Mark Buehrle tossed seven innings of two-run ball to lead the White Sox past the Royals, 5-2.  Buehrle improved to 7-and-5 with the win, the third in four games for Chicago. Royals starter Kyle Davies surrendered four runs, two earned, in his five-and-a-third innings of work to fall to 1-and-9 on the season. Davies says he did some good things in defeat.
Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler drove in a run apiece in the loss.  The Royals have now lost 4 of their last 5. Game two of the three-game set tonight at Kaufman. Danny Duffy for the Royals. Jake Peavey for the White Sox.

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The Cardinals had the night off. They’re in New York tonight to play the Mets. Interesting pitching match-up tonight. Both Kyle Loshe of the Redbirds and Mets starter Dillon Gee are 1-2 in their last three starts with ERA’s near 6.

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Jose Reyes appears ready to come off the disabled list. The New York Mets shortstop doubled and played six innings last night in a rehab game for NY-Penn League’s Brooklyn Cyclones, who lost the game to the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox affiliate 11-5. Mets manager Terry Collins says it looks as though Reyes will be activated today in time for the opener of a three-game series against St. Louis.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Cleveland 5, Minnesota 2, 1st game
Cleveland 6, Minnesota 3, 2nd game
Boston 15, Baltimore 10
N.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 0   (Pirates 1st in NL Central)
Florida 4, N.Y. Mets 1
Chicago Cubs 6, Philadelphia 1
Washington 5, Houston 2
Atlanta 7, Colorado 4
Arizona 3, Milwaukee 0
San Francisco 5, L.A. Dodgers 0

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Tests on Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan show no new heart problems for the Hall of Famer pitcher, who is hospitalized in Houston. The Rangers say the 64-year-old Ryan “continues to improve” after undergoing a series of precautionary tests, and is expected to be released from the hospital in a day or two.

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The NFL told club executives they could be schooled in the ins and outs of the new labor contract as early as Thursday, and the players’ association summoned its leadership for a potential vote — the strongest signs yet the lockout might be nearing an end. Lawyers for both sides met 8½ hours yesterday in New York, and talks were scheduled to continue today.