ST. LOUIS — Not long ago, the Cardinals seemed to be a team that had wandered way off course. Scott Spiezio sought treatment for possible substance abuse last week, the third in a series of incidents making front page news. Reliever Josh Hancock was driving drunk on the last day of April when he died in an accident. Manager Tony La Russa was arrested for drunk driving in spring training.
Now that A.J. Burnett has rejoined a rotation that includes Roy Halladay, the Toronto Blue Jays believe they are poised for improvement, and they’re only 6 1/2 games out of the wild card.
Reyes (2-11) worked six innings and had an RBI during a five-run third that broke it open for St. Louis, which took two of three from the sagging Dodgers to complete a 5-2 homestand.
Even before he ever played a down, the St. Louis Rams named first-round pick Adam Carriker a starter at one of the defensive tackle spots. That move speaks volumes about how desperate the Rams are to improve a run defense that allowed 4.9 yards per carry a season ago.
Rick Ankiel’s first four games as a major league outfielder is a feel-good story for everybody but Juan Encarnacion. The St. Louis Cardinals’ right fielder has been the odd man out since Ankiel’s recall on Thursday.
The change will result in more returns and less touchbacks. More hits and less kneel downs. More spectators staying in their seats and less heading to the concession stands.
“It’s really bringing the play back in college football,” coach Gary Pinkel said.
Ankiel hit two home runs and drove in three runs, the latest power display by the former pitcher, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Saturday.
Alex Gordon went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and Leo Nunez combined with two relievers for a four-hitter as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Saturday night.
Rookie Brady Quinn stood with a clipboard and studied Cleveland’s playbook during his first NFL preseason game, a 16-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, who have some quarterback issues of their own to sort out.
Brian Leonard rushed for a touchdown, Adam Carriker helped stop Minnesota up the middle, and the Rams beat the Vikings 13-10 on Friday night in Minneapolis. Jonathan Wade contributed some tackles in the secondary.
After competing in the Sport 40-90 mountain biking race in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Mike Sutherland, Myron Michael and Scott Henson rest. Many of the racers have met in previous races and compete together during the season.
“There’s more responsibility now that I’m married,” the quarterback said after Thursday’s morning practice. “I feel like I’m more on top of things, and maybe that followed onto the football field.”
The important players from both teams will soon be on the sidelines, and the fans at today’s preseason contest between the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings will quickly remember they’re watching an exhibition, not a game that counts.
After flopping in his attempt to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, Ankiel was called up from the minors and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off San Diego’s Doug Brocail.
Kyle Davies pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, combining with three Kansas City relievers to beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on a steamy Thursday afternoon.
Cardinals utility player Scott Spiezio voluntarily sought treatment for “possible problems related to substances” that the team did not specify.
The Tigers started volleyball practice this week after being ranked third overall in the Big 12 Conference preseason coaches poll.
The Columbia Rockhounds will play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Cooperstown, N.Y.
MU linebacker Van Alexander has somebody watching his every move during practice, standing in the shadows off of the field.
Kip Wells limited San Diego to an unearned run in seven innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals got first-inning RBIs from Juan Encarnacion and Albert Pujols in a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.