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Cards, Cubs & Sox All Lose; NFL Lockout Could Be Coming To End Today

>>Pagan, Mets Walk Off On Cards

(Flushing, NY)  --  Angel Pagan clubbed a walk-off, solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mets a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.  Jason Isringhausen worked the final two innings to register the win.  Matt Holliday finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for St. Louis.  Fernando Salas was tagged with the loss for the Cards, who have dropped four-of-five since the All-Star break.  The teams wrap up the three-game set this afternoon as Jake Westbrook opposes Jon Niese.

>>Phillies Pound Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jimmy Rollins homered from both sides of the plate for the second time in his career as the Phillies flogged the Cubs, 9-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.  Rollins finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored as Philadelphia took the rubber match of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.  Chase Utley doubled twice and drove in two for the Phils, who posted their major league-leading 61st win.  Vance Worley fanned seven over eight innings of one-run ball to move to 6-and-1.  Ryan Dempster gave up six runs in three frames to take the loss.  Geovany Soto drove in the lone run for Chicago with a groundout.  The Northsiders are off today.  They kick off a three-game series against the Houston Astros starting tomorrow afternoon at the Friendly Confines.  Carlos Zambrano will be on the bump opposite Bud Norris in the opener.

>>Royals Top ChiSox In Extras

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Alex Gordon scored on Sergio Santos' wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th as the Royals dropped the White Sox, 2-1, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.  Gordon also scored the other run for KC, which won its second straight game.  Aaron Crow got the win out of the bullpen.  Carlos Quentin blasted a solo shot for Chicago's lone run.  Chris Sale took the loss in relief.  The ChiSox have lost three-of-four overall.  The Southsiders are off today.  They wrap up a nine-game road swing with a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians starting tomorrow night at Progressive Field.

Cincinnati Reds 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Houston Astros 3, Washington Nationals 2 (11 inn)
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Chicago Cubs 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, San Francisco Giants 0
San Diego Padres 14, Florida Marlins 3
New York Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5 (10 inn)
Colorado Rockies 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (10 inn)

Boston Red Sox 4, Baltimore Orioles 0
Minnesota Twins 7, Cleveland Indians 5
Oakland Athletics 7, Detroit Tigers 5
Toronto Blue Jays 11, Seattle Mariners 6
New York Yankees 4, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Kansas City Royals 2, Chicago White Sox 1 (11 inn)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9, Texas Rangers 8

>>NFL CBA Could Be Voted On Today

(Washington, DC)  --  Today could be the day the NFL finally has a new collective bargaining agreement in place.  Lead players negotiator Jeff Pash says he expects both players and owners to have a final deal to vote on today.  An expected player vote yesterday was delayed with some parts of the CBA still unresolved.  League owners are gathered in Atlanta this morning and are expected to ratify the deal once the players have signed off.  They will still meet even if the players haven't voted by then.  ESPN reports additional items of the CBA that have been agreed upon include an enhanced injury protection benefit, players allowed to remain in the league-sponsored medical plan for life, and an annual increase in the league minimum player salary.

>>NFL Hall Of Fame Game Could Be In Jeopardy

(Canton, OH)  --  Even if a new collective bargaining agreement is approved this week, the NFL's August 7th Hall of Fame Game between the Rams and Bears could be in jeopardy.  ESPN cites a league source as saying the status of the game would depend on how quickly the union is able to recertify.  The union decertified after the lockout in order to file an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL.

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