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Walker back in lineup

ST. LOUIS — Larry Walker, returning to the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup Wednesday after missing five straight starts with a herniated disc in his neck, hit home runs in his first two at-bats against the Cincinnati Reds.

The often-injured outfielder hopes a cortisone shot he received on Monday will allow him to play to his ability. He’s struggled while dealing with several ailments this season, hitting .247 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 58 games. Walker, 38, has talked of retiring after the season.

Priday named as Freshman All-American

Baseball America named Missouri outfielder Jacob Priday to its Freshman All-America Team on Wednesday.

Priday hit .305 in 60 games with the Tigers last season. He led the team with nine home runs and 67 RBIs.

Umpire’s love of the game still strong

It wasn’t supposed to be Max McLeary’s job to rub the baseballs before the Mavericks’ 16-2 loss to Kalamazoo Tuesday night.

That honor goes to the home plate umpire. McLeary was scheduled to work the bases.

Bucks select Bogut

NEW YORK — It sure was a g’day for Andrew Bogut. And not a bad night for the NCAA champions from North Carolina.

Bogut, a 7-foot center from Australia, was chosen No. 1 Tuesday night in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first player in five years with U.S. college experience to be drafted No. 1 overall.

Mulder makes up for previous mistakes

ST. LOUIS — Mark Mulder ended a string of poor starts and Reggie Sanders backed him with a two-run home run, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Tuesday night.

The Cardinals have won three of four, giving them an NL-best record of 48-28. They sent the Reds to their 15th loss in 17 road games.

Busy night for Kleiza

Shortly after the Portland Trailblazers selected former MU forward Linas Kleiza with the 27th pick in the first round, they traded him to the Denver Nuggets. In return, the Jazz received the rights to Jarret Jack, pick No. 22, and Ricky Sanchez, pick No. 35.

Kleiza’s standing as a first-round pick is undoubtedly a surprise to many. Most mock drafts had him slated as a second-round selection. Kleiza’s size (6-8, 225) was an issue for some scouts. He was considered too big to excel at small forward in the NBA, yet too small to play power forward.

Lofty draft dreams

Linas Kleiza will tell you what made him declare for the NBA Draft.

He will talk about the support his former Missouri coaches have given him and pledge allegiance to the black and gold.

No place like home for Mavs home

There was no bonding breakthrough at a bowling alley. Nor was there the shared experience of sleepwalking through two 10 a.m. starts.

That is the stuff of the 2005 Mavericks’ legend, things that happened on a road trip to Kalamazoo and Rockford 19 days ago.

More road woes for K.C.

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mays pitched eight sharp innings and the Minnesota Twins won 3-1 Monday night to give the Kansas City Royals their seventh straight loss.

Mays (4-3) allowed six hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter for Minnesota, which won consecutive games for first time since taking three straight June 5-8. The right-hander had been winless in six starts since shutting out the Blue Jays 4-0 on May 19.

Suppan stays cool under pressure

ST. LOUIS — Before signing a free-agent deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, Jeff Suppan was 13 games below .500 for his career. Now he’s become something of a stopper.

Top team calls on Tigers

Two Missouri baseball players are getting a chance of a lifetime. Sophomore outfielder Hunter Mense and sophomore right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer are trying out for the USA National Baseball Team in Raleigh, N.C.

The national team consists of the top non-draft eligible and occasionally non-drafted collegiate players.

Pirates push by Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Trailing by three runs after two innings, the Pittsburgh Pirates stayed resilient against the NL’s best team.

Jason Bay hit a pair of game-tying home runs and Jose Castillo hit a tiebreaking shot in the 10th inning, leading the Pirates to a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Edwards flips celebrity pages

Carl Edwards is a big name in the NASCAR racing world.

Since becoming the first driver to get career-first back-to-back wins in NASCAR’s Busch and Nextel Cup Series, he is being mentioned in the same breath as some of racing’s greats like Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon.

Back in the water

Albert Fisher, 88, lowered himself into the cool water of Hickman’s pool.

He took a second to adjust his blue swim cap, then placed both feet on the wall and grabbed the starting block.

Camaraderie lifts cycling events

While Ron Sapp, Dennis Trout, Scott Koerner and John Johnson were approaching the finish line, much of the rest of Columbia was at church.

A small group of spectators that included family members and a few volunteers cheered on two dozen cyclists peddling along Route M west of Columbia on Sunday morning in the Missouri Senior State Games 20K road race.

Not so heavy metal

A yellow, two-inch metal washer sails from the hand of Dale Andrews, bounces off a square base 15 feet away and lands with a clank in a four-inch round cup.

“I’ve been waiting for that to happen for years,” he said with a smile. “And now I’ve done it.”

Edwards flips celebrity pages

Carl Edwards is a big name in the NASCAR racing world.

Since becoming the first driver to get career-first back-to-back wins in NASCAR’s Busch and Nextel Cup Series, he is being mentioned in the same breath as some of racing’s greats like Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon.

Mid-Missouri holds off Chillicothe

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks beat the Chillicothe Paints 8-6 Saturday in Ohio.

The Mavericks (11-17) broke at tie at 5 with a three-run seventh that included doubles from Eli Albertson and John Wright then held off the Paints (14-15). Albertson and Wright both went 3-for-4 and had home runs, Albertson in the first, and Wright in the second.

Former MU Tigers compete in National Championships

Former Missouri athlete Fiona Asigbee is in third place after the first day of the women’s heptathlon Saturday at the USATF National Championships in Carson Calif. Asigbee had personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (13.56 seconds), shot put (41 feet, 5 3/4 inches) and 200 meters (24.68) and heads into today’s final three events with 3,562 points. Virginia Millerleads with 3,705 points.

Timothy Dunne and Derrick Peterson, two more former Missouri athletes, qualified for today’s finals of the 800-meter run. Dunne was third in 1 minute, 47.95 seconds in the first heat of the semifinals on Friday. Peterson, a 2004 Olympian in the 800, ran a 1:49.08 in the slower semifinal heat.

MU Tiger advances to MO State Amateur

Tigers sophomore John Kelly advanced to the Missouri State Amateur championship match Saturday at Ozark’s Millwood Golf & Racquet Club. He will play 58th seed Matthew Keith of Springfield in today’s 36-hole final.

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