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Matt Holliday's go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning held up as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 3-2.  Jon Jay drove in the other run and then scored in the three-run seventh for the Cards.  John Lackey pitched seven innings as he improved to 2-and-1 with the Cardinals. Trevor Rosenthal closed it out for his 39th save.

Injured Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Michael Wacha are taking the next step toward their big league return.  Molina will work out today at Double-A Springfield as he works his way back from thumb surgery.  He could be back with the Cardinals as soon as this weekend's series against the Cubs.  Wacha is slated to throw live batting practice to minor leaguers tomorrow as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

The Cardinals and Pirates continue their three-game series tonight.   Lance Lynn is scheduled to get the start.  First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

USA Basketball plays its final FIBA World Cup tune-up today.  Team USA takes on Slovenia in an exhibition in Spain, with tip-off at 1 P.M.  The Americans have already beaten Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in exhibition games this month, with an average margin of victory of nearly 30 points.  The U.S. will open World Cup play against Finland this Saturday.  

USC will be without cornerback Josh Shaw after he injured both of his ankles while saving his seven-year-old nephew from drowning.  Shaw jumped from a second-floor balcony window at a family party Saturday night after he saw his nephew in distress in a nearby swimming pool.  After sustaining the injuries, Shaw was able to crawl into the pool and bring his nephew to safety.  The senior corner is out indefinitely with two high ankle sprains.  Shaw was named team captain this past weekend. 

A secret poll of players says the Oakland Raiders are the least desirable team to play for the in NFL.  ESPN reports the most answers to the question about what team players would only play for if the salary was doubled, was the Raiders.  Oakland is looking for its first winning season in a dozen years and has had six different head coaches in ten years.

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