JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jaime Garcia pitched eight strong innings yesterday as a St. Louis Cardinals split squad beat a Washington Nationals split squad 10-1. Garcia allowed one run and struck out eight batters. The Nationals lineup didn’t include anyone on their protected 25-man roster.
(Undated) — The Royals played two games yesterday in split squad action. Kansas City fell to the Brewers 9-1 and tied the Cubs 9-9 in 10 innings. KC plays the Reds this afternoon in Goodyear.
(Undated) — The Chiefs are keeping their options open with the number-one overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. NFL Network is reporting Kansas City will have a visit West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Smith is meeting with the Chiefs on April 1st and April 2nd.
(Lawrence, KS) — Kansas takes on Michigan tomorrow in the Sweet 16 of the South Region in Arlington, Texas. The Jayhawks advanced with wins over Western Kentucky and North Carolina, while the Wolverines knocked off South Dakota State and VCU. Friday’s tip is at 6:37 p.m. Central. Kansas swept a home-and-home series from Michigan in 2009 and 2011.
UNDATED (AP) — Iowa, BYU and Baylor earned trips to the NIT semifinals in New York where they will be joined by Maryland. The Hawkeyes ended Virginia’s 19-game home court winning streak 75-64; BYU got 25 points from Tyler Hawes in a 79-62 win over Southern Mississippi; and the Bears topped Providence 79-68 behind Pierre Jackson’s 20 points and 13 assists.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have traded text messages and it didn’t go well. The exchange came after their final lap wreck Sunday in Fontana, Calif. that knocked Hamlin out of action for six weeks with a compression fracture in his back. Hamlin told the Associated Press the conversation was “short and unproductive.” Logano and Hamlin were battling for the win Sunday when they got tangled up, sending Hamlin head on into the interior wall of the track.