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CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Chen outpitched Jake Peavy for his first win in six weeks, Billy Butler hit his career-high 22nd homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night.
The White Sox had won 10 of 13 but saw their lead over Detroit in the AL Central shrink to a half game with the Tigers beating the New York Yankees 6-5 earlier in the night.
Gordon Beckham hit his first career leadoff homer for Chicago, and the White Sox scored again in the sixth after Kansas City tied it in the top half. But RBI singles by Tony Abreu and Alex Gordon off Peavy (9-8) in the seventh gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead.
Butler added to it in the eighth with a two-run drive off Nate Jones after Mike Moustakas walked, and the Royals hung on from there, giving Chen (8-9) his first win since June 26.
The Royals are in Chicago to wrap up that three game series with the White Sox tonight at 7:10.
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Buster Posey’s three-run homer in the first inning was held up by Barry Zito and the Giants bullpen in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Zito (9-8) gave up a pair of solo home runs to Allen Craig but held the Cardinals to just six other hits over 6 2/3 effective innings.
Jeremy Affeldt recorded the final four outs, including a double-play ball off the bat of pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter, to record his third save of the year.
The Cardinals, who were looking for a fifth straight win, went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.
Lance Lynn (13-5) yielded four runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings to take the loss, his first since June 30.
The Redbirds take on the San Francisco Giants again tonight at 7:15 at Busch Stadium.
LONDON (AP) — It’s an all-American final in the Olympic women’s beach volleyball tournament. Shortly after Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor reached their third consecutive gold medal game, the other U.S. women’s team of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy reached the final by beating top-seeded and reigning world champion Brazil. The final is Wednesday night. The Chinese team will play Brazil for the bronze medal.
LONDON (AP) — Destinee Hooker scored 19 points to help the U.S. women’s volleyball beat the Domincan Republic to move into the semifinals. The unbeaten Americans played without captain Lindsey Berg, who hurt her left ankle in the final preliminary match against Turkey on Sunday. The U.S. is looking for its first gold medal. The top-ranked U.S. team will play the winner of Tuesday’s late match between Italy and South Korea.
LONDON (AP) — Defending champ Dawn Harper was edged out by Australia’s Sally Pearson for the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Pearson won in a time of 12.35 seconds, two hundredths of a second in front of Harper. Kellie Wells took the bronze medal.
LONDON (AP) — Usain (yoo-SAYN’) Bolt opened defense of his Olympic 200-meter title with a comfortable win in the opening round to finish in 20.39 seconds. Bolt’s teammate, 100-meter silver medalist Yohan Blake, won his heat easily in 20.38 as well. American Wallace Spearmon also qualifed with a time of 20.47.
LONDON (AP) — Maggie Steffens scored four times, including the go-ahead goal to lead the U.S. over Australia 11-9 in extra time and into the women’s water polo final.
LONDON (AP) — With three gold medals, Britain raised its total to 22 and has now won more of them than at any Summer Games in 104 years. It trails only China, which has 34 golds and 73 overall, and the United States, which has 30 golds and 70 overall. South Korea has 12 golds and 23 overall, while Russia has 10 golds and 48 overall.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The practice looked like a normal NFL workout. There were just twice as many players on the fields at Missouri Western State University.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals split a pair of practice fields Tuesday, placing nearly 200 players out there at one time.
The joint practice came during Arizona’s three-day stint in St. Joseph between a preseason-opening loss Sunday to the Saints and Friday’s game at Arrowhead against Kansas City. The two teams will share facilities for the next two days, but plan to work separately.
The workout in front of about 3,000 fans went off without a visible hitch and no sign of the intrasquad scuffles that led many teams to move away from training camp scrimmages.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are treating their visit to Chicago on Thursday night just like any other preseason opener.
Only, it isn’t.
This marks the four-time MVP’s first game of any sort since Jan. 30, 2011, when he went 2-for-5 for 12 yards and an interception in the AFC’s 55-41 loss to the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
Manning missed all of last season with a nerve injury in his neck that weakened his throwing arm and led to his release from Indianapolis, setting off the biggest free agent frenzy in NFL history.
He’s looked like the Manning of old ever since landing in Denver. Even on Tuesday, when he had several incompletions at practice against an ever-improving defense, Manning’s decision-making was sharp.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Terrell Owens was back in Los Angeles packing up some belongings while the Seattle Seahawks were on the practice field Tuesday morning. Even though he was away from his new team, Owens was still the talk of training camp.
Owens agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Monday. He returned to Los Angeles late Monday night, was expected back at the team’s facility later Tuesday for meetings and to be on the practice field wearing No. 10 on Wednesday morning.
Coach Pete Carroll says he was blown away by Owens’ workout Monday during the players’ day off. Carroll says he also spoke with Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer, who played with Owens the last time he was in the NFL in 2010 with Cincinnati, before making the decision to give him an offer.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is adding the names of players as well as a symbol of child-abuse awareness to the football team’s jerseys for the upcoming season.
The university announced the changes Tuesday, saying they will take effect with the Sept. 1 season opener against Ohio University.
The team’s generic look has long been its trademark, but officials say they’re adding the names to recognize the players’ “resolve and dedication.”
The uniforms will also sport a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse.
The team is about to start its first full season in decades without Joe Paterno as head coach. He died in January, two months after being fired by the trustees in the wake of Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child molestation charges. Sandusky awaits sentencing on 45 counts.
The Mizzou football team is less than a month away from kicking off their first season in the SEC, and Tiger fans are showing their support by securing a record number of season tickets. The Mizzou Athletic Department officially eclipsed its preseason goal of 45,000 season tickets this week. The previous record was in 2008 when 41,413 season tickets were sold. Last season the Tigers sold just under 40,000 season tickets.
The Norborne Soybean Festival 5k is coming up August 11th. The sign up will be at 7:30 with the race starting at 8:30 Saturday morning. The timing will be computerized, and the course is all flat. The 20 dollar entry fee includes a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit the Norborne Athletic Department. Registration forms are available here at the KMZU studios and at Norborne High School. For more information you can contact Norborne Athletic Director Michael Lock at 660-542-4449.