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Latest Sports News 7-26-12

>>Cards Walk-Off On Dodgers

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rafael Furcal hit an RBI single to left in the bottom of the 12th to send the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers.  Starter Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] knocked in a run with a
sac fly.  He gave up two runs in seven innings for a no-decision.  Fernando
Salas earned the win for St. Louis, which earned at least a series split with
this victory.  Jake Westbrook gets the nod opposite Chris Capuano in this
afternoon's series finale.

>>Cards Call Up Fuentes 

The Cardinals purchased the contract of pitcher Brian Fuentes from Double-A Springfield.  Fuentes was signed earlier this month after his release from Oakland.  The Cards also optioned pitcher Victor Marte to
Triple-A Memphis and designated pitcher Chuckie Fick for assignment.

>>Pirates Salvage Series Finale Against Cubs

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Mike McKenry clubbed a game-tying solo home run in the fifth frame and Garrett
Jones added a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth as the Pirates edged the Cubs,
3-2, yesterday afternoon at PNC Park.  Anthony Rizzo smacked a solo homer and
added an RBI single for Chicago.  Ryan Dempster gave up all three runs through
six frames of duty to suffer the loss.  The Cubs have dropped four of their last
six games.  They are off today.  Chicago kicks off a three-game series against
the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field.

>>Braves No Longer Pursuing Cubs' Dempster

(Atlanta, GA)  --  The Atlanta Braves are no longer in pursuit of Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan
Dempster.  Braves general manager Frank Wren says they are moving on and it's
highly unlikely that a trade will happen.  Reports surfaced on Monday that the
Cubs had traded Dempster to the Braves, but the veteran right-hander denied them
via Twitter and said he would rather play for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The
35-year-old holds 10-and-5 rights in his contract and can veto any proposed
deal.  He is 5-and-5 this season with a 2.25 ERA.  The trade deadline is
Tuesday, July 31st.

>>White Sox Sweep Twins

(Chicago, IL)  --  Dayan Viciedo [[
vee-see-AYE-doh ]] went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI as the White
Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Twins with an 8-2 win in yesterday
afternoon's finale at The Cell.  Alex Rios smashed a two-run home run and Kevin
Youkilis added an RBI single before leaving the game early with a sprained
ankle.  Jake Peavy tossed six innings of two-run ball to improve to 8-and-7 on
the season.  The Southsiders are off today.  They head to Arlington tomorrow
evening to kick off a three-game series against the Texas Rangers.  Chris Sale
gets the nod opposite Yu [[ You ]] Darvish in the opener.

>>Youkilis Leaves With Sprained Ankle

(Chicago, IL)  -- 
White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Wednesday's matinee against the
Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning due to a sprained ankle.  He is listed as
day-to-day.  Youkilis went 1-for-2 with an RBI single before leaving the game. 
In 24 games with the White Sox since being acquired from Boston, Youkilis is
hitting .272 with five home runs and 19 RBI.

>>Bears Hold First
Training Camp Practice

(Bourbonnais, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have their first training camp practice this afternoon.  The team reported to camp yesterday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.  Chicago's first
preseason game is on Thursday, August 9th in the Windy City against Peyton
Manning and the Denver Broncos.

>>Rams Sign CB's Jenkins, Johnson

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams have agreed to terms with rookie cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine
Johnson.  Jenkins was selected in the second round of April's draft out of North
Alabama.  He was considered a first-round talent after starting for three years
at Florida, but was dismissed from the program for off-field transgressions. 
Johnson was a third-round pick out of Montana.


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