>>Cubs Rally From Eight Down To Dump Nats
(Washington, DC) -- The Cubs scored nine unanswered runs and Darwin Barney clubbed a go-ahead, RBI double in the top of the ninth en route to a 10-9 win over the Nationals on Thursday night. Blake DeWitt smacked a three-run homer and Carlos Pena added a two-run shot for the Northsiders, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit to salvage the finale of a four-game set from the nation's capital. Sean Marshall was credited with the win and Carlos Marmol closed it out to nail down his 18th save. The Cubs head to PNC Park this evening to open up a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rodrigo Lopez will get the nod opposite James McDonald in the opener.
>>Twins Trounce White Sox
(Chicago, IL) -- Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with two RBI in his debut at first base as the Twins trounced the White Sox, 6-2, on Thursday night at The Cell. Ben Revere also went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Twins, who have beaten the Sox eight straight times. Carl Pavano tossed seven innings of two-run ball to improve to 6-and-6. Mark Teahen hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost 26 of their last 32 meetings with Minnesota. Phil Humber was lit up for six runs and 11 hits in only three-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 8-and-5. Gavin Floyd will toe the rubber opposite Nick Blackburn in tonight's second installment.
>>D'Backs Dodge Rain, Dump Cards
(St. Louis, MO) -- Justin Upton clubbed a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning after a second rain delay as the Diamondbacks dumped the Cardinals, 4-1. The game was initially delayed a little over an hour due to rain. Sean Burroughs and Ryan Roberts each plated a run for Arizona, which has won four of its last six games. Joe Saunders tossed five frames of one-hit ball to pick up the win. David Hernandez worked a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his sixth save. Matt Holliday's RBI double in the sixth inning accounted for St. Louis' lone run of the game. Kyle McClellan was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, through seven innings of duty. Albert Pujols is now just 1-for-9 with an RBI in two games since returning from the disabled list. The second of the four-game series is tonight as Kyle Lohse opposes Ian Kennedy.
Atlanta Braves 6, Colorado Rockies 3
Chicago Cubs 10, Washington Nationals 9
Florida Marlins 5, Houston Astros 0
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Cincinnati Reds 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 6, New York Mets 0
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 1
Cleveland Indians 5, Toronto Blue Jays 4
Tampa Bay Rays 5, New York Yankees 1
Boston Red Sox 10, Baltimore Orioles 4
Texas Rangers 6, Oakland Athletics 0
Detroit Tigers 3, Kansas City Royals 1
Minnesota Twins 6, Chicago White Sox 2
LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Seattle Mariners 1
>>Konerko, Victorino Selected To ASG In Final Vote
(Phoenix, AZ) -- The All-Star Game rosters are now complete. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino took the final spots after being voted in by fans via the All-Star Game Final Vote. Victorino led all candidates with 9.2-million votes to become the first two-time winner of the Final Vote after also being elected in 2009. He beat out the Dodgers' Andre Ethier, Rockies' Todd Helton, Nationals' Mike Morse and Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy. The "Flyin' Hawaiian" sprained his thumb on Sunday and may be placed on the disabled list. If that is the case, he would be replaced on the National League roster. Konerko received 8.4-million votes to beat out the Royals' Alex Gordon, Tigers' Victor Martinez, Orioles' Adam Jones and Rays' Ben Zobrist. It's the fifth All-Star nod for Konerko. The 82nd All-Star Game is Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona.