2013年5月31日星期五

Royals back to losing ways in falling 7-2 to Rangers


— Instead of getting a carry-over boost from their all-nighter in St. Louis, the Royals opened a three-game weekend series Friday at Texas by encapsulating their season in one telling and decisive inning.



The Rangers' Jurickson Profar is out at home plate on the bases loaded force-out against Royals catcher Adam Moore during Friday's game in Arlington, Texas.



The result was a 7-2 loss at the Ballpark in Arlington, which makes nine losses for the Royals in 10 games; and 20 losses in their last 25.


It also closed out a demoralizing 8-20 month that saw them fall from first to last in the American League Central Division.


All you need to know is the third inning. See if this sounds familiar.


The Royals, with the score 0-0, got a leadoff double from Adam Moore on a drive that sailed over the head of right fielder Nelson Cruz.


Chris Getz followed with an infield single by beating the throw from shortstop Elvis Andrus while Moore held second.


Texas lefty Derek Holland struck out Alex Gordon, but Alcides Escobar drove an RBI single up the middle that also moved Getz to third — and Escobar took second when Leonys Martin threw to third.


So, one run in, runners on second and third with only one out and the middle of the order coming up.


One run was all the Royals got.


The runners held on Lorenzo Cain’s hopper back to the mound, and Billy Butler ended the inning by grounding out — technically, the out was runner’s interference when Escobar ran into third baseman Adrian Beltre.


One run.


Shift to the bottom of the inning.


Royals starter Wade Davis retired the first two hitters, which put him in reach of the shutdown inning all clubs crave after scoring themselves.


Instead, it all fell apart.


David Murphy legged out a soft grounder up the middle for a single when Escobar couldn’t make a barehanded pick-up.


Lance Berkman followed with a sharp grounder to the right side. Second baseman Chris Getz, playing in short right field, bobbled the ball for just an instant, but it was enough for Berkman to turn it into another single.


Runners at first and second.


Beltre rammed a grounder up the middle for a game-tying single.


Davis then fell behind 3-1 on Nelson Cruz and offered up a fastball, which Cruz simply crushed — a 419-foot drive to left for a three-run homer and a 4-1 lead.


OK, maybe the Royals were still recovering from the rain-delayed victory over the Cardinals. They didn’t get get to their hotel until 7 a.m. That might seem more plausible had it not happened so often before.


The third inning was a greatest mis-hits album. An offensive opportunity not quite maximized. A defensive play not quite made. A jam not quite escaped. And a killer homer. A lot of not-quites and a knockout punch.


There was more, of course, but it was more of the same. White noise.


Holland, 5-2, gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one. Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth before Joe Nathan closed it out in a non-save situation.


The Rangers, who finished with 14 hits, put the game away with a two-run sixth — just after the Royals had closed to within 4-2 on Eric Hosmer’s two-out RBI single in the top of the inning.


Davis was still in at that point, and he began the inning by yielding a single to Mitch Moreland before A.J. Pierzynski sent a ball sufficiently deep to center that it required a review to determine it didn’t leave the yard.


It was a double, and it finished Davis.


In came Bruce Chen, who walked Jurickson Profar, which loaded the bases. Martin followed with a drive to deep center just beyond Cain’s reach. (Yep, another not-quite.)


The runners had to hold to ensure it wasn’t caught, but two scored and Martin pulled into second with a double. That made it 6-2; Chen did some nifty work in keeping it from getting worse.


All six runs went to Davis, whose ERA spiked to 6.16 as he fell to 3-5 while allowing 10 hits in five-plus innings.


Texas got its final run when Luke Hochevar surrendered a leadoff homer in the seventh to Beltre, who turned around a 1-2 breaking ball. It was Beltre’s fourth hit of the game.






UK weather: Temperatures set to hit 20C this weekend as forecasters predict wall-to-wall sunshine across Britain



  • Temperatures to hit 19C tomorrow and 20C on Sunday, forecasters predict

  • Britain could see the hottest day of the year next week as cold leaves us

  • The year's warmest day so far was May 7 when Mercury hit 23.7C in Crosby

  • Tomorrow marks the start of the meteorological summer

  • Britain has endured the fifth coldest spring on record with average temperatures of just 6C


By Rob Cooper


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Britain will enjoy wall-to-wall sunshine this weekend with temperatures hitting 20C as the weather warms up for the start of summer.


June will herald the arrival of t-shirt weather for much of the country and the fine conditions are set to last well into next week.


Temperatures could hit 22C today while we could see 19C tomorrow and 20C on Sunday, forecasters are predicting.


Beautiful reflection: This hill is exactly recreated in the calm waters of Ullswater in the Lake District this morning

Beautiful reflection: This hill is exactly recreated in the calm waters of Ullswater in the Lake District this morning



Reflection: As spring comes to an end today, this hill is reflected in the water at Ullswater in the Lake District this morning

Reflection: As spring comes to an end today, this hill is reflected in the water at Ullswater in the Lake District this morning



Natural beauty: The lush green hill is reflected in the water in the Lake District. After a cold spring, Britain is set to enjoy a warm weekend with temperatures of up to 20C

Natural beauty: The lush green hill is reflected in the water in the Lake District. After a cold spring, Britain is set to enjoy a warm weekend with temperatures of up to 20C



Although we are unlikely to see the year's warmest day today, the record could be broken in the middle of next week. Mercury reached 23.7C in Crosby, Merseyside, on May 7, but that may be beaten.


June 1 tomorrow marks the meteorological beginning of summer after what is likely to be the fifth chilliest Spring on record and the coldest since 1962.


All of the past three months have been cooler than the seasonal norm, provisional Met Office figures revealed.


The average temperature between March and May was just 6C according to the latest data, and has followed on from an unseasonably frosty winter.


In a seasonal boost for millions, forecasters predict a warm, dry and sunny weekend.


End of spring: The last day of the coldest spring since 1962 signs off with a taste of summer as clear blue skies and glorious sunshine grace the calm waters of Ullswater in the Lake District this morning

End of spring: The last day of the coldest spring since 1962 signs off with a taste of summer as clear blue skies and glorious sunshine grace the calm waters of Ullswater in the Lake District this morning



Water reflection: Boats sitting on Ullswater in the Lake District this morning are reflected in the still water

Water reflection: Boats sitting on Ullswater in the Lake District this morning are reflected in the still water



June 1 tomorrow marks the meteorological beginning of summer after what is likely to be the fifth chilliest Spring on record and the coldest since 1962

June 1 tomorrow marks the meteorological beginning of summer after what is likely to be the fifth chilliest Spring on record and the coldest since 1962



Spring sun: A girl runs in the calm waters at Derwentwater, near Keswick, in the Lake District this morning on the last day of spring

Spring sun: A girl runs in the calm waters at Derwentwater, near Keswick, in the Lake District this morning on the last day of spring



Beautiful day: Betty MacKnight, aged two, enjoys playing in the sand in Newcastle City Centre on a newly-installed 'beach'

Beautiful day: Betty MacKnight, aged two, enjoys playing in the sand in Newcastle City Centre on a newly-installed 'beach'



Big day out: Racegoers at Epsom Down Racecourse in Surrey today as the sun comes out

Big day out: Racegoers at Epsom Down Racecourse in Surrey today as the sun comes out



Sunny outlook: Britain is set to bask in a warm weekend as summer officially begins tomorrow on June 1

Sunny outlook: Britain is set to bask in a warm weekend as summer officially begins tomorrow on June 1



Matt Dobson, MeteoGroup forecaster, said that after a wet half term, the weekend and much of next week is also expected to be warm and sunny.


'We have seen 21.7C in Durham already but before the day is out we could have 22C or even 23C,' he said.


'Tomorrow is set to be warm with the best of the sun across the Midlands, and central parts of the South-East.


Cloudy start: Mist over Scarborough lifts today as the sun belatedly comes out

Cloudy start: Mist over Scarborough lifts today as the sun belatedly comes out



Beautiful day: A bright and clear day over the Lake District this morning on the last day of spring

Beautiful day: A bright and clear day over the Lake District this morning on the last day of spring



Wonderful end to spring: The sun comes out over Derwentwater, near Keswick, today on what is officially the last day of spring. It has been the coldest spring since 1962, with average temperatures of just 6C

Wonderful end to spring: The sun comes out over Derwentwater, near Keswick, today on what is officially the last day of spring. It has been the coldest spring since 1962, with average temperatures of just 6C


Spring sun: Three children run through the water at Derwentwater, Cumbria, this morning

Spring sun: Three children run through the water at Derwentwater, Cumbria, this morning




'Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and the south-west are going to see the warmest temperatures. Tomorrow we will see 18 or 19C which is not going to be as warm as today.


'Tomorrow a cool breeze will be blowing down the east coast of England in areas like Yorkshire and East Anglia. There temperatures will only reach 15 or 16C.


'There will be light winds around on Sunday but lots of dry weather and we could see a degree or two higher. We could easily see 20C in London and southern England.


'We have had a terrible week but it is going to be much better this weekend.'


The biggest buttercup meadows in the UK shimmered in the sunshine today on the last day of spring.


More than half a billion flowers have transformed the ancient plains of Hatfield Forset, Essex into a sea of gold as the weather finally warms up.


Beach day: With summer finally on the way, sunbathers flock to Woolacombe beach, Devon, at the end of half term

Beach day: With summer finally on the way, sunbathers flock to Woolacombe beach, Devon, at the end of half term



Warm weather: Temperatures could hit 22C today - and it was warm enough for people to get their swimwear out to sit on the beach in Woolacombe, Devon

Warm weather: Temperatures could hit 22C today - and it was warm enough for people to get their swimwear out to sit on the beach in Woolacombe, Devon



Sunseekers: Dozens of people venture into the water at Woolacombe today as they make the most of a very warm and sunny end to spring

Sunseekers: Dozens of people venture into the water at Woolacombe today as they make the most of a very warm and sunny end to spring



Lunchtime sun: Office workers and children enjoy the warm weather at lunchtime in London today by the River Thames and opposite the Tower of London

Lunchtime sun: Office workers and children enjoy the warm weather at lunchtime in London today by the River Thames and opposite the Tower of London



Making a splash: Two children play in the fountains in central London with the Tower of London in the background

Making a splash: Two children play in the fountains in central London with the Tower of London in the background



Warm: Children enjoy the summer weather near Tower Bridge, next to City Hall, in central London today

Warm: Children enjoy the summer weather near Tower Bridge, next to City Hall, in central London today



Horse-racing sun: Nikki Chapple, from London, enjoys the weather at Eposm Downs Racecourse in Surrey today

Horse-racing sun: Nikki Chapple, from London, enjoys the weather at Eposm Downs Racecourse in Surrey today



Chilling in the sea: Springer spaniel Monty, aged 10, surfs off East Wittering beach, West Sussex, today as Britain gets ready for a spell of hot weather at the start of June

Chilling in the sea: Springer spaniel Monty, aged 10, surfs off East Wittering beach, West Sussex, today as Britain gets ready for a spell of hot weather at the start of June



Boarding spaniel: The dog rides towards the beach on the surf board this morning

Boarding spaniel: The dog rides towards the beach on the surf board this morning



Visitors have been flocking to see the bright yellow blooms and enjoying special buttercup walks around the 400 acres of natural pasture.


'It is a sea of yellow at the moment and the buttercups are putting on a good show in the sunshine,' said Henry Bexley, countryside manager for the National Trust in Essex and South Suffolk.


'We have around half a billion buttercups here as the wood pasture provides the optimum growing conditions.


'We do not use pesticides or fertiliser, it's a totally natural pasture which is what produces such a brilliant show of flowers.'


He said the cold spring weather meant the buttercups were much later in blooming this year, but the sunshine had now helped bring on the golden spectacle.


Spring joy: Children play in Britain's biggest buttercup meadow in Hatfield Forest, Essex, today on the last day of spring

Spring joy: Children play in Britain's biggest buttercup meadow in Hatfield Forest, Essex, today on the last day of spring



More than half a billion flowers have transformed the ancient plains of Hatfield Forset, Essex into a sea of gold

More than half a billion flowers have transformed the ancient plains of Hatfield Forset, Essex into a sea of gold



Warm spring day: Laura Jones enjoys the sunny weather in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, today

Warm spring day: Laura Jones enjoys the sunny weather in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, today



Spring sun: Shuling Su, aged five, rides her bicycle in the park in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, today

Spring sun: Shuling Su, aged five, rides her bicycle in the park in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, today



Spring bloom: Claudia Dennison, from Harrogate, in a bright pink dress walking through the last of the unseasonably late cherry blossom

Spring bloom: Claudia Dennison, from Harrogate, in a bright pink dress walking through the last of the unseasonably late cherry blossom











Alleged stalker charged in second case


A Leawood man charged with stalking an Overland Park woman this week was charged Friday with stalking another woman two weeks earlier.




According to the misdemeanor charges, Eric Lawrence Kaplan stalked a woman in Leawood on May 13 and another woman in Overland Park on May 27.


Kaplan, 18, was released on $1,500 bond on the first charge but he was in the Johnson County jail Friday night with bond set at $50,000 for the second one.






Fears grow for blonde office worker, 26, as search enters third day after car found abandoned 80 miles from her home



  • Frankie Warren, 26, vanished from her Gloucester home on Wednesday

  • Her car was found abandoned 80 miles away in Sedgley yesterday

  • Family and friends have joined police in combing Sedgley Hall Park


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Missing: Office worker Frankie Warren, 26, vanished from her home in Gloucester on Wednesday

Missing: Office worker Frankie Warren, 26, vanished from her home in Gloucester on Wednesday



Fears were growing today for the safety of missing officer worker Frankie Warren as the search for her entered its third day.


The 26-year-old vanished from her home in Thornbury, Gloucester on Wednesday at 8.40 am.


She did not turn up for work as usual and worried family members reported her missing later that evening.


Police tracked Frankie's silver Honda Civic using number plate recognition cameras and yesterday discovered the abandoned vehicle near woodland 80 miles away from her home in Sedgley, West Midlands.


The blonde did not take any belongings or money with her and friends said she had only £20 worth of petrol in her car.


Factory worker Kevin Fletcher, 46, said he first saw the car parked near the wooded area in Sedgley early on Thursday morning, but thought nothing of it.


'I thought the door doesn't look like it's shut properly,' he said.


'But I didn't think anything else of it because it was raining and a horrible morning.


'Apparently the keys were still in the car and her handbag was on the passenger seat.'


Mr Fletcher described seeing police with sniffer dogs descend on the area on Thursday evening.


'They asked me not to let Coco off the lead, there must have been about ten of them with dogs,' he said.


'I could hear the police helicopter as well, it looked like it had the infra-red on.


'It must have hovered over the fields for about 20 or 30 minutes.'



Frankie Warren has been missing from her home in Bristol since Wednesday morning


Ms Warren with her boyfriend Sam Cotton, who has joined in the search operation


Fears: Police, relatives and friends are searching for Ms Warren, seen left and right with her boyfriend Sam Cotton, whose car was found abandoned in a secluded area in the West Midlands yesterday evening



Police arrived at the wooded area after tracking Ms Warren's car using number plate recognition cameras.


Ms Warren did not take any belongings with her when she left her house on Wednesday morning, and friends said she had only £20 worth of petrol in her car.


Her last contact with her boyfriend, Sam Cotton, 27, was at 11am on Wednesday.


Mr Cotton posted an emotional plea for information on his Facebook page the day his girlfriend went missing.


He wrote: 'MY GIRLFRIEND (FRANKIE WARREN) HAS GONE MISSING!!!!!! I last spoke with her at about 11am on 29th May, this is massively out of character for her and also not to contact anyone!!!!'


He added: 'I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BABY!!!!! We all just want you home safe!!!!'


Search: Police recovered a vehicle from Elan Road in Sedgley during the search for missing Frankie Warren

Search: Police recovered a vehicle from Elan Road in Sedgley during the search for missing Frankie Warren



Concern: Police have been searching the area near Sedgley Hall Park, 80 miles from Ms Warren's home in Bristol

Concern: Police have been searching the area near Sedgley Hall Park, 80 miles from Ms Warren's home in Bristol



Mr Cotton has since posted an update to say he had travelled to Sedgley to join in the search.


A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: 'Her family, and the police officers searching for her, are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare because of her state of mind when she left.


'Since Frankie was reported missing we have been conducting enquiries to try and find her.


'As a result of those enquiries, her silver Honda Civic was found by West Midlands Police near some woodland in Sedgley at around 6.50pm on Thursday evening.


'A large search of the area took place by officers from West Midlands Police and will begin again at first light on Friday morning.


'Frankie is a white woman, 5' 8" tall and with a slim build.


'She has a pieced left nostril, blue eyes and straight blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue tracksuit with full-length jogging bottoms with a white waist cord and a white logo on the leg.


'She had a light-grey hooded tracksuit top and a quilted jacket made of brown, shiny material and a fur-trimmed hood.


'Anyone who has seen Frankie since she went missing, or knows where she currently is, should contact police on 101.'