Shelley Duncan slammed two home runs and plated five to help the Indians take down the Royals, 9-6.  The Indians jumped out to an early 4-0 lead behind a Asdrubal Cabrera two-run double and they never looked back.
Royals shortstop Chris Getz. Eric Hosmer and Johnny Giavotella each went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a losing effort for the Royals.  Jeff Frances struggled through five innings to fall to 5-and-15. The Royals head to the west coast. They open a three game series in Oakland tonight. Felipe Paulino against Rich Harden.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final     N-Y Yankees     9     Toronto     3
Final     Texas     11     Boston     4
Final     Tampa Bay     8     Baltimore     1
Final     L.A. Angels     4     Minnesota     1
Final     Oakland     8     Seattle     5
Final     Detroit     18     Chi White Sox     2

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Juan Francisco’s RBI single in the top of the 10th inning gave the Reds a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals.  Edgar Renteria provided a two-run homer in the first inning for Cincinnati, which took two-of-three in the series.
Cards Manager Tony LaRussa. Bill Bray got the win, and Francisco Cordero locked down his 30th save.  John Jay hit a solo home run for the Cards.  Fernando Salas took the loss out of the bullpen. Another big series with the Brewers opens tonight at Busch Stadium. Jake Westbrook for the Redbirds against Milaukee’s Randy Wolf.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final     Florida     5     Philadelphia     4, 14 Innings
Final     Atlanta     4     L.A. Dodgers     3
Final     N-Y Mets     6     Washington     3
Final     Milwaukee     4     Houston     0
Final     Cincinnati     3     St. Louis     2, 10 Innings
Final     Chi Cubs     6     Pittsburgh     3
Final     Arizona     4     San Francisco     1
Final     San Diego     7     Colorado     2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Final     ( 8) Texas A-and-M     46     Southern Methodist     14
Final     (24) West Virginia     34     Marshall     13

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A local newspaper reported yesterday that that Chiefs’ Quarterback Matt Cassell may have suffered a rib injury in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Packers. That injury may be significant enough to keep him out of Sunday’s opener with the Bills at Arrowhead. That would thrust Tyler Palko into the limelight as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback on opening day.

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Finding a practice squad quarterback is a top priority for the St. Louis Rams after Thaddeus Lewis was picked up off waivers by Cleveland yesterday. The Rams were hoping to re-sign Lewis to the practice squad. General manager Billy Devaney says having tough decisions to make is better than the alternative.

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Fourth-seeded Andy Murray moved into the U.S. Open’s fourth round by beating No. 25 Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 last night. On the women’s side, 2010 runner-up Vera Zvonareva reached the quarterfinals with a straight-set win over No. 22 seed Sabine Lisicki.

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NASCAR has postponed its race at Atlanta Motor Speedway because of heavy rain and it will be run Tuesday morning instead with Kasey Kahne on the pole. NASCAR said there was no chance to get the race in today because of storms moving through the Atlanta area.