Miller, Molina lead Cardinals to victory
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rookie Shelby Miller pitched five shutout innings and Yadier Molina had a two-run double to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.
Miller (8-4), who had to wait out a rain delay of 1 hour, 59 minutes to start the game, left due to cramping in his right leg. He allowed just two hits and struck out five in the shortest start of his career. His previous shortest stint was 5 1-3 innings at Los Angeles on May 26.
Kevin Siegrist and Seth Manness followed Miller and combined for two shutout innings before Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run in the eighth on a broken bat single by Nate Schierholtz. Edward Munica gave up a homer to Darwin Barney with two outs in the ninth, but still earned his 20th save in 20 opportunities.
Travis Wood (5-6) took the loss.
Royals edge Indians 2-1 on wild pitch
CLEVELAND (AP) - Pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth inning, giving the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
Johnson sprinted home and slid in safely after Albers' pitch got under catcher Carlos Santana and went all the way to the backstop.
The Royals have won 11 of 13 and in getting to .500 for the first time since May 21 moved past Cleveland into second place in the AL Central.
Aaron Crow (3-2) struck out two after putting the potential go-ahead run at third in the eighth. Greg Holland stranded the tying run at third in the ninth for his 15th save in 17 tries.
Backup Mizzou linebacker dismissed after pot bust
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A backup Missouri linebacker arrested during the 2012 season on drug charges has been dismissed from the team.
Team spokesman Chad Moller says redshirt freshman linebacker Torey Boozer is no longer a member of the Tigers. He declined further comment.
Boozer was arrested in October on marijuana possession charges along with classmates Dorial Green-Beckham and Levi Copelin after the three teammates were reportedly smoking pot in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium.
Boozer later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing, as did his two teammates, who remain on the squad. He was listed as third-string on the team's most recent depth chart.
Kansas dismisses junior transfer Martin
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas has dismissed defensive lineman Chris Martin over what coach Charlie Weis calls the junior transfer's failure to follow some "stipulations" following his recent arrest.
Martin was expected to start in his first season with the Jayhawks. He played his freshman season at Florida and last year at City College of San Francisco.
Kansas announced his dismissal Monday in a brief statement that did not mention Martin's arrest over a May 13 incident at a Lawrence home. He was 1 of 3 men arrested on suspicion robbing people of cash and marijuana at gunpoint.
Weis said Martin had failed to follow a list of unspecified stipulations he had been required to follow "due to recent incidents." The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/16c8NRj ) Martin has a June 24 court date.
Scott Pioli joining NBC's Sunday night studio show
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli is joining NBC's Sunday night studio show.
The network said Monday that Pioli will appear on "Football Night in America," along with "Pro Football Talk" on NBC Sports Network.
Pioli left the Chiefs in January after four mostly unsuccessful seasons. He previously led the New England Patriots' player personnel department, helping the team win three Super Bowls.
Pioli has also worked for the Browns, Ravens and Jets in 22 seasons in the NFL. Former executives have become the latest additions to NFL studio shows along with the traditional ex-coaches and players.
Wichita St introduces Butler as head coach
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita State's new head baseball coach says he'll make it a goal to recruit the best prospects in Kansas to the Shockers.
Todd Butler was introduced Monday as the successor to Gene Stephenson, who was fired June 4 after 36 seasons. Stephenson left as the second-winningest coach in Division I history.
KFDI-FM reports (http://bit.ly/17Ud2F2 ) Butler told a news conference he'll be carrying a "heavy torch" following Stephenson.
Butler has coached for 23 years and spent the last eight at Arkansas, most recently as associate head coach. During his tenure on the Arkansas staff, the Razorbacks went to eight NCAA tournaments, claimed two SEC Western Division titles and made two College World Series appearances.
Butler says he doesn't want prospective Shockers to leave Kansas for out-of-state schools, adding he's "ready to get on fire to recruit."
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