PHOENIX — Matt Morris earned his 10th win, Scott Rolen hit a two-run double, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Monday.
John Mabry and pinch-hitters Abraham Nunez and So Taguchi also drove in two runs. Albert Pujols had an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 16 games for the Cardinals, who will send six players to the All-Star game, more than any team in the majors.
ST. LOUIS — Reggie Sanders’ quest for a first 30-30 season could land him in an even more exclusive club.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ left fielder is closing in on 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases, a feat accomplished by only four players. At the halfway point of the season he needed 12 home runs and four steals to join Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Barry Bonds in the speed/power fraternity.
The unofficial tagline of the Mavericks’ 7-3 win against the Windy City Thunderbolts on Sunday night had the ring of a Hollywood B-movie.
“The Battle for the Basement” pitted the two worst teams in the Frontier League. Whoever lost would take sole possession of last place.
KANSAS CITY — Jarrod Washburn pitched five shutout innings, Garret Anderson scored twice and the streaking Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a rain-shortened 5-0 victory Sunday night.
The game was called with none out in the top of the sixth after a rain delay of 1 hour, 46 minutes.
Spectators lined Sixth Street on Sunday morning as cyclists made the final lap of the category 4/5 criterium.
“Where’s Greg? Did he come through and start the final lap?” Brady Beckham asked as the race finished.
ST. LOUIS — Denied their first road series win of the year, the Colorado Rockies were still pleased with a split against the defending NL champions.
Abraham Nunez singled home the winning run in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory Sunday, giving them two wins in the four-game series against a team with the worst road record in more than two decades.
The gusts of wind on Locust Street on Saturday evening were not a gift from Mother Nature in exchange for the past week’s heat, but a result of nearly 50 cyclists racing in small groups up the street toward Broadway.
“When they say go, there is no time to think,” said Steve Kullman, 45, a first-time competitor from Columbia. “The first time that you begin to think is when you are on the way back to the starting line.”
Columbia pool player Steve Deets assembled a small black pool cue and approached the table in a friendly Thursday night game at Rack & Roll Billiards.
Players at surrounding tables stopped and curiously watched as Deets examined his shot.
The Columbia Catz don’t give up easily.
The Catz, an age 16 and younger boys’ basketball team, made two comebacks in the Kansas City Keys AAU Basketball Tournament, which was. They went 4-1 to finish second in the tournament June 24 to 26, which qualified them for the National AAU Division II Championships July 9 to 14 in Little Rock, Ark.
Missouri’s Max Scherzer and Hunter Mense are changing their summer plans.
They will abandon their summer league teams after being selected to play for this year’s USA National Team.
The River City Rascals completed their sweep of Mid-Missouri on Saturday night, powering past the Mavericks 11-6 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon.
Mike Madrid and Justin McKinley hit home runs for the Rascals (20-15).
Blake Ingram was expecting a calming weekend visit to his native St. Joseph two weeks ago. His relaxation ended when his friends from high school called him to fill in on their wooden bat summer league team.
“I’d take the chance to swing a wooden bat any day,” Ingram, a 20-year-old MU sophomore said.
Yellow wristbands with the slogan Livestrong on them will be popular accessories this weekend with Lance Armstrong starting his bid for his seventh straight Tour de France title. They should be more popular than normal in Columbia, though, with hundreds of cycling enthusiasts in town for the 20th Columbia Cup.
A set of four United States Cycling Federation events spanning Saturday and Sunday, the Columbia Cup begins the same day as the Tour de France.
ST. LOUIS — Rookie Jeff Francis pitched three-hit ball for six innings, and Garrett Atkins and Danny Ardoin hit home runs Thursday night to lead the Colorado Rockies against the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 for only their sixth road victory of the season.
Francis (7-5) contributed two hits and scored twice for the Rockies, a major league-worst 6-31 on the road. The start was the most feeble since the 1982 Twins went 5-32, and they had dropped five straight and 11 of 12 away from Coors Field while getting outscored 77-32. The Rockies were 12-15 in June, their fifth straight losing month.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks dropped their fifth consecutive game, losing 9-8 to the River City Rascals on Thursday in O’Fallon.
The Rascals (18-15) beat the Mavericks (11-22) on an RBI single from Mike Madrid in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Rascals were down as many as five runs in the game before mounting their comeback.
Quentin Jones used to dream. Then a shaky outing woke him up.
“I always wanted to make it to the big leagues,” bullpen coach Jones said before the Mavericks’ 13-3 loss to Kalamazoo Wednesday night. “But when you get to a certain age — and I’m 26 now going on 27 — then I have to realize if I can pitch and be effective, or could I teach and actually help guys get better.”
ST. LOUIS — Fortified by a cortisone shot to his ailing neck, Larry Walker returned to the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup Wednesday night and hit two-run home runs his first two times up in a 11-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Matt Morris worked seven sharp innings, rebounding from his only loss of the year after an 8-0 start, to help the Cardinals win for the fourth time in five games. The NL Central leaders, who also got homers from Reggie Sanders and Jim Edmonds, are 21-8 against the Reds since the start of 2004.
Columbia is hosting the 2005 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational for the second year running.
Events like skeet shooting will be taking place through Friday in various locations throughout the city.
When Aaron Einsiedel shoots arrows for the Missouri 4-H Recurve Team in the 2005 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational, he is doing more than just competing to win.
While other archers have their eyes set on a first-place finish, Einsiedel, 17, is finding ways to gain experience from the sport that can help him in his career.
For the second consecutive summer, University of Missouri volleyball setter Lindsey Hunter had the chance to play with the pros at the USA’s National Volleyball Team camp, which was May 15 to June 4 in Denver.
“It was amazing to play with people of that caliber,” Hunter said. “It was a great experience.”