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Ludwick produces for Cards

OAKLAND, Calif. — A night earlier, Ryan Ludwick was one of only two St. Louis starters without a hit. His timing couldn’t have been better Sunday — against his former organization no less.

At last, Edwards finishes first

Carl Edwards won four races in his first full season, finishing an impressive third in the Nextel Cup standings.

Late comeback means little in K.C. home loss

Miguel Olivo went 5-for-5, and cost himself a day off. Rick Vanden Hurk struck out a career-best seven batters, got the win and is headed for the minors.

Baddeley good so far at Oakmont

Aaron Baddeley escaped with an amazing par from deep rough at the base of a bunker on the 17th hole, finished strong with a birdie for an even-par 70 and wound up with a two-shot lead over Woods after three rounds of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

Royals earn rare series victory from Cardinals

KANSAS CITY ­— Mark Teahen had two triples and five RBIs and Tony Pena Jr. had four hits, leading Kansas City past St. Louis 17-8 Thursday night for the Royals’ first series win at home against the Cardinals in six years.

Royals have no solution for Wainwright’s wizardry

Adam Wainwright allowed one hit in a career-high eight innings and Albert Pujols drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 victory Wednesday night over the Kansas City Royals.

Rising Above

KANSAS CITY — Brian Bannister won his third consecutive start with seven scoreless innings and Esteban German had three hits and three RBIs, leading Kansas City past St. Louis 8-1 Tuesday night.

Kelly competes in U.S. Open

University of Missouri’s John Kelly, who competed in the Masters earlier this year, will be competing in the U.S. Open Thursday in Oakmont, PA. Kelly is one of eight collegians across the country who will be participating in the tournament.

Franklin comfortable with setup role in Cards’ bullpen

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.

Pujols befuddles Angels

Albert Pujols said he wasn’t making pitchers pay for mistakes earlier in the season. He’s making them pay now.

Cardinals can’t keep pace

Recent Cardinals and Royals games summarized

The Mightiest of all

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.

Kansas City falls to Cleveland

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.”

Cardinals draft seven prospects

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.

Royals use No. 2 pick on prep star

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.

Reds stop Cardinals

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.”

Aaron not interested in Bonds’ pursuit

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.

Vanderbilt lefty top draft pick

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.

Long shot likes chances

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.

Spurs have no trouble with Cavs

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.

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