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Cubs, Sox Roll; NFL & Players Closer To Deal

>>Cubs Crush Halladay, Phillies

(Chicago, IL)  --  Carlos Pena went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI as the Cubs beat Roy Halladay and the Phillies 6-1.  Halladay left in the fifth inning after tossing only 63 pitches.  Halladay appeared to be struggling with the heat and humidity.  Aramis Ramirez hit a solo homer and drove in two for the Cubs, who won for only the second time in six games.  Rodrigo Lopez tossed six-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball to improve to 1-and-3.  Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer in the fourth for Philadelphia.  Halladay allowed three runs and seven hits to fall to 11-and-4.  Matt Garza gets the nod opposite Cliff Lee in tonight's second installment.

>>White Sox Roll Royals

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Mark Buehrle tossed seven innings of two-run ball to lead the White Sox past the Royals, 5-2.  Buehrle improved to 7-and-5 with the win, the third in four games for Chicago.  Juan Pierre, Alexei Ramirez, and Paul Konerko each plated a run in the victory.  Kyle Davies surrendered four runs, two earned, in his five-and-a-third innings pitched to fall to 1-and-9 on the season.  Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler drove in a run apiece as Kansas City lost for the fourth time in five contests.  Jake Peavy is slated to get the start for tonight's second installment against Danny Duffy.


Florida Marlins 4, New York Mets 1
Washington Nationals 5, Houston Astros 2
Chicago Cubs 6, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Cincinnati Reds 0
Atlanta Braves 7, Colorado Rockies 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 3, Milwaukee Brewers 0
San Francisco Giants 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

Cleveland Indians 5, Minnesota Twins 2 (Gm.1)
Boston Red Sox 15, Baltimore Orioles 10
New York Yankees 5, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City Royals 2
Cleveland Indians 6, Minnesota Twins 3 (Gm.2)

>>NFL Lockout Lawyers Meet In New York

(New York, NY)  --  Lawyers from both sides of the NFL labor dispute met on Monday in New York to continue working on some unresolved issues.  ESPN is reporting that the two sides are trying to roll all of the remaining issues that are most problematic into a global settlement.  The issues include the settlement of the Brady versus NFL antitrust lawsuit and the television "lockout insurance" damages case along with the retired players' lawsuit.  A global settlement would mean all of those issues would be dropped if the players ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, which is expected to cover the next 10 seasons. 

Also on Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all 32 teams, which instructed all key executives to attend Thursday's owners meeting in Atlanta.  If the owners ratify a new CBA at Thursday's meetings, players can begin to arrive at team facilities on Friday and team activities can begin as early as Monday, while free agency is going on.

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