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Cards, Sox Win; Pujols Return Today?

>>Cards Blank Reds

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Mark Hamilton drove in a run on a pinch-hit infield single in the eighth to help the Cardinals nip the Reds, 1-0.  Each team had just six hits in the pitchers duel, which was won by Chris Carpenter who went eight innings to improve to 4-and-7.  Fernando Salas pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save as the Cards stopped a two-game slide.  Johnny Cueto suffered the tough loss after pitching a full eight innings as the Reds fell for the third time in four contests.  Joey Votto managed three of the Cincinnati hits, going 3-for-4 in defeat.  Jaime Garcia will toe the rubber opposite Edinson Volquez in tonight's second installment.

>>Crow's Balk Gives Sox Win

(Chicago, IL)  --  After tying the game in the ninth, the Royals coughed up a chance at victory after Aaron Crow balked allowing Juan Pierre to score a walkoff victory of the White Sox, 5-4.  Adam Dunn drilled a two-run homer for Chicago to hand them a 4-3 lead in the eighth but Eric Hosmer hit a solo shot in the ninth to tie things up at four.  Ramon Castro also homered for the Sox and Sergio Santos earned the win out of the pen, Chicago's fifth victory in six games.  Jeff Francoeur drilled a two-run homer for Kansas City, which has lost six of seven.  Jake Peavy gets the nod against Felipe Paulino in tonight's second installment.

>>Walk-Off Wild Pitch In 10th Propels Nats Over Cubs

(Washington, DC)  --  Jayson Werth scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch by Carlos Marmol in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Nationals a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Monday afternoon.  Werth along with Laynce Nix each plated two runs for Washington, which has alternated wins and losses in its last six contests.  Henry Rodriguez tossed a 1-2-3 top of the 10th to register the victory.  Marcos Mateo walked Werth before leaving and was saddled with the loss for Chicago.  Alfonso Soriano drove in a pair, while Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto each knocked in one for the Cubs, who have dropped three-of-four.  Ramon Ortiz will be on the bump for Chicago, opposite Ross Detwiler in tonight's second installment from the nation's capital.

MLB American League
Toronto Blue Jays 9, Boston Red Sox 7
Minnesota Twins 7, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Seattle Mariners 2, Oakland Athletics 1
Cleveland Indians 6, New York Yankees 3
Texas Rangers 13, Baltimore Orioles 4
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5, Detroit Tigers 1

MLB National League

Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Houston Astros 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Milwaukee Brewers 6
San Diego Padres 5, San Francisco Giants 3
Philadelphia Phillies 1, Florida Marlins 0
Atlanta Braves 4, Colorado Rockies 1
New York Mets 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

>>Pujols To Return Today?

(St. Louis, MO)  --  It is possible that Albert Pujols [[ POO-holes ]] could return to the lineup today.  The St. Louis slugger, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since late June with a fractured wrist, said yesterday that he will visit the doctor today and could even return to the lineup tonight.  He is eligible to return from the DL today.  Pujols has reportedly been swinging a bat at full strength for almost a week and also taking ground balls.  Manager Tony La Russa has already stated that Pujols will not need to go on a rehab assignment before he makes his return to the lineup.

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