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Morning Sports Report - August 21, 2013

Terry Allen says his Missouri State Bears are ready for the season opener in a week. And the Springfield Cardinals take a tough loss.
The Springfield Cardinals opened up a short four game homestand last night at Hammons Field.
The Cardinals hosting Northwest Arkansas, the double a affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Springfield starts the day in first place by one game on Arkansas in the north.
Only seven more regular season home games left.
Northwest Arkansas takes the lead in the first, Lane Adams, who was recruited to play hoops at Missouri State, hammers this to left, a three run shot it's 3-0 Naturals.
But Springfield battles back in the bottom half, Ruben Gotay scorches this to center, Brett Eibner makes the catch, James Ramsey tags and scores it's 3-1.
Then Xavier Scruggs rips this to left, off Adams' glove and off the boards, a double that scores Luis Mateo it's 3-2.
Still in that first, Stephen Piscotty singles to center, Scruggs scores and it's 3-3.
Springfield took a 4-3 lead.
And the Cards flashing the leather in the second, check out Piscotty in right, up and over the wall, robbing Rey Navarro of a homer, still 4-3. 
He later hit a homer, but the game got out of hand in a big way.  The Naturals go on a tear and set a record, winning 21-6.

In the Big Leagues last night, the St. Louis Cardinals blew a 3-nothing lead to lose to Milwaukee 6-3.
The Brewers scored five in the fourth to win.
And in Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox shutout the Royals 2-0.
Gordon Beckham hit a first inning homer, and that's all the Sox would need.

The Missouri State Bears will kick off the 20-13 season a week from Thursday when Northwestern State out of Louisiana comes to town.
That game will kick off at six next Thursday night.
Yesterday, Bears coach Terry Allen switched the focus of practice from preseason training camp to game mode.
The team held it's last scrimmage Saturday.
Good news concerning an injury in that game, offensive tackle Zack Cooley has a sprained MCL and will only miss a couple of games.
Other than that, Terry Allen says his team is ready for the season to kick off.
"I think we're all ready. We had a game operations meeting today. We must have had 20 people there. But the time we got done with it I felt my stomach starting to churn and everything. Although we're still more than a week away. We're all anxious for it to get here. It's kind of a tough time because of our opponent. Because we don't know anything about them. It's a new coaching staff, and it's not like he brought his old staff. So we're kind of picking at straws a little bit as far as preparation is concerned."

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