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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with a solo home run in the eighth inning, powering Kansas City to a 5-4 victory on a scorching Wednesday afternoon and a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar also homered for the Royals, who got their first three-game home sweep of the Rays since 2001.

Aaron Crow (1-1), the fifth Royals pitcher, was the winner after getting two outs in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 opportunities.

Badenhop (1-2) recorded only one out after starter Matt Moore labored through 7 1-3 innings, giving up 10 hits and four runs.

The Royals are off today. They will travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins Friday night.

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MIAMI (AP) — John Buck and Logan Morrison hit back-to-back homers in seventh innings last night to help the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3. The Marlins victory ended their eight-game losing streak against St. Louis. Tony Cruz hit his first career home run for the Cardinals.

The Redbirds are off today. They will host the Pirates Friday night at Busch Stadium.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth has kept his name out of the rumor mill for most of his NASCAR career.

When it finally popped up, it was a bombshell: The Sprint Cup Series points leader was planning his departure from Roush Fenway Racing.

Kenseth is now explaining part of his decision to leave Roush. He has a new deal in place with a new team, but said he is not ready to announce where he will be in 2013. All signs point to Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the few teams that would not be considered a step down for the 2003 Cup champion.

Kenseth says the deal came together quickly over the last few weeks, and telling owner Jack Roush he was leaving was one of the hardest conversations of his life.

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HARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roush (rowsh) Fenway Racing has picked Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne to replace Matt Kenseth in the Sprint Cup Series next season. Kenseth is leaving at the end of the season. Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark says Stenhouse was selected because he’ll have three full seasons in the Nationwide Series when he makes the move.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan says the bowl will bid for Atlanta to host a semifinal or national championship game in college football’s four-team playoff, starting in 2014.

The new College Football Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in Atlanta in 2014, and the first enshrinement ceremony in Atlanta could be held in 2015. Atlanta is home to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and an annual kickoff game, as well as the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Stokan said Wednesday his committee can make “a compelling bid” for a playoff game.

Any city can bid on the championship game. The two semifinal games will rotate among six sites, including the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is trying to join that rotation.