NEW YORK — Justin Upton was simply too good for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pass up.
Despite having a few talented shortstops already in their minor league system, the Diamondbacks added another when they made the Virginia high school star the top pick in the baseball draft Tuesday.
Scouts and general managers in all levels of baseball are constantly mulling over tough questions. Some of them lack concrete answers.
That’s why predicting baseball talent can be as difficult as hitting a 95-mph fastball.
ST. LOUIS — Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders hit home runs off previously unbeaten Matt Clement, and Jeff Suppan worked six solid innings in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 9-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals have won the first two games of the three-game interleague series by a combined score of 16-3, four more runs than they mustered last fall in a World Series they never led.
ST. LOUIS — After drafting college players almost exclusively last year, the Cardinals took six high school players among their top 10 picks on Tuesday and eight overall out of 22 first-day selections.
Colby Rasmus, 18, a center fielder at Russell County High School in Phenix City, Ala., was the 28th overall pick. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Herron, 18, from Wellington Community High School in Florida, was the 46th overall pick and the team’s fourth selection.
Early in the afternoon Monday, Tiger Grotto was empty. Four lifeguards sat around its perimeter on opening day for the Mizzou Aquatics Center, watching water as it crashed from the waterfall, flowed through the lazy river, and swirled in the massive vortex.
The pool didn’t stay empty for long.
The Mavericks defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 12-7 on Monday night.
The victory absolved Mid-Missouri of the dubious honor it carried into the game: the Frontier League’s lone winless team.
Betty Cook Rottmann has a collection of bass and crappie mounted in a display case on the wall above her desk. In the corner of the case, there is a snapshot of her late husband Leroy Rottmann proudly holding a prize catch.
“All his life, fishing was his hobby,” Cook Rottmann said. “He especially loved teaching children to fish. It’s just part of our family history.”
ST. LOUIS — Matt Morris gets excited for every start, it’s just his nature. Facing the Boston Red Sox got him really pumped up, even if it wasn’t the World Series.
Morris improved to 7-0 with his first complete game of the season and contributed a squeeze bunt to help St. Louis beat Boston 7-1 on Monday night in the teams’ first meeting since last fall, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals for their first World Series championship since 1918.
Parents often make sacrifices for their children. Once in a while, they get the chance to play golf for them.
Gary Mills said that he participated in the Cougar Club and Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament to support his son, Tanner, a Rock Bridge graduate who will play soccer for Columbia College next fall.
KANSAS CITY — For one day at least, the budget-conscious Kansas City Royals are ready to open their checkbook and spend money with the big boys.
Having the No. 2 overall pick in today’s baseball draft provides a rare opportunity to invigorate the team’s youth-based rebuilding program with a player with extraordinary ability. Unlike some years, the Royals insist that talent, and not the ability to sign the player, will be their guide.
Mavericks manager Jim Gentile had a pulse on the 922 fans who attended his team’s 7-3 loss to Gateway Sunday night.
“I think they’re coming just to see if we can win now,” he said.
When the sun is shining and the water is sparkling you can find wakeboarder Nick Franklin on the water.
Saturday and Sunday, Franklin was at Pa He Tsi State Park at Lake of the Ozarks for the Midwestcoast Summerfest II. About 2,500 attended with 36 wakeboarders taking part in the competition.
HOUSTON — Trailing 3-0 after the top half of the first inning, Roger Clemens sidled up to Astros manager Phil Garner in the dugout and warned him to get ready for a long afternoon.
Most days, that’s an insurmountable deficit for the worst offense in the majors. On Sunday, Houston erased it by the second inning and finally gave their ace some run support.
Missouri’s baseball team was eliminated from NCAA regional play Sunday night in an 8-6 loss to host Cal State Fullerton.
The Tigers led 6-5 after six innings but gave up three runs in the top of the ninth. Fullerton’s Sergio Perdoza’s two-run home run caped the Titans rally and his diving catch with runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth ended the Tigers hopes.
KANSAS CITY — Kenny Rogers won his career-best eighth consecutive start with seven sharp innings in the Texas Rangers’ 8-1 triumph against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Rogers gave up five hits and a run, lowering his American League-leading ERA to 1.62. The left-hander, last lost April 18 at Tampa Bay.. The 40-year-old Rogers who had a 31-inning scoreless streak from April 27-May 20, had his shutout spoiled with two outs in the seventh inning when Joe McEwing hit a run-scoring double.
The Hickman Kewpies came from behind to win their first baseball state title in 15 years on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.
Hickman (28-2) defeated the DeSmet Spartans (19-9) Saturday at Taylor Stadium 17-7. The Kewpies tied a state record with 18 hits in the championship game.
Starting 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Missouri students can enter a jungle, float around a lazy river, spin around in a massive vortex, and swim under a waterfall surrounded by palm-trees.
Mizzou students, faculty, and staff can relax in the Tiger Grotto, a palm-tree-lined leisure pool that features a 20-person hot tub, wet and dry saunas, a lazy river that wraps around a swirling vortex and runs by a waterfall, and a16-foot digital entertainment board capable of showing ZouTV, cable TV, and playing Xbox games.
“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile
and hopeless labor.”
Impatiently sitting in folding chairs, the first round of children had their shoes duct taped to their feet. Teenage volunteers wanted to make sure that the wet mud that would soon cover the children didn’t get into their shoes.
Twin Lakes Recreational Area hosted the eighth annual Mudstock, a free, all ages, mud obstacle course Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The police department was on hand if anything happened and the water was provided by the Columbia Fire Department.
Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department held a 5k Run/Walk on Saturday at the Stadium Boulevard-entrance to the MKT Trail to commemorate National Trails Day.
“We noticed The American Hiking Society was recognizing National Trails Day and we thought this would be a great way to commemorate it,” said Tammy Miller, an information specialist for Columbia’s Parks and Recreation.