Raul Ibanez swats homer, Jeremy Guthrie stymies Oakland in 1-0 Royals victory

The eldest member of the Royals settled into the batter’s box against the youngest member of Oakland’s pitching staff. Raul Ibanez cocked his head and trained both his eyes on Sonny Gray. In their previous encounter, the 24-year-old overran the 42-year-old with fastballs before dusting him off with a changeup. Their second duel was much briefer, and, for the Royals, more explosive. Gray challenged Ibanez with a 93-mph fastball at the belt. Ibanez rifled it over the fence in right-center, a solo home run and the lone bit of scoring achieved in this 1-0 act of thievery by Kansas City.


Scrutiny flares as next Missouri execution looms

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday voted 7-3 to deny the stay of execution for convicted Missouri inmate Michael Worthington, who is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday. The decision comes as Worthington and 14 other Missouri prisoners are pursuing federal litigation over the secrecy surrounding the state’s lethal injection drug.

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