UNDATED (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals are the NL Central champions after beating the Cubs Friday night.

Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-her) Molina had three RBIs as the Redbirds shut out the Chicago Cubs 7-0.

Saturday’s gametime moved up due to expected inclement weather in St. Louis.  Pregame on KHMO begins at 2:20, first pitch 3:15.

The Pittsburgh Pirates own a two-game lead over Cincinnati for the first NL wild-card berth.  AJ Burnett tossed eight innings, Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd provided a two-run single as the Bucs downed the Reds 4-1.

UNDATED (AP) - Tampa Bay and Cleveland are in a dead heat for the two American League wild-card berths following the Rays' 6-3 loss at Toronto and the Indians' 12-6 triumph in Minnesota. Texas is just a game behind the wild-card co-leaders after a 5-3 win over the Angels. Should the three teams end up in a tie, the Indians would host Tampa Bay in a one-game playoff and the loser of that game would play in Texas to decide the second wild-card berth.

 

In High School Football, the Hannibal Pirates overpowered Kirksville last night, 33 to 20.  Sports Director Bill Shuler says the Tigers' offense got going early last night, and Hannibal found themselves trailing Kirksville  8 to 0, then 8 to 6, and then 14 to 6... but then the Pirate defense helped take control of the game...

Sports Director Bill Shuler's game wrap...

 

In other high school football action,

Palmyra rolls over Louisiana, 42 to 8.

South Shelby shuts out Monroe City, 27 to Zip.

Clark County defeats Mark Twain 35 to 8.

Scotland County crushes North Shelby 34 to 0.

Wright City edges past Bowling Green 35 to 28.

Macon defeats Highland, 40 to 8.

On the Illinois side, Rock Island Alleman dominates QHS 26 to 7.

Quincy Notre Dame rushes past Illini West, 46 to 14.

Central over Brown County, 27 to 6.

Pittsfield Shuts Out  West Hancock, 42 to 0.

Winchester West central 24, Pleasant Hill 16

College Football Schedule:

Lindenwood Belleville at QU, 2 pm

Missouri Valley at Culver Stockton, 1pm

Arkansas State At Mizzou, 6:30 p.m. family weekend