>>Carpenter Pitches Cards Past Brewers
(St. Louis, MO) -- Chris Carpenter tossed a four-hit shutout as the Cardinals blanked the Brewers, 2-0. Carpenter scattered two walks while striking out five to improve to 9-and-9. Rafael Furcal homered and Yadier Molina had a sac-fly RBI for the Cards, who took two-of-three in the series. Zack Greinke permitted both runs over seven innings to fall to 14-and-6. Milwaukee leads St. Louis by eight-and-a-half games in the NL Central. The Cards are off today before opening a three-game home series against the Braves tomorrow.
>>Cubs Double Up Reds
(Chicago, IL) -- Carlos Pena's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Cubs a 6-3 win over the Reds. Aramis Ramirez doubled home two runs in the sixth to help Chicago take the rubber match of the three-game set. Kerry Wood was credited with his second win. Carlos Marmol earned his 33rd save. The Cubs are off today. They'll begin a three-game set with the Mets in New York tomorrow.
>>Twins Trim White Sox
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Twins scored four runs in the third and held on for a 5-4 win over the White Sox. Danny Valencia and Chris Parmelee plated two runs apiece in the third as Minnesota avoid a sweep in the four-game set. Paul Konerko went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Chicago. John Danks allowed all five runs, four of which were earned, over six innings to fall to 6-and-11.
New York Mets 1, Florida Marlins 0
San Diego Padres 3, San Francisco Giants 1
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Houston Astros 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Colorado Rockies 3
Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals (PPD/Rain)
Detroit Tigers 8, Cleveland Indians 6
Baltimore Orioles 5, New York Yankees 4 (11 inn)
Tampa Bay Rays 5, Texas Rangers 4 (10 innings)
Oakland Athletics 7, Kansas City Royals 0
Toronto Blue Jays 11, Boston Red Sox 10
LA Angels of Anaheim 3, Seattle Mariners 1
>>Barber Skips Practice
(Lake Forest, IL) -- Bears running back Marion Barber missed practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury. Barber suffered the injury on August 27th and hasn't practiced since. Meantime, defensive end Corey Wootton and wide receiver Sam Hurd were limited in practice for the Bears, who open the season against the Falcons on Sunday.
>>Saints, Packers Raise Curtain On NFL Season
(Green Bay, WI) -- The curtain raises on the 2011 NFL season with the annual Thursday night kickoff game. It's a matchup of the last two Super Bowl champions as the Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. The Pack rode the right arm of quarterback Aaron Rodgers to three straight playoff road wins over the Eagles, Falcons and Bears last season before knocking off the Steelers 31-25 to win Super Bowl 45. It was Green Bay's fourth Super Bowl title and first since Super Bowl 31 in 1997. The Saints followed up their Super Bowl 44 victory over the Colts by going 11-and-5 last year and securing an NFC Wild Card berth. New Orleans went on the road to play the 7-and-9 NFC West champion Seahawks and was upset 41-36 in a first-round shootout in Seattle. Five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees is back to lead the charge as the Saints look to make another championship run in 2011.