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>>Friars Pound Cardinals

(San Diego, CA)  --  Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer as the Padres crushed the Cardinals, 11-3.  Pete Kozma went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple and Allen Craig added an RBI single for St.
Louis.  Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia gave up four runs over three frames to
suffer the loss.  The Cards have lost four of their last five games.  The Cards
send Adam Wainwright to the mound this evening against Edinson Volquez in the
middle contest of three.

>>Cubs Handle Houston

(Houston, TX)  --  Dave Sappelt plated three runs and scored the other on a wild pitch to lead the Cubs in a 4-1 win over the Astros last night at Minute Maid Park.  Chris Volstad tossed five frames of
one-run ball to pick up the win.  Carlos Marmol closed it out in the ninth to
nail down his 19th save for Chicago, which has won four straight games on the
heels of a six-game slide.  Justin Germano takes the mound against Jordan Lyles
in tonight's contest.

>>White Sox Top Tigers

(Chicago, IL)  --  Alex Rios popped a three-run homer in the sixth inning and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a solo shot to lead the White Sox in a 6-1 win over the Tigers last night at The Cell. 
Gordon Beckham added a two-run dinger for Chicago, which extended its lead to
three games over Detroit atop the AL Central standings.  Jose Quintana struck
out seven through seven-and-two-third frames of one-run ball to pick up the
win.  Jake Peavy will toe the rubber against Doug Fister in tonight's second

>>Bears Sign Scott; Add Collins To Roster

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and added
defensive tackle Nate Collins to the active roster.  Scott has started 28 of the
58 games he has played for Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.  He spent the past
two seasons with the Steelers and was in camp with the Lions this summer. 
Collins was added to the roster after serving a one-game suspension for
violating the league's substance-abuse policy.  He signed with the Bears in May
after playing 13 games over the past two seasons with Jacksonville.  The Bears
also waived punter Ryan Quigley, while adding tight end Dedrick Epps to the
practice squad and releasing offensive tackle Cory Brandon from the practice

>>Rams Assess Injuries After Week One

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Rams head coach Jeff Fisher address some injuries that were suffered during Week One
at yesterday's press conference.  Fisher says offensive tackle Rodger Saffold
has a "significant" strained neck and is expected to miss this week's game,
perhaps longer.  Center Scott Wells suffered a fracture in his left foot and
will require surgery.  He was placed on the NFL's new injured reserve exemption
list, meaning he can return to a game as early as Week Eight.  The Rams host the
Redskins on Sunday in their home-opener.

>>Irish Rise In Rankings

(New York, NY)  --  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rose three spots in the latest release of the "USA Today" Top-25 College Football Poll.  The Irish climbed from 22nd in the nation to number-19
after improving to 2-and-0 over the weekend.  They beat Purdue, 20-17, in their
home-opener on Saturday in South Bend.  ND plays at 10th-ranked Michigan State
on Saturday evening in East Lansing.

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