Royals rally with 5-run ninth to beat Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) - Yuniesky Betancourt hit a three-run double in Kansas City's five-run ninth inning off Kerry Wood, and the Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4 Wednesday night.
Wood (0-2) tossed his glove into the stands as he walked off the field to a chorus of boos, after allowing four hits and five runs while making only one out in 30 pitches.
Billy Butler tied the score with an RBI double off Cleveland's closer, who was seeking his first save since Sept. 25. Mitch Maier later drew a bases-loaded walk to put Kansas City ahead, and Betancourt followed with his drive over the head of centerfielder Trevor Crowe.
Bruce Chen (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for his first win since Aug. 6.
Ramirez return a success for Marlins
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Hanley Ramirez returned to the Florida Marlins' lineup with three hits and Anibal Sanchez threw seven impressive innings Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ramirez was yanked from Monday's game for loafing and benched Tuesday after criticizing manager Fredi Gonzalez and teammates. The 2-time All-Star apologized individually to the Marlins before the game.
Ramirez was booed before 3 of his first four at-bats. The reigning NL batting champion answered with three singles, 2 of them infield hits, and drove in a run.
Dan Uggla homered for the second straight game for Florida, which has won 6 of 7. The Cardinals lost for the first time in three games since Albert Pujols was moved to cleanup.
DeWitt: Ballpark Village moving ahead
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt remains optimistic about Ballpark Village.
The Cardinals have planned to develop an area of shops, condos and offices in the area just outside of Busch Stadium since the new ballpark opened in 2006. The sour economy is among the factors that has slowed the project.
DeWitt told KMOX Radio that construction could begin as early as next year, though there are economic factors outside of the Cardinals' control.
DeWitt says big-name attractions and office tenants are interested, but he declined to give out any names.
Information from: KMOX-AM, http://www.kmox.com
Offseason workouts full of Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City's first offseason under Todd Haley was like a reality weight-loss show. The focus was on fat, not football.
This year, the Chiefs have bought into the coach's fitness-first philosophy and can work on football-related exercises instead of just exercising.
Coming off a 4-12 season, Kansas City seems to be ahead of the strenuous pace set by Haley in his first season as coach. The players are in shape and everyone except safety Jarrad Page showed up for the team's first organized team activities - even linebacker Mike Vrabel and guard Brian Waters.
The two veterans refused to participate in voluntary workouts last year but showed up this year to show their support of Haley's demanding ways.
For Delany, expansion is nothing new
CHICAGO (AP) - For those who think he's holding the future of college sports in his hands, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has a message - get a grip.
He's seen this all before. Delany saw schools come and go during his decade as commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Still, even Delany would admit the stakes are a little higher this time.
The Big Ten is considering expanding from 11 teams, and any movement could send huge vibrations through the Big East, Big 12 and maybe every major conference. It's quite a position for a conference that has taken its share of hits in recent years for its perceived shortcomings on the field.
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