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>>Cards Hold Off Mets

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Allen Craig's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning was the difference as the Cardinals held off the Mets, 5-4, yesterday at Busch Stadium.  Skip Schumaker smacked a solo homer and Matt Carpenter plated a pair for St. Louis, which has won two-of-three on the heels of a four-game slide.  The series continues tonight at 7:15 p.m.

>>Nats Clip Cubs

(Washington, DC)  --  Adam LaRoche clubbed a solo homer to back seven scoreless innings from Ross Detwiler, as the Nationals clipped the Cubs, 2-1.  Wellington Castillo had an RBI-single in the ninth for
the Cubs, who have dropped three in-a-row.  The four-game set resumes tonight at
6:05 p.m.

>>White Sox Double Up Twins

(Chicago, IL)  --  Gordon Beckham hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI as the White Sox doubled up Minnesota 4-2.  Paul Konerko added an RBI single for Chicago, which regained
control of the AL Central over Detroit by one game after the Tigers lost to
Cleveland.  Hector Santiago allowed one run over five-plus innings while Addison
Reed picked up his 25th save.  Jose Quintana gets the nod opposite Scott Diamond
in tonight's second installment.

>>Bears' Urlacher:  I'm Playing On Sunday

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  If it's up to Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher [[ ur-LOCK-er ]], he is
playing on Sunday's season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts.  Urlacher told
WFLD-Channel 32's "The Final Word" that he knee isn't the same and never will
be, but he is playing this weekend.  The Bears middle linebacker has reportedly
undergone multiple procedures on his left knee, which has forced him to miss the
team's entire offseason program and most of training camp.  Urlacher sprained
the MCL and PCL in his knee during the Bears' 2011 regular-season finale.

>>Bears Sign DT Okoye

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a one-year contract.  Okoye, the 10th overall selection by the Houston Texans in the 2007 draft, spent last
season with Chicago and played in all 16 games.  He posted 27 tackles and four
sacks.  A five-year veteran, he signed a contract with Tampa Bay in the
offseason, but was released by the team on Friday.  He had missed much of the
preseason while recovering from a knee scope.  To make room on the roster, the
team released defensive tackle Brian Price, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in a
trade this past July.

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