Cardinals' Wainwright shakes off slow start
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright dominated after a shaky start and Matt Holliday got his first two RBIs in four games batting third in the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single and a walk for the Marlins, who lost for only the second time in eight games. Nate Robertson (4-4) faced an all-right-handed lineup and gave up four runs in six innings.
RBIs by Ramirez and Dan Uggla represented the first first-inning runs allowed by Wainwright (6-2) this season. Florida totaled four hits and had only two runners in scoring position the next six innings against the right-hander, who's 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts at home.
Hochevar helps Royals rout Indians 9-3
CLEVELAND (AP) - Luke Hochevar pitched a complete game to finally beat Cleveland and Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 9-3 win over the short-handed and sliding Indians on Thursday.
Hochevar (4-2) gave up four hits to go the distance for the third time in his career. He had no trouble with the Indians, who were without the top two hitters in their lineup - Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore, both out with injuries. Hochevar, who had lost his last three starts to Cleveland, gave up two first-inning singles and then retired 15 of 16 before Shin-Soo Choo's double in the sixth.
Callaspo connected for his seventh homer in the third off Mitch Talbot (5-3), and Jose Guillen later added his ninth homer this season.
Top-seeded Missouri softball hosts NCAA regional
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A loss in the Big 12 championship didn't keep Missouri from earning a top seed as host of a four-team NCAA softball regional starting Friday.
Missouri is the ninth overall seed in the 64-team tournament. The Tigers host Creighton at 6:30 p.m. Friday. DePaul and Illinois complete the bracket in the 3-day event.
Missouri (46-11) also hosted an NCAA regional in 2009 on the way to an appearance in the Women's College World Series. The Tigers lost 9-0 to Oklahoma in the conference title game.
Bowe tells of Chiefs liaisons
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended four games for violating the NFL's drug policy and has been plagued by dropped passes throughout his short career.
Now he might be stirring up trouble with his mouth.
The flamboyant receiver tells ESPN the Magazine that teammates arranged to have women meet them at a hotel during a road trip in his rookie season in 2007.
The Chiefs declined to comment Thursday.
3 coaches to enter Div II Football Hall of Fame
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Three coaches will be inducted into the Division II football Hall of Fame.
Ken Sparks, Mel Tjeerdsma (CHURCH'-mah) and Bobby Wallace will enter the Hall on Dec. 17. They'll be the first coaches inducted.
Sparks coaches at Carson-Newman College and is the winningest coach in Division II history (287-70-2). He has won 13 conference championships, made 12 NCAA playoff appearances and advanced to three national championship games in the last 17 years.
Tjeerdsma has led Northwest Missouri State to five consecutive appearances in the national championship game in Florence and won 3 of them.
He and Wallace are the only coaches to win three Division II football titles.
Wallace is now at West Alabama but led North Alabama to three consecutive national championships in the 1990s.