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Morning Sports Report - July 10, 2014

The Springfield Cardinals are home for a short homestand....and Arch Madness will stay in St. Louis. Dan Lucy has your Thursday morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals opened up a short four game homestand Wednesday night at Hammons Field.

Springfield taking on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

The Double AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

And Royals outfielder Nori Aoki is with the Naturals on a rehab assignment because of a strained groin.

Springfield's Jonathan Cornelius strikes him out swinging to open the game.

Then in the third, more bad luck for Aoki, check out Alex Mejia dives to his right, and then throws out the big leaguer.

Springfield takes the lead in the third, Rafael Ortega rips this rocket to right, over the boards and gone a two run shot it's 2-nothing Cardinals.

Later in the third, Cody Stanley goes deep to right center, over the boards and off the Chevy Silverado, a solo shot it's 3-nothing.

Northwest Arkansas gets one back in the fifth, Ethan Chapman rifles this past first and into the right field corner, Juan Graterol scores on the triple it's 3-one.

And Springfield goes onto win 4-1.

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In the majors, both Missouri teams come away with wins.  St. Louis Cardinals over Pittsburgh, 5-2.  And the Kansas City Royals win another over Tampa Bay, 5-4.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo--For more than 20 years the Missouri Valley basketball season has culminated in a four day tournament in St. Louis called Arch Madness.

For the past few months, the conference had been looking at different options to move the post season event away from the Gateway City.

Three cities send bids to the Valley office, St. Louis, Kansas City and the Chicago suburbs.

And after weighing all the options, the Valley decided to keep the arch in Arch Madness.

St. Louis will continue to host for at least the next four years.

"We absolutely viewed the process as open and I can tell you that we played no favorites.  And we really did have three good choices.  And I can honestly say this, there aren't a lot of conferences that have the kind of choices, the good options that were available to us," said Valley commissioner Doug Elgin.  "So now it's my privilege to announce that the MVC is awarding the Missouri Valley mens conference tournaments in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to the Scottrade Center here in St. Louis."

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