Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the second inning to help the Royals take down the A’s 7-4.  The two combined to go 5-for-10 with four-runs scored, and two RBI. Winning pitcher Danny Duffy says the Royals are a much better team than their record indicates.
Duffy tossed six-and-one-third inning of three run ball for the win.  Joakim Soria picked up his 26th save of the season. The two teams wrap the three game set in Oakland this afternoon. Bruce Chen against Guillermo Moscoso.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final     N-Y Yankees     5     Baltimore     3
Final     Detroit     10     Cleveland     1
Final     Boston     14     Toronto     0
Final     Texas     8     Tampa Bay     0
Final     Chi White Sox     3     Minnesota     0
Final     Seattle     2     L.A. Angels     1

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Kyle Lohse tossed six innings of shut out ball as the Cardinals dropped the Brewers, 4-2.  John Jay and Matt Holliday each lifted a solo shot for St. Louis, which which snapped a two game skid. Lohse says they need to keep winning.
Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 18 games for Milwaukee, which had won four in-a-row. The Brewers lead the Cardinals by nine-and-a-half games in the NL Central. The rubber game of the three game set tonight at Busch Stadium. Chris Carpenter for the Redbirds against Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final     Philadelphia     6     Atlanta     3
Final     Houston     4     Pittsburgh     1
Final     L.A. Dodgers     7     Washington     3
Final     N-Y Mets     7     Florida     4, 12 Innings
Final     Cincinnati     4     Chi Cubs     2, 13 Innings
Final     Colorado     8     Arizona     3
Final     San Francisco     6     San Diego     4

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Missouri tailback Kendial Lawrence is likely out for a month with a broken bone in his leg. A university spokesman confirmed the injury yesterday. Lawrence, De’Vion Moore and Henry Josey were listed as even atop the depth chart on Monday.

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Oft-injured St. Louis Rams receiver Danario Alexander is eager for the season to begin. The Rams cut fellow receivers Mardy Gilyard and Donnie Avery, keeping Alexander as a true deep threat. Alexander totaled seven catches for 109 yards in the preseason.

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Two people with knowledge of the plans say NBA players and owners will resume talks today at an undisclosed location in New York. This session will be just the third between top negotiators since the lockout started July 1.

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After a rough start in the opening set, the No. 8 Central Missouri Jennies turned the momentum around and defeated the Missouri S&T Miners in four sets, 21-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-21. Senior hitter Paula Harris led the Jennies with a season-high 23 kills.

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High School Volleyball last night:

The Lincoln Lady Cards got 11 points from Brittany Sell, 10 points and 12 assists from Allyson Morris and 8 kills from Morgan Renno as they handled Warsaw in straights 8 and 18 last night. Defensively Kelsey Ward and Ashley Chance pitched in with seven and six digs respectively.

Knob Noster handled Grain Valley in straights; 20 and 6. Sirius Sparks with six assists and three aces for Knob Noster, who host Clinton on Thursday.

Crest Ridge had a tough go, but got by Adrian in straights last night 21 and 15. Bre Wonderly had 3 kills and 6 blocks and Destanie Garza was 11 for 11 from the service line. Crest Ridge is now 2-1. They host Lamonte on Thursday.

In High School Softball last night:

Carrollton,  10      Richmond,    4
Paris,         13       Slater,        0
Butler,         6      Leeton,        5
Polo,           5      Worth County, 3