Skip Schumaker hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Royals. Albert Pujols [[ POO-holes ]] also launched a soloshot in the fifth before leaving in the sixth with a wrist injury. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says hopefully Pujols’ injury isn’t too serious. They’ll be taking a close look at that wrist today. Royals starter Danny Duffy says he was disappointed with his performance.
Duffy was coming off his first win of the season.
The Cards have won back-to-back games on the heels of a seven-game slide. The Royals have dropped four of their last five. The Cards get a day off. They open a 3-game set with the Phillies in St. Louis tomorrow. Royals also get the Day off. They host the Diamondbacks for a 3 game inter-league set beginning tomorrow.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m.
Colorado at Cleveland 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Florida 7:10 p.m.
N-Y Yankees at Cincinnati 7:10 p.m.
San Diego at Boston 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Atlanta 7:10 p.m.
Houston at Texas 8:05 p.m.
Chi Cubs at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m.
Detroit at L.A. Dodgers 10:10 p.m.
The Florida Marlins’ June swoon was too much for Edwin Rodriguez, who quit as their manager before their 10th straight loss, 2-1 to Tampa Bay. Bench coach Brandon Hyde managed Sunday, but 80-year-old former Marlins skipper Jack McKeon is being mentioned as a possible interim manager.
The Boston Red Sox have placed pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander’s strained lower back had been bothering him for a few starts. Buchholz is 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA. He is coming off a career-best 17-7 record in 2010.
Rory McIlroy [[ MACK-ill-roy ]] won the 111th U.S. Open in dominant and historic fashion on Sunday. McIlroy blew away the field with a U.S. Open-record score of 16-under-par. The 22-year-old McIlroy fired a two-under 69 in his final round to notch an eight-shot win over runner-up Jason Day. McIlroy says he was never at a loss for confidence.
McIlroy (MAK’-ihl-roy) from, Northern Ireland, is the youngest U.S. Open winner since 21-year-old Bobby Jones won in 1923.
Matthew Goggin won the Wichita Open yesterday for his second Nationwide Tour title of the year. The Australian birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Kyle Thompson.
Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, holding off Matt Kenseth for his first win of the year. Kyle Busch finished third, giving Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-3 finish. Kenseth says Hamlin was hard to catch.
Hamlin crossed the finish line just 0.3 seconds ahead of Kenseth. The win moved him from 12th to ninth in the point standings, with 11 races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins.
Rafael Nadal has opened his Wimbledon title defense with a convincing victory, beating Michael Russell of the United States 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
In keeping with tradition, the defending men’s champion played the first match on Centre Court at the All England Club. The top-ranked Spaniard put on a worthy performance Monday to begin the 125th edition of the championships.
Five-time women’s champion Venus Williams was back on her favorite grass surface and swept into the second round with a straight-sets win over 97th-ranked Akyul Aman’-mura-dova of Uzbekistan.