Davis returns, leads Royals over Marlins, 6-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wade Davis came off the family emergency leave list and pitched six solid innings, Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Monday night.
The Royals won for the 17th time in 20 games, while the Marlins are 1-8 in their past nine.
Davis had not pitched since Aug. 2, returning to Florida to be with his family after the death of his stepbrother on Aug. 3.
Davis allowed two runs and six hits while striking out three and walking two.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler held the Royals hitless until two out in the fourth, when they pieced together four straight hits.
Royals activate 2B Getz from disabled list
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have activated Chris Getz from the 15-day disabled list and put him in the starting lineup at second base.
Getz was set to play Monday night in the series opener against the Miami Marlins.
Getz has been out since July 28 with a sprained left knee. He hit .300 in five rehab games with Triple-A Omaha. Getz hit .209 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 53 games for Kansas City before the injury.
The Royals also put infielder Jamey Carroll on the roster after acquiring him in a trade Sunday with the Minnesota Twins.
Kansas City optioned left-handed pitcher Will Smith and infielder Irving Falu to Omaha. Falu was with the big league club for one game and did not play.
Cardinals take breather before taking on Pirates
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The electronic message board where the St. Louis Cardinals lineup is posted left no room for debate: Clubhouse Closed. Coaches Included.
A breather was mandated Monday before the NL Central-leading Pirates come to town. Manager Mike Matheny said before they get back to business, players need to get away.
Adam Wainwright, who in recent starts has lacked the put-away pitch that makes him the staff ace, got a similar message. He has steadfastly maintained fatigue is not an issue, but figures to be fresh after three extra days rest entering the series opener Tuesday night.
PED comment costs Jack Clark, co-host jobs
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former St. Louis Cardinals star Jack Clark is out of his sports talk radio job, and so is his co-host, after Clark's on-air comments alleging that Albert Pujols took performance-enhancing drugs.
Clark said on the air on WGNU Radio in St. Louis that Pujols' former trainer told him 10 years ago that he injected PEDs into Pujols.
Pujols responded with a strong denial on Friday night and said he planned to take legal action against Clark and his employers.
Early Saturday, the company that owns the show, insideSTL Enterprises LLC, said in a statement that the show hosted by Clark and Kevin Slaten has been cancelled.
A telephone listing for Clark could not be found. Slaten says he plans to sue the radio station, insideSTL and its owner.
Fisher, Clemens shrug off Kosar flap
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As an NFL quarterback, Kellen Clemens is accustomed to criticism.
The St. Louis Rams backup quarterback says critical comments from Bernie Kosar are no big deal.
Coach Jeff Fisher was even more determined to put the issue to rest, confirming after practice Monday night that the Browns analyst had telephoned to apologize but declining to say anything more.
The Browns condemned the comments from Kosar, a former NFL quarterback who was brutal in his assessment of Clemens, the Rams' wide receivers and receivers coach Ray Sherman during Thursday night's preseason opener in Cleveland, but said Kosar would stay on the job.
Chiefs' Charles leaves practice with foot injury
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles left midway through the Chiefs' practice Monday with what coach Andy Reid called a strained foot. X-rays were negative.
Charles was participating in an 11-on-11 portion of practice pitting the No. 1 offense against the top defense when he walked off the field and spent a moment speaking with trainers. He climbed into a cart and was driven up a long hillside to the locker room.
Dozens of people watching practice tweeted that Charles had been "carted off the field," and that triggered a rush of speculation about the nature or severity of the injury.
Charles missed nearly an entire season two years ago with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Tigers looking for more in SEC Year 2
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An easy way to get Gary Pinkel agitated is to ask the Missouri coach what he learned in a hard-knocks introduction to the SEC.
The Tigers were 5-7 last year, ending a string of eight consecutive bowl appearances. He blames injuries to quarterback James Franklin and the offensive line, not the increased degree of difficulty jumping from the Big 12 to the nation's premier conference.
Missouri opens the season at home Aug. 31 against Murray State.