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 width=>>Rizzo, Baez Homers Boost Cubs By Mets

(Flushing, NY) -- Anthony Rizzo hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and Javier Baez added a two-run shot in the ninth as the Cubs beat the Mets 4-1 at Citi Field. Luis Valbuena tied the game at one for Chicago with an RBI single in the sixth. Kyle Kendricks pitched seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball to improve to 5-and-1. Hector Rondon notched his 18th save as the Cubs earned a split of the four-game series. Buddy Carlyle took the loss in relief of starter Carlos Torres, who pitched five innings of three-hit, shutout ball. Lucas Duda hit a solo homer in the fourth to stake New York to an early 1-0 lead.

 width=>>Cards Clip Reds In 10 Innings

(St. Louis, MO) -- Jhonny Peralta hit a walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Cardinals past the Reds 6-5 in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Peralta had three hits and two RBI, while Matt Holliday drove in a run and scored twice for the Redbirds, who have won five of their last six. Matt Adams added three hits, an RBI and scored in the victory. Nick Greenwood picked up the win after Trevor Rosenthal blew his fifth save. Jay Bruce doubled in the tying run in the ninth and had a three-run homer in the fifth for the Reds, who have dropped three straight six of seven. Logan Ondrusek suffered the loss.

>>Orioles Club White Sox

(Chicago, IL) -- Nick Markakis [[ mar-KAY-kiss ]] hit a two-run homer after robbing one at the wall as the Orioles downed the White Sox 8-2 at U.S. Cellular Field. J.J. Hardy and Nelson Cruz hit solo shots while Jonathan Schoop [[ scope ]] ripped a three-run double. Bud Norris improved to 11-and-7 with seven innings of two-run ball as Baltimore won its fourth in six games. Chris Sale fell to 10-and-3 after allowing three runs in six innings and striking out eight for Chicago. Avisail Garcia singled in two for the Sox, who have lost three of five.

MLB National League
Atlanta Braves 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Washington Nationals 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (11 inn)

MLB American League
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4, Boston Red Sox 2
Kansas City Royals 6, Minnesota Twins 4

MLB Interleague
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Seattle Mariners 1

 width=>>Wacha Looks Sharp In Bullpen Session

(St. Louis, MO) -- Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha looked strong in his second throwing session since being placed on the disabled list on June 18th. Manager Mike Matheny said while he was only throwing at about 75-percent speed, it looked he was throwing it with little effort or discomfort. There is no set timetable for Wacha's return, but Matheny stated the club wants him to face live competition first.

>>Pirates' McCutchen To Return Tonight

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday. McCutchen took live swings on Monday and said the plan is to return Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. He's been out since August 3rd with a fractured rib. The 27-year-old is hitting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBI in 109 games this season.

>>Big Names On Rangers Clear Waivers

(Arlington, TX) -- The Texas Rangers had a few big names clear waivers on Monday. According to ESPN, ace Yu Darvish, third baseman Adrian Beltre, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and shortstop Elvis Andrus all made it through unclaimed. Texas now has the ability to trade each player. The Rangers have struggled to a 48-and-76 record this season. The MLB waiver-trade deadline is August 31st.

>>Pirates Minor Leaguer Clemens Suspended For HGH

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitcher Michael Clemens is being suspended 68 games without pay for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. Clemens tested positive for HGH. He was playing for Rookie-level Bristol after being selected in the 17th round of June's First-Year Player Draft.

>>Rockies' Dickerson NL Player Of Week

(New York, NY) -- Colorado Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson is the National League Player of the Week. He went 11-for-28 for a .393 average with three home runs, four doubles, 11 RBI and six runs scored. It's the first career weekly honor for Dickerson. .

>>Astros' Carter AL Player Of Week

(New York, NY) -- Houston Astros designated hitter Chris Carter is the American League Player of the Week. He hit .321 in seven games last week with four home runs, nine RBI and five runs scored. Carter led the majors in homers and the AL in RBI and total bases to earn his first career weekly honor.

>>MLB Commissioner Selig Visits Oakland

(Oakland, CA) -- Outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig's [[ SEE-lig's ]] farewell tour includes a stop in Oakland this week. Selig will be at Tuesday night's A's game as they host the New York Mets at O.co Coliseum. The A's and the city of Oakland have recently agreed to a 10-year lease extension which includes an opt-out clause, as the team wants to build a new stadium either in Oakland or elsewhere. The 80-year-old Selig is finishing a 22-year run as commissioner, and will step aside in January, handing over the reigns to Rob Manfred.

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