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Morning Sports Report - August 15, 2014

The Springfield Cardinals take down first place Frisco last night. And the Kansas Chiefs wrap up camp in St. Joe. Here's your morning sports report.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals wrapped up their series with first place Frisco Thursday night.

And the Cards are looking for a win that would take the series two games to one.

Wednesday night Springfield won on an 11th inning homer from Curt Smith.

And another outstanding night for baseball at Hammons Field.

Springfield flashing the leather again early, check out the pitcher Kyle Hald snagging the comebacker from Guilder Rodriguez to open the game.

Bottom half, Patrick Wisdom grounds this to second, Odubel Herrera bobbles it, Wisdom's safe, and Breyvic Valera scores it's 1-nothing Cardinals.

Springfield gets more in that frame, the Rough Riders load the bases and Andrew Faulkner walks Rafael Ortega, Jonathan Rodriguez scores it's 2-nothing.

Then Alex Mejia lifts this pop fly to center, deep enough to score Curt Smith and it's 3-nothing Springfield.

The Cards add to it in the second, Travis Tartamella muscles up and cranks this shot to left, over the boards and gone, a solo shot, his first homer of the season, 4-nothing.

And Springfield wins 6-2.      

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--If you've been to a Springfield Cardinals game lately, you've noticed a new attraction over the visitor's bullpen.

Hammons Field has a new, old time manually operated scoreboard.

It's a replica of the one at the old Busch Stadium and will feature the big league Cardinals scores, along with selected Major League and Texas League games.

It also features St. Louis' World Series championship flags.

The nod to baseball's past is not completely operational yet.

The wet summer delayed construction and some of the small details have to be ironed out.

But it's another unique addition to what's been voted the best minor league ballpark in the country.

"It just brings back the romance of baseball for Springfield.  The fans have absolutely loved it, they're so excited about it," says Springfield General Manager Matt Gifford.  "It's something that will bring the fans a little closer to old time baseball.  Along with closer to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The great thing about it is that people will be able to walk underneath it and see the people up there working and doing the numbers.  I think it's something that fans of all ages will get a kick out of.  Again it's a flashback to what it was like at the old Busch Stadium, old Sportsman's Park, even Fenway Park.."
    

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In the Major Leagues Thursday,  the St. Louis Cardinals top San Diego, 4-3.

And the Kansas City Royals win again, 7-3 over Oakland.


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ST. JOSEPH, Mo--The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up training camp Thursday in St. Joseph.

In our KC Blitz report, the team will take the next two days off before playing at the Carolina Panthers Sunday night.

The Chiefs will move their practices next week back to their Arrowhead Stadium complex.

Thursday, the team held it's annual military appreciation day with soldiers from Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley watching practice.

Afterwards coach Andy Reid said that receiver Dwayne Bowe has been practicing with an injured finger for most of camp.

De'Anthony Thomas says he's thankful to the veterans for helping him make it through camp.

"I had a great camp.  I learned alot from those guys," said De'Anthony Thomas.  "They really motivated me to get through this camp.  They've been a role model for me.  It's been great.  I came through healthy and now I'm ready for the season to start.."


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