McCann comes up big, NL finally wins All-Star game
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - One key swing by Brian McCann pulled the National League out of the All-Star shadows.
McCann's three-run double in the seventh inning provided the NL all the offense it needed to capture its first Midsummer Classic since 1996 with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.
In a year of dominant pitching, young starters David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez set the tone - and got even more help from the tricky shadows. Nearly the entire field at Angel Stadium was bathed in odd patterns of sunlight for a twilight first pitch, creating more awkward swings and misses than usual in baseball's annual talent show.
The National League earns home-field advantage in this year's World Series.
Big bats mostly silenced in All-Star game
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The biggest hitters in the All-Star game were the biggest zeros.
Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Adrian Gonzalez, Vladimir Guerrero and Ichiro Suzuki couldn't muster any offense Tuesday night, when the National League snapped its 13-year losing streak with a 3-1 win over the American League.
Alex Rodrigez never even got into his 13th Midsummer Classic.
The lone bright spots among the big names were Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, Boston's David Ortiz and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.
Royals host Mizzou Night at Kauffman Stadium
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson will try his hand at baseball this weekend as the Kansas City Royals host the Tiger coach and several athletes with local ties.
Anderson will toss the ceremonial first pitch Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium as the Royals play the Oakland Athletics.
Before the game, Anderson will join Missouri student-athletes from the Kansas City area for a meet & greet at Parking Lot N.
The Royals are offering free retro caps to the first 20,000 fans along with discounted advance tickets and parking passes to Missouri fans.
Blues defenseman Sydor retires
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Blues defenseman Darryl Sydor has retired after an 18-year career.
The 38-year-old Sydor played for six NHL teams, including the Dallas Stars where he totaled 334 points and 401 penalty minutes in 714 games. He earned back-to-back All-Star selections in 1998 and 1999, and was on Stanley Cup champions with the Stars in 1999 and 2004 with the Lightning.
In 1,291 games, Sydor totaled 507 points, 755 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating. He finished with the Blues last season, with eight assists and 15 penalty minutes in 47 games.
Kansas lineman Spikes out
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Jeff Spikes, a 2-year starting offensive lineman for Kansas, will miss the 2010 season.
Coach Turner Gill said Tuesday that the 325-pound Spikes suffered a lower leg injury. No further details about his injury were released.
Spikes started all 13 games as a freshman in 2008 and 10 games in 2009. His 23 career starts was third among all active players. He played right tackle for the first eight games of 2009 before moving to right guard for the remainder of the season.
A native of Painesville, Ohio, Spikes redshirted his first year in 2007.
Former KU athletic official faces court hearing
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A former University of Kansas athletics official tied to a $1 million ticket scalping scandal is facing his first court appearance in connection with a federal investigation.
Jason Jeffries, the school's former assistant director of ticket operations, is scheduled to appear Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.
Jeffries is charged with one count of misprision of a felony for allegedly knowing the tickets were stolen but not reporting it to authorities.
His first appearance before a magistrate judge only allows him to enter a not guilty plea, but a change-of-plea hearing before a federal judge is set to immediately follow.
Brandon Simmons, the university's former assistant athletic director for sales and marketing, is to appear in court Thursday on the same charge.