KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 20 Apr 2018 HH:04:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Four Columbia College Athletes earn AMC Player of the Week Awards http://www.komu.com/news/four-columbia-college-athletes-earn-amc-player-of-the-week-awards/ http://www.komu.com/news/four-columbia-college-athletes-earn-amc-player-of-the-week-awards/ Baseball Mon, 16 Apr 2018 7:54:50 PM Madeline Boccardi, KOMU-8 Sports Digital Producer Four Columbia College Athletes earn AMC Player of the Week Awards

COLUMBIA- The American Midwest Conference announced Player of the week awards for four Cougar athletes.

Andrew Warner was named AMC Baseball Player of the Week. Warner, a senior first baseman, hit .500 on the week and led his team to a 4-2 record including a sweep against Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University. This was Warner’s eighth career AMC Baseball Player of the Week award.

Alexandra Linck was named the AMC Softball Player of the Week. The senior third baseman led her team to a 4-0 week, batting 7-of-13. She added a double and two homeruns. This was Linck’s first career weekly award. 

Mason McCaleb and Nikki Smith both earned their first weekly honors at the Darrell Gourley Invitational. McCaleb was named the AMC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week while Smith was awarded the AMC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week.

McCaleb, a junior earned two first place finishes in field events. He grabbed a first place in the hammer throw and in the discus throw.

Smith, a sophomore took first place in the 100 meter dash and sixth in the 200 meter run. She also helped the 4x400 relay team earn a third place finish.


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Cardinals rain down on Cincinnati Reds chance of victory http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-rain-down-on-cincinnati-reds-chance-of-victory/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-rain-down-on-cincinnati-reds-chance-of-victory/ Baseball Sun, 15 Apr 2018 9:10:51 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals rain down on Cincinnati Reds chance of victory

ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals swept the series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals got on the board first in the top of the second inning with a two-run homer from left fielder Harrison Bader.

The next four innings remained scoreless until an RBI single from the Cardinal's catcher Yadier Molina.

Trailing by three in the top of the 8th, the Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton earns his first home run of the year. 

The Reds close in on the Cardinals in the bottom of the 9th with a home run from left fielder Adam Duvall.

However, the two home runs weren't enough. The Cardinals took a 3-2 victory.

The Cardinals will head to Chicago tomorrow to face the Cubs. The Reds will face the Brewers tomorrow in Milwaukee.


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Columbia College athletes receive AMC honors http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-athletes-receive-amc-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-athletes-receive-amc-honors/ Baseball Mon, 9 Apr 2018 4:36:13 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College athletes receive AMC honors

COLUMBIA - The American Midwest Conference named two Columbia College students as athletes of the week on Monday. 

Meaghan Rice was named the AMC's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week after finishing in the top-11 in two events at the Central Methodist University Invite. 

Over the weekend, Rice finished second in shotput with a 10.97 meter toss and took 11th in the javelin throw, tossing it a distance of 25.5 meters. On the track she ranked second in the 100-meter hurdles and finished 13th in the 800 meter run. 

Additionally, the Cougar's Jordan Wright was honored as the AMC's Baseball Player of the Week, following a successful weekend in Illinois. He recorded a .769 batting average versus the Fighting Illini, leading the Cougars to a 2-1 record. Wright finished the week with an RBI, 10 hits, two scored runs and a stolen base. 

The AMC weekly honor was a first for both Columbia College Cougars. 


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Missouri pitcher awarded with SEC honors http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-pitcher-awarded-with-sec-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-pitcher-awarded-with-sec-honors/ Baseball Mon, 9 Apr 2018 4:17:02 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri pitcher awarded with SEC honors

COLUMBIA - The SEC named Missouri's Michael Plassmeyer as SEC co-pitcher of the week on Monday, following his first career shutout on Saturday versus Alabama. 

In the shutout, Plassmeyer only allowed four baserunners, striking out seven batters on the day. The junior pitcher retired 16-straight hitters from the first to the sixth inning, which was the longest streak of retired batters for the program this season and in Plassmeyer's career. 

The shutout over Alabama marked his fourth start in conference play, pitching 29.1  SEC innings. In conference play, Plassmeyer has only allowed four runs, 20 hits and four walks. 

Plassmeyer now ranks fifth in the SEC among pitchers with a 1.99 ERA and second in strikeouts with 65. 


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Royals look ahead after a loss to the Indians http://www.komu.com/news/royals-look-ahead-after-a-loss-to-the-indians/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-look-ahead-after-a-loss-to-the-indians/ Baseball Sun, 8 Apr 2018 9:16:35 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals look ahead after a loss to the Indians

KANSAS CITY - The Royals take a 3-1 defeat after Sunday's loss against the Cleveland Indians.

The Royals were first to get on the scoreboard in the fifth inning after an RBI triple from left fielder Jon Jay.

Both the Royals and Indians pitchers were able to keep the 6th and 7th innings scoreless.

In the eighth inning, Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer scored on an RBI from third baseman Jose Ramirez.

The game ended in the bottom of the 9th with a walk-off, two-run homer from Indians catcher Yan Gomes, the third in his career.

Monday, the Royals will host the Seattle Mariners and the Indians will host the Detroit Tigers.


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Cardinals set off fireworks against Diamondbacks http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-set-off-fireworks-against-diamondbacks/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-set-off-fireworks-against-diamondbacks/ Baseball Sun, 8 Apr 2018 7:57:53 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals set off fireworks against Diamondbacks

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina scored, their only run. 

The Diamondbacks clinched the game with one run in the 7th and four runs in the 8th inning.

While the scoreboard may have been empty in the beginning, there was plenty of action happening on the field.

Second baseman Kolten Wong led the team with two hits and one RBI.

Of course Molina was the only one to score, but he was also the only one to bring everyone onto the field.

Diamondbacks coach Torey Lovullo expressed strong words about Molina to the umpire after a call at home plate.

Molina lunged at the coach and within seconds both teams cleared their benches. Lovullo was ejected and the game continued.

In a post-game interview with ESPN, Lovullo said, "I wish I could take back what I said but it really wasn't really directed at him. It was more a term of me saying I respect him on that level that he's getting certain things because he's that good."

The 4-1 win for the Diamondbacks brought Lovullo to his 100th win as the team manager.

Monday, Arizona will head to San Francisco to play the Giants and the Cardinals will host Milwaukee.


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St. Louis dominates Milwaukee, wins series http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-dominates-milwaukee-wins-series/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-dominates-milwaukee-wins-series/ Baseball Wed, 4 Apr 2018 9:36:54 PM Aaron Carter, KOMU8 Sports Reporter St. Louis dominates Milwaukee, wins series

MILWAUKEE- The St. Louis Cardinals rebounded from a walk-off loss in game two to shutout the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-0, and win the series.

Pitching, specifically the bullpen, lost the game for the Cardinals in game two, but it was not so on Wednesday. Carlos Martinez pitched 8 and 1/3 innings and racked up 10 strikeouts.

Martinez, just like his team, recovered from a poor previous outing on opening day in which he allowed four runs and walked six batters.

Martinez was backed up by a strong offensive showing, too.

Outfielder Tommy Pham, who was the only member of last year's starting lineup to hit over .300, continued to rake for the Cardinals, driving in the game's first run.

Pham was not alone, however, as off-season acquisition Marcell Ozuna continued his recent hot streak. Ozuna drove in his fifth run of the year, which ties him for first on the team with Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina.

Molina's fifth RBI also came on Wednesday when he hit his team leading third home run of the season in the fourth inning.

Despite this offensive production, the Cardinals were still aided by poor fielding by the Brewers.

The Brewers had three errors, one of which was a throwing error that led to a Cardinals run. This is not a new issue for Milwaukee, as the Brewers led the National League in errors last year with 115. After Wednesday's game, the Brewers joined the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays for the most errors with seven.

The Cardinals moved into third place in the National League Central behind the Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cardinals will next face the Arizona Diamondbacks in their home opener.


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Missouri baseball looks to Missouri State rivalry game http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-looks-to-missouri-state-rivalry-game/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-looks-to-missouri-state-rivalry-game/ Baseball Mon, 2 Apr 2018 5:38:23 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball looks to Missouri State rivalry game

Updated as of 7:33 p.m. April 2: The game has been cancelled due to inclement weather, with no make-up date yet scheduled.

COLUMBIA - Missouri baseball will face its southern rival No. 23 Missouri State, after receiving a No. 18 ranking from D1 baseball on Monday.

The Missouri Tigers are 21-7 on the season and will look to extend their win streak to three games. However they have not defeated Missouri State since the 2016 season. 

The Tigers will look to senior Trey Harris, who currently leads the team in hits, runs and home runs, to clinch a victory. In the last two games versus Auburn, Harris recorded two hits and two RBIs in each outing. 

Missouri has option in pitching with Bryce Montes De Oca and TJ Sikkema both recording ERAs under 3.00. In Missouri's victory over No. 19 Auburn, De Oca only allowed one hit, clinching the series. 

However, the Missouri State Bears have started 19-7 on the season with a victories over No. 24 East Carolina and No. 30 Arkansas State. 

Missouri State will watch Jeremy Eierman in the rivalry. Eierman leads the Bears with 31 hits, 23 RBIs and five homeruns on the season. 

Missouri will face Missouri State at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday, April 3. 


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Missouri MLB teams see differing results http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-mlb-teams-see-differing-results/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-mlb-teams-see-differing-results/ Baseball Mon, 2 Apr 2018 5:21:49 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri MLB teams see differing results

MISSOURI - The St. Louis Cardinals managed to flip the script on Monday following a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. 

In their opening series, the Cardinals fell to the Mets, with two losses by four points or more. However, in the opening game of the Brewers series, St. Louis racked in eight runs, defeating the Brewers 8-4. 

Shortstop Paul DeJong hit his third home run in two days, with three RBIs, three hits and two runs. However, it was Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas, who recorded the most notable hit of the day, putting away a home run on his first hit in the MLB. 

The Cardinals will stay in Milwaukee for a rematch on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:40 p.m.

Missouri's other Major League team did not find the same success on Monday. The Kansas City Royals tallied their third straight loss, losing 6-1 in the series opener versus Detroit. 

Royals pitcher Jason Hammel allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings, following a trend from last season. In the 2017 campaign, Hammel recorded the second-lowest run support among American League pitchers. 

The Royals will continue the Detroit series in Detroit on Tuesday, April 3 at 1:10 p.m.


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Mizzou Baseball Completes Two-Game Sweep of Arkansas State http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-completes-two-game-sweep-of-arkansas-state/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-completes-two-game-sweep-of-arkansas-state/ Baseball Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:29:43 PM Aaron Carter, KOMU8 Sports Reporter Mizzou Baseball Completes Two-Game Sweep of Arkansas State

COLUMBIA - The Missouri baseball team avoided a collapse against Arkansas State, winning 14-9 and completing a two-game sweep of the Red Wolves.

The Tigers led 13-5 in the fifth inning, but a late Arkansas State rally kept things interesting.

The Red Wolves scored five runs in the last three innings- three in the seventh and two in the ninth- but fell just short of an epic comeback.

Cameron Dulle relieved Nile Ball and closed things down for the Tigers. Dulle faced four batters while letting in two unearned runs in an inning of work.

However, the Red Wolves weren't the only ones to put on an offensive show. The Tigers scored 13 of their 14 runs in the first five innings, seven coming in the fifth inning.

Sophomore first baseman Kameron Misner led the offensive attack for the Tigers, going 2-3 with 4 RBIs and two runs scored. Misner had a 2-RBI single in both the second and fifth innings.

Mark Vierling, Connor Brumfield and Alex Samples all tallied 2 RBIs as well.

Wednesday marked the third time in the last four games that the Tigers have scored more than 10 runs. They scored 12 against LSU and 11 in the first game against Arkansas State.

The Tigers' record improved to 17-5 with Wednesday's win. They will host Mississippi State for a three-game series starting on Friday.


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Mizzou baseball stays in top 25 http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-stays-in-top-25/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-stays-in-top-25/ Baseball Mon, 19 Mar 2018 7:21:19 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou baseball stays in top 25

COLUMBIA- Missouri baseball is now ranked No. 25 according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and No. 23 in RPI according to the NCAA rankings. The Tigers also began to receive votes in the USA Today Coaches Top-25 poll.

Missouri dropped two of three games against No.16 LSU on the road. Mizzou is coming off a 2-2 week after playing four games versus top-20 opponents.

The Tiger team is one of eight SEC teams ranked in the top 25 of the RPI. Mizzou is one of just four teams in the nation to rank in the national top 20 in both runs and fielding percentage. The other four teams are No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Vanderbilt and New Mexico State.

The Tigers return home and will face Arkansas State in a two game series beginning on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Mizzou and Arkansas State are meeting for the first time since 2013 when both teams split a two game series.


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Columbia College doubleheader ends in a split http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-doubleheader-ends-in-a-split/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-doubleheader-ends-in-a-split/ Baseball Sun, 18 Mar 2018 9:20:57 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College doubleheader ends in a split

COLUMBIA - American Midwest Conference doubleheader ends in a split for Columbia College Cougars and the Lyon College Scots.

The Cougars produced a first game win, 6-5, but the Scots came back with an 11-7 win for the second game.

The first game favored the Scots with a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a home run from Cougars Tim Fox in the second, the Scots answered with a 2-run inning taking a 3-1 lead in the third.

Cougars and Scots rallied to keep the scores even. But it was Cougars Ethan Howser that captured the lead with a 3-run walk-off home run. 

The Cougars managed to sweep the first five innings of the second game with a 6-0 lead. But the Scots didn't give up.

The eighth inning brought in five runs and the ninth brought in three for the Scots, giving them the 11-7 victory.

The Cougars host the Scots at noon tomorrow, March 19th, for the final game of the series.


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Defense lacks for Mizzou baseball and softball http://www.komu.com/news/defense-lacks-for-mizzou-baseball-and-softball/ http://www.komu.com/news/defense-lacks-for-mizzou-baseball-and-softball/ Baseball Sun, 18 Mar 2018 8:39:28 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Defense lacks for Mizzou baseball and softball

COLUMBIA - Mizzou sports fans continued to feel the disappointment as the weekend came to an end.

Mizzou softball lost to Mississippi State (6-3). Mizzou baseball lost 7-5 against LSU.

The Bulldogs led the second inning, 3-0. The Tigers were able to close the gap with a home run and 2-run double.

Coach Fogue said consistency has been the core message of the season.

"I think it was in full display this weekend against Mississippi State," Fogue said. "As we alternated good and bad outings as a team."

She said it was good to see the pitchers producing "solid stretches", but it just wasn't enough to bring home the win.

"Offensively, again it goes back to consistency as we put together some good stretches over the three games," Fogue said. "But weren't regularly producing quality at bats."

However, Kolby Romaine and Braxton Burnside were each able to produce two doubles, bringing the team's total to seven.

Unfortunately, while both the men and women were able to drive home runs, they were only able to produce them in one or two innings.

The men took a 2-1 lead in the first inning, and didn't score again until the ninth.

"We just didn't do enough to win a ball game," Coach Bieser said. "We got off to a great start, we played really solid baseball in that first inning."

Freshman right handed pitcher Konnor Ash kept the game within reach for the Tigers. Until, a leadoff walk in the sixth inning and three straight singles off the left handed relief pitcher T.J Sikkema.

Sophomore center fielder Kameron Misner brought the Tigers closer in the ninth with a 3-run home run.

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to give them the lead they needed to win.

"We let the one inning, the three spot in the sixth, with some sloppy defensive play and sloppy pitches and that wasn't winning baseball," Bieser said. "That's why the game got away from us."

The men will face Arkansas State at home, Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30. The women take on a double-header against SEMO, Wednesday, March 21st.


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Missouri baseball breaks the Top 25 http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-breaks-the-top-25/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-breaks-the-top-25/ Baseball Mon, 12 Mar 2018 7:10:47 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball breaks the Top 25

COLUMBIA - After Missouri baseball’s clean sweep this past weekend against La Salle, the Tigers found themselves in the top 25 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Missouri has not broken the top 25 since March 28, 2018.

The Tigers will head into Tuesday night’s game at No. 24 and face No. 20 Wichita State. Missouri and Wichita State have met 10 different times with each team winning five games apiece.

Missouri is 1-0 this season against ranked opponents after knocking off No. 24 Miami on the road. Missouri is currently on an eight-game win streak, averaging 7.6 runs per game and only allowing 1.88 runs. The Tigers have scored in the first inning in 10 of 16 games this season, going 9-1 in those games.

Mizzou will lean on veterans Brett Bond and Brain Sharp to get the offense heated up.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m from Taylor Stadium in Columbia.


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Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong extends his contract http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-shortstop-paul-dejong-extends-his-contract/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-shortstop-paul-dejong-extends-his-contract/ Baseball Mon, 5 Mar 2018 8:40:00 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong extends his contract

JUPITER, FL - Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong agreed to a contract extension this morning.

DeJong signed a six-year contract for $26 million. The contract is the largest ever for a player with less than a year of service time.

The deal also includes two club options in 2024 and 2025 with a total possible value of $51.5 million.

DeJong entered the majors in late May of 2017 and assumed the starting shortstop position in June. The 24-year-old led the team with 25 homeruns, the most ever for a St. Louis rookie shortstop.

Last season, DeJong hit 26 doubles, slugged .532, covered 222 total bases, drove in 65 runs and scored 55 times.  

DeJong came in second in NL Rookie of the year voting. He’s projected to start at shortstop for the Cardinals opening day. The Cardinals have deployed nine different shortstops on opening day since 2008.


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Missouri pitcher receives SEC honor http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-pitcher-receives-sec-honor/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-pitcher-receives-sec-honor/ Baseball Mon, 5 Mar 2018 4:02:36 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri pitcher receives SEC honor

UPDATE: 5:00 p.m.

Bryce Montes De Oca was named National Player of the Week by Louisville Slugger on Monday afternoon. 

COLUMBIA - Missouri pitcher Bryce Montes De Oca was honored as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. 

De Oca started in the first game of Missouri's sweep of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County over the weekend. He pitched 7.0 no-hit innings for Missouri, resulting in Missouri's first no-hitter since 2005. 

De Oca struck out a career-high of 12 hitters and allowed two base runners, both of which were walks. He topped his career-bests in hits allowed, strikeouts and innings pitched on Friday. 


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Eric Hosmer leaves Kansas City Royals http://www.komu.com/news/eric-hosmer-leaves-kansas-city-royals/ http://www.komu.com/news/eric-hosmer-leaves-kansas-city-royals/ Baseball Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:04:42 AM Monica Dunn KOMU 8 Digital Producer Eric Hosmer leaves Kansas City Royals

Eric Hosmer is leaving the Royals.

Hosmer signed an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres for
for around $144 million, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The contract comes with an opt-out cause after five years, according to the Kansas City Star.

Hosmer led the Royals to two World Series appearances and the second world championship in Royal history in 2015.

He hit .284 with 127 home runs and 566 RBI over seven Royal seasons.

Hosmer is bilingual and has strong leadership skills, which the Padres found valuable, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Hosmer will push Padres' first baseman Wil Myers to the outfield. Myers said he would be willing to move for Hosmer to join the team, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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Royals make a series of moves http://www.komu.com/news/royals-make-a-series-of-moves-ahead-of-spring-training/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-make-a-series-of-moves-ahead-of-spring-training/ Baseball Mon, 29 Jan 2018 8:38:06 PM Madeline Boccardi, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Royals make a series of moves

KANSAS CITY - With less than a month away from spring training the Royals were busy preparing for their upcoming season.

Monday night the Royals were involved in a four-player trade with the Oakland Athletics AND made a signing just hours later.

First baseman Brandon Moss and left handed pitcher Ryan Buchter were traded to the Athletics in return for right handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer.

In 2017 Hahn made 13 starts with the Athletics and finished the season with a 3-6 record and a 5.30 ERA. Fillmyer was 11-5 at Midland (AA) with a 3.49 ERA on the season.

The Royals saved about $5 million by trading Moss.

The Royals also re-signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a one-year contract. Escobar has been with the Royals for seven years and has played in 1,105 regular-season games.


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Cards miss playoffs for 2nd straight year, lose to Cubs 2-1 http://www.komu.com/news/cards-miss-playoffs-for-2nd-straight-year-lose-to-cubs-2-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/cards-miss-playoffs-for-2nd-straight-year-lose-to-cubs-2-1/ Baseball Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:37:32 PM The Associated Press Cards miss playoffs for 2nd straight year, lose to Cubs 2-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention when Leonys Martin leaped at the center-field fence to rob Paul DeJong of a tying home run with two outs in the 11th inning, preserving the Chicago Cubs' 2-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday night.

St. Louis, which went 5-14 against its rival, missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008. At 82-77, the Cardinals are assured their fewest wins since going 78-84 in 2007.

A day after clinching their second straight NL Central title, the defending World Series champions started only two position players who had played in at least 100 games: outfielders Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber singled off Matt Bowman (3-6) with one out in the 11th and Taylor Davis, who struck out in his first three at-bats, hit a run-scoring double down the left-field line.

Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0) pitched three hitless innings.


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Royals win 7-4, extend Tigers' skid to 9 games http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-7-4-extend-tigers-skid-to-9-games/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-7-4-extend-tigers-skid-to-9-games/ Baseball Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:48:27 PM The Associated Press Royals win 7-4, extend Tigers' skid to 9 games

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Paulo Orlando hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Detroit 7-4 on Wednesday night, the Tigers' ninth straight loss.

The Tigers are 4-22 in September and have been outscored 68-30 in the skid. The last time Detroit lost nine in a row was Sept. 1-9, 2005.

Orlando's home run was his first since Sept. 19, 2016, going 117 at-bats between long balls.

Scott Alexander (5-4), the third Kansas City pitcher, picked up the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Drew VerHagen (0-3) gave up the home run to Orlando with Alcides Escobar, who had tripled, aboard.

The Royals padded their lead with a three-run eighth, which was highlighted by a two-run double by Escobar. Whit Merrifield scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch by Chad Bell.


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