Tigers go for sweep against Royals...Rice backup inactive for Ravens

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers go for a series sweep against Kansas City today as they send out 15-game winner Rick Porcello against the Royals Jeremy Guthrie, who is 11-11. The Tigers have won 13 of 18 meetings against the Royals this year and will take a commanding three and a-half game lead over KC with a victory today.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals lead the NL Central by 3 ½ games over Pittsburgh after the Pirates were beaten 1-0 by Milwaukee yesterday. The Brewers send out 16-game winner Wily Peralta (WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah) as they trail the Pirates by 3-1/2 games in the race for the final NL wild card.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baltimore Ravens starting running back Bernard Pierce is sitting out today's game against the Browns with a thigh injury. Pierce had started Baltimore's past two games, filling in for Ray Rice, who was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL this month for domestic violence. Justin Forsett, who has averaged 6.6 yards on 19 carries in two games, is starting in place of Pierce.

SINGAPORE (AP) — Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the Formula One drivers' championship by winning the Singapore Grand Prix today, leapfrogging teammate Nico Rosberg who had to retire early with a mechanical failure. Hamilton won his seventh race of the season, and second in a row to move to 241 points. That puts him three points ahead of Rosberg with five races left in the F1 season.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rob Bironas (bih-ROH'-nihs), who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL's most accurate kickers for the Tennessee Titans, died in a car crash late Saturday night in Nashville. He was 36.

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