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State Baseball Tournament results from Tue., July 30th 2013


July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(At Principal Park in Des Moines)


Assumption, Davenport 5, Boone 3
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 1, Williamsburg 0
Clear Lake 5, Chariton 4
Harlan 4, Dallas Center-Grimes 0

3-A Semifinal Schedule, Fri. Aug. 2nd:

12:00-p.m.:Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City (35-4) vs. Assumption, Davenport (25-15)
2:00-p.m.: Harlan (29-7) vs. Clear Lake (36-3)

Indians acquire LHP Marc Rzepczynski from Cards


July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Indians sent minor league infielder Juan Herrera to St. Louis on Tuesday in exchange for Rzepczynski, who Cleveland hopes will help them get out left-handed hitters. The 27-year-old is 9-17 with a 4.20 ERA in 177 career games for Toronto and St. Louis. Lefties have batted .224 against Rzepczynski, who pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series.

Rzepczynski has split this season between St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis. In two stints with the Cardinals, he posted a 7.84 ERA in 11 games. He has limited lefties to a .185 average in the minors.

Cardinals C Yadier Molina leaves with knee strain


July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a strained right knee. Molina started the second game of the doubleheader and played three innings before being replaced by Rob Johnson. The All-Star starter went 0 for 2 and also had a passed ball defensively that allowed Pittsburgh’s Jose Tabata to score from third.

Molina has been dealing with pain in the knee since early June. He underwent an MRI earlier this month that revealed inflammation. Molina is hitting .330 in 98 games this season for St. Louis and was the top vote-getter for the All-Star game.

Pirates drill Cardinals 6-0 to sweep doubleheader


July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen clubbed his 15th homer of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with 6-0 victory on Tuesday night. Brandon Cumpton allowed three hits over seven innings to pick up his first major league win. The sweep propelled the Pirates into first place in the NL Central. Pittsburgh is a season-high 22 games over .500.

Tyler Lyons gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings. The rookie struck out five and walked one but received no help from a reeling offense. The Cardinals have dropped six straight and have scored five runs in their last 56 innings. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina left in the fourth inning with a right knee strain.

Wednesday Boys State Baseball Schedule


July 31st, 2013 by Jim Field

CLASS 4-A Quarter-Finals:  @ Principal Park, Des Moines

12:00 pm – Johnston vs. Linn-Mar

2:00 pm – Des Moines East vs. Davenport North

6:00 pm – Sioux City East vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier

8:00 pm – Ankeny vs. Clinton




Charles expects to shine in Chiefs’ new offense


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Jamaal Charles has never caught more than 45 passes in a season, but the Kansas City Chiefs’ Pro Bowl running back expects that to change under new coach Andy Reid. Charles has been catching balls out of the backfield and even lining up at wide receiver early on in training camp, showing some versatility not unlike Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy did when they played for Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Charles ran for more than 1,500 yards last season in his return from a major knee injury, but he wasn’t used nearly as much in the passing game as he had been earlier in his career.  Still, he said after practice Tuesday that he relishes the chance to show what he can do.

Sen. Grassley, at age 79, plans to join marathon run

News, Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The coast-to-coast fundraising marathon that passed through Iowa earlier this month is nearing the finish line and more Iowans are joining the effort. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’ll take part in one mile of the relay run tomorrow (Wednesday) morning as it winds through the nation’s capitol. “We’re going to meet at the Washington Monument at 6 o’clock,” Grassley says. “It’s for raising money for cancer. It’s bringing attention to a group coming across the country.”

Grassley says he usually runs three miles a day, four days a week, so he may hardly break a sweat on this short jaunt, yet he’s pleased to get the opportunity. “An Iowan who invited me is Steve Falck,” Grassley says. “He is a former state legislator from up in northeast Iowa. It’s part of Coast to Coast for Cancer.”

The Million Dollar Marathon is going four-thousand miles across the U-S and it’s being run by 160 cancer survivors who are each running a 26-point-two-mile leg. Grassley, who will turn 80 in September, says he’ll have his wife, Barbara, on his mind during tomorrow’s trek.  Grassley says, “I’ll be there because I run but I’ll be there also because my wife is a 25 or 26-year survivor of breast cancer.”

The senator takes part in a number of cancer fundraisers each year, including the Race For The Cure, held in Des Moines each October. Learn more about the run and make a contribution to the effort at www.aboveandbeyondcancer.org.

(Radio Iowa)

8AM Sportscast 07-30-2013

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July 30th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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State Baseball Tournament Results from Mon., July 29th 2013


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CLASS 2A Quarterfinals at Principal Park in Des Moines:

Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 3, Columbus Catholic, Waterloo 2
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 5, Spirit Lake 1
North Polk, Alleman 2, Albia 1 (13 innings)
Roland-Story, Story City 2, Mount Vernon 1

Liriano, Pirates crush Cardinals 9-2


July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven dominant innings, Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 Monday night. Liriano struck out eight and walked just two to win his fifth straight start. The Pirates kicked off the key series at PNC Park by sending the Cardinals to their fourth straight loss to pull within a half-game of the lead in the NL Central. Clint Barmes doubled twice and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen added two hits and an RBI.

Jake Westbrook continued to struggle against the Pirates. He fell to 1-8 against Pittsburgh in his career after surrendering four first-inning runs. Matt Carpenter and Shane Robinson hit RBI singles for St. Louis, which has scored just four runs during its longest losing streak of the season.