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Latest Sports News 7-16-12

>>Reds Edge Cards With Late Runs

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Scott Rolen plated a pair with a single in the eighth as the Reds completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 4-2 victory.  Yadier Molina hit a solo homer and
added an RBI double for St. Louis.  Jake Westbrook surrendered four runs over
seven-and-a-third innings to take the loss.  The Cards start a three-game series
in Milwaukee tonight.

>>Cards Add Fuentes

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  The Cardinals have added the services of reliever Brian Fuentes to a
minor league deal.  Fuentes was released by Oakland last week.  He is 2-and-2
with a 6.84 ERA this season.  Fuentes led the league with 48 saves in 2009.

>>Cubs Sweep D'backs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Matt Garza fired seven shutout innings as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 3-1 victory.  Garza struck out seven while allowing five hits and one
walk as he improved his mark to 5-and-7.  Carlos Marmol recorded the final two
outs for his 10th save.  Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo
plated a run for the Cubs, who have won 10 of their last 13 games.  The Cubs
welcome the Miami Marlins to town tomorrow night for a three-game set.  Travis
Wood gets the start against Anibal Sanchez.

>>Sale, ChiSox Clip Royals

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Chris Sale tossed eight innings of one-run
ball to pace the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Royals.  Sale improved to
11-and-2 on the season, while Addison Reed recorded his 14th save.  Adam Dunn
drilled a solo shot in the first for Chicago, which took two-of-three in the
series.  The Sox are off to Boston where they start a four-game set with the Red
Sox tonight.  Gavin Floyd will get the start against Aaron Cook in the opener.

>>Forte Could Be Close To Deal With Bears

(Chicago, IL)  --  Today marks the deadline for NFL players who received a franchise tag to sign long-term deal and Bears running back Matt Forte says he's optimistic he'll ink a new contract.  Chicago
has been working over the weekend to sign Forte rather than have him play under
a one-year tender worth just south of eight-million-dollars.  The deadline to
sign Forte to a long-term contract is today at 3 p.m. Central time.

>>Johnson Edges Matteson In John Deere Playoff

(Silvis, IL)  --  Zach Johnson edged third-round leader Troy Matteson in
a one-hole playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday.  Johnson posted a
six-under 65 in the final round to get into the clubhouse at 20-under 264.  He
then birdied the playoff hole to beat Matteson, who carded a two-under 69
Sunday.  Scott Piercy finished third at 18-under, while John Senden was fourth
at minus-17.  Three-time defending champion Steve Stricker and Luke Guthrie tied
for fifth place at 16-under 268.

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