September 4, 2015

Magic numbers for the Cardinals and Royals as of 9/4/15

The Cardinals had the day off waiting for Pittsburgh to arrive from Milwaukee, where the Brewers beat the Pirates 5-3 in their series finale, shrinking the Cardinals magic number on a day off.

Cards Cardinals magic number to clinch the Central Division — 24

Cardinals 86-47
Pittsburgh 79-53

The Royals dropped two games off their magic number after blowing out the Tigers 15-7.  The Twins saw their mini win streak come to end as they lost to the Chicago White Sox, 6-4

Royals Royals magic number to clinch the Central Division — 17

Royals 82-51
Minnesota 69-64

The magic number is determined by taking 163 and subtracting the number of wins for the Cardinals (or Royals) and subtracting the number of losses for the Pirates (and Twins) respectively.

Chiefs-Rams photo gallery: Governor’s Cup 2015

Chiefs remain perfect in the preseason and Rams stumble after fast start going winless before their season opener. Chiefs hold onto the Governor’s Cup

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel runs the football against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 3, 2015.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel runs the football against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 3, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The Governor’s Cup is awarded to the winner of the Chiefs-Rams preseason matchup.  Our two Missouri teams have played in the preseason 15 times in the last 20 years, and St. Louis has won nine of those games.  However, on Thursday night the Chiefs made it two in a row in this game, beating the Rams 24-17.

The Rams jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead after Nick Foles was picked off on the first series of the game.  Safety Daniel Sorensen intercepted Foles and returned it 26 yards to set up the offense on the eight-yard line. Chase Daniel, starting at quarterback for the Chiefs, handed off twice to give KC the quick 7-0 lead.  The Rams drove down on their next series to tie the game and Daniel threw his first interception of the preseason, a 24-yard pick and score by STL’s Cody Davis.

Daniel threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-14.  Daniel finished the night with 117 yards passing, while going 16 of 20.

Carlos Santos gave the Chiefs the lead with a 23 yard field goal and Greg Zuerlein tied it for the Rams with a 57 yarder as the half closed out.

Chiefs QB Aaron Murray threw a third quarter touchdown to cap the scoring.

The Chiefs finished the preseason with a perfect 4-0 record for the first time since the NFL went to just four preseason games in 1978.  The Chiefs went undefeated, 6-0 in 1969 and that season went on to win Super Bowl IV vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

Rosters need to be set at 53 by Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.  Check back at for the complete list of cuts for both the Chiefs and Rams.

Royals skip batting practice and save all their swings for Detroit pitching in blowout win over Tigers

Kendrys Morales is an RBI machine for the Royals this season (photo/MLB)

Kendrys Morales is an RBI machine for the Royals this season (photo/MLB)

Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Paulo Orlando went deep with a two-run shot, DH Kendrys Morales drove in four and Ben Zobrist had two RBIs as the Royals handed Detroit pitching another beat down in a 15-7 win to wrap up the three games series with two victories.

Six of the Tigers’ seven runs came against Edinson Volquez, who only made it through three innings.  Chris Young (10-6) got the win pitching two scoreless innings of relief.  Volquez allowed eight hits and a walk.

The Royals pounded out 27 runs and 34 hits in the last two games. Morales is third in all of baseball with 98 RBIs and is the only player in the top seven for runs driven in to have hit less than 27 homers.  Morales has hit just 17.  His 36 doubles are good for fifth best in the majors.

Slow start hurts Missouri S&T as the Miners drop their football season opener in Rolla

The Miners offense fights for extra yards (photo/

The Miners offense fights for extra yards (photo/

A slow start proved to be costly to Missouri S&T in its season opener Thursday night, as a second half comeback effort fell short in a 40-27 loss to Chadron State at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.

The visiting Eagles had the ball for better than 20 minutes of the first half and built a 17-0 lead in the process, then extended that advantage to 31 before the Miners scored 27 of the game’s final 36 points.

Chadron State scored on the game’s opening possession on a 33-yard field goal by Randy Wentz and was driving for another potential score before Austin Truvillion (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill) recovered a fumble by Cody Paul to halt that drive.

However, the Eagles reached the end zone on back-to-back possessions early in the second quarter, getting touchdowns on a one-yard by Derek Jackson and a three-yard scoring pass from TD Stein to Kyle Vinich.

The Eagles accumulated 268 yards in the first half to 96 for the Miners, as S&T had the ball for only 8:51 of the game’s first 30 minutes.

An interception by Cole Montgomery in S&T territory on the Miners’ first possession of the second half set up the second of Jackson’s three touchdown runs; his third with 5:43 left in the third quarter gave the Eagles their 31-point lead.

The Miners got on the scoreboard the next time they got the ball, as on a third-and-one play, Chris Kennard (Plano, Texas/Parish Episcopal) broke past the line of scrimmage into an open secondary and raced 42 yards for a touchdown. S&T scored again on its next possession early in the fourth quarter as Dalton Major (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bishop McNamara) crashed over from the three to cut the lead to 31-13 as a two-point conversion attempt failed.

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