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Greinke a Royal relief

Perhaps Zack Greinke’s moody, restless talents have finally found their niche.

Rock Bridge grad places in national rodeo

Cards’ bats come alive; late tie becomes laugher

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.

Restaurant that served Hancock faces no state penalties

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.

Rainout least of Cardinals’ troubles

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.

Kansas City sweeps Angels

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell and his Los Angeles counterpart Mike Scioscia were both eager to turn the page after the Royals swept the Angels in three games.

Ryan’s rope wins it

NEW YORK — Brendan Ryan hit his first career home run in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the New York Mets’ four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

Green’s blast sinks Cards; Maroth’s gem wasted

NEW YORK — Shawn Green and the New York Mets were more than glad to see the end of Mike Maroth.

Bamboozled by Maroth’s slow stuff, Green hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against Russ Springer to beat St. Louis 2-1 Monday night.

Cards look to Spiezio for spark

ST. LOUIS — Scott Spiezio stopped dyeing his wispy chin beard St. Louis Cardinal red a few weeks ago, satisfying the demands of superstitious teammates thinking a fashion makeover might help halt one of the team’s many slumps.

Cards wait a little longer to lose

Shane Victorino typically spends off days relaxing in the dugout. He changed his routine Sunday and the move worked. Victorino had a pinch-hit, three-run double to break a tie with two outs in the eighth inning Sunday and lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Royals win 11-inning walkover

Joey Gathright’s bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning off Chris Spurling lifted the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Brewers. It was the third walk of the inning for Kansas City, and sixth in the final five innings.

Johnson, Chiefs far apart on contract

Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson says he’s ready to sit out the Chiefs’ training camp to resolve his request for a new contract, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday.

I-70 series comes to close in longest game of season

Ryan Ludwick bears some responsibility for the longest game of the season in the major leagues, striking out as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning.

Acrobatic athletes

Anybody who says that acrobatic gymnastics is not a sport has never seen the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team practice in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Ludwick homer in 14th inning gives Cardinals the win

Ryan Ludwick homered off Jorge de la Rosa leading off the 14th inning for the Cardinals, who took two of three from their cross-state rivals. The Cardinals used eight pitchers and left-hander Tyler Johnson was the only reliever not used because of a slightly injured right knee.

Tow truck driver threatens suit in Hancock death

A lawyer representing the tow truck driver involved in the fatal crash of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock is giving Hancock's family 21 days to drop its wrongful death lawsuit.

Errors mar I-70 Series

The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time.The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time. The Royals jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, and led 6-4 in the sixth. The Cardinals scratched out a run in the seventh, and scored one more in the ninth when slugger Albert Pujols doubled to deep right. He appeared to pause, thinking the ball was a homer, before heading to first, and missed a chance at a triple.

Thompson steps in for victory

ST. LOUIS — Short notice brought out Brad Thompson’s best. The first-year starter worked seven strong innings a day ahead of schedule and two days after a two-inning relief stint, leading the pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Perez ends his struggles, Royals beat Cards in opener

ST. LOUIS — Pitching around Albert Pujols was crucial to Odalis Perez ending his struggles.

Perez won for only the second time in 10 starts and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of mistakes by Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Monday night.

Louisville, Rice win big at CWS

Chris Dominguez hit two of his team’s four home runs and the Cardinals scored in double digits for the third consecutive game, eliminating Mississippi State 12-4 on Sunday.

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