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>>Padres Best Cardinals

(San Diego, CA)  --  Alexi Amarista laced a two-run triple to help the Padres down the Cardinals, 6-4.  David Freese drilled a solo homer for the Cardinals, who hold a one-game lead on the Dodgers for the final NL Wild Card spot.  Adam Wainwright allowed five runs, two of which were earned, in six innings to fall to 13-and-13.  Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] takes the ball against Clayton Richard in this evening's series finale.

>>'Stros Shut Out Chicago

(Houston, TX)  --  Justin Maxwell's sac-fly in the third inning accounted for the game's lone run as the Astros shut out the Cubs, 1-0.  Justin Germano allowed one unearned run during five innings of duty to suffer the tough-luck loss for Chicago.  Cubs rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo left the game in the top of the third inning with a sore neck and right shoulder after a collision at first base.  The Northsiders had won their last four games.  Travis Wood gets the start against Fernando Abad in tonight's series finale.

>>Tigers Top White Sox, Cut Lead In AL Central

(Chicago, IL)  --  Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera added a solo shot as the Tigers dropped the White Sox, 5-3, last night at The Cell.  With the win, Detroit cut Chicago's lead in the AL Central to two games.  Jake Peavy surrendered three runs in five-and-two-thirds innings to suffer the loss for the Sox.  Dewayne Wise and Gordon Beckham each hit a solo homer and Alejandro De Aza added an RBI single in the loss.  Gavin Floyd is expected to toe the rubber against Max Scherzer [[ SURE-zer ]] in tonight's third installment.

>>Rams Back To Practice

(Earth City, MO)  --  The Rams are back to work today in preparation for their home opener against the Washington Redskins this Sunday.  St. Louis dropped a 27-23 decision in Detroit on Sunday to start the season 0-and-1.  The team made a move yesterday in re-signing left guard Quinn Ojinnaka while placing center Scott Wells on the injured reserve/designated for return list.

>>NFL Scheduling Replacement Refs Through Week Five

(New York, NY)  --  It looks like the NFL's replacement officials will be working games through at least October 8th.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL has devised its schedule to include the stand-in refs through Week Five of the regular season.  The league and the NFL Referees Association remain at odds over a new labor contract.  The NFL locked out its regular refs in June after the previous labor agreement expired.

>>Mizzou, Illinois Prep For Weekend Games

(Undated)  --  Missouri and Illinois are preparing for weekend games.  The Tigers will host Arizona State in Columbia.  Mizzou suffered a 41-20 loss in its SEC debut to seventh-ranked Georgia last week.  The Illini are home to face Charleston Southern.  Illinois lost on the road to Arizona State on Saturday, 45-14.

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