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>>Cubs Double Up Cards To Avoid Sweep

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Marlon Byrd laced a two-run single to cap a four-run

sixth inning as the Cubs doubled up the Cardinals 6-3.  Alfonso Soriano

clubbed a two-run homer in the ninth to help Chicago avoid a three-game

sweep.  Ryan Dempster struck out six over six innings to improve to

8-and-8.  Carlos Marmol nailed down his 20th save.  Lance Berkman belted

a three-run homer in the sixth for St. Louis.  Jake Westbrook was perfect

through five innings but imploded in the sixth.  Westbrook allowed four runs

on three hits and three walks to fall to 9-and-5.  The Northsiders head to

PNC Park this evening to kick off a four-game series against the Pittsburgh

Pirates.  Carlos Zambrano will be on the bump opposite Paul Maholm in

tonight's opener.

>>Red Sox Slip Past White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Dustin Pedroia laced a go-ahead, two-run single in the

seventh as the Red Sox knocked off the White Sox, 5-3, on Sunday in the

Windy City.  Jason Varitek clubbed a two-run homer to help Boston take

the rubber match of the three-game set.  Alfredo Aceves tossed a scoreless

inning in relief of Andrew Miller to earn his seventh win.  Jonathan Papelbon

struck out the side in the ninth to notch his 24th save.  Brent Morel, Alex

Rios and Alexei Ramirez plated the runs for Chicago.  Jesse Crain was

tagged with the loss.  The Southsiders welcome in the New York Yankees

to The Cell for a four-game set starting this evening.  Jake Peavy gets the

nod against CC Sabathia in the opener.

Cincinnati Reds 9, San Francisco Giants 0
Washington Nationals 3, New York Mets 2
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (10 inn)
Florida Marlins 3, Atlanta Braves 1
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Houston Astros 4
San Diego Padres 8, Colorado Rockies 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 3

New York Yankees 4, Baltimore Orioles 2
Detroit Tigers 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Kansas City Royals 5, Cleveland Indians 3
Toronto Blue Jays 7, Texas Rangers 3 
Oakland Athletics 7, Minnesota Twins 3
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Seattle Mariners 1

>>Furcal Joins Cards

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired former All-Star

shortstop Rafael Furcal from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor

league outfielder Alex Castellanos.  Furcal, who had to approve the deal, has

been slowed by injuries this season, hitting just .197 with a .272

on-base-percentage in 37 games.  However, over his past nine games Furcal

is hitting .303 and has driven in five runs.  Castellanos, a 10th round pick of

the Cardinals in the 2008 draft.  He had belted 19 home runs and was hitting

.319 in 93 games for Double-A Springfield this season.

>>Bears Make Moves

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have signed running back Marion

Barber, wide receiver Roy Williams and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. 

Barber, who inked a two-year deal, is the third former Cowboy to join the

Bears for this upcoming season.  Williams inked a one-year contract Friday

and fellow wideout Sam Hurd is also on his way to Chicago.  Barber played

in 13 games for Dallas last year, rushing for a career-low 374 yards and four

touchdowns.  Okoye, the 10th overall selection by the Houston Texans in the

2007 draft, started 58 of 62 games over four years with Houston.  Last

season, he recorded four sacks and led all Houston defensive lineman with

44 tackles.

The Bears also locked down veteran defensive tackle Anthony Adams for

two more years and added another defensive lineman in former first-round

draft pick Vernon Gholston.  They also inked their first round pick from

Wisconsin, offensive lineman Gabe Carimi and second round defensive

lineman, Stephen Paea, who came from Oregon State.

>>Rams Open Camp, Continue To Bolster Roster

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams opened up training camp on Saturday,

getting back to on-the-field work after the NFL lockout which lasted over

four months.  St. Louis also continued to add free-agents to their roster,

signing playmaking wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker and defensive tackle

Justin Bannan.  The 26-year-old Sims-Walker, who signed on Saturday, is

entering his fifth season in the NFL, all with the Jaguars.  He recorded 122

catches for 1,648 yards and 14 touchdowns in his time with Jacksonville. 

Bannan signed a three-year deal with the Rams yesterday and spent last

season in Denver.  Prior to that, he was a part of Baltimore's vaunted

defense and a member of the Bills, the team who drafted him in 2002. 

Bannan will be reunited with former head coach Josh McDaniels, now the

offensive coordinator in St. Louis.  McDaniels called the shots for the

Broncos during Bannan's time there.

>>Menard Wins Brickyard 400

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Paul Menard conserved enough fuel and held off Jeff

Gordon in the closing laps to win Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

Motor Speedway.  Menard took the lead from defending race winner Jamie

McMurray with four laps remaining and then held it for his first Sprint Cup

Series win.  His maiden victory came in his 167th start.  Gordon, a four-time

Brickyard 400 winner, finished second, followed by Regan Smith,

McMurray and Matt Kenseth.  Menard became the fourth first-time winner

in the Sprint Cup this season.

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