After getting last night off, the Royals head to Toronto to begin a three game series beginning tonight. Bruce Chen faces The Blue Jays’ Brandon Morrow.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final     Seattle     3     Cleveland     2
Final     Detroit     5     Tampa Bay     2
Final     Texas     4     Boston     0
Final     Baltimore     4     Minnesota     1

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A bitter conclusion to a wasted pitching effort in St. Louis last night. Aaron Miles came in to score the winning run on a hot grounder to a drawn in infield in the top of the ninth and the Dodgers steal a 2-1 win at Busch Stadium. Starter Chris Carpenter says this loss is hard to swallow.
Carpenter gave up one run with seven strikeouts through eight-plus innings but did not factor in the decision. Dodgers rookie pitcher Nate Eovaldi tossed five innings of one run ball in a no-decision.  Matt Guerrier was credited with the win and Javy Guerra nailed down his 11th save of the season.  Cards reliever Fernando Salas picked up the loss.  The Cardinals only run came on a Lance Berkman solo homer, his 29th of the season. Matt Holliday left the game in the top of the ninth with an unusual problem: He had a moth stuck in his ear. It took the Cardinals training staff a few minutes to remove the unwanted visitor. The Cards say Holliday will be fine for game two of the series tonight. Kyle Loshe for the Cards against Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers.

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Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has taken a leave of absence to tend to his ailing wife.
The Cardinals said Jeanine Duncan underwent major surgery Sunday night and will require additional tests and rehabilitation.
The team added the family asks for privacy, but are optimistic about a recovery.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final     Milwaukee     8     Pittsburgh     1     (first game)
Final     Pittsburgh     9     Milwaukee     2     (second game)
Final     Washington     4     Arizona     1
Final     Philadelphia     10     N-Y Mets     0
Final     Atlanta     3     Chi Cubs     0
Final     Colorado     9     Houston     5

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Dexter McCluster is back where he feels most comfortable.
The 5-foot-8, 170-pound self-described “jitterbug” played mostly running back growing up, but he moved into a slot receiver role while becoming a multi-purpose star at Mississippi. When he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 draft, the idea was to use him a similar fashion, putting him in the backfield and at times splitting him out wide.
He played mostly receiver last season, along with returning kicks and punts, but is shifting into the backfield again during training camp, and coach Todd Haley says he’s encouraged by his progress.

The Chiefs return to preseason action Friday night against St. Louis.

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This short work week is just fine with the Rams. The sooner they can erase the bad taste from Week 2 of the preseason, the better.
Players practiced yesterday for the first time since the starters got dominated on both sides of the ball against the Tennessee Titans Saturday.
Steve Spagnuolo called it a work in progress. He’s counting on it looking a lot better on Friday night when the Rams (2-0) play at Kansas City (0-2) in the annual Governor’s Cup game at Arrowhead Stadium.

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NFL  Pre-Season

N-Y Giants     41     Chicago     13

Giants starting cornerback Terrell Thomas tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the 41-13 preseason win over Chicago last night. It’s likely the team’s top tackler from last year is done for the season.

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The 49ers are banning tailgating after kickoff and warning fans that rowdy behavior won’t be tolerated after violence marred Saturday’s preseason game against cross-Bay rival Oakland. In addition, 49ers CEO Jed York said he will recommend to the NFL that the annual preseason battle between the Niners and Raiders be put off next year.