Hosmer’s 5 hits power Royals past Tigers

Royals rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, including a 3-run HR, backing Luis Mendoza's seven strong innings in his first start of the season. Alex Gordon hit his third leadoff homerun of the year, his 23rd, and the Royals never looked back. Hosmer's 18th HR of the year in the Royals six-run fourth inning blew the game open and gave Mendoza (1-0) his first win, 10-2, in three seasons. Hosmer's five-hit game was the first of his career and the first by a Royal since Billy Butler on July 27, 2009. Hosmer's batting average has increased 32 points in September and is now batting .300. The Royals offense pounded out 16 hits and have now recorded 12 hits or more in 7 straight games. Hosmer wasn't the only one raking, as fellow rookie Sal Perez went 3-for-3 with his third HR of the season and is hitting .339 and Melky Cabrera also recorded three hits. Mendoza recorded his first win since August 3, 2008 when he was with the Texas Rangers with two [Read more...]

Conference Expansion Update, Wed Sept 21

10:56 pm: So I step out for a few hours to have some me time on the basketball court (a big Thank You to Jeff Graves for the five powerhouse dunks) and I missed some action. If you want to follow conference realignment, you really can't sleep or do anything fun. Anyhow, according to KC Star's Mike DeArmond, Dan Beebe is on his way out as the Big 12 Commissioner, and the resignation will be announced tomorrow. Remember when I said this a month ago (Dan Beebe's Resignation a must)? If I can figure this out, why can't a damn conference? I will continue to my prediction that his replacement will be former Big 8 Commissioner Chuck Neinas. Nienas helped Oklahoma hire AD Joe Castigleone and Missouri AD Mike Alden. More on this soon... Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel continues to voice his concern with the Big 12. Earlier in the day, he called the Big 12 "a sad embarrassment." A few weeks ago on Tim Brando's national TV show, he said that the Big 12 needs serious repair work [Read more...]

Conference Expansion Update: Pac-whatever its called plays its cards

11:39 p.m: Now the Pac 12, Pac-XX or Pac-whatever its called has decided to play its hand in this ultimate poker match, otherwise known as this never-ending drama known as Conference Realignment. Quoting one of my friends, who said, "Will This ever end?" I agree, friend. Anyway, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced that the Pac-12 will NOT seek expansion. His full statement: WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In light of the widespread speculation about potential scenarios for Conference re-alignment, the Pac-12 Presidents and Chancellors have affirmed their decision to remain a 12-team conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, “after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture [Read more...]

Sept 20, 2011: A wild ride in Conference Expansion

Here comes Conference Armageddon Where will your team end up in conference realignment/expansion?   Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation Personally, I am sick and tired of the daily drama known as conference expansion/realignment. It gives me a headache everytime I think of all the possible outcomes. Last time there was a lot of smoke, but not much fire. Today could be day that the wildfire goes out of control and the final domino falls for all hell breaking loose, setting the stage for Conference Armageddon. With all the fate of the Big 12 supposedly in the hands of Oklahoma and Texas, and everyone focusing on what they were going to do, Missouri could be the one that blows it all up. Reports surfaced today that Mizzou is on their way to the SEC, and it gaining momentum. If this is the case, the sooner the better. Whether your team ends up in some sort of new conference, the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-whatever it is called, or somewhere else, lets get this thing over [Read more...]

Rivera new all-time saves leader

New York--New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera earned his 602nd career save Monday with a 6-4 win over visiting Minnesota, not that anyone cares. Rivera surpasses Trevor Hoffman (601) on the career saves leader. Is Rivera the greatest closer ever? P.S. I hate the Yankees. Rivera's record-setting day  

Smile KC, its a feel-good Monday

Happy Monday, Kansas City. It’s a great day to be a Kansas Citian. The Chiefs and Kansas were embarrassed, "Vicious" Victor Ortiz was ko'd by Money Mayweather's sucker-punch, the Royals lost their winning streak, and oh yeah, the Big 12 Conference is ready to implode as Conference Armageddon is upon us. Which was worse the Chiefs pitiful loss or Kansas epic record-setting loss? If you are a KU and Chiefs fan, I feel for yeah, this had to be one of the worst weekends you’ve experienced, EVER. The Chiefs got embarrassed 48-3 at Detroit Sunday, their second straight blowout loss. But that’s not the biggest loss. Jamaal Charles is done for the season with a torn ACL, marking consecutive weeks the Chiefs have lost a Pro Bowler with a season-ending ACL injury. It’s going to be a long season for the Chiefs (0-2) without Charles and their best defensive player (Eric Berry).

Missouri Western players save toddler

Associated Press ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Missouri Western players save toddler out of a locked car on a day when temperatures reached 95 degrees. Defensive backs Jack Long and Shane Simpson were driving away from football practice on Aug. 23 when they saw a woman frantically beating on the window of a car. They decided to turn around and see if they could help. "We thought she maybe had locked her keys in the car, but then thought that was kind of an extreme thing to do for keys," said Long. When they stopped, Teresa Gall told them she had accidentally locked her 17-month-old grandson, Liam, in the car -- with the keys. "I was panicked and horrified," Gall told KSHB-TV. "He was crying and getting sick, and I couldn't get to him." She and other family members weren't able to break the window while Liam was throwing up and beginning to lose consciousness. "I couldn't believe it. We were hitting the glass as hard as we could and nothing," Gall said. "All I could think was [Read more...]

Streaking Royals win 7th straight, longest streak since 2008

Brian Graham, KCSportsNation The Royals are well out of the race, so they have nothing to play for, right? Don’t tell them that. The young Royals won their seventh straight game Saturday night, 10-3, sending the White Sox to their seventh straight loss. Mike Moustakas hit his third homerun (4) in four games, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Moustakas is hitting .519 in the streak.