The Kansas City Royals hit four home runs, including three in the first inning and then held on down the stretch to beat Detroit 8-7 on Thursday. With the win, the Royals earn a split of the four game series. Carlos Febles, Carlos Beltran and Raul Ibanez all went deep in that first inning while Dee Brown added a solo shot in the sixth. On the mound, Mike Macdougal allowed three earned runs on six hits in five innings of work to earn his first Major League win. Roberto Hernandez struck out the side in the ninth for his 26th save.
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Governor Bob Holden has announced he’ll soon call up members of the Missouri National Guard to provide additional security at the state’s commercial airports. President Bush had asked the nation’s governors to call up about 4,000 members of the National Guard to perform security functions at 720 checkpoints in the nation’s 420 commercial airports. The Guard members are expected to be sent to airports in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield and could be sent to smaller airports throughout the state.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks we’ve seen such slogans as “God Bless America” on billboards, in store windows, even in public schools. The American Civil Liberties Union says that’s okay – for now. The ACLU of Eastern Missouri says it’s understandable that prayer meetings and religious outpourings would take place following the attacks. But it wants to make sure the terrorist acts are not used to have what it calls government-sponsored religion in the schools.
University of Missouri system president Manuel Pacheco is going to remain in his current job. Pacheco, who had announced he was stepping down at the end of his five-year term, has reached an agreement with the Univesity of Missouri’s Board of Curators to remain in his post. He says financial difficulties being experienced by the system would only be made worse with the instability his departure might cause. He will stay on through August 31, 2003.
State Senator John Scott of St. Louis has announced he’ll resign from his Third-District Senate seat effective October 1st. Scott has represented south St. Louis in the General Assembly for 31 years. He was first elected to the Missouri House in 1970 and re-elected in 1972 and 1974. He won election fo the Senate in 1976 and is now serving his seventh consecutive term.
The State Supreme Court has set an October 24th execution date for Stephen Johns, who was convicted of the murder of 17-year-old Donald Voepel Junior in St. Louis. On February 18th of 1982, Johns shot Voepel to death during a robbery at the Onyx service station where Voepel worked. Johns was convicted and sentenced to death by a St. Louis City Circuit Court jury. His motion to have his case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was denied last year.
The St. Louis Rams defense has been much-improved this season and the NFL is taking notice. Starting linebacker London Fletcher was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week yesterday after his performance in that 30-26 win over San Francisco. Fletcher finished that game with a career-high 20 tackles. The Rams defense as a whole held San Francisco to 232 total yards. This is the second time in Fletcher’s four-year NFL career that he has earned POW honors.
Fred Brathwaite was beaten three times in the first twenty minutes and that proved to be too much for the Blues to overcome as they lose to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in their home preseason opener. Chris Pronger scored the lone St. Louis goal in defeat. The Blues are now 1-2 on the preseason.
Blake Stein survived a shaky first-inning to earn his sixth win of the season as the Kansas City Royals took care of Detroit 8-6. Stein allowed a grand slam to Randall Simon in the first, but then threw four shutout innings to improve to 6-8. The Tigers self-destructed in this one, committing five errors – four in the fourth inning. Carlos Beltran homered and knocked in thre runs in the win for Kansas City, a win which snapped a five-game losing streak.
The St. Louis Cardinals closed to within 3 1/2 games of the National League Central lead on Wednesday with a 5-1 win over the front-running Houston Astros. The Cardinals also maintain a three-game lead in the wild card race with the win. Mark McGwire homered twice to lead the offensive attack in the win. Darryl Kile (15-10) pitched seven shutout innings to earn the win for St. Louis. He struck out ten.