Hudson allowed the first man to reach base in four of the first five innings that he started. With a penchant for double plays, he frequently gets out of those unsightly scenarios without getting burned too badly. But is that a feasible way to live? The Cardinals are wondering the same thing.
Frank Clark arrived at training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs last month noticeably trimmer and with that menacing scowl that somehow seemed so befitting of a menacing defensive end replaced by a joyful smile. His attitude? That was better, too.
There was no Long Hot Summer Day—his signature walk-up song as a Cardinal—playing over the stadium loudspeakers when Carpenter stepped into the batter’s box for his turn in the top of the first inning on Friday night at Busch. But the ovation for the 36-year-old slugger was so thunderous that you wouldn’t have been able to hear the music, anyway.
Monday night, less than 24 hours before the trading period’s ending at 5 p.m. Central on August 2, the Cardinals are reportedly working to finalize a deal for a starting pitcher from an NL Central rival.
Smith, a consensus national top-3 recruit, was also selected the #1 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports.com, the top-rated point guard in the country by Rivals.com and the top-rated shooting guard in the nation by ESPN.com. Smith was a McDonald’s All-American and was named co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic.
The Chiefs and aggressive general manager Brett Veach took a remarkably similar approach to filling the openings at wide receiver and safety, spending lavishly in free agency and the draft earlier in the offseason.
In an extraordinary decision for a NASCAR Cup Series race, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin had his Pocono win thrown out and runner-up and teammate Kyle Busch also was disqualified after their Toyotas failed inspections.