Edinson Volquez fired his second career complete game and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-1, in the finale of a four-game set. Shelby Miller (7-8) surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks over five frames for St. Louis, which had won six of its last eight coming in. Matt Carpenter’s sacrifice fly accounted for St. Louis’ lone run. The Cardinals will start a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Miller Park. St. Louis trails Milwaukee by two games in the NL Central. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting with the pre-game show at 6:35.
St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his right thumb, the team announced Thursday. He is scheduled to have surgery today and will miss 8-to-12 weeks. St. Louis recalled catcher Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis prior to Thursday's tilt with Pittsburgh to replace him. Molina, who was voted to his sixth All-Star Game Sunday and fourth as a starter, is hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBI so far this season.
Torii Hunter had three hits, including a homer, and knocked in three runs as the Detroit Tigers rolled to a 16-4 win over the Kansas City Royals to open a four-game series. Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals. Jeremy Guthrie (5-8) lasted just four-plus innings for Kansas City, giving up eight runs on eight hits and three walks. Kansas City now trails Detroit by 5½ games for the lead in the AL Central. The Royals and Tigers play again tonight.
The Kansas City Royals announced that starting pitcher Jason Vargas underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday that will sideline him for at least two weeks. The Royals placed Vargas on the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday's matchup with the Detroit Tigers and they recalled reliever Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster spot.
The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Steve Ott to a two-year contract. Ott joined the Blues last February in a trade with Buffalo and posted 3 assists with 37 penalty minutes in 23 regular-season games for the Blues. He added two assists in six playoff games. Over 11 NHL seasons with St. Louis, Buffalo and Dallas, Ott has 103 goals and 164 assists for 267 points in 696 career games. He's also accumulated 1,355 penalty minutes, 6th-most among active skaters.
Graveside services for Leonard James Sanders of St. Louis, age 59, will be held today at 1:00 at the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family of Leonard Sanders for funeral expenses. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
Funeral services for Floys Lavern Webber of Salem, age 93, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Weese Cemetery in Shannon County. Memorials may be made to the Weese Cemetery.
Funeral services for Cora Esther Clark of Sedalia, age 72, will be Saturday at 11:00 at the Ewing Funeral Home in Sedalia. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery Monday at 12:00. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Lafayette County Cancer Coalition.
Funeral services for Guylia Fae Phelps of Salem, age 67, will be Sunday at 4:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Mill Creek Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to Project Win.
Funeral services for Ronald F. Swartz will be held at 11:00 Tuesday morning at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Monday night. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the memorial of your choice.
Funeral services for 96 year-old Grace Cox will be Wednesday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Tuesday evening. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery.
Memorial service for Connie F. Carpentier of Rolla, age 64, will be held at 4:00 Friday, July 18th at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Shriners. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.