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2009-09-16 00:13:44

Mark Reynolds' 42nd home run of the season helped power the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Diego Padres 4-2 Tuesday. Reynolds' two-run blast in the top of the ninth broke a 2-2 tie and tagged San Diego closer Heath Bell (5-4) with the loss. Eric Byrnes drove in Arizona's other two runs with a solo home run in the third and a sacrifice fly in the seventh that tied the score 2-2. Dan Haren (14-8) earned the win with eight strong innings in which he gave up two runs on five hits and one walk....

2009-09-14 22:50:05

Derrek Lee homered and Ryan Dempster pitched eight shutout innings Monday to propel the Chicago Cubs in a 2-0 win over Milwaukee. Dempster (10-8), who took a no-hitter into the fifth, gave up just four hits and walking one for the Cubs, who have won six of their last seven games. Aramis Ramirez had a pair of hits for Chicago. Jeff Suppan (6-10) gave up one run on three hits with four walks in seven innings to take the loss. Suppan has won just once in his last 13 starts.

2009-09-13 18:16:53

Andres Blanco's three hits and two RBI Sunday led the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 win over Cincinnati. His two-run single gave Chicago a 3-0 led with one out in the bottom of the fourth. One of three hits by Derrek Lee was a solo homer. Koyie Hill also hit a solo homer and Aramis Ramirez added two hits for the Cubs, who had 11 hits and won twice in the three-game series. Winner Ted Lilly (12-8) gave up six hits in six scoreless innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. Drew Stubbs led Cincinnati...

2009-09-12 16:19:20

Drew Sutton hit a game-winning, two-run double Saturday, boosting the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. Sutton's only hit snapped a 5-5 tie with two outs in the top of the ninth. Darnell McDonald, Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen and Joey Votto also drove in runs for Cincinnati, which also got a run on a throwing error by Aramis Ramirez. The winner was Arthur Rhodes (1-1). Closer Francisco Cordero earned his 34th save with a 1-2-3 ninth that preserved the Reds' first win in...

2009-09-11 17:25:14

Aramis Ramirez had three hits and three RBI Friday, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds. The victory gave the Cubs a four-game winning streak and their fifth victory in six games. Ramirez's two-run single gave Chicago a 3-1 lead with two outs in the bottom of the third. He also hit an RBI single. Geovany Soto hit a solo homer and a sacrifice fly, while Bobby Scales drove in a run with a pinch eighth-inning double. The winner was reliever Jeff Stevens (1-0)...

2009-09-11 16:37:06

Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano likely will not play again this season because of inflammation in his left knee. He was shut down Sept. 3, and Manager Lou Piniella admitted Friday on the team's Web site that the prospects for Soriano's return in 2009 were doubtful. I'm very disappointed, but I have to do what I have to do, Soriano told ESPN 1000 in Chicago before Friday's game against Cincinnati. I want to get an operation sooner than later ... to get ready for next year. Soriano, a...

2009-09-09 16:04:00

Koyie Hill and Micah Hoffpauir each drove in two runs Wednesday, powering the Chicago Cubs' 8-5 win over Pittsburgh that capped a three-game sweep. Hoffpauir hit a solo homer and a sacrifice fly. Hill's two-run single expanded Chicago's lead to 6-2 with two outs in the top of the seventh. Four other Cubs also drove in runs. Winner Carlos Zambrano (8-6) gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out eight as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games. Carlos...

2009-09-08 22:01:24

Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto each had two-run doubles in Chicago's seven-run first inning Tuesday when the Cubs beat Pittsburgh 9-4. Aramis Ramirez added a two-run single for the Cubs. Chicago pitcher Ryan Dempster (9-8) earned the win after he allowed four runs on eight hits through 6 1/3 innings. The Cubs are 7 1/2 games behind Colorado in the NL wild-card race. Garrett Jones homered and drove in two runs for the Pirates, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games. Zach Duke (10-14) was...

2009-09-08 17:14:04

The Ricketts family's purchase of the Chicago Cubs from the Tribune Co. has passed muster with federal antitrust regulators. Crain's Chicago Business reported Tuesday the approval of the $800 million deal appears on a Sept. 4 Federal Trade Commission list of pending mergers and acquisitions that have been cleared by officials. Still to come are a federal bankruptcy judge's ruling on the sale and approval by owners of the other major league teams. The Tribune has been trying to make a deal for...

2009-09-07 18:58:57

Derrek Lee had two home runs and three RBI Monday to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The loss is the 82nd of the season for Pittsburgh. The Pirates are guaranteed a 17th consecutive losing season, breaking the record the team shared with Philadelphia, which had 16 straight losing seasons from 1933-48. Lee has five home runs in his last four games. Milton Bradley drove in the Cubs' other run. Ted Lilly (11-8) got the win after giving up just two runs on two...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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