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Cubs Cruise By Sox; Cards Crushed

>>Cubs Cruise By Sox
(Chicago, IL)  --  Aramis Ramirez's two-run homer was enough for the Cubs to

slip by the White Sox, 3-1, and avoid a three-game sweep.  Rodrigo Lopez

allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings to pick up his first win in a Cubs

uniform.  Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with a run batted in for the victors.  Carlos

Marmol registered his 17th save of the season.  Gavin Floyd took the loss after

surrendering three runs on seven hits in his seven-inning start.  Mark Teahen scored

in the eighth on a wild pitch from Kerry Wood.  The ChiSox had won four straight.

>>Cubs Clash With Nats
(Washington, DC)  --  The Cubs will begin a four-game series with the Nationals

this afternoon in Washington.  Casey Coleman is slated to get the start on the

mound for Chicago.  The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann.  First-pitch is

slated for 12:05 p.m.

>>White Sox Visit Royals
(Chicago, IL)  --  The White Sox will open up a three-game series with the Royals

at The Cell this evening.  Mark Buehrle [[ BURR-lee ]] is scheduled to be on the

mound for the Sox.  The Royals will counter with Jeff Francis.  First-pitch is at 6:10


>>Cards Crushed By Rays
(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  Johnny Damon finished a homer shy of the cycle and

knocked in four runs, leading the Rays to an 8-3 victory over the Cardinals in the

finale of a three-game series.  Damon's hits included a three-run triple and an RBI

double that he scored on because of a throwing error.  The Rays took the lead for

good on RBI singles from B.J. Upton and John Jaso in the sixth inning, giving

rookie right-hander Jeremy Hellickson his first win in five starts.  Kyle Farnsworth

recorded his 17th save of the season.  Tampa  Bay won the last two games of the

series and finished Interleague play with a 12-and-6 record.  All-Stars Lance

Berkman and Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals, who have lost two straight

on the heels of a four-game winning streak.  Kyle Lohse [[ Lowsh ]] took the loss,

giving up five runs, four earned, over five-and-a-third frames.  The Cards will open

a three-game set with the Reds tonight at Busch Stadium as Chris Carpenter goes

to the hill against Johnny Cueto. 

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