Cards Host Pirates

An important NL Central battle is on tap Friday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Pirates are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals in the division, but failed to increase that lead on Thursday, as they were denied a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with Wednesday's 9-3 loss at Miller Park. Francisco Liriano was hammered in his three innings of work and allowed seven runs and seven hits. Andrew McCutchen homered and newcomer Marlon Byrd added three hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who had won five of seven games. Pittsburgh will also visit Texas on its current road trip and hopes A.J. Burnett can pitch the club back into the win column. Burnett is 7-9 with a 3.09 earned run average in 25 starts and threw seven innings of one-run ball in last Saturday's 7-1 win over the Cardinals. Burnett, a right-hander, is 8-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cardinals. St. Louis, meanwhile, will kick off a nine-game homestand Friday versus the Pirates, Brewers and Mariners, and enters having lost six of eight games. In Thursday's 6-2 loss at Cincinnati in the finale of a four-game set, Lance Lynn was dealt the loss for giving up four runs in five innings. David Freese homered in the loss for the Cardinals, who currently lead the NL wild card race. Joe Kelly gets the start for St. Louis and is 7-3 with a 3.20 earned run average in 32 games this season. Kelly hasn't lost since June 5 and is 7-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last nine starts. The Cardinals are 8-1 in that time. Kelly has faced the Pirates seven times (3 starts) in his career and is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA. Pittsburgh is 10-6 against the Cardinals this season.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

2 days 11 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Washington Post 218 Senior Legion Baseball Player Aaron Meyer. Aaron is a pitcher and third basemen for the team this summer. He has hit third in the order and has maintained an average above .300 throughout the season. His current average is .321 with an on base percentage of .396. Aaron leads the team with 22 RBI, two home runs and two triples He has also scored 15 runs.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 2 days ago

There are few things more inspiring in life than watching an octogenarain with two hip replacements swimming a 200 yard race, or guys in their late 70's playing some pretty vigorous 3 on 3 basketball. A generation of baby boomers is learning that, while they can't reverse age, they certainly can embrace life!

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SPORTS CORNER

9 hours 47 min ago

The Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association has selected five local players to the Class 4 All State Team.

Jake Lochner of Sullivan-Second Team Pitcher
Cullen Stockley of Sullivan-Honorable Mention Infielder
Spencer Juergens of Borgia-Honorable Mention Pitcher
Justin Horace of Borgia-Honorable Mention Infielder
Justin Ray of St. James-Honorable Mention Catcher