KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 last night. Perez drove a two-out pitch over the left-field wall to put the Royals ahead 4-2 at Kauffman Stadium. Wade Davis, the second of five Kansas City pitchers, picked up the victory on his 28th birthday.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night. The victory moved the Cardinals into first place, a half-game ahead of the Pirates in the NL Central with their third win in four games.


Saturday Games

Boston 13, N.Y. Yankees 9

Baltimore 4, Chicago White Sox 3, 10 innings

Oakland 2, Houston 1

Cleveland 9, N.Y. Mets 4

Toronto 11, Minnesota 2

L.A. Angels 8, Texas 3

Seattle 6, Tampa Bay 2

Cincinnati 4, L.A. Dodgers 3, 10 innings

Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 3

Cleveland 9, N.Y. Mets 4

Philadelphia 6, Atlanta 5

Washington 9, Miami 2

San Diego 2, Colorado 1

Arizona 2, San Francisco 1


College Football

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — James Franklin made crucial big plays on consecutive scoring drives in the second half and Missouri pulled away from Toledo for a 38-23 victory yesterday. Missouri led 24-23 after Toledo scored its first two touchdowns of the year. But Franklin’s 21-yard keeper set up Henry Josey’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the game which extended Missouri’s lead to eight in Columbia.



UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Blaine Gabbert will be a game time decision for Jacksonville’s season opener against Kansas City. Coach Gus Bradley is concerned that Gabbert still has pain and trouble gripping the football due to a hairline fracture of his right thumb. The injury forced him to miss the final two games of the preseason. If Gabbert can’t start, the Jaguars will go with backup Chad Henne against the Chiefs. Kickoff is at noon.