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>>Cardinals Rip Rockies 

Allen Craig homered twice and plated three as the Cardinals routed the Rockies, 9-3.  Matt Holliday
also went deep and knocked in two for the Cards in the opener of the four-game
set.  Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] tossed seven-and-a-third innings of two-run ball to
improve to 8-and-2.  Joe Kelly takes the ball tonight against Jeff Francis in
the second test of four at Busch Stadium.

>>Reds' Cueto Threatens Grievance Over All-Star Snub 

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto [[ KWAY-toe ]] isn't taking his snub from the National League
All-Star roster too well.  Cueto claims that NL manager and former St. Louis
Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa left him off the roster for personal reasons. 
The Reds hurler has the backing of his manager Dusty Baker, who told the
"Cincinnati Enquirer" the move could be related to an on-field brawl the two
teams had in 2010.  According to the "Post-Dispatch," Cueto's agent Bryce Dixon
has emailed MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner
threatening to file a grievance about the issue.

>>Samardzija, Cubs Shut Down Braves 

Luis Valbuena ripped a tie-breaking three-run double to back seven stellar innings from Jeff Samardzija
[[ suh-MARD-juh ]] as the Cubs cruised to a 4-1 win over the Braves.  Samardzija
struck out 11 and allowed just one run on four hits to improve to 6-and-7 on the
season.  James Russell closed it out in the ninth to nail down his second save. 
Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run for Chicago, which has won four straight and
six of their last seven games overall.  Chris Volstad gets the start tonight
against Jair Jurrjens in the second test of four at Turner Field.

White Sox Host Rangers 

The Chicago White Sox open up a three-game homestand against the Texas Rangers at The Cell.  Chris Sale will go up against Roy Oswalt [[ OWES-walt ]] in the opener.  The Southsiders
split a four-game set with the New York Yankees over the weekend, but dropped
their last two to fall to 42-and-37 on the season.

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