July 5, 2015

Royals send a record number of All-Stars to Cincy. Holliday and Peralta voted starters for N.L.

Jhonny Peralta becomes an All-Star for the third time in his career (photo/MLB)

Jhonny Peralta becomes an All-Star for the third time in his career (photo/MLB)

A franchise record four Kansas City Royals will represent the American League as starters in the 2015 All-Star Game.  Catcher Salvador Perez, shortstopAlcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon will all be in the starting lineup in the Midsummer Classic set for Tuesday, July 14 at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.

Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta will represent the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League roster.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
SS: Alcides Escobar, Royals
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Royals
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners

NATIONAL LEAGUE
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
2B: Dee Gordon, Marlins
3B: Todd Frazier, Reds
SS: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

 

The remainder of the American League and National League All-Star teams will be announced Monday evening.

Cardinals rookie becomes “Pham”ous after his first MLB home run

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Pham tips his helmet to the fans after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the   San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 5, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Pham tips his helmet to the fans after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 5, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Cardinals rookie outfielder Tommy Pham homered, doubled and drove in three runs, leading the Cardinals to a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

Pham, who was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Friday, hit his first homer, a two-run drive off Ian Kennedy (4-8) in the third. Pham doubled home Lynn in the fifth.

Pham is 3 for 11 with one home run and three RBI this season.

The Cardinals improved to 31-11 at home with their second straight win.  Pittsburgh and Chicago won, keeping the Cardinals lead at 6.0 and 8.5 over both Central Division rivals.

Hosmer helps the Royals with a walk off hit. Split leaves Royals up 4.5

Teammates mob Eric Hosmer after his game winning hit (photo/MLB)

Teammates mob Eric Hosmer after his game winning hit (photo/MLB)

Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain with nobody out in the ninth inning leading the Royals past the Minnesota Twins 3-2 to earn a four-game split and maintain their 4.5 game lead in the A.L. Central.

Cain walked against Blaine Boyer (2-4), who entered for Ervin Santana after his return from his drug suspension.

Aaron Thompson came in to face Hosmer, who hit one down the right-field line. Cain made it home safely, giving the win to Greg Holland (2-0) who earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

NHL going to 3-on-3 in OT, conspiracy in MLB’s All-Star Voting and can anybody stop the Cardinals (VIDEO)

3-on-3 hockey in NHL's OT will look like a goofy video game

3-on-3 hockey in NHL’s OT will look like a goofy video game

On this edition of the Sports Directors, it’s just the Bill’s.  Wisconsin Radio Network’s Bill Scott talks with me about the NHL’s new overtime rules, how the Royals are getting screwed over by Major League Baseball with the sudden “throwing out of votes,” and what really makes the Cardinals so much better than other teams.

I think the NHL should just go straight to shootouts after a tie in regulation.

Funny, how Royals starters go from eight to five after MLB throws out some votes…proving even more their system for voting is a joke.

The Cardinals success is much deeper than stats and all those hokey sabermetrics (did I even spell that correctly?)

Pronger, an All-Star in eight of his nine seasons with the Blues, selected to Hockey’s Hall of Fame

Chris Pronger (photo/NHL)

Chris Pronger (photo/NHL)

Defenseman Chris Pronger, who spent half of his NHL career with the Blues, winning the league’s MVP award in 2000, was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Pronger was chosen in his first season of eligibility. He was an All-Star in eight of his nine seasons wearing the Blue Note.

Pronger is the only defenseman other than Bobby Orr to win the Hart Trophy and Norris Trophy in the same season, in 2000. He played 1,167 games in 18 NHL seasons starting with the Hartford Whalers, then St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Pronger won the 1997 World Championship with Canada, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks; He also won gold at the 1993 World Junior Championship and reach the Cup Final with the Oilers in 2006 and the Flyers in 2010.

Pronger averaged more than 30 minutes per game in two seasons for the Blues, and more than 25 minutes per game in every full season he played from 1998-99 to 2009-10.