Albert Pujols belted a fourth-inning grand slam en route to a five RBI day as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-4, in spring training. Colby Rasmus' 2-for-2 showing included a solo shot, two RBI and three scores for the Cardinals, who saw Chris Carpenter go four innings in the win. He surrendered six hits, a walk and three runs.
Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion has passed away at the age of 93. The team said Marion, the 1944 National League MVP, died of natural causes on Tuesday night. A native of South Carolina, Marion spent 11 of his 13 major-league seasons with the Cardinals (1940-50). He ended his career with the then-St. Louis Browns from 1952-53 as a player-manager.
The 2011 St. Louis Cardinal pocket schedules have arrived. They are available around town at sponsors of Cardinal baseball heard on KSMO and at the KSMO station in the front room during regular business hours.
Jason Blake scored twice, including the go- ahead goal just 1:50 into the third period, as the Anaheim Ducks took a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center. Nathan Oystrick scored the lone goal for the Blues, who have dropped their past two games. Jaroslav Halak made 22 stops in the loss. St. Louis sits 10 points out of the final playoff spot with 12 to play. The Blues face the L.A. Kings tonight at 9:30 and KSMO will join the game in progress.
Alcides Escobar hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and drove in a total of three runs, as the Kansas City Royals took down the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, in Cactus League action. Kila Ka'aihue also hit a two-run home run for the Royals, who had 11 hits. Mike Montgomery went four innings, allowing one run on two hits.
The Missouri Tigers are seeded 11th in the NCAA Tournament West Bracket and will face 6th seeded Cincinnati in the first round tonight at 8:15. You can hear the game on KSMO.
The St. Louis Blues are for sale. Team chairman Dave Checketts said Wednesday night that his group, Sports Capital Partners Worldwide, and Towerbrook Capital Partners have placed the NHL franchise and the Scottrade Center on the market. The two groups own roughly 90 percent of the franchise.
Funeral services for Harry M. Troyer of Salem, age 87, will be held Friday morning at 9:30 at the Salem Christian Brotherhood Church. Visitation will be held tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Salem Christian Brotherhood Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
Memorial services for Teresa Marie Coffman of Rolla, age 45, will be held Friday at 4:00 at the Living Water Worship Center in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the family or for the purple balloons for the service. All arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary of Salem.
Funeral services for Bill Setzer of Cuba, age 52, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 9:00. Interment will be in the Martin-Trask Cemetery in Cherryville.
Funeral services for Elwood Black of Salem, age 89, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service.