July 29, 2014

Mass grave dedicated from Civil War Battle of Moore’s Mill

Reporting and photography: Bill Wise, Missourinet

Today in 1862, the Civil War Battle of Moore’s Mill was waged near the central Missouri Town of Calwood. Some of the dead Union and Confederate soldiers were buried in a mass grave near the site of the battle.

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Reenactors shot vintage cannons at the dedication of the Moore’s Mill Mass grave.

Because they were not given a proper military burial at the time, local Civil War historians conducted an official ceremony yesterday, including a double cannon and rifle salute, the laying of wreaths, a trumpet rendition of Taps, and the dedication of a 5-foot tall granite marker at the fenced-in grave site. After the Union victory, U.S. General Oden Guitar ordered the mass grave at the sight after the battle. The grave was unmarked until it was discovered in April 2013 by local historians using sonar equipment. The Elijah Gates Camp #570, Sons of Confederate Veterans, organized the research and fundraising for the erection of the monument. Forces and guerillas who fought in the battle from both sides were from Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio, and Indiana.

Pitchers duel, little league home run and extras all in Royals win

Nori AokiNorichika Aoki drove in the winning run in the 14th inning as the Kansas City Royals grabbed a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a four-game set.

With Marc Rzepczynski (0-3) on the mound, Lorenzo Cain led off the 14th with a single and then stole second with John Axford on the mound. Danny Valencia then struck out, but Aoki hit a grounder down the third base line and into left field as Cain raced home for the win.

Mike Moustakas scored the other run in the contest for the Royals, who have won three straight. Aaron Crow (5-1) got the win for striking out the side in the top of the 14th.

Yan Gomes drove in the only run of the game for the Indians, who have dropped four of their last five. Carlos Santana had two hits and scored a run.

Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and went nine innings for Cleveland as he gave up an unearned run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Danny Duffy pitched well for Kansas City in the start, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven shutout innings of work.

“I actually thought that we had a chance to finish this game before it got dark,” Royals manager Ned Yost said facetiously. “The game was going. Kluber was unbelievable. (Duffy) was unbelievable.”

Kluber went through the Kansas City lineup twice without a blemish, striking out seven and allowing just two balls to leave the infield.

He then got Jarrod Dyson to pop out for the first out of the seventh inning, but Omar Infante followed with a grounder up the middle for a single.

Infante was quickly caught trying to steal second base, and Alex Gordon struck out to end the inning.

Duffy was holding his own as he set down the first 12 Indian batters he faced and pitched out of a jam in the fifth after allowing the first two batters to reach on a single and a walk.

In the eighth with Wade Davis on the mound and one out, Jose Ramirez singled and Jason Kipnis walked. David Murphy then singled to load the bases, but Michael Brantley hit into an inning-ending double play.

The first run of this game came in the eighth inning as Moustakas lofted a fly ball to left field. Ryan Raburn tried to run it down and make a sliding catch, but the ball went off his hand and fell.

Moustakas was heading to second base when Raburn picked the ball up in foul territory. On his attempted throw, he spiked the ball into the ground and it rolled towards center field, with Moustakas coming home for a 1-0 lead.

“You come up to throw it into the infield, tried to hold up, but couldn’t hold up,” said Raburn. “(Kluber) definitely didn’t deserve to get the loss and at the time that’s all I could think about.”

Cleveland, though, tied the game in the ninth as Greg Holland gave up a leadoff walk to Santana and Chris Dickerson sacrificed him over. A groundout from Nick Swisher put the tying run 90 feet away and Gomes’ liner to center tied the game.

Royals win pitchers duel to take series from White Sox

James Shields (photo/MLB)

James Shields (photo/MLB)

Norichika Aoki drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth and James Shields pitched seven strong innings, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Mike Moustakas started the frame with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Aoki singled on a soft line drive, but Sox center fielder Adam Eaton threw a strike from center as Moustakas rounded third. The ball beat Moustakas home, but he was able to knock it loose from catcher Tyler Flowers’ glove as he slid into the plate.

Greg Holland retired the side in order in the ninth to register his 26th save.

Shields, who was going for his fourth straight win at U.S. Cellular Field, gave up one run and six hits while striking out seven, but received a no decision.

“He has the ability to make big pitches in crucial situations,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Shields. “That’s why he’s our ace.”

Wade Davis (6-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Royals, who have won their fourth consecutive series on Chicago’s home field. [Read more...]

Offense struggles as Cardinals lose third straight

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals

Alex Cobb struck out 10 in seven shutout innings and drove in a run with his first major-league hit, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-0 win and two-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday.

Cobb (6-6) gave up five hits and no walks, pushing his personal winning streak to four decisions. His double in the second inning also gave him his first major-league RBI.

Desmond Jennings had three hits and scored two runs for the Rays, who have won seven in a row for the first time since late last season. They took the opener of this brief set 7-2 on Tuesday.

Brad Boxberger struck out two in a perfect eighth inning and Jake McGee fanned all three batters he faced in the ninth to give the Rays staff 15 strikeouts and no walks in the game.

“That’s incredible,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon.

The Cardinals lost their third in a row. [Read more...]

What holdout? Chiefs sign Charles to long term extension

Jamall Charles takes a handoff (photo by Bill Pollock)

Jamall Charles takes a handoff (photo by Bill Pollock)

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Jamaal Charles to a contract extension on the eve of training camp Wednesday that should make the star running back one of the highest-paid players at his position.

The deal came as Charles was apparently ready to hold out for more money.

“Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.”

Under terms of the new contract, Charles will make around $5 million more over the last two years of a deal he signed in 2010, then $18.1 million for the two years covered under the extension, according to NFL.com and ESPN.

Charles, who was set to earn under $4 million this season, did not report to training camp by a Wednesday afternoon deadline but later joked after reports of his new extension surfaced that he had “no intention” of holding out. [Read more...]