ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Shin-Soo Choo became the top major league home run hitter born in Asia, connecting for a leadoff drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 4-3. Choo's 176th career homer moved him past Hideki Matsui for the most by an Asian player.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jack Flaherty allowed four hits over six innings, Matt Carpenter hit his fifth home run of the season and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1. Flaherty (2-1) followed up a dominant performance against Philadelphia by keeping the Pirates in check. Flaherty gave up Starling Marte's long home run in the first but settled down quickly. Jose Martinez added three hits for the Cardinals, who beat the Pirates for the first time in five tries this season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have placed struggling reliever Greg Holland on the disabled list with a right hip impingement. The Cardinals made the move after Holland's ERA ballooned to 9.45 following a bumpy inning of work in an 8-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holland, a three-time All-Star, has allowed two runs in each of his last four appearances. The Cardinals also activated pitcher Tyler Lyons and catcher Carson Kelly off the DL.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nick Dalesandro had a pair of hits and scored three runs and Purdue rallied from three runs down to roll past Illinois 11-5 and advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship game. Harry Shipley also had two hits and three runs for the Boilermakers. They will face top-seeded Minnesota for the title.
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