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Jeff Francoeur [[ fran-COOR ]] drove in two runs and Eric Hosmer homered as the Royals topped the White Sox, 4-1.  Francoeur had an RBI single and a sac-fly for Kansas City, which took the final two games of the three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field. Royals starting and winning pitcher Bruce Chen says his teammates deserve a lot of credit for this victory.
Joakim Soria [[ SORE-ee-ah ]] worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save.  Edwin Jackson allowed four runs in seven innings to take the loss for Chicago.
Next: Some home cookin for the Royals. they finish off the first half of 2011 with a four-game weekend set against the Detroit Tigers beginning tonight at Kaufman. Danny Duffy gets the ball for the Royals against Detroit’s Max Scherzer.

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Ramon Hernandez doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th to give the Reds a wild 9-8 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis last night. Chris Heisey homered on the first pitch of the game for the Reds, who led 8-0 after five innings. Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay, who tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth says the Cards are in every game no matter what.
Albert Pujols started for the first time since June 19th and went 1-for-6 with an RBI single.  Jose Arredondo was credited with his first win.  Raul Valdes suffered his first loss.  Aroldis Chapman notched his first save. The Cards wrap upthe first half of their 2011 campaign with a four-game series against the Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium tonight. Kyle McClellan for the Redbirds against Joe Saunders for the D-Backs.

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Now that Albert Pujols (POO’-hohls) has returned to the St. Louis lineup, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says he’d love to see the slugger in next Tuesday’s All-Star Game as an injury substitution. La Russa’s only objection would be if Pujols was part of the Home Run Derby competition, which can take an injury toll on a player.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final     Tampa Bay     12     Minnesota     5
Final     Detroit     5     L.A. Angels     4
Final     Oakland     2     Seattle     0
Final     Cleveland     5     N-Y Yankees     3
Final     Boston     6     Toronto     4
Final     Texas     13     Baltimore     5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final     Milwaukee     3     Arizona     1
Final     Washington     5     Chi Cubs     4
Final     Houston     8     Pittsburgh     2
Final     Atlanta     9     Colorado     1
Final     Florida     7     Philadelphia     6, 10 Innings
Final     N-Y Mets     5     L.A. Dodgers     3
Final     San Francisco     6     San Diego     5, 14 Innings

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Jury selection in the Roger Clemens’ perjury trial in Washington is expected to continue today and could go into next week. Clemens, the former fireballer who won 354 major league games and is one of four hurlers with more than 4,000 strikeouts, is charged with lying to Congress on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs.

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NFL owners and players find themselves in hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace one month before the Hall of Fame game is scheduled to start the preseason on Aug. 7. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) and players association chief DeMaurice Smith plan to return to the negotiations today, along with several owners and players.

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Veteran forwards Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott have signed one-year contracts with the St. Louis Blues. Each deal is worth $2.5 million, plus $300,000 in bonuses. Langenbrunner scored nine goals in 70 games last season, while Arnott had 17 goals in 73 games.

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Graham Zusi scored in the 62nd minute last night to help Sporting Kansas City play to a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids. The draw extends Sporting KC’s unbeaten streak to nine matches. Conor Casey scored in the 32nd minute for Colorado.

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Missouri State men’s soccer head coach Jon Leamy announced yesterday the hiring of Ger Coppinger as the team’s new assistant coach.  Coppinger takes over for David Stockton who accepted a similar position at Cal State Monterey Bay this spring. Coppinger comes to Missouri State after spending last fall as the men’s and women’s goalkeeper coach at Missouri Baptist University.  He also coached the U-17 O’Fallon Kixx men’s team for two seasons, leading them to the State Cup tournament in one of those seasons.