Pirates Pummel Cardinals

Russell Martin smashed a three-run home run to power the Pirates to a 7-1 win over the Cardinals at PNC Park. Neil Walker tripled in a run to cap the five-run third innings for Pittsburgh, which has won three of its last four. A.J. Burnett tossed seven innings of one-run ball for his seventh win. Carlos Beltran drove in the lone run for St. Louis, which has lost three straight. Lance Lynn was shelled for seven runs in four innings for the loss. The Bucs are now a game up on the Cards for first in the NL Central.

Securing their first winning record since 1992 no longer seems the goal for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is playoffs or bust for these Bucs. Having pulled off their second trade of the week, the Pirates are likely to debut Justin Morneau on Sunday afternoon as they shoot for a big three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. Cards Manager Mike Matheny hopes to salvage the finale of this series behind Joe Kelly, who is unbeaten since getting put into the Cards' rotation full time in early July.
Kelly is 6-0 with a 2.24 earned run average since the switch and picked up his third straight winning start on Tuesday, a 6-1 decision over Cincinnati. The right-hander hurled six frames and gave up just one run on eight hits and three walks.
12:35 game time.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

5 days 9 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Union Senior Bethany Coons. Bethany finished the basketball season at Union averaging 11 points and eight assists per game. Coach Dusty Weiskopf says Bethany is good at handling the basketball and teams would find it difficult to press Union when Bethany was in the game because of her lateral movement. When combining her scoring and assist averages, Bethany was contributing about 25 points per game.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 day 5 hours ago

On March 24, 2015, Lufthansa Airlines pilot Andreas Lubitz steered a planeful of passengers into the French Alps, killing 150 people in a grisly act of murder/suicide.

The logical first question the world is asking is why? We ask this not only to make some sort of rational sense out of the irrational act, but also so that we can try to prevent something like it from happening again.

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Evil: The Root Cause of Terror - 03/27/2015 - 11:28am
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SPORTS CORNER

1 day 6 hours ago

Baseball...
Four Rivers Classic Tournament
Pool A
Wright City 9 Owensville 8
Pool B
St. Clair/St. James-Rained out
Pool C
New Haven/Montgomery County-Rained out. New Haven will play in the Owensville bracket Saturday morning beginning at 9:30.
Pool D
Rolla 21 Hermann 1