Cardinals Clip Royals

Carlos Beltran sparked a four-run eighth inning with a solo homer to give the Cardinals a 5-3 victory over the Royals. Yadier Molina and Allen Craig were each 3-for-4 with a run scored for St. Louis, which has won seven of its last eight. Kansas City has lost eight straight and the last three to the Cards. Overall, St. Louis has won six in a row in the series.

Cardinals prospect Michael Wacha is set to make his major league debut tonight as the Cardinals and Royals wrap up their two-game series at Busch Stadium. The 21-year-old right-hander was called up from Triple-A Memphis, where he was 4-and-0 with a 2.05 ERA in nine starts. Wacha was the 19th overall pick in last year's draft.

Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook is slated to throw today as he works his way back from inflammation in his right elbow. He's been on the disabled list since May 9th. Westbrook threw 40 pitches on Monday and is looking to increase that workload today. He expects he'll need two or three minor league rehab starts before rejoining the Cards.

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter says he feels good about Wednesday's throwing session as he continues to rehab from shoulder and neck issues. "Carp" threw about 25 to 30 pitches and will continue to throw bullpens to build up arm strength after experiencing fatigue last week. Carpenter is hoping to be able to pitch this year.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Union Quarterback Blake Hulsey. Last year as a junior, Blake completed 244 passes on 340 attempts for 3,316 yards, 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions. That's a completion percentage of 71.76 percent and rating of 130.242. He also carried the ball 148 times for 664 yards and 18 touchdowns. Blake also averaged more than 40 yards per punt.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Ryan Howard knocked in two runs to guide the Phillies to a 5-4 win over the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Ben Revere added three hits and two runs for Philadelphia, which has won three of four. Kyle Kendrick allowed four runs in six-and-a-third innings for the win. Jonathan Papelbon notched his 31st save. Adam Wainwright gave up all the runs over six frames for the loss. Matt Adams hit his 13th homer of the year for St.