Angels hit 4 HRs, beat Royals 5-4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit solo home runs, and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run shot to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Thursday night.
Joe Blanton got his first victory of the season after going 0-7 in his first nine starts. He held the Royals to seven hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings. Trumbo put the Angels up 5-2 in the eighth with his team-leading 11th homer.
Ervin Santana (3-4), who spent 12 seasons in the Angels' organization before being traded during the offseason to the Royals, struck out eight without a walk, but allowed five runs and eight hits - 4 of which were homers. Chris Iannetta hit one in the fifth.
The Royals scored on ground outs by Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas.
Royals send RHP Herrera to minors
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have sent struggling reliever Kelvin Herrera to the minors.
The right-hander allowed eight home runs in 20 1-3 innings. The Royals optioned him to AAA Omaha on Thursday.
Herrera was 2-4 with a 4.87 ERA in 19 relief appearances. He went 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 76 relief appearances last year, giving up just four home runs in 84 1-3 innings as a rookie.
The Royals recalled right-hander Luis Coleman from Omaha, where he was 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA and three saves. He pitched parts of the past two seasons with Kansas City, going 1-4 with a 3.25 ERA and one save in 73 relief appearances.
Jayhawks pull away late, beat Mountaineers 7-2
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tucker Tharp and Michael Suiter each had two hits and two RBIs, leading Kansas to a 7-2 victory over third-seeded West Virginia at the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
The sixth-seeded Jayhawks (32-24) broke open a close game with five runs over the final three innings. Kevin Kuntz drove in a run on Kansas' second squeeze of the game in the seventh, and Suiter's RBI single made it 4-1. Tharp's two-run double in the eighth stretched the lead to 6-2.
Michael Constantini had an RBI double in the second and Jacob Rice singled in a run in the eighth for West Virginia (31-26) in its Big 12 tournament debut.
Dan Dierdorff (4-8) gave up four runs on nine hits in seven innings for the Mountaineers.
Thomas Taylor (6-2) went 7 1-3 innings for the Jayhawks, giving up two runs on four hits.
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Kansas State scores 3 in 4th, beats Texas Tech 4-3
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Jared King and Jon Davis had run-scoring sacrifice flies and Lance Miles scored on a wild pitch during Kansas State's three-run fourth inning, and the regular-season champion Wildcats beat Texas Tech 4-3 on Thursday at the Big 12 tournament.
King walked and scored on Davis' groundout in the second inning, then the Wildcats (40-16) came right back after Eric Gutierrez hit a two-run home run to put Texas Tech (25-29) ahead in the top of the fourth.
Tanner Witt and pinch-hitter Kyle Speer each doubled during Kansas State's response before Trey Masek's wild pitch allowed Miles to score and make it 4-2.
Jarrard Poteete's two-out RBI double in the sixth got Tech to 4-3, but the next 10 Red Raiders were retired in order.
Jake Matthys struck out four in two perfect innings to close it out and earn his seventh save. Blake McFadden (6-2) pitched 5 1-3 innings for the win.
Chiefs' McCluster tweaks hamstring in workouts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster hurt his hamstring early in Thursday's voluntary workout, while defensive back Neiko Thorpe and linebacker Mike Catapano also picked up minor injuries.
Coach Andy Reid said after the week's final organized team activity that McCluster had a "mild" hamstring injury. There's a chance he'll be back on the field next week, when the Chiefs wrap up three weeks of voluntary workouts and prepare for their mandatory minicamp.
Catapano also hurt his hamstring, Reid said. Thorpe tweaked a knee.
Reid also revealed the tight end Tony Moeaki, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason, probably won't be on the field until training camp. The injury-prone Moeaki has been watching from the sidelines during the voluntary workouts.
Chiefs sign fifth-round pick Sanders Commings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs have signed safety Sanders Commings, the fifth of their eight draft choices to agree to terms on a contract.
Commings was the Chiefs' fifth-round draft pick out of Georgia. He played primarily cornerback in college, starting 35 games and making 154 tackles. But he's been playing safety for the Chiefs during their first two weeks of organized team activities.
The Chiefs selected Commings, who was once drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, despite a domestic violence charge that resulted in a suspension last season. The signing was announced Thursday.
The only remaining draft picks yet to sign with the Chiefs are offensive tackle Eric Fisher, their first overall pick, third-round pick Travis Kelce and fourth-round pick Nico Johnson.
Man City rallies to beat Chelsea 4-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Micah Richards re-directed a header in extra time and Manchester City overcame a three-goal deficit to beat rival Chelsea 4-3 on Thursday night in the opener of a 2-game U.S. tour.
Edin Dzeko's second goal of the game tied it in the 85th minute for Man City, which was 3-0-1 against Chelsea in the regular season.
The tour that finishes at Yankee Stadium in New York on Saturday comes on the heels of the just-completed English Premier League season and was predictably a polite affair in front of an enthusiastic neutral standing-room crowd of 48,263 at Busch Stadium. Ticket sellers on StubHub sought triple-digit payoffs up to $300 not long before game-time.
Juan Mata set up a pair of first-half goals for Chelsea before coming out. Man City victimized backup goalie Jamal Blackman for all four goals after starter Petr Cech came out at around the 60-minute mark.
Manchester City got goals from Javi Garcia and Dzeko in a 3-minute span of the second half not long after the goalie change. Cech made several big saves in the first half.
Jay Haas, Duffy Waldorf top Senior PGA leaderboard
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf shared the first-round lead Thursday in the Senior PGA Championship, shooting 5-under 66 in breezy, cool conditions at Bellerive Country Club.
The 59-year-old Haas, the winner of the major championship in 2006 and 2008, had a bogey-free round. The 50-year-old Waldorf had six birdies and one bogey.
Haas has 16 Champions Tour victories after winning nine times on the PGA Tour. Waldorf is winless in 11 career starts on the 50 & over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour.
Sonny Skinner, the PGA head professional at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., was a stroke back along with Japan's Kiyoshi Murota.
Defending champion Roger Chapman opened with a 72. Peter Jacobsen, the 2004 U.S. Senior Open winner at Bellerive, had a 75.
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