The Missouri Tigers were not invited to the Big Dance or the NIT Tournament, while Missouri State was asked to the NIT, but again, they were snubbed for the Big Dance. The Bears will face San Diego State Wednesday night in the first round of the tournament.
Over the weekend, Adam Wainwright, a former closer, started for St. Louis working into the fifth inning and holding the Orioles scoreless on five hits as the Cardinals shutout Baltimore, 4-0 on Saturday. Tagg Bozied singled in the first inning and scored the first two runs of the game. Preston Wilson belted an RBI double in the first inning. On Sunday, T.J. Bohn hit a two-run double during a five-run eighth to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in preseason action. Brendan Ryan had two hits and drove in two runs and Aaron Miles added an RBI single for the Cardinals, who dropped to 7-4 in preseason play. Chris Carpenter pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing only two hits and striking out one in the start.
On Saturday, Ryan Shealy and Alex Gonzalez each knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Kansas City Royals past the Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in spring training action. Shealy finished with three hits while David DeJesus hit a home run for the Royals, who belted out 12 hits. On Sunday, Seth Smith hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, in Cactus League play. Justin Huber scored twice for the Royals. Roberto Giron allowed three runs in just 1/3rd of an inning to absorb the loss.
St. Louis rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the game on Glen Metropolit's tally late in the third, but Alexei Kovalev answered with a score less than a minute later and the Canadiens held on to beat the Blues, 4-3. Doug Weight and David Backes each scored for the Blues, who have lost three of four. Curtis Sanford gave up three goals on 10 shots for the Blues before being pulled, while Jason Bacashihua ended with 11 saves. The Blues will be in Calgary tonight and you can hear the game at 8:30 on KSMO.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Bryce Salvador will miss the rest of the regular season with a fractured left clavicle. He suffered the injury in the first period of St. Louis' 4-3 loss to Montreal on Saturday. To fill Salvador's roster spot, St. Louis recalled defenseman Roman Polak from Peoria in the American Hockey League.
Funeral services for Daniel Mercadente Jr. of St. Clair, age 60, will be held today at 10:00 at the Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Troy. Memorials may be made to Stephen Mercadante.
Funeral services for Roy L. Gaddy of Salem, age 78, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 tonight. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Masonic services will be held tonight at 7:00 and full military honors will be held at the cemetery.
Funeral services for Cleveland Earn Shoemake of Steelville, age 82, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 today. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.