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MISSOURI SPORTS ROUND-UP

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CARDINALS-METS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jose Reyes made a huge impact in the field in his return from a hamstring injury, turning a difficult double play with the bases loaded in the eighth inning after making a diving stop that saved a run, and the New York Mets welcomed back their two All-Stars with a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Carlos Beltran also was back in the Mets' lineup after missing three games with a high fever. He hit two doubles, singled, walked twice and scored a run for New York, all while still very congested.

Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy hit two-run doubles, and Dillon Gee (9-3) pitched seven sharp innings in the Mets' second win in five games.

Lance Berkman hit a mammoth homer and starter Kyle Lohse (8-7) had an RBI single for St. Louis.

CARDINALS-THERIOT SUSPENDED

NEW YORK (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Joe Garagiola Jr., the senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement Tuesday.

During the sixth inning Sunday, Theriot was involved in a play at second base that pulled him off the bag, resulting in a safe call for the runner by umpire Mike Muchlinski. Theriot ran to Muchlinski and pointed in his face while screaming. Theriot made contact with the umpire, who quickly ejected him, and first base umpire Chris Guccione had to step between the two.

Theriot's suspension is scheduled to begin Tuesday night against the New York Mets. It's unknown if Theriot plans to file an appeal.

WHITE SOX-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Danny Duffy returned from the minors to toss seven sharp innings, Matt Treanor delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and the light-hitting Kansas City Royals hung on to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 last night.

Melky Cabrera homered and Alcides Escobar drove in the other run for Kansas City, which came into the game batting .196 while scoring a measly eight runs during a recent three-game skid. The anemic output in part prompted manager Ned Yost to call a closed-door meeting a couple hours before the first pitch.

Turned out the Royals didn't need a whole lot of runs with Duffy (2-4) back on the mound.

He settled down after a shaky start to out-pitch Jake Peavy (4-4).

MLS-SPORTING KC SHINING

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- It could be the new name or logo. It could be the new stadium or training facilities. Or it may just be that Sporting Kansas City hasn't lost an MLS game since the end of May.

Whatever the reason, the Major League Soccer franchise in Kansas City has forged a new identity.

Led by All-Stars Omar Bravo and Matt Besler, the former Kansas City Wizards have captured the imagination of soccer fans -- and sports fans -- across the Midwest this summer.

After averaging 10,287 fans last season in a cramped minor league baseball stadium, Sporting has averaged 18,107 through five games in its new digs. At least that many are expected for a game against Premier League club Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

BRANSON SPEEDWAY

FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) -- Despite strong opposition, a controversial racetrack might open someday in the Ozarks.

The Taney County Planning Commission on Monday approved a permit for the NASCAR-style track on 800 acres south of Hollister.

However, the approval came with several conditions. Developer Russell Cook will be required to make upgrades to handle the increased traffic and finish all infrastructure improvements before construction starts.

He also must build four sound measuring stations within a half-mile of the track, and could be fined $5,000 if noise exceeds 68 decibels. The Springfield News-Leader reports that normal conversation with someone a few feet away is 60 decibels.

Cook had threatened to take the racetrack to Arkansas because of the opposition. Supporters say the track will bring jobs and development to southwest Missouri.

ROYAL'S PROSPECTS GET NO-HITTERS

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- One night after Luis Mendoza tossed a no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals' Triple-A affiliate, Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera combined to do the same for their Double-A team.

Smith went the first seven innings in Northwest Arkansas' 1-0 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night. He even got some help from the first triple play in club history in the sixth inning. Herrera then pitched the final two innings to preserve the team's first no-hitter.

Mendoza's performance Monday night came in Omaha's 4-0 win at Memphis.

The official scorer in that game wavered on an error call, at one point changing it to a hit. It was ultimately changed back to an error after the game, giving Mendoza his second minor league no-hitter.



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