Central Missouri State advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships with a 7-4 win over SIU-Edwardsville in an elimination game on Wednesday. Rightfielder Jason Deckelbaum smacked three of the Mules 12 hits in the win. CMSU will now battle St. Mary’s this afternoon in the semis. That game will be at 2:30 p.m.
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Andy Benes was torched for nine runs on ten hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work as the St. Louis Cardinals were pasted by Milwaukee 11-1 on Wednesday in a game which was halted after five innings because of rain. Benes started the game by striking out the side in the first inning on just ten pitches, but it was all downhill after that. The righthander falls to 3-4 on the season. Jeffrey Hammonds hit a pair of home runs to lead the Brewers attack. J.D. Drew knocked in the only run of the game for St. Louis with a first inning single. The two teams wrap up their four-game series tonight at 7:10 p.m.
The Kansas City Royals scored all their runs in the first three innings, coasting to an easy 11-2 win over the Texas Rangers in Arlington on Wednesday. The Royals struck for six in the first, cracking seven straight hits after Ranger starter Pat Mahones had retired the first two batters. Dee Brown had the biggest blow, a three-run home run. Carlos Beltran added a three-run dinger in the third inning. All this offense made life easy for Dan Reichert. The right-hander improved to 5-4 on the season with 7 1/3 innings of work. He allowed two runs on nine hits. Same two teams this afternoon in the final game of this three game series.
The Jefferson County town of Kimmswick maintains its unrelenting fight against location of a casino just outside of town. The State Gaming Commission is investigating whether the Isle of Capri company is fit to build a casino south of St. Louis, in Jefferson County. Opponents of the casino proposal say it would destroy the ambiance of their historic little town. But Isle of Capri officials say the town will benefit from the casino. Both sides accuse the other of misstating some facts and ignoring others. The Gaming Commission could make a decision within weeks.
Officials with IBP, the nation’s largest meatpacker, have announced they will limit the amount of livestock they company buys from Missouri producers. The company says some provisions in the state’s Livestock Marketing Law are confusing and IBP will avoid Missouri livestock so they don’t run afoul of the law. But Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says IBP’s actions now might be an indication that special deals had been cut in the past. But those days, he says, are over.
Thursday is World No Tobacco Day and the Missouri Department of Health is taking advantage of the day to remind residents of this state of the heavy toll taken by tobacco use. Tobacco is blamed for more than 9,900 deaths every year in Missouri, and the Department wants to highlight that fact, as well as the fact that lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the state. It warns that if current trends continue, 119,000 Missouri children now under 18 will die from tobacco-related diseases.
P.J. McGinnis pitched a nine-hit shutout leading the Central Missouri State Mules past Kutztown 5-0 yesterday in an elimination game of the 2001 NCAA Division II baseball championships. McGinnis walked three while striking out seven in improving to 14-0 on the season. The Mules will now play SIU-Edwardsville in an elimination game today at 2:30 p.m.
Before last night’s loss to Texas, the Kansas City Royals made four roster moves. Righthander Brian Meadows (1-6, 6.97 ERA) was optioned to Triple-A Omaha while catcher Sal Fasano was designated for assignment. To replace the pair on the roster, righthander Kris Wilson was recalled from Omaha and outfielder Endy Chavez had his contract purchased from Double-A Wichita. Chavez started last night in centerfield and cracked his first major league hit, a 7th-inning RBI single.
Rafael Palmeiro homered twice, knocking in four runs and leading the Texas Rangers to an 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. Palmeiro’s first home run – a two-run shot -came of loser Mac Suzuki (2-4) in the first. He added his second dinger, a solo shot, in the fifth off Doug Henry. Three Royals pitchers combined to walk nine Rangers and hit another two. Suzuki allowed two runs on two hits in four innings of work. He walked five and struck out four. The Royals fall to 18-33 with the loss.
U.S. Olympic hero Ben Sheets pitched a complete game five-hitter for his first Major League shutout, leading the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 on Tuesday. Sheets allowed just one walk while striking out three in improving his record to 5-4 on the season. Mike Matthews allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings of work to suffer his first loss of the season in three decisions. The loss, coupled with the Chicago Cubs 9th straight win, drops the Cards a game behind Chicago in the National League Central standings.