Butler's 5 hits, 5 RBIs help Royals rout Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Billy Butler broke out of a severe slump with five hits and five RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals kept Joe Blanton winless in eight starts this season with an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Butler's hit total tied his career high, established on July 27, 2009, at Baltimore. The designated hitter has three games with five or more RBIs in the majors — including a franchise record-tying seven on April 7 at Philadelphia, when he hit his first career grand slam. He began the day in a 4-for-35 rut with a .228 average and one RBI in 23 at-bats over his previous six games.
Luis Mendoza (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits over six innings, striking out six and walking none as the Royals began a nine-game road trip following a three-game sweep by the New York Yankees.
Wigginton dash boosts Cardinals past Mets 6-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn overcame early control woes and St. Louis used a three-run seventh inning to beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Monday night.
Lynn (6-1) allowed three runs on three hits and four walks the first two innings. He only gave up one hit and one walk in his last five innings. He is 4-0 at home this season.
Rick Ankiel, signed by the Mets earlier in the day after clearing waivers and playing against the team that revived his career as a position player, just missed a diving catch on Ty Wigginton's pinch-hit bloop double to shallow center off Scott Rice (1-3) to open the seventh.
Matt Carpenter followed Wigginton's hit with a sharp grounder off Rice's leg and the ball rolled into foul territory down the first-base line. Wigginton never stopped running and his head-first slide barely beat the tag to snap a 3-3 tie.
Chiefs sign RB Knile Davis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed running back Knile Davis, a third-round pick out of Arkansas.
Davis was selected 96th overall in last month's draft. Terms were not released Monday.
Davis had a monster sophomore season for Arkansas, running for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns. But the 227-pound Davis broke an ankle as a junior, and a combination of uncertainty on the coaching staff and his fumbling problems resulted in a rough junior season. He only ran for 377 yards and two touchdowns last year.
The Chiefs hope Davis can take some of the burden off Pro Bowl ball carrier Jamaal Charles.
Chiefs hire 'pistol' innovator Ault as consultant
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Nevada coach Chris Ault, the innovator of the "pistol" offensive formation that has swept through the NFL, to serve as a special consultant.
Ault's agent, Bob LaMonte, confirmed the hiring to The Associated Press on Monday. It was first reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, which covered Ault during his college coaching years.
It wasn't clear exactly what his duties will be with the Chiefs.
The pistol offensive formation lines up the quarterback a few yards behind center, but short of the traditional shotgun formation. The idea is to give the quarterback, particularly those with the ability to run the option, more versatility immediately after the snap.
Ault utilized the offense at Nevada with Colin Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl this past season.
Standout Andrew Wiggins to announce college choice
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Top basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins is set to go public with his college choice.
Wiggins will sign a letter-of-intent at a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Huntington. He previously narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State.
The Canadian star averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia's Huntington Prep.
Initially rated as a 2014 prospect, Wiggins shot to the top of recruiting charts when he decided last October to reclassify into his original high school class of 2013. The four major recruiting services have rated Wiggins as the No. 1 overall prospect.
Although his parents both attended Florida State, the Toronto-born Wiggins has kept quiet about his intentions. He had until Wednesday to sign with a Division I school.
Mike Keenan hired as coach of Russian hockey club
MAGNITOGORSK, Russia (AP) — Veteran NHL coach Mike Keenan has signed a two-year contract to coach the Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The Kontinental Hockey League club announced the deal on its website Monday but did not disclose financial details.
The 63-year-old Keenan led the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup title and has more than 600 wins during a 25-year career with eight teams. He last coached in the NHL with the Calgary Flames from 2007 to 2009.
In a video on the Metallurg website, Keenan says he's "pleased to be here as your new coach."