The Salem Tiger Baseball team will be back in action this afternoon as they will be in Houston at 4:30. Salem is 5-3 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO and ksmoradio.com.
The Salem Golf team will host the Salem Invitational this morning starting at 9:00.
The Salem Tennis team will be hosting Mountain View this afternoon at 4:00.
The Salem Track team will be in Sullivan this afternoon to participate in a track meet at 4:15.
The St. Louis Cardinals started a season without three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols for the first time since 2000. The reigning World Series champions didn't need him the way Kyle Lohse pitched, as the Cardinals christened Marlins Park with a 4-1 victory over Miami on Wednesday night. Lohse (1-0) held the Marlins hitless for the first six innings and allowed just one run over 7 1/3 frames. David Freese picked up three hits, including a two-run single in the first inning to get St. Louis' title defense started on the right foot. Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Carlos Beltran, who was added after Pujols left for the Angels, had two hits and scored a run for the victors. The Cardinals have the day off today but will start a three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon.
Todd Bertuzzi scored on the final attempt of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis has 107 points and sits in second place in the Western Conference. The team has already clinched the Central Division, but sits two points back of Vancouver for the top spot in the conference as both clubs have two games left. Andy McDonald and David Perron each had goals for the Blues, who have lost their last three. Brian Elliott, who came into the game riding three consecutive shutouts, gave up two goals on 28 shots. The Blues will host the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night at 6:30.
Terry Evans belted a two-run homer and Mario Lisson added a solo shot in Kansas City's 7-6 spring training triumph over San Diego. Billy Butler had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Royals, who will open the season on the road against the Angels on Friday night at 9:05. Luis Mendoza threw the first 2 2/3 innings and allowed four hits while logging five strikeouts.
Funeral services for Betty J. Johnson of Salem, age 76, will be held Friday morning at 10:30 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Greeley Cemetery.
Funeral services for Alice R. White of Salem, age 77, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Salem Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Chapel. Interment will be in the Zion Cemetery in Salem. Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or the Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Missouri.
Funeral services for Grace Eva (Creech) Falkenrath of Newburg, age 88, will be Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be at the Roach Cemetery near Doolittle, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to the family.