Two Missouri State Bears were taken in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.
Junior second baseman Kevin Medrano was was taken by the Cardinals oin the 14th round on Tuesday.
Junior RHP Dan Kickham was taken in the 33rd round  by the Detroit Tigers yesterday. The Springfield native finished his junior season 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA.

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The Toronto Blue Jays powered past the Kansas City Royals 9-8 last night. Toronto got a grand slam from Adam Lind and a three-run homer from Jayson Nix. Danny Duffy took the loss after giving up five runs in four innings of work. The Royals and Blue Jays conclude their series at Kaufman Stadium tonight.

Final     Minnesota     3     Cleveland     2, 10 Innings
Final     Boston     11     N-Y Yankees     6
Final     Baltimore     3     Oakland     2
Final     Texas     7     Detroit     3
Final     Seattle     7     Chi White Sox     4, 10 Innings
Final     Tampa Bay     4     L.A. Angels     3, 10 Innings

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Bud Norris lost his no-hitter in the seventh inning, but the Houston Astros were able to hold on and beat the St. Louis Cardinals last night 4-1. Lance Berkman’s solo home run with two outs was the only hit Norris allowed in the game. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his sixth save. Lance Berkman says Astro’s starter Bud Norris compares well with pitching great Roger Clemens.
Cards play the rubber game of the three game set in Houston tonight.

Final     Chi Cubs     4     Cincinnati     1
Final     San Francisco     3     Washington     1
Final     Colorado     5     San Diego     3
Final     Pittsburgh     3     Arizona     2, 12 Innings
Final     Philadelphia     2     L.A. Dodgers     0
Final     Atlanta     3     Florida     2, 10 Innings
Final     Milwaukee     7     N-Y Mets     6

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Missouri’s two Major League Baseball clubs are teaming up to raise money for the Joplin tornado recovery efforts. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will meet next weekend for an interleague series in St. Louis. The teams will be selling merchandise and commemorative patches as part of a fundraising effort.

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Rich Peverley tallied two goals to back 38 saves from Tim Thomas as the Boston Bruins blanked the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, to even up the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece.  Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand also found the back of the net for the B’s, who have outscored the Canucks, 12-1, in the last two games at the TD Garden.  Roberto Luongo allowed all four scores on 20 shots before being pulled in favor of Cory Schneider. Marchand says the two wins keep the Bruins hopes alive.
The best-of-seven series shifts back to Rogers Arena in Vancouver for Game Five on Friday.

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With Dallas and Miami tied at two games apiece, the NBA Finals has effectively turned into a best-of-three affair. Pivotal Game 5 is Thursday night in Dallas.
Three straight games have been decided by three points or fewer, including Tuesday night’s 86-83 win for the Mavs. That’s the first time that’s happened in the championship round since 1948. And while Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT’-skee) is cementing his reputation with his clutch play, LeBron James has come under increased scrutiny for being passive.
James admitted he “didn’t play well” in Game 4 and said he expects to play better the rest of the way.

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Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been working out with his new Jacksonville Jaguars teammates for the first time. Gabbert spent much of the informal practice session taking instruction from Jacksonville starting quarterback David Garrard. Gabbert says he arrived in town Sunday and has been working with the group since.

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Meanwhile NFL labor talks continue in New York.
Both sides met for a second straight day yesterday. Judge Arthur Boylan joined NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith. It was the second time this week that the sides got together. Last week, they met twice near Chicago.
Also on hand were five team owners and five players. That’s a critical component for reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. But…. no agreement yet.

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Animal Kingdom has been tabbed an early 2-1 favorite in the 12-horse field entered for the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby winner will leave from the No. 9 hole, which has produced only four Belmont winners since 1905.
Nehro (NAY’-roh) is 4-1 on the morning line after skipping the second jewel of the Triple Crown series. The Derby runner-up drew the No. 6 post.
Preakness winner Shackleford is listed at 9-2 and will be trying to become the first Belmont winner out of the No. 12 post.

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A likely summer of flooding on the Missouri River has led to the second rescheduling of an annual canoe and kayak race in recent days.
The Race to the Dome was scheduled for early July on a 26-mile river course from a point south of Columbia to Jefferson City. The nonprofit Missouri River Relief advocacy group announced this week that the race will instead take place in early October on the same route.
The delay follows a similar move by organizers of the yearly Missouri River 340 paddle. That race usually begins in Kansas City, Kan., and heads east to St. Charles, Mo.
Race organizers are moving the event west to the Kansas River and cutting the distance by more than half.

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