Andy McDonald scored a pair of goals and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-1, to take over sole possession of first place in the Western Conference and are now tied with the New York Rangers for the most points in the NHL with 91 points. Vladimir Sobotka, T.J. Oshie, and Jason Arnott also lit the lamp for the Blues, who have won two in a row and six of seven. Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves. The Blues will host the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night at 7:00.
Johan Santana threw two innings of one-hit ball in his first start since September 2010, and the New York Mets knocked off the Cardinals, 8-6, in Grapefruit League play. Matt Adams hit a grand slam for St. Louis, who received two scoreless innings from starter Jake Westbrook. The Cards play Washington today at 12:05.
Shelley Duncan provided all the offense for the Indians, clubbing a three-run homer in the third inning as the Indians topped the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in Cactus League action on Tuesday. Irving Falu smacked a two-run homer for the Royals, while Billy Butler and Brayan Pena had two hits apiece. Will Smith started for Kansas City and gave up just two hits over two scoreless frames of work. The Royals play the Chicago Cubs today at 2:05.
The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. He appeared in all 16 games last season, starting 14, and had 81 receptions for 1,159 yards and five touchdowns. The former Pro Bowler will earn about $9.4 million in 2012 unless the two sides can agree on a long-term contract.
Funeral services for Dale Fields of Steelville, age 92, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be todnight from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Straightway Baptist Cemetery in Steelville. Memorials may be given to the Gibbs Care Memorial Fund c/o Britton- Bennett Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Ellis Earl Gray, Sr. of Salem, age 84 will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Viburnum Cemetery in Viburnum with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Dry Fork Baptist Church.
Memorial services for Herbert Junior Hoffmann of Rolla, age 75, will be held Saturday at 12:00 (noon) at the Rolla Church of Christ in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 in the morning until service time on Saturday at the church. Special services will be held at the church by the Missouri Highway Patrol Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Phelps Regional Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Funeral services for Carlton E. (Gene) Bay of Salem, age 84, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Salem.
Memorial services for Christine Inez Clonts of St. James, age 82, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Inurnment will be in the Hibler Cemetery in Steelville. Memorials may be given to the Immaculate Conception Church of St. James c/o the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home.