Sports – Wednesday, March 27

| March 27, 2013 | 7:19 am
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(Blue Springs, MO)  –  Kansas State is getting another local football commitment.  Blue Springs defensive end Elijah Lee has committed to the Wildcats.  Lee will be a senior this season.  He posted 72 tackles and 15-and-a-half sacks as a junior last year.  Running back and Blue Springs teammate Dalvin Warmack already committed to Kansas State a month ago.

(Lawrence, KS)  –  Kansas continues to prepare for its Sweet 16 matchup against Michigan.  The two squads meet Friday night in the semifinals 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.

(Port St. Lucie, FL)  –  Adam Wainwright and Carlos Beltran were both strong for the Cardinals in Tuesday’s 11-4 win over the Mets.  Wainwright allowed two runs in six innings and picked up the win in his final tuneup before Opening Day.  Beltran saw his first Grapefruit League action in nearly a month after nursing an injured toe and reached base three times.  St. Louis will host the Nationals in Jupiter today.

(Jupiter, FL)  –  The Cardinals will start the season without third baseman David Freese.  The team announced yesterday Freese will start the season on the disabled list due to his lingering back injury.  The move comes a day after Freese seemed hopeful of being ready for Opening Day.  St. Louis is targeting April 8th for Freese’s return, which happens to be the Redbirds’ home opener against the Reds.

(Peoria, AZ)  –  Miguel Tejada went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI to lead the Royals to an 11-6 win over the Mariners in Peoria.  Jeff Francoeur [[ fran-COOR ]], Jarrod Dyson and Brett Hayes also drove in two runs each as Kansas City banged out 18 hits.  The Royals play split-squad games today against the Brewers and tonight against the Cubs.

(Surprise, AZ)  –  The battle for the fifth spot in the Royals starting rotation is over.  Manager Ned Yost has decided to go with right-hander Luis Mendoza.  He, veteran lefty Bruce Chen and fellow right-hander Luke Hochevar [[ HO-chay-ver ]] entered the spring in a three-way battle for the job.  Chen and Hochevar will now both work as long relief men out of the bullpen instead.

(Undated)  –  Royals ace James Shields is a “Sports Illustrated” cover boy.  The Royals’ Opening Day starter is on the front of one of “SI’s” six regional covers for its baseball season preview issue.  Also appearing on regional covers are the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, Yankees’ CC Sabathia, Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Rays’ David Price.

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