>>Royals Blank Toronto

(Toronto, Ontario)  —  Eric Hosmer knocked in three runs to power the Royals to a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto.  James Shields allowed three hits and a walk in the win.  He improved to 10-and-8 while striking out nine batters.  The Royals and Mariners start a four-game series today.

>>Cardinals Roll Pirates

(Pittsburgh)  —  Matt Holliday and David Freese drove in two runs each to lead the Cardinals to a 7-2 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.  Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina had two hits each.  Joe Kelly allowed a run on four hits and struck out five to improve to 7-and-3.  The Cardinals moved into a tie for first place with the Pirates in the NL Central.  The Cards open a series in Cincinnati this afternoon.

>>Rams Get Set For First Week Of Regular Season

(Earth City, MO)  —  The Rams made 20 roster cuts to get down to the NFL maximum of 53 players in time for the regular season.  The Rams also placed running back Isaiah Pead and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar on the reserve-suspended list.  St. Louis hosts the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome in the season opener.

>>Chiefs Clash With Jaguars

(Kansas City, MO)  —  The NFL season is less than one week away.  The Kansas City Chiefs open up the year on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday.  The Chiefs were 2-and-2 in the preseason with wins at Pittsburgh and against Green Bay.  The fans in KC will get their first look at new head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith the following week against Dallas.

>>College Football Roundup

(Undated)  —  The college football season began in full over the weekend.  Missouri mauled Murray State 58-14 at Faurot Field.  Kansas State was upset 24-21 by North Dakota State of the FCS on Friday.  Meanwhile, Kansas is off until Saturday when it plays host to South Dakota.