ST. LOUIS — Ryan Franklin has found his comfort zone. After working most of his first five seasons as a starter with Seattle, the right-hander spent last season with Philadelphia and Cincinnati as a reliever. Both the Phillies and the Reds bounced him around in various roles and he said he never felt settled with either team.
Albert Pujols said he wasn’t making pitchers pay for mistakes earlier in the season. He’s making them pay now.
Recent Cardinals and Royals games summarized
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Teemu Selanne sat on the bench with tears in his eyes, remembering the days when the Anaheim Ducks were mighty in name only. After 14 seasons and various stops around the Western Conference, the Finnish Flash and the rest of his Ducks teammates are first-time Stanley Cup champions. Well, all except Scott Niedermayer, now a four-time winner of hockey’s most cherished prize.
CLEVELAND — Fausto Carmona is putting himself in position to make the American League All-Star team.
Carmona won his seventh consecutive decision, leading the Indians over the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Thursday.
“The people picking the team are going to have to consider him,” Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez said. “He’s throwing the ball great.”
ST. LOUIS — Intangibles beyond the raw numbers led the St. Louis Cardinals to select Oklahoma high school shortstop Pete Kozma with the 18th overall pick of the baseball draft on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY — There was pandemonium at the Mike Moustakas house.
The husky shortstop knew that setting California high school home run records had made him a hot topic among major league scouts. But not until his name was called on television Thursday afternoon did he know the Kansas City Royals would make him the No. 2 selection in baseball’s June draft.
ST. LOUIS — After a miserable stretch, Kyle Lohse is dominating hitters. Lohse came within two outs of his second shutout in three starts and the Cincinnati Reds got home runs from Ken Griffey Jr., Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Dunn in a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.“It’s in there,” manager Jerry Narron said of Lohse. “Stuff-wise, he’s as good as anybody. We really feel like the worst is behind him.”
MILWAUKEE — Hank Aaron wants no part of Barry Bonds. With Bonds closing in on the career home run record, Aaron attended a news conference Thursday at the spot where his 755th and final home run landed in 1976. “I don’t have any thoughts about Barry. I don’t even know how to spell his name,” Aaron said briskly, then added a laugh.
David Price is bringing his blazing fastball and sizable shoe collection to Tampa Bay. The hard-throwing left-hander out of Vanderbilt was selected by the Devil Rays with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Thursday.
NEW YORK — It will be tough to tell who’s more comfortable at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, trainer Bill Kaplan or his horse, Imawildandcrazyguy. Kaplan will be surrounded by family and friends on his first trip home in years, while his gray gelding has given every indication he will enjoy running 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park.
SAN ANTONIO — One of the most anticipated debuts in NBA finals history was way, way off the mark. A LeBrick, if you will. LeBron James couldn’t solve San Antonio’s stifling defense and the pick-and-rolling Spurs, as fundamental and selfless as ever, outclassed Cleveland in an 85-76 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night.
Quin Snyder is a head coach again. Snyder, 40, will work for the Austin Toros, one of the 15 franchises in the NBA Developmental League. He replaces the late Dennis Johnson, a former NBA star who coached the Toros until he died from a heart attack on Feb. 22 after a team practice.
SAN ANTONIO — In their simple convent, where rows of chairs are arranged in front of a television and a crucifix, the 23 nuns of the Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province briefly put aside their pleas for the sick and the poor to pray for the San Antonio Spurs.
Newly promoted Joey Gathright gave Kansas City an immediate boost, helping Brian Bannister win his second straight start with the Royals’ 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols’ two-run homer snapped a seventh-inning tie, helping the surging St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks aren’t called mighty anymore. Now they can simply answer to Stanley Cup champions. For the first time, the Stanley Cup resides in California and at the expense of Canada, which hasn’t boasted a winner since Montreal in 1993. Calgary, Edmonton and now Ottawa each had a chance the past three seasons only to be done in by a U.S. club from the sun belt.
CLEVELAND — The only walking C.C. Sabathia did was to the dugout after each scoreless inning.
Cleveland’s ace left-hander pitched his fifth career shutout and the Indians kept rolling at home, defeating the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
MIAMI — Trent Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback.