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Four different Pirates collected two RBI each as they defeated the Cardinals 9-1 at Busch Stadium.  Shelby Miller gave up four runs in five innings for the loss.  The Cards will send Joe Kelly to the hill tonight in Milwaukee in his first start since coming off the disabled list.  Remember yesterday when we said we didn’t think the Molina thumb injury was going to be all that serious?  Well…about that…  The Cardinals say he suffered a torn thumb ligament sliding into third base in Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh and will miss eight-to-12 weeks following surgery.  Without Molina, the Cards are left with Tony Cruz and Audry Perez behind the plate. No word on who will replace Molina in the All-Star game.

Yesterday we mentioned that the Blues and Vladimir Sobotka had an arbitration meeting scheduled….and it looks like they can cancel that.  Sobotka agreed to a three-year deal on Thursday with Avangard Omsk of the KHL in Russia.  His agent confirmed the contract is worth more than $4-million per season with an out clause after each season. 

Clayton Kershaw's scoreless innings streak is over.  The Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher gave up a solo homer to San Diego third baseman Chase Headley in the sixth inning of Thursday's game.  The streak ends at 41 innings.  Former Dodgers starting pitcher Orel Hershiser holds the all-time mark at 59 innings set in 1988.

The 2014 Home Derby will be a homecoming of sorts at Target Field in Minnesota.  Longtime Twins and current Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau rounds out the field for the National League squad.  Morneau played in Minnesota for 10-plus seasons from 2003-13.  Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is the fifth and final hitter for the American League.  Donaldson leads all MLB third basemen with 20 homers.  Morneau and Donaldson join captains Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones, Brian Dozier, Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig and Todd Frazier.

Can you believe the NFL starts back up in 55 days?  Well, we are now starting to see lists like this come out almost every day.  Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ranks number-one in the NFL Network's Top One-Hundred Players of 2014.  Manning previously held the number-two spot in 2011 and 2013.  The NFL also included some impressive stats on the quarterback that included an unprecedented fifth MVP award and a third trip to the Super Bowl.  Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson came in right behind Manning in the rankings followed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

And finally…get ready for this….Javier Mascherano from Argentina had a rough game against the Dutch.  He took a shot to the head and almost passed out, but still stayed in the game.  Then fast forward a bit and he was playing defense when he hurt himself.  Here is the exact quote he told reporters.  QUOTE: “I tore my anus on that move.  So much pain.”  As of right now he is NOT ruled out for the World Cup Final against Germany on Sunday.

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