Myers, Astros rally past Cardinals 6-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Brett Myers worked six strong innings and pinch hitters Cory Sullivan and Humberto Quintero hit consecutive RBI singles in a four-run seventh in the Houston Astros' 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Brad Penny (3-3) allowed four hits in seven innings with all four runs unearned after shortstop Brendan Ryan bounced a throw to first for an error on Carlos Lee's one-out grounder. Ryan Ludwick had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis.
Myers (2-2) allowed two runs and eight hits in a rematch from April 14 in St. Louis against Penny, a 2-1 victory for St. Louis. He's worked at least six innings in all six starts.
Westbrook, Tribe earn 8-2 win over KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Russell Branyan homered twice and Jake Westbrook pitched six innings for his first win in two years, lifting the Cleveland Indians to an 8-2 victory over the backpedaling Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Branyan hit a two-run homer off Brian Bannister (1-3) in the second and a solo shot in the ninth off Joakim Soria, his first 2 of the season. Jhonny Peralta added a two-run double and the Indians had 10 hits to help Westbrook (1-2) get his first win since April 8, 2008, against the Angels.
The Royals followed a dismal road trip with another clunker, getting an almost-predictable bullpen blowup and base-to-base hitting to see their losing streak reach six games.
Hillman gets hook for arguing safe call at third
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman was ejected for arguing a safe call on a double steal in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians.
Hillman was ejected for the first time this season for arguing with third base umpire Jim Reynolds after Grady Sizemore was called safe at third Tuesday night. Hillman was adamant third baseman Alberto Callaspo tagged Sizemore out on the close play and yelled at Reynolds a little too long to earn the hook.
It was Hillman's eighth career ejection.
Firm seeking to sell share of team
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A private equity firm that is the largest investor in the St. Louis Blues is seeking to sell its share of the team.
Team spokesman Eric Gelfand said Tuesday there will be no loss of funding while TowerBrook Capital Partners seeks a new investor after four seasons.
TowerBrook and SCP were primary investors when the team was purchased from Bill and Nancy Laurie in 2006. Blues chairman Dave Checketts is a member of TowerBrook's management advisory board.
SCP Worldwide said in a statement that it had retained the sports agency group at Citibank to help find new investors.
Big Ten quashes latest expansion rumors
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany e-mailed conference officials Tuesday to stamp out a rumor that four schools had already been offered a chance to join the league.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Tuesday that Delany had quashed a report the Big Ten had offered expansion spots to Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Rutgers.
The Big Ten holds annual meetings next week in Chicago involving athletic officials, faculty representatives and football and men's and women's basketball coaches. But Smith said the meetings were routine and nothing would be decided about expansion.
The conference is looking at expanding from its current 11 members so it can increase the reach of its cable network and hold a league championship title game.