Along with that first inning hit Evan Longoria added a homer. He drove in all four runs to back James Shields’ fourth shutout of the season, as the Rays blanked Kansas City, 4-0 last night in St. Pete. Royals manager Ned Yost says that except for Longoria, starter Jeff Francis handled the Rays’ hitters well.
Shields went the distance, scattering six hits and striking out eight to improve to 11-and-9. Jeff Francis gave up four runs over seven innings to fall to 4-and-12. Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar each managed to go 2-for-3 in the loss, the fourth in five games for the Royals. They’ll try to salvage the final game of the series tonight in St. Pete. Felipe Paulino on the hill for the Royals against the Rays’ Wade Davis.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Chicago White Sox 4, Baltimore 3
Cleveland 3, Detroit 2, 14 innings
L.A. Angels 6, N.Y. Yankees 4
Oakland 4, Toronto 1
Texas 7, Seattle 6
Boston 4, Minnesota 3

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Casey McGehee doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to help Milwaukee widen its lead atop the NL Central with a 5-3 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium last night. Yuniesky Betancourt added an insurance run with a sac-fly for the Brewers, who have taken five straight and 12-of-13 overall to move four games up on the Cardinals.
Redbirds’ starter Edwin Jackson says it doesn’t matter how he pitches when the team loses.
Corey Hart blasted a two-run homer to help LaTroy Hawkins pick up his first win of the year while John Axford notched his 33rd save.  David Freese was 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Cardinals, while Octavio Dotel absorbed the loss. The Cardinals have altered their pitching rotation for the remainder of this three-game series. Jake Westbrook is moving ahead of Kyle Lohse in the rotation and will pitch tonight against Milwaukee lefty Randy Wolf. Chris Carpenter is also moving ahead of Lohse and taking the mound in the series finale tomorrow

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Atlanta 4, Florida 3, 11 innings  (Dan Uggla hit streak now 30 games)
Colorado 3, Cincinnati 2
N.Y. Mets 5, San Diego 4
Washington 3, Chicago Cubs 1 (Chien-Ming Wang wins first game in almost 2 years)
Arizona 11, Houston 9
Philadelphia 2, L.A. Dodgers 1
San Francisco 6, Pittsburgh 0

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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali is back at work after signing a five-year, $60 million deal. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Hali during the offseason, but both sides avoided a lengthy holdout. The star linebacker is coming off a career year in which he had 14-and-a-half sacks.

Chiefs’ camp conitinues in St Joe.  Head Coach Todd Haley says that as players have to adjust their training mentality, his coaching staff is looking for new and faster ways to evaluate the players.
The Chiefs get their first game action on Friday night when they take against Tampa Bay.

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The NFL is adding game-day testing for performance-enhancing substances — but not recreational drugs — this season under the new collective bargaining agreement. The league’s senior VP of law and labor policy, Adolpho Birch, says there are many details that need to be worked out with the players union before the league can introduce random, year-round blood testing for human growth hormone.

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With a little more than two weeks until the kick off of the High School football season, area teams continue ramp it up in training camp. John Cox, head coach of the Concordia Orioles says his team has had a good training camp this summer.
You can hear coaches from around the area talking football when Jim Woods hosts the 5th Quarter Preview show, Friday August 19th at 9:30, right here on KMZU.

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The 2011-2012 Osage High School Indian Cheerleading Squad had a very successful summer. Coach Stephanie Smith says both squads shined curing cheerleading camp.
The culmination of the summer was the competition squad receiving a 3rd place plaque at the MCCa regional competition in Class 5A Large. The team moves on to Columbia for the state competition October 1st and 2nd.

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Dwyane  Wade has decided he cannot take a year away from basketball. Wade tells The Associated Press that he will be playing somewhere this winter — whether that’s with the Miami Heat, as he’d obviously prefer, or an international club if the NBA lockout threatens the 2011-12 NBA season.

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U.S. soccer enters a new era tonight. Jurgen Klinsmann takes over as coach and his first game is tonight against Mexico less than two weeks after he was hired to jolt a program plagued by a series of lackluster results that cost Bob Bradley his job.