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

4 days 8 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Junior Basketball Player Hailey Diestelkamp with the Owensville Dutchgirls. She recently became the all-time scoring leader at Owensville High School surpassing Katie Davis. Hailey played volleyball her first two years of high school, but after suffering an injury playing basketball last summer, she decided to focus on basketball this year. Hailey runs track in the spring.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 4 days ago

It came as a shock to a lot of people to find out that the contract for the Union license office, which has been operated by the Union Chamber of Commerce since the 1970's, was being turned over to a for-profit company based out of Jefferson City.

What happened? It's a classic case of two all-too-common phenomena in the world of government--unintended consequences and the revolving door.

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SPORTS CORNER

7 hours 5 min ago

Boys Basketball...
Union Tournament-Championship Semifinals...
Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South at 5:30
Borgia vs. Washington at 7:00-Live on KLPW-AM 1220.

Girls Basketball...
Inaugural Washington Tournament...
7th Place-Union vs. Liberty at 4:00
Consolation-Lutheran South vs. Pacific 5:30
3rd Place-St. Clair vs. Holt 7:00
Championship-Washington vs. Warrenton 8:30-Live on KLPW-AM 1220.