Cardinals Pound Pirates

Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran hit consecutive home runs to start the bottom of the first inning as the Cardinals picked up a 9-1 win over the Pirates. Beltran finished with two homers, helping St. Louis win its fourth straight. Jonathan Sanchez was ejected after hitting Allen Craig with a pitch on the shoulder in the first. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle went too, after arguing on behalf of his pitcher. Sparks continued flying as Lance Lynn hit Starling Marte on the hand in third and again in the fifth. Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell was tossed for comments he made after Marte was drilled the second time. Lynn pitched seven innings of one-run ball improving to 4-and-0 with the win. Sanchez took the loss dropping to 0-and-3, ending a three-game win-streak for Pittsburgh.

Saturday's game is scheduled for 3:15.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

4 days 12 hours ago

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

1 day 9 hours ago

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.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

16 hours 4 min ago

The Cardinals and Royals renew their I-70 rivalry tonight in Kansas City. It's a battle of first-place teams, with Lance Lynn slated to oppose the Royals' Chris Young in the opener of the three-game set. The teams will rematch with three more games at Busch Stadium in mid-June.