It's rare that one can say this and mean it, so one must make it count: Yesterday's victory over the White Sox gave the Kansas City Royals sole possession of first place in the AL Central.

2009 could be quite a year for baseball in Missouri. The Royals are the fashionable dark horse pick to win the AL Central, as some people seem to think that the Rays' magical 2008 season somehow portends the Royals not sucking. Across the state in Missouri, Chris Carpenter appeared to be back to his old form yesterday, giving up one run in seven innings in the Cardinals' 2-1 win over the mighty Pirates of Pittsburgh. Yes, the season is less than a week old, but if mainstream sportswriters can make dumb World Series predictions every year, then so can I - Royals over the Cards in 7. Just you wait.

Davies, Crisp lead Royals to victory [KansasCity.com]
Just like old times for 'Carp' [STLToday.com]