>>Cards Double Up Bucs
(St. Louis, MO) -- Matt Holiday clubbed a three-run homer to help the Cardinals double up Pittsburgh, 8-4. David Freese drove in a pair and Albert Pujols bashed an RBI double for St. Louis, which snapped a three-game slide. Edwin Jackson gave up one earned run in six frames of work to pick up the win. The second of the four-game series is tonight, with Jake Westbrook opposing James McDonald.
>>Braves Bash Cubs
(Chicago, IL) -- Brian McCann clubbed a pair of homers to back six solid innings from Brandon Beachy as the Braves blasted the Cubs, 8-3, on Thursday afternoon. Beachy fanned eight and gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits to improve to 7-and-2 on the season. Michael Bourn went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for Atlanta, which took three-of-four from Chicago at Wrigley Field. Marlon Byrd blasted a solo homer, while Darwin Barney and Geovany Soto each knocked in a run for the Northsiders. Matt Garza was tagged for six runs, only three earned, through five frames to absorb the loss. The Northsiders head to Miller Park this evening to open ip a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Rodrigo Lopez is slated to toe the rubber opposite Randy Wolf in the opener.
>>White Sox Start Set With Seattle
(Seattle, WA) -- The Chicago White Sox are back in action this evening as they kick off a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Jake Peavy gets the nod against Charlie Furbush in the opener. The Southsiders had yesterday off but were recently swept in a brief two-game series against the LA Angels to fall to 63-and-65 on the season.
>>Berkman Hopes To Be Back
(St. Louis, MO) -- This may not have been the season the team was hoping for, but that hasn't quelled Lance Berkman's love for St. Louis. The Cardinals outfielder told reporters that he plans to play again in 2012 and would love to return to St. Louis. Berkman added that the team has a great group of guys with a lot of potential and that the Cardinals would be his first choice.
>>Bears In Nashville This Weekend
(Nashville, TN) -- The Chicago Bears continue their preseason slate this weekend as they take on the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on Saturday evening. The Bears are 1-and-1 this preseason with a win over Buffalo in their opener and most recently a loss to the New York Giants. Chicago wraps up its exhibition schedule next Thursday at home against Cleveland.
>>Rams At Chiefs Tonight
(Kansas City, MO) -- The Rams will look for more offensive consistency tonight when they play the Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup tilt in Kansas City. The Rams struck early for an 83-yard bomb last weekend against the Titans, but the first unit did little else in an eventual 17-16 win. Fans at tonight's game can make donations and purchases to support the Joplin tornado relief efforts.