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

4 hours 32 min ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Owensville Sophomore Cross Country Runner Carter Bracato. Carter finished 13th in Class 3 with the best time of any local runner at state. He attacked the Oak Hill Golf Club Course in Jefferson City finishing with a time of 16:50.67, leading Owensville to a 6th place finish in the team standings.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 days 23 hours ago

I have just returned from spending four days in a guided silent retreat. The grace of silence is that it allows us to listen and reflect.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

2 hours 31 min ago

The 2014/15 local high school basketball season tips off tonight with the 62nd Annual Thanksgiving Tournament at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington. Three games are on tap tonight with Cardinal Ritter going up against Rockwood Summit at 5:30. McCluer North plays Carnahan at 7:00, then Washington takes the floor against CBC at 8:30. The Washington/CBC game will be broadcast live on KLPW-AM 1220.