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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 6:03 AM

BLUES-PREDATORS

Blues' Elliott blanks Predators 1-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brian Elliott made 15 saves and Alex Steen scored to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

The Blues extended their winning streak to a season-long five games. The fading Predators have dropped four straight and seven of their last eight.

After a scoreless first period, Steen got the game's first goal at 16:37 of the second. Carrying the puck along the boards on the left side, Steen pulled up at the top of the left circle and fired a slap shot that beat goaltender Pekka Rinne between the pads.

Steen snapped a six-game goalless stretch.

Elliott was relatively untested en route to his second consecutive shutout. He made four saves in the first, six in the second and five in the third.

REDS-CARDINALS

Lynn strikes out 10 as Cardinals top Reds 5-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also driving in runs.

St. Louis bounced back nicely a day after the Reds roughed up the bullpen for nine runs in the ninth inning of a 13-4 rout that made for a sour home opener.

Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits for Cincinnati. The Reds were held to five hits, ending a run of four consecutive games with double-figure hit totals. Choo has four straight two-hit games.

CARDINALS-MOTTE

Motte not cleared to throw, may need surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition does not improve in the next three weeks or so.

Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, has been shut down since late March because of a strained right elbow. He was not cleared to throw after an MRI exam Tuesday didn't show sufficient improvement.

General manager John Mozeliak said the team should have a good idea by early May whether the 30-year-old Motte would be able to pitch this season.

The news comes a day after stand-in closer Mitchell Boggs was charged with six earned runs in one-third of an inning in the Cincinnati Reds' nine-run ninth inning.

TWINS-ROYALS

Guthrie solid again as Royals top Twins 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Tuesday night.

The Royals, who had not scored in the first two innings in their first seven games, sent nine to the plate in a five-run first. Mike Pelfrey (1-1) gave up hits to the first five batters he faced.

Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar — the first of his career — each hit solo homers to keep the Twins close.

Guthrie (2-0) improved to 7-0 in his past 13 starts dating to last Aug. 8. Guthrie, who has a 2.37 ERA during the stretch, allowed four runs on six hits, including the three home runs, in 6 2/3 innings.

PACKERS-MULLIGAN

Packers sign TE Mulligan

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers say they have signed tight end Matthew Mulligan.

The transaction was announced Tuesday by the team and no terms, including the length of the deal, were disclosed.

Mulligan is a fifth-year NFL veteran out of Maine who played in all 16 games for the St. Louis Rams last season. He had career highs with eight catches for 84 yards (10.5 avg.) and his first career touchdown.

He also played three seasons for the Jets and one with the Dolphins.

KANSAS-MCLEMORE

Jayhawks' Ben McLemore declares for NBA draft

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas guard Ben McLemore is entering the NBA draft after arguably the most successful freshman season in school history.

The 6-foot-6 star from St. Louis broke Danny Manning's freshman scoring record by averaging nearly 16 points, and helped Kansas win a share of its ninth straight Big 12 title.

McLemore, a second-team All-American, announced his intentions while accompanied by Jayhawks coach Bill Self during a news conference Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Expected to be a lottery pick in June's draft, McLemore is the third Kansas freshman coached by Self to leave school early. Xavier Henry was picked 12th overall by Memphis in 2010, and Josh Selby was a late second-round selection of the Grizzlies the following year.

KANSAS-NEW OFFENSE

Jayhawks working on passing game in spring ball

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas didn't have a single wide receiver score a touchdown last season, so it makes sense that an overhaul of the passing game would be in order this spring.

Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis has been working to install a new quarterback in former BYU starter Jake Heaps, who had to sit out last season while redshirting — and was forced to watch as Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist struggled mightily and the Jayhawks finished 1-11.

Heaps is No. 1 on the depth chart entering Saturday's spring game. He says the Jayhawks can't worry about last year.

Along with a new quarterback, the Jayhawks are trying to find someone dependable he can throw the ball to, and that means tinkering with their most successful offensive group: running backs.

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