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COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week One Play of the Week! This week's candidates are from Westran High School, Osage High School and Harrisburg High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online. 

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FNF Live Blog Week 1: High school football photos and videos http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-live-blog-week-1-high-school-football-photos-and-videos/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-live-blog-week-1-high-school-football-photos-and-videos/ Sports Fri, 18 Aug 2017 5:40:25 PM Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director FNF Live Blog Week 1: High school football photos and videos

COLUMBIA - Week one of high school football in mid-Missouri began Friday night under partly cloudy skies with some rain possible.

The FNF Game of the Week features Mexico at Battle. Spartans Head Coach Justin Conyers returns for his fifth season, hoping to bring Battle to another state championship.

The Hickman Kewpies will face off against the Jackson Fighting Indians. The Kewpies are under the direction of first-year head coach Trevor Rubly.

The Helias Crusaders are starting the season on their new field at Ray Hentges Stadium. They are playing Hannibal.

This live blog will feature photos and videos from games around mid-Missouri. Items are in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top.

Tweet your game photos to @komunews or @komusports, or email us at


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FNF week one: High school football scores http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-one-high-school-football-scores/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-one-high-school-football-scores/ Sports Thu, 17 Aug 2017 5:14:46 PM KOMU Digital Staff FNF week one: High school football scores

COLUMBIA - Below of scores from the first week of the high school football season. Final scores will be in bold.


Mexico 14

Battle 68

Jefferson City 47

McCluer 0

Moberly 6

Smith-Cotton 7

Osage 32

Fulton 26

Eldon 30

Boonville 15

Jackson 39

Hickman 24

Hannibal 41

Helias 28

Carrollton 22

Fayette 30

So. Boone 15

North Callaway 12

S. Callaway 25

Tolton 19

Paris 38

Harrisburg 7

Putnam Co. 14

Hallsville 33

Westran 28

Salisbury 0

Rockhurst 14 

Rock Bridge 17

Hillcrest 13

Camdenton 35

Waynesville 26

West Plains 48

Rolla 28

Lebanon 34

Chillicothe 30

Marshall 0

Blair Oaks 34

Kirksville 19

Potosi 38

Owensville 34


Van-Far 44 

Palmyra 7

Macon 20

Montgomery Co. 14

Hermann 28

Centralia 44 

Highland 6

Monett 19

California 6

Knob Noster 30

Versailles 51

Clinton 12

Warsaw 14

Brookfield 14

S. Shelby 26

St. Paul 20

Tipton 34

Cole Camp 47

Concordia 13

Marceline 45

Scotland Co. 3

Sante Fe 32

Slater 0


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Suspended MU football player arrested http://www.komu.com/news/suspended-mu-football-player-arrested/ http://www.komu.com/news/suspended-mu-football-player-arrested/ Sports Tue, 15 Aug 2017 8:57:35 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Suspended MU football player arrested

COLUMBIA - Missouri football junior defensive end Nate Howard was arrested by MUPD Monday night after failing to appear in court for a speeding offense in Montgomery County.

Howard was released after paying the $121 bail.

Howard had already been suspended following an arrest in June for charges including possession of a controlled substance. His preliminary hearing in that case has been set for an Aug. 24.

In his freshman and sophomore seasons, Howard totaled 15 tackles, 2.5 for loss.


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Merrifield powers Royals past White Sox 14-6 http://www.komu.com/news/merrifield-powers-royals-past-white-sox-14-6-88937/ http://www.komu.com/news/merrifield-powers-royals-past-white-sox-14-6-88937/ Sports Mon, 14 Aug 2017 5:58:20 PM The Associated Press Merrifield powers Royals past White Sox 14-6

CHICAGO (AP) — Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Kansas City Royals pounded the Chicago White Sox 14-6 on Sunday.

Drew Butera had four of Kansas City's 16 hits, helping the Royals climb back over .500 at 59-58. Jorge Bonifacio hit his 15th homer, and Lorenzo Cain had two hits and two RBIs.

Jason Vargas (14-6) worked six innings to match his career high for wins set in 2012 with Seattle. The left-hander allowed three runs and six hits, struck out seven and walked two.

Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer for AL-worst Chicago, and Avisail Garcia added a two-run double.

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Dickey helps Braves win 6-3, stops Cards' 8-game win streak http://www.komu.com/news/dickey-helps-braves-win-6-3-stops-cards-8-game-win-streak/ http://www.komu.com/news/dickey-helps-braves-win-6-3-stops-cards-8-game-win-streak/ Sports Mon, 14 Aug 2017 8:04:02 AM The Associated Press Dickey helps Braves win 6-3, stops Cards' 8-game win streak

ST. LOUIS (AP) — R.A. Dickey held St. Louis to one run in seven innings, Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and the Atlanta Braves stopped the Cardinals' season-high, eight-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory Sunday.

Dickey (8-7) allowed seven hits — none for extra bases until his final inning. The 42-year-old knuckleballer has given up one or no earned runs in eight of 23 starts.

Atlanta stopped a five-game losing streak, beat the Cardinals for the first time in six meetings this year and avoided getting swept in the season series for the first time.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since Aug. 5 and his sixth in eight tries.

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Grichuk, DeJong homer to lead Cardinals past Braves http://www.komu.com/news/grichuk-dejong-homer-to-lead-cardinals-past-braves/ http://www.komu.com/news/grichuk-dejong-homer-to-lead-cardinals-past-braves/ Sports Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:24:39 PM Grichuk, DeJong homer to lead Cardinals past Braves

ST. LOUIS (AP) Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong homered and the St. Louis Cardinals stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who moved within 1/2 game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Brandon Phillips homered for Atlanta, which lost its fifth in a row.

The eight-game run is the longest for St. Louis since the Cardinals won eight in a row April 28-May 5, 2015.

Grichuk hit his 15th homer of the season in the second to tie the game 2-all. He also added a double in a three-run outburst in the fifth.

DeJong led off the seventh with his team-high 17th home run.

Martinez gave up three earned runs and seven hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. His run-scoring single in the fifth pushed the lead to 4-2.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 11th save in 13 tries. He gave up a two-out bases-loaded single to Freddie Freeman in the ninth before striking out Nick Markakis with two runners in scoring position to end the game.

Tyler Lyons chipped in with two innings of scoreless relief.

Lucas Sims (0-3), in just his third major league start, surrendered four earned runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Dexter Fowler added two hits for St. Louis and Kolten Wong extended his hitting streak to seven games with a fifth-inning single.

Atlanta jumped to a 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded single by Kurt Suzuki in the first.


The Cardinals' 1987 NL championship team was honored before Saturday's game. Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith threw out the first pitch to outfielder Willie McGee.

Minnesota beat St. Louis in seven games in the 1987 World Series.


Cardinals: INF Jedd Gyorko was a late scratch from Saturday's starting lineup due to right knee soreness. He is listed as day-to-day.


RHP Michael Wacha (9-4, 3.70) will face RHP R.A. Dickey (7-7, 4.03) in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday. Wacha is 6-0 in 10 career starts in August, the only active pitcher in the majors with a perfect record in the month with at least 10 starts. Dickey is 3-1 with a 4.38 ERA in six career starts against St. Louis.


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Rescued kitten likely the missing "Rally Cat" http://www.komu.com/news/rescued-kitten-likely-the-missing-rally-cat-/ http://www.komu.com/news/rescued-kitten-likely-the-missing-rally-cat-/ Sports Fri, 11 Aug 2017 1:28:21 PM Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director and The Associated Press Rescued kitten likely the missing

ST. LOUIS - Fans of the most famous missing cat in Missouri can breathe a sigh of relief. St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach trapped a cat in downtown's City Garden last night and are declaring it to be Rally Cat.

"We are confident he is the right cat because of the bands on his legs and the bullseye on his back," the organization said on its Facebook page.

It sent this tweet shortly after trapping the kitten:

The feisty feline became an internet sensation Wednesday night, sprinting onto the field at Busch Stadium with the bases loaded for the Cardinals with two outs in the sixth inning. The cat emerged from near the visitors' dugout on the third-base side and raced into the outfield, the fur on its tail standing on end. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain stood, smiling, with a hand on his hip as the cat sprinted past him.

Kansas City was leading 5-4 at the time and play was delayed for a couple minutes while the grounds crew collected the cat. On the first pitch after play resumed, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam off Peter Moylan to give the Cardinals an 8-5 lead. The cat was instantly dubbed #RallyCat on Twitter, and St. Louis went on to win — its fifth victory in a row.

Lucas Hackman, a member of the Cardinals' ground crew, ran out to grab the stray, which bit and scratched him several times.

Hackman put the cat down to get treated and a fan picked the cat up, wrongly claiming it was hers. But Rally Cat got away from her too, leading to a two-day search.

St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach said the cat will be going to a no-kill shelter.





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Missouri Valley College football in NAIA preseason Top 25 http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-football-in-naia-preseason-top-25/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-football-in-naia-preseason-top-25/ Sports Mon, 7 Aug 2017 5:32:35 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Valley College football in NAIA preseason Top 25

MARSHALL - The Missouri Valley College football team is ranked 12th in the NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. 

The Vikings finished 9-3 in 2016, making the postseason for the first time since 2014 and were selected to finish second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference's Southern Division in last week's conference coaches poll behind the national No. 2 Baker University.

Overall, the Heart of America has four teams in the preseason NAIA Coaches Poll as Grand View University is ranked No. 9 and William Penn University comes in at No. 23. 

Missouri Valley opens its season on Aug. 26 at Benedictine College of Kansas at 11 a.m. With the home opener for the Vikings coming the following week on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. against No. 23 William Penn at 6 p.m.

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Cyclists from across the U.S. come together for annual championship http://www.komu.com/news/cyclists-from-across-the-u-s-come-together-for-annual-championship/ http://www.komu.com/news/cyclists-from-across-the-u-s-come-together-for-annual-championship/ Sports Sun, 6 Aug 2017 3:23:19 PM Alexis Reese, KOMU 8 Reporter Cyclists from across the U.S. come together for annual championship

JEFFERSON CITY – Gloomy weather didn’t stop cyclists and spectators from attending the annual Missouri State Championship Criterium on Sunday.

A total of eight races occurred at the event. The day started out with the junior races and ended with the Cat 1/2 Bar race. The event is sanctioned and recognized as a state championship by USA Cycling. USA Cycling provided the medals and will record all the results. 

The championship has been going on for a number of years. Mike Weiss, the event director, and his company inherited it from a Jefferson City team in the early 2000s.

Weiss, who also took part in one of the races, said taking part in the race is no easy feat.

“It’s actually pretty challenging because Jeff City is pretty hilly,” he said. “It would be easier to put it on in our hometown, but it’s nice to do something out of town.”

Weiss said the race is pretty popular among cyclists.

“It’s challenging, but not too challenging,” he said. “It’s a little selective, so it makes you work even if you’re not going that hard.”

Weiss said many national level cyclists come to compete.

Reva Gomes, a parent of a few of the cyclists, said the event helps kid cyclists learn valuable lessons.

“It teaches them to be good sports," she said. "Because they win, they lose and sometimes fall in between. And it's a beautiful thing."

Gomes said one of the best parts about the event is seeing familiar faces.

“We’ve created a huge family in the cycling community in St. Louis, so when we come up here, it is absolutely phenomenal to see friends get together,” she said. “Win, lose or draw, you support each other and you help each other.”

Weiss said he hopes more people attend the races next year.

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Mexico unveils "Tyronn Lue Home Court" signs http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-unveils-tyronn-lue-home-court-signs-for-native-son/ http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-unveils-tyronn-lue-home-court-signs-for-native-son/ Sports Sat, 5 Aug 2017 1:24:29 PM Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter Mexico unveils

MEXICO - The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce held a ceremony Saturday to unveil signs reading "Home Court of Tyronn Lue." The ceremony comes after Lue called Mexico his "home court," following his win as the Cleveland Cavaliers coach in the 2016 NBA Finals. 

Mayor Chris Miller said the city received national recognition for what Lue said on television. He added, Saturday's celebration was a big day for the city.

"We're celebrating because we're putting signs on our city limits sign coming in that say 'Tyronn Lue's Home Court.' It's a big deal for us."

Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce President Robby Miller said the city is better because of people like Tyronn Lue who give back. 

"Mexico, Missouri, is a great place to call home," Robby Miller said. "Tyronn is proud of his hometown and does not mind letting everyone know about it. But more importantly, he works to make Mexico a better place for all." 

Miller said Lue has done several philanthropist acts for the youth of Mexico, including putting on a fireworks display, renting the swimming pool for kids and buying tennis shoes for them.

"He's rented buses and taken kids to Six Flags for a summer trip they probably wouldn't have been able to do," Miller said. "He's just done a lot of little things around town that really make him a native son."

Lue had several family members attend the ceremony. 

"I'm glad to see all the people here," Miller said. "This is the weekend of the Lue family reunion. So this is a big day for him. It's a big day for his family. It's a big day for Mexico."

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DeJong homers to support Lynn in 4-1 Cardinals win over Reds http://www.komu.com/news/dejong-homers-to-support-lynn-in-4-1-cardinals-win-over-reds/ http://www.komu.com/news/dejong-homers-to-support-lynn-in-4-1-cardinals-win-over-reds/ Sports Sat, 5 Aug 2017 9:47:19 PM The Associated Press DeJong homers to support Lynn in 4-1 Cardinals win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) - Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and Lance Lynn got past Joey Votto's first-inning home run to win his fourth straight start as the St. Louis Cardinals eased past the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Saturday night.

Lynn (10-6) retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced, walking Votto twice. The right-hander limited the Reds to three hits and a run with three walks and four strikeouts.

Seung Hwan Oh allowed a harmless two-out single in the seventh, Tyler Lyons struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth - including Votto looking to end the inning - and Trevor Rosenthal worked around a walk and a single in the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

The win was the Cardinals' first in six games at Cincinnati this season and the first in their last six overall decided by more than one run.

Cincinnati rookie Luis Castillo (2-5) struggled with his control, tying his season and career high with five walks and hitting two batters while giving up four runs - three earned. The Cardinals collected just three hits with four strikeouts in his 6 1-3 innings.

Votto drove a 1-1 curveball into the right field seats for his 28th homer of the season, one shy of matching his total from last season.

DeJong delivered the Cardinals' first hit and gave them a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer on a 1-0 fastball with one out in the third, his first homer since July 25.

The Cardinals pushed across two insurance runs in the seventh on Tommy Pham's bases-loaded infield hit and a passed ball charged to Devin Mesoraco.


Cardinals: OF Dexter Fowler took batting practice on Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny hopes Fowler can be activated by the end of the road trip. Fowler's been on the disabled list since July 25 with a left forearm strain.

Reds: SS Zack Cozart is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start on Sunday. The All-Star starter has been on the disabled list since July 29 with a strained right quad. . RHP Scott Feldman's sore right knee has improved enough that he could start in the next five days, manager Bryan Price said. . Mesoraco started on Saturday for the first time since July 30. A sore left knee had limited him to one pinch-hitting appearance.


Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (11-5) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled and start on Sunday. Wainwright hasn't pitched since July 22 because of back tightness.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (3-5) snapped a three-start losing streak on Tuesday, allowing four hits and a run in six innings of Cincinnati's 9-1 win at Pittsburgh.

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Nelson lifts Brewers to 3-2 victory over the Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/nelson-lifts-brewers-to-3-2-victory-over-the-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/nelson-lifts-brewers-to-3-2-victory-over-the-cardinals/ Sports Tue, 1 Aug 2017 10:55:43 PM The Associated Press Nelson lifts Brewers to 3-2 victory over the Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Nelson finally beat St. Louis with six strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Nelson (9-5) entered 0-8 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) against the Cardinals. This time, the right-hander overcame his division rival by allowing just two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.

The Brewers' bullpen kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard for three innings, including Anthony Swarzak striking out the side in the eighth after Josh Hader issued a leadoff walk. Corey Knebel then earned his 19th save.

The Brewers scored their three runs in the first inning off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (7-9) and had just two infield singles the rest of the game.


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Ruling means Rams may owe $352,000 to state of Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/ruling-means-rams-may-owe-352-000-to-state-of-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/ruling-means-rams-may-owe-352-000-to-state-of-missouri/ Sports Tue, 1 Aug 2017 5:12:20 PM The Associated Press Ruling means Rams may owe $352,000 to state of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Rams are long gone from St. Louis, but they still may owe more than $350,000 in taxes to the state of Missouri.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling from an administrative hearing that determined the NFL team did not have to pay state sales tax on a special city entertainment fee added to tickets from 2007 to 2013. The state said during oral arguments in March that the Rams owe up to $352,000.

Attorneys for the Rams have argued that the state owes the team $401,000 in improperly assessed sales taxes.

The Rams relocated to Los Angeles from St. Louis after NFL owners approved the move in January 2016.

A message seeking comment from the Rams was not immediately returned.

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Local softball players go national http://www.komu.com/news/local-softball-players-go-national/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-softball-players-go-national/ Sports Mon, 31 Jul 2017 9:06:05 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Local softball players go national

JEFFERSON CITY - Tasia Green and Camryn Sharp live an hour apart and are separated in age by a year, but they share a common interest: softball. 

The girls play for Twisted Fastpitch, a club team based out of Jefferson City. 

Camryn is a defensive-minded third baseman. Tasia, who plays the opposite side of the field at first base, originally said her biggest strength was defense until her dad quipped, "I'd go back and check that."

"Fine," Tasia said. "Mine would be hitting."

As teammates on the corners, and under the guidance of their dads, Tasia and Camryn led Twisted Fastpitch to a 52-7 record last season, combining to drive in 85 runs and score 96 times. Both girls hit above .500 and combined for a staggering 2.836 OPS. 

“We make a good team because we’re both corners," Tasia said. "We have good communication.”

Their parents found out online about tryouts for the USSSA Elite Select Futures All American Games, held in numerous locations including Kansas City. Twisted Fastpitch had a tournament that weekend, so in April the families made a trip to Des Moines, Iowa.

Temperatures of about 45 degrees didn't stop Tasia and Camryn from heating up, as they were both selected to represent their region in Kissimmee, Florida, on the Central American Team, along with 11 other girls from eight different states.

The girls found out while coming back from Tasia's brother's district baseball game.

"We had to slow down and pull over," said Tasia's dad, Adam Green. "Just to make sure we heard it right."

Camryn said they were all "kind of speechless."

"We didn’t really know what to say about it, but we were super excited,” she said.

The girls begin play on Tuesday. Traveling with them to the games will be their coaches from ‘Twisted Fastpitch,’ who also happen to be their dads, Adam Green and Scott Sharp.

It’s going to be a new experience for the families, but especially for the dads who will have to shift their roles.

“I may get a little bit loud," Green said. "I know we tend to get a little bit loud every once in awhile."

Both girls said they would like to teach in some capacity in the future like their dads. 

“It’s nice to teach people and help them understand,” Tasia said.

Green said he expects both girls to do well.

“When both of them put their mind to it, they can play some ball,” he said. 




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Lynn, Martinez lead Cardinals over Diamondbacks 3-2 http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-martinez-lead-cardinals-over-diamondbacks-3-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-martinez-lead-cardinals-over-diamondbacks-3-2/ Sports Sun, 30 Jul 2017 7:50:05 PM The Associated Press Lynn, Martinez lead Cardinals over Diamondbacks 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn threw six strong innings and Jose Martinez homered and drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Sunday for their fifth win in seven games.

Lynn (9-6), the subject of trade rumors the past few days, gave up two runs and four hits. He has allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last six starts.

Lynn retired the last eight batters he faced in improving to 5-0 lifetime against Arizona. Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save in eight opportunities.

Martinez hit a two-run drive in the fourth to tie it, then had a sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Jedd Gyorko with the go-ahead run.

Taijuan Walker (6-5) allowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out 10.

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Gordon's triple caps Royals' rally in 5-3 win over Red Sox http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-triple-caps-royals-rally-in-5-3-win-over-red-sox/ http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-triple-caps-royals-rally-in-5-3-win-over-red-sox/ Sports Sun, 30 Jul 2017 7:46:25 PM The Associated Press Gordon's triple caps Royals' rally in 5-3 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Gordon's two-run triple capped a four-run eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a day after their season-high, nine-game winning streak was snapped.

Alcides Escobar added a two-run single in the eighth and drove in three runs for the Royals, who lost in extra innings on Saturday after taking the series opener.

Rookie Rafael Devers hit a solo homer for Boston and starter Drew Pomeranz gave up one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his 100th career start.

Jason Hammel (5-8) allowed three runs on seven hits to end a six-start winless streak. His last victory also came against the Red Sox, at home on June 19.

Kelvin Herrera got the final three outs for his 23rd save, getting Mookie Betts to fly out with the bases loaded.

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Goldschmidt, Greinke lead D-backs to 7-1 win over Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/goldschmidt-greinke-lead-d-backs-to-7-1-win-over-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/goldschmidt-greinke-lead-d-backs-to-7-1-win-over-cardinals/ Sports Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:39:19 PM Associated Press Goldschmidt, Greinke lead D-backs to 7-1 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs, Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 on Saturday night.

Greinke (13-4) limited the Cardinals to one run and four hits to improve to 5-0 in his last six starts. He struck out nine and walked one.

Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer, his 22nd, and J.D. Martinez followed with a solo shot, his 21st, to give the Diamondbacks a 3-1 lead in the fourth. It was the eighth time this season Arizona hit back-to-back homers.

Martinez has five home runs and 12 RBIs in eight games since being acquired from Detroit on July 18.

Cardinals starter Mike Leake (7-9) allowed three runs and four hits over five innings.

Ketel Marte had a two-run homer, A.J. Pollock an RBI double and Goldschmidt a sacrifice fly in the Diamondbacks' four-run eighth against reliever Kevin Siegrist.

© 2017 Associated Press


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Moustakas homers twice as Royals beat White Sox 7-2 http://www.komu.com/news/moustakas-homers-twice-as-royals-beat-white-sox-7-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/moustakas-homers-twice-as-royals-beat-white-sox-7-2/ Sports Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:19:02 PM The Associated Press Moustakas homers twice as Royals beat White Sox 7-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Moustakas homered twice, and Salvador Perez, Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio also went deep to lead the Kansas City Royals over the White Sox 7-2 Saturday night, extending Chicago's longest losing streak in two years to eight games.

Melky Cabrera had his second four-hit game in a week and gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a home run in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth.

In a game that began with a 99-degree temperature and 112 heat index, Mike Pelfrey took a two-hitter into the sixth but put leadoff man Lorenzo Cain on with his sixth walk. David Holmberg (1-3) relieved, retired Eric Hosmer on a flyout, then gave up three homers in an eight-pitch span.

Perez's two-run homer tied the score, Moustakas homered two pitches later, Alcides Escobar grounded out and Moss homered for a 4-2 lead, a drive that would have gone 436 feet unimpeded. Whit Merrifield added an RBI single off Juan Minaya.

Bonifacio homered in the seventh, and Moustakas hit his 28th this season leading off the eighth against Brad Goldberg. Kansas City's five homers matched a season high.

Chicago, an AL-worst 38-56, had not lost eight in a row since June 12-19, 2015.

Scott Alexander (2-3) relieved Jason Vargas with two on and no outs in the sixth and got three straight outs. Vargas allowed two runs and seven hits.

Pelfrey is 0-2 in his last six starts.

RHP Jakob Junis was recalled from Triple-A Omaha by the Royals, who optioned OF Billy Burns to their Pacific Coast League affiliate. Junis gave the Royals a nine-man bullpen after Kansas City relievers worked 10 innings the previous two nights.

White Sox: RHP Jeff Petricka (right elbow strain) pitched a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte in his first injury rehabilitation appearance. He threw five of eighth pitches for strikes. . OF Leury Garcia, who went on the DL June 26 with sprained finger on his left hand, is working out at the White Sox complex in Glendale, Arizona. "It's just going a little slower than we might have wanted it to, but he's getting better," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland is slated to pitch Sunday after going 1-6 with an 8.44 ERA in his past nine starts, allowing 14 home runs in 42 2/3 innings.

Royals: LHP Travis Wood is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in his first two starts, allowing a .762 slugging percentage.


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Bryant gallops home, Cubs rally in 8th, edge Cardinals 3-2 http://www.komu.com/news/bryant-gallops-home-cubs-rally-in-8th-edge-cardinals-3-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/bryant-gallops-home-cubs-rally-in-8th-edge-cardinals-3-2/ Sports Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:17:59 PM The Associated Press Bryant gallops home, Cubs rally in 8th, edge Cardinals 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant wasn't going to let a sprained pinkie and a broken bat hold him back.

They certainly didn't slow him down.

Bryant raced home from first base on Anthony Rizzo's bloop double, capping a three-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday in the ever-tightening NL Central race.

Bryant also had a tying, broken-bat single during the comeback. The reigning NL MVP hurt his left pinkie on Wednesday and Cubs manager Joe Maddon considered him unlikely to play this game after the injury kept him out of Friday's 11-4 loss to the Cardinals.

"KB being able to play was the difference in today's game," Maddon said. "The combination of the hit and his speed, I don't think anybody else scores on that. Maybe Jason (Heyward), possibly. Happer (Ian Happ), possibly. But KB is such a good baserunner. He had it in his head the moment the ball was hit."

The Cubs began the day one game behind shaky Milwaukee for the division lead, with the Cardinals 3 1/2 back of the Brewers.

A classic pitchers' duel between Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright kept it scoreless into the eighth.

After Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk hit two-out homers off Lester for a 2-0 lead, the Cubs came back.

Ben Zobrist's RBI double with two outs made it 2-1 and chased Wainwright. Bryant greeted reliever Matt Bowman (2-4) with a single that tied it.

Brett Cecil then relieved and on a 3-2 pitch, Rizzo hit a looper to shallow left-center. Bryant ran hard the whole way and slid home feet first as catcher Yadier Molina couldn't control center fielder Dexter Fowler's one-hop throw.

Statcast showed Rizzo's hit landed 252 feet from the plate - it was 270 feet from first to home for Bryant.

"Full count, I got a head start, so that was huge," Bryant said. "You've got to give him (Rizzo) a ton of credit. He worked a great at-bat. Something I take pride in is my baserunning and surprising people."

Lester (7-6) had a perfect game until Wainwright singled with two outs in the sixth. Lester gave up three hits and struck out 10 in eight innings.

Wade Davis issued a pair of two-out walks in the ninth before fanning Molina for his 19th saves in 19 chances.

Wainwright allowed two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings, retiring 14 straight at one point.

"Some of my best execution," Wainwright said. "My stuff was good, my execution was good and the defense played great behind me, so it was a good recipe. It just didn't work out."

Lester wrote the letters "PLACT" written on his cap Saturday and choked up when asked about it following the game.

"My family - I lost my uncle yesterday," Lester said. "For the Notre Dame fans, he went to Notre Dame, so it's `Play Like a Champion Today.' Just to let him know that I was thinking of him."

"Play Like a Champion Today" is a hallowed sign outside the Notre Dame football team's locker room.

Kyle Hendricks, who has not pitched since June 4 due to tendinitis in his pitching hand, will return to the Cubs rotation on Monday against the White Sox. The 27-year-old righty is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts this season after going 16-8 with a major league-best 2.13 ERA last season.

Mike Montgomery will go back to the bullpen to make room for Hendricks, Maddon said.

Cardinals: OF Jose Martinez passed initial concussion-protocol tests after being struck on the side of the head by a foul ball in the dugout on Friday. ... Molina (sore right ankle) returned to the lineup. He was a late scratch on Friday.

Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (7-3, 3.71 ERA) and Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 4.20) are set to start the series finale Sunday night. Wacha pitched the first complete game of his career in the Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the Mets on Tuesday and is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in July. Quintana, acquired in a trade with the White Sox on July 13, struck out 12 in seven scoreless innings to win his Cubs debut last Sunday.

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