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Royals deal Marrero to Orioles for prospect

PITTSBURGH — The Baltimore Orioles, thin on the bench because of injuries, acquired outfielder-first baseman Eli Marrero from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league infielder Pete Maestrales.

Marrero, who had 10 home runs and 40 RBIs last season as a part-time player with the Braves, will undergo a physical Thursday. If he passes, he will join the Orioles in Cincinnati on Friday, when a roster move will be made to accommodate him.

Pirates select Boone

James Boone proved he was a solid baseball player when he hit a home run in his first game as a Tiger. He proved it once again Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates picked him in third round of the Major League First-Years Player Draft.

“This is everybody’s dream, and definitely my dream. It’s something you never thought would happen to you,” Boone said. “You would look at other people and think, ‘Wow, I wish I were there.”

Mavs’ rookie tries for niche on team

Wanda Bergstrom knew it was a coincidence when her son signed with the Mavericks last Dec. 8. That didn’t keep her from pretending it was planned, though.

“She likes to tell everybody that I signed my first pro contract on her birthday,” Mid-Missouri outfielder Bub Bergstrom said.

Arizona chooses Upton as No. 1 pick

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.

Web site simplifies recruiting

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.

Cardinals defeat champs again

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.

Cards choose Rasmus first

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.

Center makes splash

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.

Mavs cheer first win

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.

Fishing clinic reels in children

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.”

This time, Morris beats Red Sox

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.

Top draw for Cougars benefit

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.

Chance for rejuvenation

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 bagged

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.

Water’s fine for boarding showcase

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 wards off Cards

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.

Frustrating loss ends Missouri’s season

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.

Royals crowned

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.

STATE CHAMPS!

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.

Life aquatic comes to Mizzou

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.

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