>>Report: Biogenesis Suspensions To Come After All-Star Break
(New York, NY) – Major League Baseball is getting set to hand out suspensions related to the Biogenesis scandal. ESPN.com reports as many as 20 players are expected to be penalized sometime after next week’s All-Star break for their alleged connections to the Miami clinic. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun are two of the biggest names who have been linked to the clinic. Officials have been investigating the clinic since spring training for allegedly distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
>>Royals Beat Yankees Again
(Bronx, NY) – James Shields outdueled CC Sabathia as the Royals beat the Yankees 3-1 in the Bronx. Billy Butler’s solo homer in the seventh snapped a 1-all tie for KC. David Lough tied the game at one with a solo shot in the sixth. Shields pitched seven innings for the win, while Sabathia went the distance in defeat. Robinson Cano singled in the Yanks’ lone run in the first.
>>Royals, Yanks Continue Series Tonight
(Bronx, NY) – The Royals and Yankees play the second of their three-game series in the Bronx tonight. Wade Davis will oppose New York’s Ivan Nova. Davis is 4-and-7 with a 5.42 ERA this season. He’s 0-and-2 in his last three starts, with his most recent win coming June 16th against Tampa Bay. Nova is 3-and-2 with a 4.09 ERA in nine appearances this season.
>>Brett Reflects On Pine Tar Game 30 Years Later
(Bronx, NY) – Royals Hall of Famer George Brett is reflecting on the infamous Pine Tar game at Yankee Stadium. Brett recounted the story Tuesday with the 30th anniversary coming up on July 24th. After hitting a go-ahead homer off Goose Gossage, Yankee skipper Billy Martin got the umps to call Brett out for having too much pine tar on his bat. Brett flew out of the dugout in protest, but the home run was later restored by AL Commissioner Lee MacPhail and the Royals completed a 5-4 win 25 days later.
>>”Frenchy” Finds New Home With San Francisco
(San Francisco, CA) – Jeff Francoeur [[ fran-COOR ]] is now with the San Francisco Giants organization. The 29-year-old outfielder has signed a minor league deal with the Giants after being designated for assignment by the Royals last weekend. Francoeur will start with the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Fresno to work on transitioning from right field to left field.
>>Sporting KC Hosts Toronto Saturday
(Kansas City, KS) – Sporting KC welcomes Toronto FC to Sporting Park this weekend. The teams will meet Saturday night at 7:30. Sporting KC is coming off a 2-1 win at Chicago this past Sunday. SKC is 2-0-and-2 in its last four matches. At 8-5-and-6, Sporting is second in the East with 30 points, one behind first-place Montreal. Toronto is ninth with 13 points at 2-8-and-7.
>>Cardinals Rip Astros
(St. Louis, MO) – Adam Wainwright limited the Astros to a run on five hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts, leading the Cardinals to a 9-5 win over Houston at Busch Stadium. Matt Carpenter had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs. Matt Holliday hit his 13th home run of the season. Wainwright improved to 12-and-5 and Edward Mujica earned his 24th save by recording the game’s final out. The Cardinals have won four in a row and five of six. Houston dropped its ninth in the last 11 and now has 58 losses.
>>Cardinals Look For Sweep Of Astros
(St. Louis, MO) – With All-Star catcher Yadier Molina back from knee soreness, the Cardinals look for a three-game series sweep of the Astros tonight at Busch Stadium. Shelby Miller gets the start with a 9-and-6 record. The Cards have won five of their last six games and lead the NL Central by one-and-a-half games over Pittsburgh.
>>Cardinals Release Wigginton, trade Boggs
(St. Louis, MO) – The Cardinals released veteran Ty Wigginton, who was struggling on offense with a .158 batting average. Also, former closer Mitchell Boggs was traded to the Colorado Rockies. Boggs was at Triple-A Memphis after struggling in St. Louis to open the season.