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Adams homers, Wacha goes 7, Cardinals beat Astros

Saturday, 22 March 2014 22:15 Published in Sports
 
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Adams hit a homered among his two hits and drove in three runs, lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Houston Astros, 5-2, Saturday.
 
Michael Wacha gave up two runs in seven innings, his longest outing of the spring. He allowed two runs and struck out eight without allowing a walk.
 
"I'm pretty happy with how it's going," Wacha said. I am just stretching myself out. I'll be ready in two weeks."
 
Mark Ellis played three innings at second base for the Cardinals. He is competing with Kolten Wong for the starting job at second base. Ellis is recovering from left knee tendinitis. He was signed as a free agent from the Los Angeles Dodgers during the off season. He had a hit and scored a run in three at-bats.
 
"I feel good and better than ever," said Ellis, who batted .270 in 46 games for the Dodgers last season. "I just want to keep progressing and getting better."
 
Brett Oberholtzer, who was named the No. 3 starter in the Astros' rotation, allowed five runs in five innings as his ERA rose to 11.00.
 
Jose Altuve homered for the Astros.
 
STARTING TIME
 
Cardinals: Manager Mike Matheny said that Wacha is ready to start the season right now. "He had a nice game and he's ready," Matheny said. "He has made some adjustments and when you have no walks in two straight games, that's pretty good."
 
Wacha has a 1.76 ERA this spring and hasn't allowed a walk in 10 2-3 innings.
 
Astros: Oberholtzer said he isn't concerned about his inflated ERA and is ready for opening day. He will follow Scott Feldman and Jarred Cosart in the Astros' rotation. The final two spots haven't been named.
 
Oberholtzer gave up four runs in the first inning, but still went a spring-high five innings.
 
"I had a rough first inning, but I was satisfied after that," Oberholtzer said. "During the course of a season, that is going to happen. I got some pitches up, but I'm still preparing for opening day."
 
WHAT A RELIEF
 
Astros reliever Chad Qualls pitched an inning with one strikeout. He is a candidate to be the Astros closer, but said he has no idea how the scenario will play out.
 
"You have to go two doors down," said Qualls, pointing toward manager Bo Porter's office. "Who knows. I feel good. I am locating my pitches and getting my fastball over."
 
Qualls went 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA for the Miami Marlins last season.
 
BIG IMPRESSION
 
The Cardinals' Keith Butler allowed onoe hit in an inning of relief. His Grapefruit League ERA is 8.64 but Matheny said he was impressed by Butler.
 
"He was really crowding the zone with his fastball," Matheny said. "I haven't seen that from him before. I like what I saw."
 
JEFFERSON CITY---Water leaks cost you money–money that essentially goes down the drain.  There are several things that consumers can do to conserve water and at the same time save money on their bill.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide.  The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. About 10 percent of the homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more of water per day. The EPA estimates that fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
To help consumers find and repair easy-to-fix leaks and to promote conservation, the Missouri Public Service Commission is supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix-a- Leak Week, March 17-23, 2014.
“Water is essential to our existence.  It is vitally important that we do all that we can to preserve this critical resource,” said PSC Chairman Robert Kenney.  “Fixing water leaks will not only save money on water bills, it will also help conserve water for future generations to enjoy.”
According to the EPA, a good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water usage.  It is likely that a family of four has a serious water leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
Here are some tips to save water:
-- Check for leaks. Silent toilet leaks can be found by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
-- Twist and tighten pipe connections.
-- Replace the fixture if necessary.
-- Install a water saving showerhead; they use one-third the amount of water that a regular showerhead uses.
-- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
-- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
For more tips, visit our website at www.psc.mo.gov

Saint Louis University names new president

Friday, 21 March 2014 09:53 Published in Local News

Saint Louis University has named Dr. Fred Pestello its' new president.  

Dr. Pestello is the school's 33rd president, replacing Fr. Lawrence Biondi who retired last year.  

The University’s Board of Trustees elected Dr. Pestello during a special meeting Thursday night. He is the first permanent lay president in SLU’s 196-year history.

Dr. Pestello is currently the president of Le Moyne College, a Jesuit liberal arts institution in Syracuse, N.Y.  

Prior to becoming Le Moyne’s president, Dr. Pestello spent nearly 25 years as a faculty member and provost at the University of Dayton.  

J. Joe Adorjan, chairman of Saint Louis University's Board of Trustees, says “Dr. Pestello has spent his entire career in Catholic higher education, and he understands and embraces SLU’s Jesuit mission.”  

Dr. Pestello officially assumes SLU’s presidency on July 1. 

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