(Kansas City, MO)  — Dan Straily held the Royals to three hits as the Athletics downed Kansas City, 3-0 Thursday night. Straily went six-and-a-third innings to pick up his first-career win while Grant Balfour notched his ninth save.  Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes each had a solo homer while Jemile Weeks singled in a run for Oakland.  The A’s snapped a three-game slide with the win. Luke Hochevar allowed three runs over seven-plus frames to suffer the loss.  Eric Hosmer was 2-for-2 with a walk for Kansas City, which had won three of its last four.

Royals starting and losing pitcher Luke Hochevar says he stays focused on the mound.


Royals designated hitter Billy Butler says he thought he missed opportunities against Dan Straily.


The Royals will have to dust themselves off has they open a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox tonight at 7:10. Royals Luis Mendoza will face off against Sox lefty Chris Sale.


(St. Louis, MO)  — Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks held off the Cardinals, 2-1 Thursday.  David Hernandez earned the win in relief. J.J. Putz recorded his 23rd save for Arizona, which avoided the three-game sweep. Jason Motte gave up both homers for the loss.  Allen Craig knocked in the lone run for St. Louis.  The game began after an hour and a half rain delay.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says Jason Motte simply had a tough night.


Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse says they will be tested bouncing back from this loss.


The Cardinals open up a three game set tonight at Busch Stadium against the Pittsburgh Pirates with Jake Westbrook on the mound. Pirates’ hurler James McDonald will face him; first pitch at 7:15 p.m.



ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he might need off-season ankle surgery is off-base.

Bradford missed six games with a high left ankle sprain last season, aggravating the injury a few times after being hurt in mid-October and sitting out the final three games. He brought up the injury after the team scrimmaged earlier this month when asked generically how he felt physically, volunteering the ankle would need to be managed.

After practice Thursday night, Bradford says he is weary of discussing the topic. He adds that until the injury caused him to miss practice or game time, it was a “non-issue.”

Coach Jeff Fisher says he thought Bradford has been moving well and has had no issues. Fisher said surgery could sideline a player four to six months, but rehabbing the injury could be a longer process.


(St. Louis, MO)  — The Kansas City Chiefs will head across the state tomorrow to square off with the Rams in the Governor’s Cup preseason contest in St. Louis.  Kansas City won its preseason opener last week against Arizona, 27-17.  The Chiefs will welcome the Seahawks to Arrowhead next Friday before heading to Green Bay to face the Packers to close out the preseason.


College Football

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — James Franklin made a strong showing in Missouri’s first formal scrimmage of fall camp, going 18 for 22 for 228 yards.

Franklin has proved a fast healer from surgery on his throwing shoulder in March as the Tigers prepare for their first season in the Southeastern Conference. Tailback Kendial Lawrence scored the lone touchdown with a 1-yard run to cap a 75-yard drive.

Defensive end Michael Sam had two sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble, tackle Sheldon Richardson had three tackles for loss and linebacker Will Ebner had two tackles for loss.

Wide receiver T.J. Moe (hamstring), tight end Eric Waters (knee), offensive tackle Justin Britt (foot) and cornerback Kip Edwards (leg) were among players held out of Thursday’s scrimmage.