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Cubs, Cards, Sox Win; NFL Lockout Over

>>Bucs Clip Cards In Extras

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Chase d'Arnaud scored Xavier Paul with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th, as the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided a three-game sweep with a dramatic 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  Jason Motte was saddled with the loss for St. Louis.  Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored but the Cardinals couldn't extend their win streak to four games.  St. Louis returns home tonight to start a four-game series with the Houston Astros.  Kyle McClellan will take on J.A. Happ in the opener from Busch Stadium.

>>Cubs Sweep 'Stros

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jeff Baker singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, as the Chicago Cubs downed the Houston Astros 5-4 to record their first three-game winning streak and sweep of the season.  Marlon Byrd scored the winning run after leading off with a high fly ball to right, which Hunter Pence lost in the sun, allowing Byrd to reach with a triple.  John Grabow worked a scoreless top of the 10th to register the victory, while David Carpenter surrendered the decisive run to take the loss for the Astros, who had won two straight prior to their series with the Cubs.  After a day off today, Chicago returns to action tomorrow night in Milwaukee when Ryan Dempster takes the ball against Chris Narveson and the Brewers.

>>White Sox Take Down Tribe

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Chicago White Sox took advantage of a shaky Indians defense, scoring three unearned runs, to claim a 4-2 win on Sunday in the finale of a rain shortened two-game series at Progressive field.  Mark Teahen had an RBI single and Juan Pierre chipped in with a double for the White Sox, who have won back-to-back games after dropping three of their previous four.  Edwin Jackson worked six solid innings to earn the win, giving up a pair of runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three.  Sergio Santos worked around a walk to record the final two outs of the game and earn his 20th save of the season.  The Southsiders return to The Cell this eveing to start a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.  Philip Humber gets the nod against Duane Below in the opener.

Florida Marlins 5, New York Mets 4
Philadelphia Phillies 5, San Diego Padres 3 
San Francisco Giants 2, Milwaukee Brewers 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Washington Nationals 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Colorado Rockies 0
Cincinnati Reds 4, Atlanta Braves 3

New York Yankees 7, Oakland Athletics 5
LA Angels of Anaheim 9, Baltimore Orioles 3
Boston Red Sox 12, Seattle Mariners 8
Tampa Bay Rays 5, Kansas City Royals 0
Detroit Tigers 5, Minnesota Twins 2
Toronto Blue Jays 3, Texas Rangers 0

>>Deal Reached To End Lockout

(Undated)  --  A deal has been reached to end the NFL lockout.  ESPN is reporting that the NFL Players Association and the league's owners have reached an agreement on the remaining issues needed in their 10-year labor deal.  The new agreement will require a majority vote from the players, which is slated to take place today in Washington, DC.  The NFLPA is reportedly making plans to hold a major press conference after the vote.  The owners voted unanimously to the new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday.  After seeing the Hall of Fame Game against the Bears cancelled, the Rams look to August 13th when they are scheduled to host the Indianapolis Colts in their first preseason game.

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