The St. Louis Cardinals are 1 and 1 after splitting their first two games with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cardinals got off to a fast start in the first inning of the first game as Matt Carpenter and Matt Holiday hit consecutive doubles but that was all the offense the Cardinals were able to muster for the rest of the game as Adam Wainright struggled to keep his pitches down and the Diamondbacks were able to score easily against him and Fernando Salas. Last night’s game was almost a mirror image of the game the night before except this time it was the Cardinals who were able to score at ease as the treated former closer extraodinaire Heath Bell like he was a batting practice pitcher. Jaime Garcia also had one of his better road outings of his career. The Cardinals and Diamondbacks wrap up their series tonight before the Cardinals move on to San Francisco for the Giants home opener on Friday. The Cardinals have their home opener next Monday afternoon against the Reds.
The Kansas City Royals offense was totally stymied on Monday afternoon by the Chicago White sox as the Royals lost 1 to 0 in a game that was obviously dominated by pitching. The Royals and White Sox continue their series today and conclude it tomorrow before the Royals move on to Philadelphia to play the Phillies. Yes, you read that right. The Royals play the Phillies this weekend. Major League Baseball in their latest attempt to annoy me has redone the schedules this year so that there will be at least one interleague matchup going on every day. This is why the Reds and Angels opened the season against one another. Therefore, the Royals open in Chicago, fly to Philadelphia, and then fly home for their season opener next Monday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins.
The Kirksville High School baseball team has looked impressive so far this spring and they have what I think is their first home game of the season tonight at North Park against Moberly. They then hit the road again on Friday to play Mexico, (the city in Missouri not the country).
The KHS tennis team is at home for the second time this week on Thursday against Trenton. The boys golf team, boys and girls track team, and girls soccer team are also in action over the next three days as spring sports are in full spring now that it is actually starting to feel like spring.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have reached the finals of the NIT tournament as they hung on to beat Maryland last night. Iowa will play Baylor tomorrow night for the NIT title. Personally, I think Iowa should have been in the NCAA tournament but nobody asked me.
In other college basketball news Phil Pressey is said to be considering whether or not to file for the NBA draft in June. I’m sure he could probably get drafted without any problem but until he matures mentally and can learn to make better decisions on the court and listen to his coaches he won’t go very far in the NBA.
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Have a wonderful Wednesday!