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Reyes rides Cards’ bats to rare win

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.

Rams hope youth can fix run defense

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.

Encarnacion out in cold

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.

Ankiel’s success continues

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.

Gordon lifts K.C.

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.

Chiefs lose to Browns, still looking for a QB

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.

Rams get their wish in preseason opener

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.

Rams' rookies ready for first taste of NFL

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.

Ankiel returns to Cards as outfielder, hits 3-run homer

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.

Royals’ Davies dominates Twins

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.

Spiezio undergoing treatment for abuse of unknown substance

­ Cardinals utility player Scott Spiezio voluntarily sought treatment for “possible problems related to substances” that the team did not specify.

Wells protects early Cardinals’ advantage

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.

Giant moment

Barry Bonds hit No. 756 over the right-center field wall Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball’s new home run king.

MU swimmers achieved personal bests at Nationals

MU swimmers Colleen Gordon and Bennett Clark were in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday, competing in the final day of the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championship, the final course of Nationals before the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in swimming.

Whirlwind weekend for Wehrli

In 1990, Roger “the Dodger” Wehrli entered the MU Football Hall of Fame. Friday, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along side Charlie Sanders, Bruce Matthews, Thurman Thomas, Gene Hickerson, and Michael Irvin.

Fifth-inning onslaught lifts Cards to victory

The Cardinals tied a major league record with 10 straight hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two apiece in a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

Royals ‘glad to get out’ of NY

Hideki Matsui handled his 100th major league home run the way he usually handles success — staying mostly quiet and trying to deflect attention.

After surgery, Holt takes it slow

Nursing his surgically repaired right knee, St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt has been less active in training camp.

Cardinals lose fifth in a row

When the season began, the Washington Nationals appeared to be headed for at least 100 losses. When they were 9-25 on May 9, that looked like a safe bet. It no longer does.

Missouri’s Wehrli inducted into pro Hall

Roger Wehrli praised the timing of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at induction ceremonies Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. He said it allowed his grandchildren to share something special with him.

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