ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game road series tonight against the streaking Los Angeles Angels. Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn will take on Angels All-Star pitcher Jered Weaver. St. Louis has been struggling of late, winning just two of their last eight games.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals open a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians tonight at Kauffman Stadium. Righty Luis Mendoza will start for the Royals, while the Indians will send Corey Kluber to the mound. The Royals split their last series against Minnesota 2-2.

The Royals enter a crucial part of their season that could determine whether they are contenders or pretenders.  KC plays Cleveland twice and the A’s and Yankees once before the All-Star break.  The Royals lead the AL in ERA, but are just 11th in runs scored.

(Undated)  —  Major League Baseball is expected to release an update today on the voting for the National League All-Star team.  At last check, Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran were both in line to start for the NL squad.  Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma, David Freese and Matt Holliday were also fighting for voting position.  Voting will conclude on Thursday with the rosters to be revealed Saturday.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have introduced draft picks Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum. The team touted both as players with high character and tremendous potential. The Kings selected McLemore out of Kansas with the No. 7 overall pick in last week’s draft.

(Lawrence, KS)  —  The bird is making a comeback in KU football.  The Jayhawk logo is featured on four of the five new football helmets unveiled by head coach Charlie Weis Monday.  The fifth is a baby blue throwback with white numbers on the side.  The four bird logo helmets come in blue, white, red and black.  “KU” has been on the helmets for most of the last 20 years.

(Kansas City, KS)  —  Sporting Kansas City will seek its second straight win tomorrow night at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Sporting is coming off a 3-2 home win over Columbus this past Saturday.  SKC is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 26 points at 7-5-and-5, three behind first-place Montreal.  Vancouver is fourth in the West with 25 points at 7-5-and-4.