Cardinals Deal For John Lackey

The St. Louis Cardinals are further bolstering their starting rotation for the stretch run. MLB Network reports the Cards have acquired right-hander John Lackey, minor league pitcher Corey Littrell and cash from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Joe Kelly and first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig. Lackey is 11-and-7 with a 3.60 ERA this season. The 26-year-old Kelly is 2-and-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts this year. Craig is batting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBI. St. Louis acquired right-handed starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Due to a clause in his contract, the Cardinals are getting newly-acquired starting pitcher John Lackey for relatively cheap. When Lackey signed his five-year deal with the Red Sox in December of 2009, there was a clause for a club option for the league-minimum salary in 2015 if he underwent elbow surgery between 2010-and-2014. The clause was triggered when Lackey underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011. St. Louis can now pick up the club option on Lackey for 500-thousand-dollars this offseason for next year.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Borgia Freshman Golfer Thomas Alferman. Alferman is a member of the Borgia team that qualified for the state tournament at Silo Ridge in Boliver this week. In the district tournament at the Sullivan Country Club, Thomas shot a 13 over par 84 helping the team to a second place finish.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

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SPORTS CORNER

1 day 17 hours ago

Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday in a game that was shortened to six innings because of inclement weather. Edinson Volquez (4-3) allowed two runs on four hits for Kansas