Kip Wells grinned, pumped his fist and sprinted to the dugout. He hadn’t won yet — he had only completed a hitless first inning.
Billy Butler doubled in the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth inning and the Kansas City Royals battered Julian Tavarez for a 6-5 victory over the struggling Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
MIAMI — Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez was certain Rick Vanden Hurk had accepted his role as a spot starter. But after a strong performance by the young right-hander on short notice Tuesday night, that might not be the case.
BOSTON — Rookie Kason Gabbard pitched a three-hitter for Boston’s second shutout of the season as the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 with the help of three home runs Monday night.
Travis Hafner signed a long-term contract and rediscovered his home run swing, all in a few days.
Loss No. 10,000 came Sunday night when Albert Pujols hit two of the St. Louis Cardinals’ six homers in a 10-2 rout of Philadelphia.
When No. 2-ranked pro wakeboarder Rusty Malinoski did not attend this weekends’ Summerfest Four wakeboard tournament at Lake of the Ozarks, it gave No. 3 Chad Sharpe a better chance to win the competition.
Cole Hamels was admittedly rusty in his first start after the All-Star break. The lefty was clearly missing his best stuff, had the high pitch count without all the strikeouts that usually go along with it, and retired the side in order only once.
Albert Pujols wants to make this absolutely clear: He is not feuding with Tony La Russa. Pujols was the only player from the defending World Series champion Cardinals to be picked for the All-Star game. He also was the only non-pitcher that La Russa, the NL manager, did not use in a 5-4 loss Tuesday night.
Pujols hasn’t homered in 22 games, a career worst slump, but still has 16 for the season. For Rolen, Pujols’ St. Louis Cardinals teammate, this was supposed to be the season when everything returned to normal.
Not only did Mason Murray get to compete on the same field the all-stars of Major League Baseball will take tonight, but he got to shag balls hit by his favorite player, Albert Pujols, during the Home Run Derby.
After the St. Louis Cardinals took three of four from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle of last week, pitcher Adam Wainwright sensed a revival.
The irony of being in a career-worst power slump when he was persuaded to participate in Monday night’s Home Run Derby was lost on Albert Pujols.
Barry Bonds heard the familiar chorus of boos each time he touched the ball in left field. When he came to the plate and didn’t get to swing, that derision was directed at the mound.
Adam Wainwright carried a five-hit shutout into the eighth inning and Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run home run in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
Perhaps Zack Greinke’s moody, restless talents have finally found their niche.
ST. LOUIS — As the All-Star break approaches, the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense showed some signs of life.
Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning and Scott Rolen had four RBIs in an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will take no action against a restaurant that served St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock before the drunken-driving accident that led to his death.
The rainout of Thursday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets pushed St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright back a day.