Pujols, Wainwright lead Cardinals to sweep
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer and Adam Wainwright stayed unbeaten at home with seven strong innings and the go-ahead RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 9-1 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Pujols's 25th homer capped a five-run fifth inning.
Wainwright (15-6) allowed one earned run and six hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, bouncing back strong from 1 of his worst outings of the season. He improved to 11-0 at Busch Stadium with a 1.22 ERA, both major league bests.
St. Louis broke a 1-1 tie with a fifth-inning explosion against Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke (5-10), who gave up six earned runs in five innings.
The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 21-2 in sweeping the 3-game series.
Cardinals add Westbrook to roster
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jake Westbrook is hoping for another postseason appearance, this time with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Westbrook was acquired from Cleveland in a three-team deal on Saturday. The Indians are mired in last place in the AL Central, so the right-hander says he's excited to be involved in a pennant race with the contending Cardinals.
Westbrook, who will wear No. 35, was added to St. Louis' roster on Sunday and will start Monday against Houston. Infielder Tyler Greene was placed on the 15-day disabled list to make room on the roster.
A 2004 All-Star, the 32-year-old Westbrook is 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA in 21 starts this year. He is 69-71 overall in 10 major league seasons.
Weaver outpitches Lee, Angels beat Rangers 4-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jered Weaver outpitched Cliff Lee with seven sharp innings in a matchup of the AL's strikeout and ERA leaders, and the Los Angeles Angels took the rubber game of the series with a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Rangers' lead in the AL West was shaved to eight games by the 3-time defending division champs, who avoided falling at least 10 games out of first place for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.
Weaver (10-7) allowed an unearned run and four hits and struck out seven to increase his league-best total to 162. The right-hander, making his fourth start against the Rangers this season, was coming off a pair of hard-luck losses - 1 of which came at Texas when Lee beat him 3-2.
Cowboys QB Romo not worried about arm soreness
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says his arm has been sore for a couple of days. He says it's normal and nothing to worry about.
The Cowboys finished their ninth day of training camp Sunday, a week before their preseason opener.
Romo says he started cutting back on his throws after first feeling soreness Saturday. He described it as "usually about a two- or 3-day thing."
Romo says he is too competitive to be on the field without participating. He plans to keep grinding because there is so much to work on.
Part of the way he cuts back is by throwing fewer passes during the warmup session, then using passing drills without defenders to stretch out his arm more.
Kardashian at Cowboys practice to watch Austin
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kim Kardashian has been watching her new NFL boyfriend play.
The reality TV star was at the Dallas Cowboys' practice Sunday watching Miles Austin from a private suite at the Alamodome. Kardashian was with quarterback Tony Romo's girlfriend, former Miss Missouri Candice Crawford.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he "almost swallowed" his sandwich earlier when he ran into Austin and Kardashian having lunch with Romo.
Kardashian and Austin have been coy about whether they are dating, but have often been photographed together recently.
Austin, smiling as always, jogged off the field after practice without responding to questions.
Kardashian previously dated Reggie Bush of the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
Biffle wins Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Greg Biffle has won an often-delayed NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway to snap a 64-race winless streak and take the checkered flag for injured owner Jack Roush.
Biffle hadn't won since he took the first two races in the 2008 Chase for the Cup championship. Biffle won on Sunday with Roush in the Mayo Clinic for injuries sustained in a plane crash in Wisconsin.
It was also the first win of the season for Roush Fenway Racing.
Tony Stewart was second, and Roush driver Carl Edwards was third.
The start of the 500-mile race was delayed by rain, then had two lengthy red flag stops that totaled nearly 50 minutes.
Elliott Sadler and Kurt Busch both walked away from scary wrecks that knocked them out of the race.