Giarraputo’s blast lifts T-Bones

Nick Giarraputo’s first home run of his T-Bones career couldn’t have come at a better time. It was the final run in a three-run fourth inning that helped propel Kansas City to a 5-3 win over Laredo in front of 5,922 Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Laredo struck first with a familiar weapon, the long ball. In the bottom of the second, John Alonso launched a solo home run off Kansas City starter Pat Doyle (2-2).

Trailing 1-0 and looking for their first hit of the game, the T-Bones got to Laredo starter Josh Strawn in the fourth inning. Danny Richar led off the inning with a triple and was brought home as Nick Schwaner flew out to center. Vladimir Frias then reached second on a throwing error by shortstop Devin Goodwin. Two pitches later — a steal and then a wild pitch — Frias scored. That’s when Giarraputo roped a solo shot over the mini-monster in left that gave Kansas City a 3-1 lead.

David Espinosa tacked on an insurance run in the fifth with a two-out triple to deep center, and was advanced home on throwing error to third by Travis Denker.

Doyle allowed just six hits off three runs and struck out five. Kris Regas notched his fifth save with a scoreless ninth. Giarraputo went two for three and scored two runs.

With the win, the T-Bones are now 11-12. They conclude game a three-game series with Laredo Sunday afternoon at 5:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Final Cut at the Hollywood Casino has new items on its menu

by William Crum

Recently, the Final Cut steakhouse at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway announced several new items on its menu.

“We have a lot of new items such as oysters on the half shell and spicy frog legs for appetizers,” said Chris Harman, Final Cuts manager. “We brought back a wedge salad and a capricious salad. We have a shrimp and lobster bisque that is fantastic. We put in a veal scaloppini which is also fantastic.”

There are some new side items as well as adding broccoli and house-made creamed corn, he said.

The Final Cut steakhouse at the Hollywood Casino has been mentioned numerous times in Wine Spectator magazine. For more information, visit the website,

Road racing returns to Kansas Speedway Saturday in Grand Prix of Kansas

The International MotorSports Association made its debut at Kansas Speedway Friday for practice and qualifying sessions.

Chris Cumming won the pole for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge (PC) race Saturday at 4:15 p.m. Cumming, who drives for RSR Racing, will race in the first 45-minute segment while co-driver Alex Tagliani will run the second 45 minute race.

“The car the guys gave me was fantastic,” Cumming said.

Craig Duerson with Performance Tech Motorsports won the pole for the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites race that starts at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Rebel Rock Racing’s Corey Lewis qualified the team’s Porsche Cayman on the pole in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner (ST) class for Saturday’s race, which begins at 6:15 p.m. The pole is Lewis’ first in just his fourth career start in the series. Rebel Rock Racing is owned by Grammy Award winning producer Jim Jonsin.

“It’s an amazing feeling, just a cool feeling,” Lewis said. “The draft was really important tonight. Kansas is well suited for the (Porsche) Caymans.”

TRG-AMR’s Kris Wilson qualified the team’s Aston Martin on the pole for the Continental Tire Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class for Saturday’s race. For the GS class, six different makes qualified in the top six positions.

Tickets are currently on sale for Saturday’s IMSA races, the Oct. 3 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the Oct. 4 Kansas Lottery 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series) and the Oct. 5 Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets can be purchased by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or by logging onto

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