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Ward’s shot takes down Cards

Daryle Ward can stop worrying about hitting that first home run for the Chicago Cubs. Ward hit a grand slam in the third inning and Derrek Lee had three hits to help Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Saturday.

Cards sweep Brewers 8-0

Yadier Molina hit two home runs and the Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-0 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep and closing to within 2 1/2 games of the NL Central lead for the first time since April 20.

Chiefs still looking for a leader

KANSAS CITY, — Will they cheer their team’s all-time top-rated passer? Or will they boo a guy who complained he wasn’t getting a fair chance to keep his job and then wrangled a drawn-out trade to Miami?

Cardinals close gap on leader

MILWAUKEE — Albert Pujols hit his 275th career home run and new St. Louis Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro kept Milwaukee’s bats quiet in an 8-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night.

McCollum hopes to come back as center

ST. LOUIS — Veteran center Andy McCollum returns for his 14th NFL season and he is looking to regain the form that allowed him to play all 1,025 offensive snaps in 2005.

Royals come up short in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Young hit a two-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Wednesday night.

Cards pound Brewers

MILWAUKEE — The St. Louis Cardinals scored six runs in the fifth inning to rally for a 12-4 victory over Milwaukee, spoiling the Brewers’ 1982 World Series team reunion.

Laird leads Rangers’ comeback

ARLINGTON, Texas — Gerald Laird and Michael Young homered and Kevin Millwood struck out nine in seven innings to lead the Texas Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Teahen homers as Kansas City beats Blue Jays

KANSAS CITY — Mark Teahen homered for the first time in more than two months and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of three Toronto Blue Jays errors to win 6-2 on Monday night.

Resurgent Redbirds feeling confident

ST. LOUIS — Not long ago, the Cardinals seemed to be a team that had wandered way off course. Scott Spiezio sought treatment for possible substance abuse last week, the third in a series of incidents making front page news. Reliever Josh Hancock was driving drunk on the last day of April when he died in an accident. Manager Tony La Russa was arrested for drunk driving in spring training.

Burnett handles Royals’ hitters

Now that A.J. Burnett has rejoined a rotation that includes Roy Halladay, the Toronto Blue Jays believe they are poised for improvement, and they’re only 6 1/2 games out of the wild card.

Reyes rides Cards’ bats to rare win

Reyes (2-11) worked six innings and had an RBI during a five-run third that broke it open for St. Louis, which took two of three from the sagging Dodgers to complete a 5-2 homestand.

Rams hope youth can fix run defense

Even before he ever played a down, the St. Louis Rams named first-round pick Adam Carriker a starter at one of the defensive tackle spots. That move speaks volumes about how desperate the Rams are to improve a run defense that allowed 4.9 yards per carry a season ago.

Encarnacion out in cold

Rick Ankiel’s first four games as a major league outfielder is a feel-good story for everybody but Juan Encarnacion. The St. Louis Cardinals’ right fielder has been the odd man out since Ankiel’s recall on Thursday.

Ankiel’s success continues

Ankiel hit two home runs and drove in three runs, the latest power display by the former pitcher, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Saturday.

Gordon lifts K.C.

Alex Gordon went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and Leo Nunez combined with two relievers for a four-hitter as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Saturday night.

Chiefs lose to Browns, still looking for a QB

Rookie Brady Quinn stood with a clipboard and studied Cleveland’s playbook during his first NFL preseason game, a 16-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, who have some quarterback issues of their own to sort out.

Rams get their wish in preseason opener

Brian Leonard rushed for a touchdown, Adam Carriker helped stop Minnesota up the middle, and the Rams beat the Vikings 13-10 on Friday night in Minneapolis. Jonathan Wade contributed some tackles in the secondary.

Rams' rookies ready for first taste of NFL

The important players from both teams will soon be on the sidelines, and the fans at today’s preseason contest between the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings will quickly remember they’re watching an exhibition, not a game that counts.

Ankiel returns to Cards as outfielder, hits 3-run homer

After flopping in his attempt to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, Ankiel was called up from the minors and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off San Diego’s Doug Brocail.

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