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CHICAGO (AP) — For A.J. Pierzynski, the opportunity for a fresh start with a perennial contender was too good to pass up.

Pierzynski on Saturday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, choosing them from among several suitors, 10 days after being released by the Boston Red Sox.

The veteran catcher didn’t divulge what other teams showed interest in him, but said playing for a contender was a priority.

“You want to try and find a team that can win. You don’t want to go to the team that’s in last place and just kind of play out the string,” said Pierzynski, who was in the starting lineup and batting sixth for the Cardinals’ afternoon matchup against the Chicago Cubs.

Pierzynski, 37, now with his sixth team in 17 seasons, spoke with St. Louis manager Mike Matheny Friday before signing and expressed his desire to continue playing and willingness to accept whatever role was best for the team.

“I just wanted to make sure he was a good fit,” Matheny said. “Explain to him the lay of the land here, kind of what are expectations are. Also, get kind of a feel of where he is. There are certain guys kind of on that bubble (questioning) `do I still want to keep doing this?’”

The Cardinals have been looking for a steady presence behind the plate since All-Star Yadier Molina went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 9. Molina underwent surgery on July 11 and is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.

“Bringing in another talented player to help us try kind of try and put things together and figure out how to take our club to another level,” Matheny said. “We still believe we have to get to another level.”

Pierzynski brushed aside questions about the his reputation as a negative influence in the clubhouse, and Matheny said he told his team to get rid of any preconceived notions.

“People that played with me and know me, know what I’m about and that’s all that really matters,” Pierzynski said.

The left-handed hitting Pierzynski played 72 games this year with the Boston Red Sox, hitting .254 with four home runs. He is a career .282 hitter.

“I didn’t want to end with the bad taste I had in my mouth in Boston,” Pierzynski said “I didn’t want to end like that. I didn’t want to end the season. I didn’t want to end anything like that.”

Pierzynski joined the Cardinals direct from Coopertown, N.Y. and the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he and his family were guests of 2014 inductee and Pierzynski’s former White Sox teammate Frank Thomas.

Catcher George Kottaras was designated for assignment to make room on the St. Louis roster.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, talks to wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (15) during an NFL football training camp Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, talks to wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (15) during an NFL football training camp Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position.

Sean Smith, last year’s starter at right cornerback, moved to the second team for the last four days of organized team activities. His status hasn’t changed three days into training camp.

“We look at Sean as a first-team player,” Reid said. “We need all those guys and we need two-deep at the corner where we feel like that two-deep is equivalent to starting players. That’s where we’re looking.”

The Chiefs are in transition following a 2013 season where the defense ranked 25th against the pass (247.6 yards per game).

Another factor for changes may have been the memory of blowing a 38-10 third-quarter lead en route to a 45-44 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Gone from last year’s roster are safeties Kendrick Lewis and Quintin Demps, and cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Dunta Robinson. Kansas City used a third-round pick on Phillip Gaines and entered training camp with 11 cornerbacks.

Second-year pro Marcus Cooper has moved to Smith’s place with the starters on the right side, with fourth-year pro Ron Parker settling in at left cornerback.

Smith took the demotion in stride.

“At the end of the day,” he said. “I control my own destiny. As long as I come out here and compete, work hard and be the same guy I’ve been in the past, I’ll be all right.”

Smith, who enters his sixth season with 71 career starts, takes on a mentorship role.

“One thing about us,” Smith said, “we’re very tight as a unit. We come out here and compete, we push each other. I’m very supportive regardless who it is. Whether I’m first string, second string, it doesn’t matter.”

Parker agreed.

“Nothing has changed with us,” Parker said. “We’re still working and competing every day like nobody has a starting job.”

Cooper’s presence with the first-team defense doesn’t come as a surprise considering he started six games in 2013. However, the 26-year-old Parker is another story.

The Chiefs are Parker’s fourth team since he entered the league in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Newberry College with the Seattle Seahawks. He also had stints with the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers, mostly as a practice squad player.

Parker, who joined the Chiefs on Sept. 1, 2013, off waivers from the Seahawks, has appeared in 26 career games with one start, the latter coming last season in Week 17.

Despite the lack of NFL starting experience, Parker has been with the first team for 10 straight practices since the final week of organized activities.

“It’s meant a lot to me,” Parker said of his opportunity. “I’ve been having sleepless nights this offseason, couldn’t wait to get back just to be out here, ready to take on anything.”

Parker offers versatility as a converted college free safety and he played cornerback in high school. He possesses 4.36 40-yard dash speed.

Parker is confident his experience fits what the Chiefs require of cornerbacks in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s scheme.

“I feel like I can just be interchangeable with anything they ask me to do,” he said.

The Chiefs face some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in 2014, including Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, and Ben Roethlisberger, and two AFC West meetings against Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

The Chiefs have time before the start of the regular season to allow the cornerback competition to work itself out.

But knowing what’s in store this season could expedite the Chiefs’ decision to allow the duo to get comfortable.

“It’s real important to come together in the secondary in training camp,” Parker said. “Mainly, we have to get the communication down and everybody get on the same page and play together. Once we get that down pat, that’s what training camp is for.”

Reid likes what he’s seen out of Parker and Cooper with the first-team defense, and Smith with the backups.

“All three I thought did a good job today,” Reid said.

St. Louis Rams defensive end Eugene Sims grabs one pad as he falls onto another during a training camp drill at the NFL football team's practice facility Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Rams defensive end Eugene Sims grabs one pad as he falls onto another during a training camp drill at the NFL football team’s practice facility Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robert Quinn set a St. Louis Rams record and led the NFC with 19 sacks last season. The challenge this season is to do even better, without changing a thing.

“I stuck to my same routine. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?” Quinn said. “Of course, I want to push myself harder to be a better player.”

The defensive end was second overall in the NFL, a half-sack behind the Colts’ Robert Mathis, and also was second in the league with seven forced fumbles. He has a number in mind for 2014, but is keeping it private.

“I can’t do that,” Quinn told reporters, “because you’re going to put too much pressure on me.”

Of course, he can’t deny thinking about the NFL record of 22 1/2 sacks by the Giants’ Michael Strahan in 2001.

“Can I plead the fifth?” Quinn said. “I’m sure any D-lineman or anybody going for sacks wants to take down that record, but you have to go one sack at a time.

“I’ve got a lot of work to do to better myself, and I think as a defense we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The Rams view the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Quinn as still ascending. Though he’s entering his fourth season, he’s only 24 after leaving North Carolina early.

Plus, this season he’ll have Gregg Williams pushing for more, both on the pass rush and defending the run. Williams is a proven commodity as a defensive coordinator and Quinn has been impressed with the defensive coordinator’s wealth of knowledge on both sides of the ball and knack for exploiting the opponent’s weakness and protecting his own team’s deficiencies.

“His philosophy is to defend every blade of grass,” Quinn said. “That’s how detailed he wants to be about everything, and I think guys are definitely stepping up to the challenge.”

The Rams aspire to top-10 status on defense with a pass rush that was among the leaders with 53 sacks, and has added first-round pick Aaron Donald, a tackle who can pressure the quarterback. They’re getting respect nationally, too.

End Chris Long had 8 1/2 sacks, tackle Michael Brockers had 5 1/2, backup end William Hayes had five and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis had 3 1/2.

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, could figure in the mix, too. Sam showed a nice outside rush move in drills against other fellow backups.

“He’s fitting in really well,” Long said. “Like any other rookie he’s unpolished, but he’s eager to learn.”

So, if opponents double-team Quinn, problems are likely to crop up elsewhere.

“We’ve got a whole bunch of great guys that can put up numbers on any given day,” Quinn said. “It’s going to be hard just to focus on one guy, so if teams decide to focus on me you can name any guy on our defense, really.”

Last season, Quinn had a trio of three-sack games. One of the highlights was scrambling on all fours to get to Saints quarterback Drew Brees, stripping the quarterback, recovering the fumble and racing to the end zone for his first career touchdown.

“Robert Quinn is a super hero,” fellow defensive end Chris Long said.

He’s getting that treatment from the team’s promotions department, which concocted a giveaway figure of Quinn bending at the hips and waving his arms during a sack dance named “The Bernie,” which aims to mimic movements made by the cadaver in the film, “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

“It’s definitely funny to put on my mantel – once I get one,” Quinn said. “Hopefully this year I just keep it rolling so I don’t disappoint them.”

The Rams second training camp workout began in 99-degree heat, about a 20-degree hike from an unseasonably cool first day. Coach Jeff Fisher didn’t mind it a bit and pointed out Week 2 is at Tampa Bay.

“We need some heat,” Fisher said. “From an acclimation standpoint, it’s ideal. We’ve become an air-conditioned society.”

Players have one more day of practice without pads before putting them on for the first time for a special teams session Monday morning. The full squad will have its first full-pad practice on Tuesday.

(Fort Smith) (AP) – Good news: You’ve got plenty of time to start training for the first Fort Smith Marathon.

The Southwest Times Record reports that the inaugural 26.2-mile race will happen Feb. 8.

The course will begin and end downtown, winding through several city streets in between. The idea has been floating around for several years but organizer Jeremy Smith says it’s recently gained more support from city leaders and the mayor.

Marathon director Patrick Pendleton says past races have gone well and helped lay the groundwork.

He says the course will emphasize the history and scenery of Fort Smith, using the theme of “True Grit.”

The cost will be $80 for the full marathon and $60 for the half. A four-person relay will also be offered.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For the second straight game, Cleveland reliever John Axford gave up the winning hit.

Billy Butler’s two-run, two-out, eighth-inning, pinch-homer off Axford was the difference in the Kansas City Royals’ 6-4 victory over the Indians on Friday night.

On Thursday, Nori Aoki punched a RBI-single in the 14th inning off Axford to give the Royals a 2-1 win.

Axford said Aoki’s hit had no lingering effect on Friday.

“Everything is fresh for me,” Axford said. “That’s something I pride myself on. I feel good. I feel strong. It’s obviously tough after the last two nights.”

The Indians signed Axford to be their closer after he saved 106 games for Milwaukee and was the Brewers’ closer from 2010-12. Axford, however, hasn’t earned a save since May 3 and has lost that job.

“I’ll keep going through it and be patient, prepare myself and get ready to go back in that role if that situation comes back,” Axford said.

Axford didn’t get the ball back after Butler’s 422-foot blast to left.

“It was just a bad pitch,” Axford said. “I let it stay out over the plate. It was supposed to be away and it ended up in the seats.”

Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost five of six.

“We have to win games, and to make that change it starts with starting pitching,” said Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin, who was pulled in the sixth.

The Royals won a game of matchup moves. After Salvador Perez singled with one out in the eighth off Carlos Carrasco (3-4), Nick Hagadone entered and got the second out.

Butler batted for Raul Ibanez and homered on Axford’s second pitch.

Earlier in the game, the 42-year-old Ibanez drove in a run when he became the oldest Royals player to hit a triple. Ibanez scored on the play when second baseman Jason Kipnis made a wild relay throw.

Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Aaron Crow worked around a leadoff double in the ninth to earn his second save in four chances.

Royals closer Greg Holland, who had pitched in the three previous games, was unavailable.

Perez, who had three hits, and Mike Moustakas had back-to-back home runs to open the second. It was the second time this season Perez and Moustakas hit consecutive homers, having also done it April 23 at Cleveland.

Royals rookie Yordano Ventura, tagged for six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings in his previous start at Boston, left after 6 1/3 innings. He gave up three earned runs and struck out seven.

Santana hit a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth.

Tomlin, 1-5 in his previous seven starts, was pulled after 5 1/3 innings.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs don’t have the look of a team more interested in draft position than on-field success.

One day after the Central Division cellar-dwellers couldn’t have looked worse in a 13-3 embarrassment against the lowly San Diego Padres, they showed some grit in a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, who suffered their fourth consecutive loss on Friday.

A persistent wind at their backs, the division rivals treated the largest crowd at Wrigley Field this season to five home runs and 23 hits.

“A good team win,” said manager Rick Renteria, whose club trailed 3-0 before even getting a chance to bat. “The crowd was buzzing all day. It was a pretty neat environment. Obviously, the fans were into it.”

Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh to decide the see-saw affair.

Kevin Siegrist (1-2) hit Anthony Rizzo with a full-count pitch to start the inning. One batter later, Valbuena launched the first pitch into the center-field bleachers, his first homer against a left-hander in 37 at-bats this season.

“I was looking for a fastball, and I got a fastball right there,” Valbuena said. “That’s why I got aggressive.”

“We had the match-ups we wanted right there,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “We wanted (a left-hander) in that situation, in that part of the lineup, and a lefty ended up getting him.”

The Cardinals tied the score 5-5 on solo homers by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras singled to break the tie in the sixth, but the lead was short-lived.

Justin Grimm (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Hector Rondon retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Cubs starter Travis Wood did well to survive five innings after a rocky start. He allowed five runs – two earned – and seven hits with one walk.

Wood aided his cause with a solo homer off Joe Kelly in the fourth inning, his third of the season. He became the first Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano (2009) with at least 10 RBIs in a season.

“They fought off a lot of pitches and made me work,” Wood said. “I was only able to go five, but luckily, I was able to keep it close and we were able to pull it out.”

Ryan Sweeney’s three-run homer pulled Chicago even at 3-3 in the second inning. Kelly had not allowed an earned run in 18 1-3 innings against the Cubs before then.

One inning later, Sweeney singled home Valbuena, who had walked, for a 4-3 lead.

Kelly lasted 4 2-3 innings allowing eight hits and two walks.

St. Louis struck first with three unearned three runs in the opening inning, when Wood was forced to throw 32 pitches largely because of two errors behind him.

Carpenter and Holliday singled, then rookie second baseman Arismendy Alcantara threw away a potential double-play grounder that allowed a run to score.

One out later, Jon Jay hit a two-run double, and when left fielder Chris Coghlan allowed the ball to get past him, the batter advanced to third base on the second error of the inning.

Rams tackle D.J. Morrell, left, and offensive lineman Greg Robinson practice during first day of NFL football training camp for rookies on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Rams Park in Earth City, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

Rams tackle D.J. Morrell, left, and offensive lineman Greg Robinson practice during first day of NFL football training camp for rookies on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Rams Park in Earth City, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Greg Robinson didn’t stay put the month after the St. Louis Rams cut players loose in mid-June. Wherever he was, the second overall pick of the draft stayed in preparation mode for training camp.

“It was good to just work with different people and learn from multiple people,” Robinson said Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter where you’re getting it in as long as you get it in.”

The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson was a key component in Auburn’s national runner-up season at left tackle and figures as immediate help at guard for the Rams (7-9).

After OTAs ended in mid-June, Robinson worked out a bit at home in Thibodaux, La. He spent time at Bo Jackson’s Nike camp at the University of Oregon, worked out with a trainer in Miami, Fla., and got pointers from Redskins Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams in Houston.

Williams knows plenty about protecting Sam Bradford’s blind side, given they were Oklahoma teammates. The two met at the Nike camp.

“He’s a Pro Bowler so many years and he asked me to come out, so I thought it was a good idea,” Robinson said. “It was pretty cool, I learned a lot from him.”

With Robinson leading the way, Auburn led the nation in rushing and had two players gain 1,000 yards for just the third time in school history. He’s still blocking for Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist drafted by the Rams in the third round.

Getting picked No. 2 has made Robinson the provider for a fractured family; his dad died in 2012 and two of his siblings have spent time in jail. Though his mother is pushing for a new house and an exit from a tough neighborhood, he’s patiently assessing options for upgrades across the board.

One exception might be the bling earrings he sported at the second rookie workout Wednesday.

“I’m not budging, I’m taking my time,” Robinson said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of people as far as homes and stuff for my mom and buying cars for myself.

“I have the money to do it but I’m not rushing into anything.”

For now, the Robinson home has become a bit of a mecca. Fame and fortune can do that.

“Things are similar but I can see a difference, a lot of people surrounding the house and stuff like that,” Robinson said. “It’s a great feeling that I did something positive and I inspired a lot of people.”

Now, he said, the priority is laying a foundation for his career. His future undoubtedly is at tackle, but for now he’s trying to become more comfortable at guard.

“It started out kind of difficult,” Robinson said. “But now I’m starting to pick up the plays. Now, I’m at the point where I just stop thinking and just play.”

During the rookie workouts, Robinson often went against fellow first-rounder Aaron Donald, a defensive tackle. The two prepared for the combine working out in Arizona.

“We still crack a couple jokes and laugh,” Donald said. “It’s good to get around guys like that, that I’m close to already.”

Veterans are due to arrive Thursday and the first full-squad workout is Friday afternoon.

Tampa Bay Rays' Alex Cobb (53) is checked on by third base coach Tom Foley and manager Joe Maddon, top, after being hit on the right arm by a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Cobb was able to stay in the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tampa Bay Rays’ Alex Cobb (53) is checked on by third base coach Tom Foley and manager Joe Maddon, top, after being hit on the right arm by a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Cobb was able to stay in the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb threw 10 pitches off the mound on Tuesday and was unhappy.

“It was horrible,” Cobb said. “I was not looking forward to coming into tonight.”

However, he was very glad he made the start Wednesday night.

Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading the Rays to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Rays’ seventh straight win.

Cobb (6-6) blanked the Cardinals on five hits over seven innings. It was the fourth time this season he has thrown at least seven innings without an earned run. Cobb missed 50 games last season with a concussion after he was hit near the right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer.

“Tonight was the best I’ve felt on the mound hands down since I’ve come back and even before that,” Cobb said. “When my mechanics are right, all my pitches play off each other.”

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny agreed.

“You could tell right from the top, he had a good split working today,” Matheny said. “The guys had trouble laying off it below the zone. Their timing was right on it and it was just disappearing below the bat. He was locked in with it.”

All three Tampa Bay pitchers were locked in, finishing with 15 strikeouts.

Jake McGee pitched the ninth inning for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

The Rays have won 25 of their last 36 games and are 13-4 in July. On June 29, they had the worst record in the majors and have passed 11 teams since.

Tampa Bay completed its road trip at 5-0 and its eight-game road winning streak ties the franchise record set twice. The loss was the third straight for the Cardinals.

“We played well. We had a great vibe in the dugout,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

St. Louis starter Lance Lynn (11-7) had won three straight and was 4-1 in his last five home starts. He struck out seven and gave up six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Lynn walked three, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch but stranded seven runners in the first five innings.

“I threw the ball well, I just gave up a couple too many with the way he was throwing the ball,” Lynn said. “Some nights, you get outpitched.”

Tampa Bay pitchers, hitting eighth, drove in the first runs in both games of the short series. On Tuesday, Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi drove in the first run with a safety squeeze bunt.

Cobb was not to be outdone.

He picked up his first career hit in eight at-bats when he doubled down the first base line with two outs in the second inning to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

“That was the coolest thing I’ve done in my big league career,” Cobb said. “I was kind of secretly hoping it was going to be a 1-0 win.”

In the fourth, Cobb was hit on the right elbow by a fastball.

“Honestly, my initial thought was I had broken my elbow,” Cobb said. “I’d never been hit by a 94 mile an hour (pitch) before. Once I got on first base, it wasn’t hurting. It was like getting hit on your funny bone.”

Maddon was worried.

“I told him I didn’t want to miss his bat,” Maddon quipped. “I had so many different thoughts. He didn’t wince and there no hesitation on his part.”

Tampa Bay made it 2-0 in the seventh with an unearned run. After a one-out single by Desmond Jennings, St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong mishandled a possible double play grounder to chase Lynn. Randy Choate walked pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer to load the bases. Evan Longoria drove in the run with a sacrifice fly off Seth Maness.

The Rays added a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Guyer.

After the first inning Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo left two packages of crackers for Tampa Bay catcher Jose Molina on home plate. They were from Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who is on the disabled list with torn ligaments in his right thumb.

Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was ejected in the fourth inning. Escobar, who was leading off, vehemently argued with home plate umpire Dan Bellino, who called him out on a 3-2 pitch. Logan Forsythe replaced Escobar and played second base with Ben Zobrist moving to shortstop.

Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, left, attempts to tag out Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas at the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, left, attempts to tag out Kansas City Royals’ Mike Moustakas at the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

CHICAGO (AP) — Despite starter Jose Quintana’s best efforts, the Chicago White Sox again couldn’t find a way to beat Mike Moustakas and the Kansas City Royals.

One day after hitting two home runs, Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning, jarring the ball loose from White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers as he slid into the plate, giving the Royals a 2-1 victory Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Moustakas triggered the decisive rally with a lead-off single off Zach Putnam (3-2), the last of four White Sox pitchers. Alcides Escobar bunted Moustakas over before Nori Aoki flared a single to center field.

Adam Eaton’s strong throw beat Moustakas to the plate, but Flowers lost control of the ball when Moustakas slid into the tag. Flowers was charged with an error on the play.

“I looked at the replay,” Flowers said. “It looked like his knee, on impact, was literally straight into the webbing of the glove. I wish I would have hung onto it, but there’s nothing I could do different.”

Wade Davis (6-2) pitched a scoreless inning and Greg Holland retired the side in order in the ninth for his 26th save.

After the teams traded runs in the first inning, starters James Shields and Quintana matched each other with six scoreless innings. Neither was overwhelming, but both were able to get key outs when necessary.

“(Quintana) threw a great game,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You get two guys like that going at it, it’s slim pickings for runs.”

Shields allowed six hits in seven innings He walked one batter and struck out seven.

In seven innings, Quintana gave up seven hits and two walks and struck out three. He remained winless (0-5) against the Royals in 11 career starts.

“That’s sucker’s good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Quintana. “You know when you match up against him, it’s going to be a tough.”

The no-decision was the 36th for Quintana since the 2012 season, the most for any major leaguer in that span.

Chicago’s Adam Dunn singled home Jose Abreu to tie the score at 1-1 in the first.

Kansas City took the lead on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly.

Hosmer left the game in the eighth inning with decreased grip strength in his hand. He missed Kansas City’s last two games after being hit by a pitch in the hand on Sunday.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – The University of Arkansas softball program says that Randi Davis will become the team’s new assistant coach.

Head coach Mike Larabee announced the addition Wednesday. In her new role, Davis will serve as the Razorbacks’ pitching coach.

Davis brings 12 years of previous softball experience, including coaching at the NCAA Division I and III levels and Gold level, private instruction and consulting with various universities.

Davis has provided biomechanical evaluation with a focus on increasing efficiency and velocity for pitchers that have played on the U.S. National Team and played professional softball in the U.S. and internationally.

Her private instruction role also includes working with recruits who will be playing or are now playing for programs within the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Missouri Valley Conference.