Central Lead
(St. Louis, MO) — Francisco Liriano went the distance as the Pirates cruised to a 5-1 win over the Cardinals in the middle of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Carlos Beltran plated the lone run for the Redbirds, who had won their previous two. Shelby Miller allowed five runs, three earned, in six frames as he slipped to 11-and-8. The Cards and Bucs end the series today.
>>Other Scores from MLB
The Reds shut out the Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field.
The Rockies beat the Padres 4-2.
The Nationals hung on for a 6-5 win over the Giants.
The Braves doubled up the Phillies 6-3 in the rubber match of a three-game series.
The Dodgers dropped the Mets 5-4 in 12 innings.
Michael Brantley’s sac-fly in the top of the 12th inning held up as the Indians outlasted the Twins 9-8.
The Tigers overcame an early 3-0 lead to beat the White Sox 6-4.
Alfonso Soriano belted a grand slam in the first inning as the Yankees cruised by the Angels 11-3 in New York.
The Blue Jays topped the Red Sox 4-3 in 10 innings.
The Rays erased a 4-1 deficit and clinched a 4-3 win over the Mariners.
The Astros beat the Athletics in 11 innings 2-1.
The Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 5-4 win.
The Rangers used a three-run seventh inning to push past the Brewers, 5-4, and split the two-game set in Arlington.
>>Rams LB Dunbar Suspended
(Undated) — St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He can return to the active roster the day after the Week Four contest against the 49ers. He can participate in all preseason practices and games. Meanwhile, the team gets ready for their second preseason contest against the Packers on Saturday.
>>Chiefs Not Ruling Out Charles For Friday
(St. Joseph, MO) — The Chiefs are not ruling out running back Jamaal Charles for Friday’s preseason home opener against the 49ers. Charles suffered a strained foot in practice on Monday. He worked out with other injured players on Wednesday rather than practice with the rest of the team. Charles is considered day-to-day.
>>Forbes: Chiefs’ NFL’s 20th Most Valuable Franchise
(Kansas City, MO) — The Chiefs are 20th in a “Forbes Magazine” ranking of the NFL’s most valuable franchises. The Chiefs are valued at just over one-billion-dollars. The Cowboys are number-one for the seventh straight year with a value of 2.3-billion. The Patriots are second at 1.8-billion. The St. Louis Rams were ranked 29th out of 32 teams at 875-million. The Raiders rank last at 825-million. The average value of an NFL franchise is now 1.17-billion-dollars.