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(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 8/15/2015

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Garcia, Carpenter team up to lead Cardinals over Marlins

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning and Matt Carpenter homered, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Miami Marlins 3-1 Friday night. Garcia (5-4) came within two outs of throwing the first complete game of the season for the NL Central leaders. He gave up six singles, walked one and struck out six. Trevor Rosenthal got his 36th save in 38 chances.

Carpenter’s bunt single broke a scoreless tie in the fifth. He hit a solo home run in the eighth. Tom Koehler (8-10) took the loss and Miami’s three-game winning streak ended. Ichiro Suzuki singled in the Miami fifth for his 2,913th hit in the major leagues. Combined with 1,278 hits in Japan, he equaled Ty Cobb’s total of 4,191. Cobb held the big league mark that Pete Rose eventually passed on his way to a record 4,256 hits.

 

Chiefs Could Sit Several Ailing Players in Preseason Opener

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August 14th, 2015 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs could be forced to rest a handful of players in their exhibition opener Saturday night in Arizona because of nagging injuries picked up during training camp.

Linebacker is the position where they are most banged up. Former first-round pick Dee Ford is still out from a concussion, Josh Mauga left practice Wednesday with a bum heel, D.J. Alexander is hobbled by an ankle injury and James-Michael Johnson by a calf injury.

That means rookies Ramik Wilson and Justin March could get considerable time.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid plans to play starters in the first quarter, the second unit in the second quarter and into the third, with the rest of the reserves finishing the game.

Jeremy Maclin says he hopes to play after missing two practices this week with a neck strain. Fellow wide receiver Albert Wilson is also questionable with an illness.

 

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 8/14/2015

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August 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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Sophomores must play big for Hawkeyes

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August 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A key to success for the Iowa offense this season may rest with the development of two sophomore tackles. Webster City native Boone Myers and Ike Boettger from Cedar Falls have been called on to replace Outland Trophy winner Brandon Scherff and Andrew Donnal. Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz says both players just need experience.

Ferentz says like any other position group it will be up to the seniors to lead the way. He says the switch to C.J. Beathard at quarterback will have little impact on the offensive line. Originally recruited as a tight end, Boettger gained 60 pounds to make the transition to right tackle. Boettger believes as a unit they will be ready for the season opener.

The Hawkeyes open at home on September fifth against Illinois State.

(Learfield Sports)

Alvarez HR in 7-run 1st, Pirates end long skid in St. Louis

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August 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pedro Alvarez homered in a seven-run first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates broke an eight-game losing streak at Busch Stadium, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 Thursday night. The Pirates moved within six games of the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central with their 12th victory in 18 games. St. Louis, which won the first two in the series, has won the last seven sets between the teams at Busch Stadium.

Alvarez had three hits as the Pirates held on. The Cardinals closed their seven-run deficit to 7-5 in the seventh. Francisco Liriano (8-6) pitched six innings. Lance Lynn (9-7) got just two outs in the shortest of his 119 career starts.

 

JUCO power eyes more success

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August 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Scott Strohmeier knew the Iowa Western Community College football program had potential when he was named the school’s first head coach back in 2008 but even he admits he had no idea the they would become a national power so soon. The Rievers won a national title in only their fourth season as a program and they enter this season fourth ranked in The Sporting News junior college pre-season poll.

Strohmeier has led Iowa Western to a 57-10 record in six seasons and says they welcome the lofty expectations. Iowa Western has succeeded by mixing talented players who need to go the junior college route to become eligible for division one with multi-sport Iowa kids who want to play at a higher level.

The Rievers will play a demanding schedule including road trips to the top four contenders in the Jayhawk Conference. Iowa Western closed last season by losing to East Mississippi in the national championship game. The Rievers open the new season August 29th with a visit to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

(Learfield Sports)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 8/13/2015

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August 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Wacha wins 14th, Cardinals beat Pirates 4-2

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August 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning when right fielder Gregory Polanco missed an attempted shoe-top catch and Michael Wacha got his 14th win to tie for the major league high as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Wednesday night.

The game didn’t live up to the anticipated marquee pitching matchup between Wacha (14-4) and Gerrit Cole (14-6), both of whom were gone by the seventh inning. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez also has 14 wins.

St. Louis gift-wrapped a run, too, when center fielder Randal Grichuk badly misplayed an attempted diving catch on Andrew McCutchen’s RBI triple that tied it at 2 in the fifth. Grichuk landed early and bounced as the ball rolled past him to the wall. Kevin Siegrist worked two perfect innings and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his 35th save in 37 chances.

 

Chiefs’ Charles laments ‘rough’ offensive line last season

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August 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles sounded off on the ineptness of his offensive line last season following Wednesday’s practice at Missouri Western State University. Rarely one to speak out, the Pro Bowler acknowledged the hodge-podge of players the Chiefs had block for him was a big reason why he was less productive last season. It was also a big reason why he was banged up almost the entire way.

Kansas City lost starting guard Jeff Allen to a season-ending injury in Week 1, then had to make do with fill-ins Mike McGlynn and Jeff Linkenbach the rest of the way. Not only is Allen back in the mix, but the Chiefs traded for Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs in the offseason – much to the delight of Charles.