Anthony Rizzo had a two-run single and Tim Stauffer tossed seven innings of one-run ball to lift San Diego over Kansas City, 4-1, to complete a three-game sweep. Brewers manager Ned Yost says he can’t explain why they are struggling.
Bruce Chen took the loss, allowing four unearned runs on eight hits and a walk through six innings.  He also fanned six in the Royals’ 11th loss in 14 tries. Royals get the day off. They open a three game series in Denver tomorrow against the Colorado Rockies.

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Chris Carpenter went the distance as the Cardinals cruised past the Orioles 5-1.  Carpenter allowed a run and seven hits while striking out five and walking one to improve to 3-and-7. Carpenter says he tries to go the distance every time out.
Carpenter has gotten wins in his last two starts after starting the year 1-7. Chris Jakubauskas allowed all five runs in five innings to fall to 2-and-1. The Cards wrap up their three game series in baltimore tonight. Himie Garcia goes for the redbirds against Brian Matusz.

Struggling reliever Ryan Franklin has been given his unconditional release by the St. Louis Cardinals, who ran out of patience waiting for the right-hander to return to the form he displayed last year.
Franklin was 1-4 with an 8.46 ERA and one save in 16 games. On Tuesday night in Baltimore, he gave up two runs and three hits, including a homer, while getting only one out.

His inability to be effective, even in a mopup role, led to his release on yesterday.

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Final     Cincinnati     4     Tampa Bay     3
Final     Minnesota     1     L.A. Dodgers     0
Final     Atlanta     5     Seattle     3
Final     Cleveland     6     Arizona     2
Final     Philadelphia     2     Boston     1
Final     N-Y Yankees     5     Milwaukee     2
Final     N-Y Mets     16     Detroit     9
Final     L.A. Angels     1     Washington     0
Final     Toronto     2     Pittsburgh     1
Final     Texas     3     Houston     2
Final     Chi White Sox     3     Colorado     2
Final     Florida     3     Oakland     0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final     Chi Cubs     2     San Francisco     1

Derek Jeter could be ready to resume his chase for 3,000 hits by early next week. Yankees General manager Brian Cashman said if all goes well over the next couple of days Jeter might begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday and could be ready to join the Yankees for the start of a series in Cleveland Monday. He’s just six hits shy of 3,000.

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The men’s semifinals are set at Wimbledon.  Top seeds Rafael Nadal [[ nah-DAHL ]], Novak Djokovic [[ JOKE-oh-vitch ]] and Andy Murray all won quarterfinal matches Wednesday, while Roger Federer was sent packing by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer says he played well in defeat.
Federer had…. then blew a two set lead in that match.

Today is ladies day at Wimbledon with women’s semifinal action taking center stage.

Former champ Maria Sharapova takes on Sabine Lisicki (LEE’-zih-kee) for a spot in the championship match. Sharapova won their only meeting earlier this year, losing just two games in the straight-sets victory.

The other semifinal pits fourth-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) against Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) for the second year in a row at the All England Club. Kvitova won last year in straight sets. The two have split four previous matches.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) and players’ boss DeMaurice (deh-MOHR’-ihs) Smith will have some company when they resume talks aimed at ending the NFL lockout Thursday. They’ll be joined by owners and players.
Goodell and Smith addressed NFL rookies in Florida yesterday morning, then returned to Minneapolis to resume the latest round of discussions in the four-month-old lockout. The latest round of talks began Tuesday.

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Negotiators for the NBA owners and players are in crunch time for the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, with the threat of a lockout looming. The CBA expires later today.

The two sides are set to meet in an attempt to reach an agreement, although they remain far apart on most major issues. The owners could lock out the players for the first time since the 1998-99 season was reduced to 50 games.