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T-Bones bats awaken to end losing streak

The Kansas City T-Bones set an early season high in runs scored, home runs and extra base hits as they doubled up the St. Paul Saints Friday night at CHS Field in St. Paul, 10-5.

Kevin Keyes was the headline act as he drove in six runs with a pair of long balls for Kansas City. Keyes launched his first in the top of the first to give the T-Bones a lead off Saints starter John Straka (1-1).

St. Paul answered with two runs of their own off T-Bones starter Gabe Perez (1-0), including a Danny Oh solo home run, but Perez settled down and went 5 ⅓ innings, scattering eight hits and adding eight strikeouts to get the win.

The T-Bones added to their lead in the fourth to make it 4-3 on an RBI from Joe Jackson, but it was another pair of three-run innings that provided the knockout punch to the Saints. Newly acquired T-Bones second baseman Zach Walters led off the top of the fifth with a solo blast, hitting the right field foul pole off Straka. Eddie Newton and Leo Rojas added an RBI each on a sacrifice fly by Newton and a single for Rojas to make the score 7-3.

St. Paul added a single run in the sixth, seventh and eighth, but the T-Bones were not done. Keyes hit his second homer of the game in the top of the eighth—another three-run effort off Corey Williams, and the final score was 10-5 for Kansas City, ending a five-game losing streak.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night in St. Paul with game two of the three game series and game two of the current 10 game road trip. Right-hander Chris Perry goes for Kansas City against fellow right-hander Jason Creasy for St. Paul. The game can be heard on the T-Bones Broadcast Network online at tbonesbaseball.com.

Tickets to future home games are available online, by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office.

– Story from T-Bones

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United Way, T-Bones launch fundraising program for charities

The United Way of Wyandotte County and the Kansas City T-Bones have launched a program that will allow fundraising events for charities to be held at ball games and T-Bones events.

The “Featured Charity Partner of the Game” program will provide a partnership between a charitable organization and the T-Bones, allowing the fundraising event for the charity, marketing opportunities and events such as first pitch, photo opportunities with Sizzle and the awarding of the game ball.

The first scheduled Featured Charity Partner of the Game is with the United Way of Wyandotte County at 7:05 p.m. June 20. The Kansas City T-Bones will be taking on the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

The United Way will be selling tickets for $9 at its office located at 434 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets must be purchased by June 15. Call 913-371-3676 for tickets or email Cindy Cash at ccash@unitedway-wyco.org.

To learn more about the benefits and how a charitable organization can be the Featured Charity Partner on the Game program with the Kansas City T-Bones, contact Kacy Muller, 913-328-5640 or kmuller@tbonesbaseball.com.

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Sporting KC travels to Colorado on Saturday

Western Conference leader Sporting Kansas City (6-3-4, 22 points) wraps up a two-game road swing Saturday with a visit to to the last-place Colorado Rapids (2-8-1, 7 points) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

The 60th regular season meeting between these MLS charter members will kick off at 7 p.m.

FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest Plus will broadcast three hours of live coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m., while local radio broadcasts will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish

Sporting Kansas City enters Week 13 atop the Western Conference standings despite last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Forward Dom Dwyer, who missed the match with an injured knee, is listed as questionable ahead of this weekend’s clash in Colorado. The Englishman has missed two of Sporting KC’s last three games, but fellow attackers Gerso and Latif Blessing have helped compensate for the absence with multi-goal performances over the last fortnight. Blessing bagged a brace in a 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC on May 13, while Gerso scored a spectacular hat-trick four days later in a 3-0 rout of Seattle Sounders FC.

Defender Ike Opara was rested at Vancouver but is available for selection this weekend to join captain Matt Besler in central defense. Sporting Kansas City has conceded just five goals and lost just once in the 11 matches Opara has started this season.

That stingy record can partially be attributed to the stellar play of goalkeeper Tim Melia, who leads MLS with seven shutouts and an 82.0 save percentage (per Opta). He is one of three teammates to play every minute this year, alongside Besler and defensive midfield stalwart Ilie, who ranks among the MLS leaders in successful passes and duels won.

The Rapids were Major League Soccer’s surprise package in 2016, falling three point shy of the Supporters’ Shield title while losing just six games. Fortunes have been reversed this year, as Colorado has lost seven of its last eight since the start of April to drop to the Western Conference basement.

Head coach Pablo Mastroeni’s men took two road losses last week, falling 3-0 to the Chicago Fire before surrendering the lead in a 2-1 setback to the Philadelphia Union.

While Colorado has gone 0-6-0 away from home, the club remains a threat in the friendly confines of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids never lost at the venue last season, and in 2017 they boast home victories over the New England Revolution and San Jose Earthquakes.

Athletic forward Dominique Badji leads the side with three goals, while combative midfielder Micheal Azira is second in MLS with 36 interceptions.

The absence of center back Axel Sjoberg has only added to Colorado’s early struggles. The 6-foot-7 defender earned MLS Best XI honors in 2016 but has missed eight games this season with a hamstring injury.

Sjoberg returned to the fold last Saturday in Philadelphia, playing the full 90 minutes to give Mastroeni’s side a much-needed boost. That same night, forward Caleb Calvert scored his first MLS goal in spectacular fashion before picking up two yellow cards and a subsequent ejection. As a result, he will serve his one-game suspension this Saturday.

Sporting Kansas City dominated the first meeting between the sides this season, posting a 3-1 home victory on April 9 behind goals from Seth Sinovic, Gerso and Dwyer.

The result snapped a five-game losing streak to the Rapids, who swept the 2016 series with three one-goal wins. Sporting KC owns just one win in 10 regular season visits to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a 3-2 thriller in March 2014 that saw Graham Zusi, Benny Feilhaber and Dwyer score second-half goals.

– Story from Sporting KC

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