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>>Cards Pound Royals

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Carlos Beltran hit his
20th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the first inning, to help the
Cardinals beat the Royals, 11-8.  Allen Craig was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Matt
Holliday went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI as the St. Louis swept
Kansas City to move three games above .500.  After a scorching start to the
year, Lance Lynn gave up five earned runs or more for his second straight
outing.  Reliever Victor Marte earned the win.  The Cards open a three-game set
with the Marlins in Miami tonight.  Jake Westbrook will get the start against
Ricky Nolasco.

>>Snakes Sweep Cubs

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Justin Upton plated three
runs to back eight strong innings from Wade Miley as the Diamondbacks cruised to
a 5-1 win over the Cubs yesterday afternoon at Chase Field.  Alfonso Soriano's
solo dinger in the seventh inning accounted for Chicago's lone run of the game. 
Matt Garza gave up three runs in seven innings of duty to suffer the loss.  The
Cubs have dropped four in-a-row and six of their last eight.  The Northsiders
return to Wrigley Field this evening to open up a three-game series against the
New York Mets.  Travis Wood gets the nod opposite Johan Santana in the opener.

>>White Sox Sneak Past Brewers

(Chicago, IL) --  Eduardo Escobar hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to give
the White Sox a 1-0 win over the Brewers yesterday at The Cell.  Jose Quintana
dealt eight scoreless innings with four strikeouts, but it was Brian Bruney who
grabbed his first win of the season.  Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham each
had two hits for Chicago, which took two-of-three from Milwaukee.  The
Southsiders head to Target Field this evening to kick off a three-game series
against the Minnesota Twins.  Jake Peavy will toe the rubber against Francisco
Liriano in the opener.

>>Bears' Forte May Miss Camp, But Not Season

(Chicago, IL)  --  Despite still looking for a long-term contract, Chicago Bears running back
Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] plans to play this season.  He told the Bears radio
network that he might not show up to training camp on time but it's unlikely
he'll hold out during the regular season if he doesn't get a new deal.  The
Bears put the franchise tag on Forte, who has yet to sign his $7.7-million



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