>>Cardinals Cruise Past Royals
(Kansas City, MO) — Matt Carpenter’s three-run homer capped a six-run fourth inning as the Cardinals cruised to an 11-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City. Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong added two-run shots for St. Louis, which has won three in-a-row. Carlos Martinez pitched eight innings of two-run ball to run his record to 8-and-9.
>>Cubs Cut Down Giants
(San Francisco, CA) — Javier Baez hit a two-run, inside the park homer to help the Cubs beat the Giants 5-3 in San Francisco. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and an RBI for Chicago, which led 5-0 in the fifth inning. Jake Arrieta got the win and Wade Davis his 24th save. The Cubs now lead the Brewers by a game-and-a-half for first place in the NL Central.
>>White Sox Face Astros
(Chicago, IL) — The White Sox and Astros open a three-game series in Chicago this evening. Chicago is an AL-worst 41-and-68 on the season. Derek Holland toes the rubber in the opener for the Sox. Houston sends out Dallas Keuchel.
>>Former AL MVP Baylor Dies At Age 68
(Austin, TX) — Former American League MVP Don Baylor is dead at the age of 68. Baylor passed away after a 14-year battle with cancer. He spent 19 seasons in the majors with seven different teams. Baylor, who captured AL MVP honors while with the Angels in 1979, also managed the Rockies and Cubs after his playing days.
>>Angels’ Trout Smacks 1,000th Hit
(Anaheim, CA) — Angels slugger Mike Trout is the newest member of the 1,000-hit club. Trout celebrated his 26th birthday by reaching the milestone in last night’s 6-2 loss to the Orioles in Anaheim. Trout homered on his birthday for the fourth time in his six-year career.
>>Dolphins’ Landry Investigated For Possible Battery
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is under investigation for possible battery in Florida. Multiple outlets report the investigation stems from an incident with his girlfriend earlier this year. The fourth-year pro posted 94 catches for 1,136 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games last season.
>>Bills Sign Veteran WR Boldin
(Orchard Park, NY) — Anquan Boldin is returning for a 15th NFL season. The veteran wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the Bills yesterday. Boldin had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games with the Lions last season. The 36-year-old currently ranks 14th in NFL history with 13,779 receiving yards.
>>Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement
(Undated) — Veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork is hanging up his cleats. Wilfork announced on Twitter that he is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons. The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl winner spent the last two years with the Texans after playing the first 11 seasons of his career with the Patriots.