>>Red Hot Royals Down Marlins
(Kansas City, MO) — Alcides Escobar tripled in the go-ahead run to ignite a three-run sixth inning and the Royals went on to beat the Marlins 6-2 in KC. Billy Butler added his 11th home run of the season for the Royals, who are 17-and-3 since the All-Star break. Wade Davis returned to pitch six innings of two-run ball for the win. Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is nursing tightness in his left calf. “Moose” left in the fifth inning of last night’s win over Miami. He’ll be reevaluated today. The Royals and Marlins play the second of their three-game series tonight at Kauffman Stadium. KC sends lefty Bruce Chen to the mound. Miami counters with right-hander Jose Fernandez. The teams close out the series with a day game Wednesday.
>>Cardinals Host Pirates Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals open a three-game series with the first-place Pirates tonight at Busch Stadium. Adam Wainwright gets the start for St. Louis. Pittsburgh counters with Charlie Morton. The Bucs have lost three straight, but still lead the Cardinals by three games in the NL Central.
>>X-rays Negative On Chiefs’ Charles
(St. Joseph, MO) — Chiefs fans are breathing a sigh of relief after X-rays on running back Jamaal Charles came back negative. Head coach Andy Reid says Charles suffered a strained foot midway through practice on Monday. His status for Friday’s preseason game against San Francisco is uncertain, but Reid says he’ll play if he’s ready to go.
>>Chiefs Rank 30th, Rams 31st In Engaged NFL Fanbase
(Undated) — The Chiefs come in just 30th out of 32 NFL teams in a TicketCity ranking of the league’s most engaged fanbases. The Rams are second to last. The rankings are based on weighted 2012 metrics that include attendance, stadium capacity, ticket prices and social media followings. Dallas, New England and Green Bay are the top three. Tampa Bay ranks last.
>>SEC Lines Up Nine Bowl Bids For 2014
(Birmingham, AL) — The Southeastern Conference will have nine postseason bowl games for its teams beginning with the 2014 season. The deals extend for six years and coincide with the new College Football Playoff that starts that season. The Capital One Bowl will have the first pick. There is also a pool of six bowls comprised of renewals with the Outback Bowl, Music City Bowl, Gator Bowl and Liberty Bowl as well as new agreements with the Texas Bowl and Belk Bowl. The SEC is also renewing its relationship with the Birmingham Bowl and the Advocare V100 Bowl.
>>Dillon to Race Sunday
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Austin Dillon will drive Tony Stewart’s car for Stewart-Haas Racing in this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan. It will be Dillon’s tenth start in the series. Stewart continues to recover from a broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash last week in Iowa. No timetable has been established for Stewart’s return, but the three-time Sprint Cup champion was discharged from the hospital late Sunday afternoon and is at home.