Gillaspie lifts White Sox over Royals, 4-3 in 12
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conor Gillaspie homered leading off the 12th inning Thursday night, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Royals and their first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2009.
Gillaspie drove the second pitch he got from Luke Hochevar just over the outstretched glove of right fielder Justin Maxwell for his 11th homer.
The tiebreaking shot came after Jacob Petricka made his major league debut in the 11th inning for the White Sox, inheriting runners on first and second with nobody out. Petricka calmly got Salvador Perez to ground into a double play to end the inning.
Addison Reed preserved Chicago's sixth straight win, and the first of Petricka's career, when the he left the tying run on second base for his 34th save.
Kelly pitches Cardinals to 6-2 win over Braves
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings, Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday night.
David Freese drove in two runs as St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games.
The Braves played without Jason Heyward, who is out with a broken right jaw after he was beaned during Wednesday's 4-1 win at the New York Mets. The outfielder had surgery on Thursday in Atlanta.
Justin Upton hit his 24th homer, but the Braves lost for the second time in three games at the start of a six-game trip. Atlanta had won eight of its last nine regular-season games against St. Louis.
CARDINALS MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDED
Cards minor leaguer Gonzalez suspended 50 games
NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez has been suspended for 50 games for an unspecified violation of baseball's minor league drug program.
The 21-year-old, selected from Central Florida Community College in the eighth round of the 2012 amateur draft, was hitting .192 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 104 at-bats this season with Johnson City of the rookie level Appalachian League.
The suspension was announced Thursday. It's the 39th this year under the minor league program.
New-look Chiefs still learning to communicate
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith might as well have been playing Paul Newman's part from the seminal 1967 film "Cool Hand Luke" after the Kansas City Chiefs struggled in a preseason loss to San Francisco.
You know the line where Newman says, "What we've got here is a failure to communicate."
Smith and his wide receivers weren't on the same page. The offensive line might just as well have been speaking another language given the seven sacks they allowed. The entire unit never put together a sustained drive, the Chiefs' lone touchdown coming on special teams.
Coach Andy Reid says that the communication issues remain a work in progress. The next benchmark to judge that progress comes in preseason game No. 3 on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
K-State's young Lockett compares well to original
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The comparisons were inevitable from the moment that Tyler Lockett signed his national letter of intent a couple of years ago to play wide receiver at Kansas State.
It comes with being the son of former Wildcats wide receiver Kevin Lockett and the nephew of Aaron Lockett, one of the best kick and punt returners in school history.
Tyler Lockett already has made a name for himself, though.
He's coming off an All-Big 12 season as voted on by The Associated Press for his work as both a wide receiver and kick returner, and will be counted upon to be a leader as a junior this season.
Lockett is among several veterans back from the Wildcats' Big 12 title team last season.
KANSAS ST-STADIUM RENOVATION
K-State stadium expansion finishes ahead of opener
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Whirlwind work on a $75 million renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium that began following last season has been completed ahead of Kansas State's season opener on Aug. 30.
Project supervisor AECOM announced Thursday that the project to renovate the west side of the 45-year-old stadium finished on schedule. The construction had to be finished in just eight months in order to be ready for the Wildcats' opener against North Dakota State.
The renovation resulted in new premium seating, improved media and broadcast facilities, the addition of the K-State Athletics Hall of Honor and other amenities. It also doubled the amount of field lighting to meet NCAA national standards for high-definition TV broadcasts.
The project was funded entirely through private donations.
Former UCLA QB Millweard transferring to Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former UCLA quarterback T.J. Millweard is transferring to Kansas.
Millweard was recently granted a release from his scholarship by the Bruins and took an unofficial visit this week to Kansas. He committed to the Jayhawks on Thursday, and tweeted that he was "honored and thankful to be part of the Jayhawk family."
Millweard was the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com. He chose UCLA over offers from Arkansas and Arizona and redshirted as a freshman.
He'll have to redshirt again and have three years of eligibility remaining.
Millweard, who spent part of his childhood in the Kansas City area, is the third high-profile QB to transfer to Kansas under coach Charlie Weis. Ex-Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist started last season, and BYU transfer Jake Heaps is expected to start this season.