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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders each homered last night as the Seattle Mariners topped the Kansas City Royals 9-6. Jesus Montero added three hits and two RBIs for the Mariners. Lorenzo Cain homered and Alex Gordon hit an RBI triple for the Royals.

The Royals will keep looking for their first win after the All Star break as they host the Seattle Mariners for the third in a four game series tonight at 7:10 at Kaufman Stadium.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have designated struggling starter Jonathan Sanchez for assignment.

Sanchez was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts. The left-hander, who threw a no-hitter for San Francisco in July 2009, gave up seven runs in 1 1-3 innings in Monday night’s loss to the Mariners.

The Royals acquired Sanchez and minor-leaguer Ryan Verdugo last November from the Giants for outfielder Melky Cabrera, who is hitting .353 and was named MVP of last week’s All-Star Game in Kansas City.

The Royals recalled Verdugo, who was slated to start Tuesday night, and right-hander Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A Omaha.

Outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who had a .333 average in 19 games, was optioned to Omaha.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Randy Wolf won his first game since April 30th in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday. Rickie Weeks’ fourth-inning home run provided the difference for the Brewers. Cardinals’ outfielder Matt Holliday left the game in the first after getting hit by a pitch in the leg.

The Redbirds face Milwaukee at 1:10 this afternoon to break a one all tie in that three game series.

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has defended late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Pinkel said yesterday at Southeastern Conference Media Days that he thinks it’s “wrong” to place sole blame for the sex abuse scandal on Paterno. Pinkel said “you can’t take away the greatness” of Paterno.

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says his team won’t be intimidated playing in the Southeastern Conference.

Pinkel says there’s a perception that “we play a bunch of high school teams.” He says the Tigers know they have to earn respect in the SEC, but they have already played in a tough Big 12 Conference.

Pinkel says Missouri fans have gone beyond excitement over playing in the SEC and “have become fanatical about it.”

Missouri will open the season with standout quarterback James Franklin and the nation’s top prospect in wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

Franklin had shoulder surgery in March. Pinkel says his trainer said a couple of weeks ago that the dual-threat quarterback is expected to be 100 percent.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Major League Soccer has suspended Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria for his headbutt of Sporting Kansas City’s Paulo Nagamura on Saturday. Renteria has been banished for one game and fined an undisclosed amount. The incident took place in the 68th minute of the match.

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There will be free sports physicals available at Waverly Clinic Wednesday August 1st from 2-5 and again on Thursday, August 2nd also from 2-5 p.m.