Mark DeRosa’s bump-up in the batting order gave the Chicago Cubs the lift they needed during a rough stretch. DeRosa went 5-for-5 with four RBIs, the Cubs had a season-high 20 hits and Chicago scored seven in the seventh Thursday to beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-4. DeRosa’s five hits — four singles and a double — were a career high as the Cubs won for just the fifth time in 15 games this month.
The way thing are going for the Milwaukee Brewers right now, even Yadier Molina is a power hitter against them. Molina hit two home runs and the Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-0 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep and closing to within 2 1/2 games of the NL Central lead for the first time since April 20.
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese hasn’t talked to holdout defensive end Michael Strahan in a while and has no clue when the seven-time Pro Bowl player will make a decision on whether to retire. “We would like for him to be here if he’s going to be here, just for him to get some work,” Reese said Thursday at training camp at the University at Albany.
Roger Goodell wants to talk football. Michael Vick keeps getting in the way. The NFL commissioner, making a tour of training camps, raved about Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli and his players after visiting them Thursday. He spoke to them mostly about their responsibilities as players. As soon as Goodell started taking questions during a news conference, however, he was asked about Vick.
Darrelle Revis is ready for his debut with the New York Jets. Whether that comes on the field against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night, or on the sidelines as a cheerleading millionaire, remains to be seen. The cornerback, drafted No. 14 by the Jets, ended his holdout Wednesday and signed for what reportedly is a six-year, $36 million deal.
Argentine-bred Masterpiece raced to his first victory in eight starts in the United States, beating Warrior Song by a length Thursday in the $89,955 Harry F. Brubaker Handicap at Del Mar. Ridden by apprentice Alonso Quinonez, Masterpiece covered 1 1-16 miles on the turf course in 1:40.43 and paid $30.20, $11 and $5.
Former Indianapolis 500 driver David Walther has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for nonsupport of dependents and violating terms of an earlier sentence. The 59-year-old owes more than $21,000 in child support, according to the Warren County prosecutor’s office. Warren County Common Pleas Judge James L.
Few can argue with Kyle Busch’s talent as a driver.
Kyle Busch had no shortage of job opportunities when he lost his ride at Hendrick Motorsports. Some offered him tons of money, others offered him a chance to be a No. 1 driver.
Furniture Row Racing announced Tuesday that Kenny Wallace stepped down as the driver of No. 78 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
Gene Bartow, a former coach at Memphis State and UCLA, was hired Thursday as president of Hoops LP, the company that operates the Memphis Grizzlies and their arena, the FedExForum. Bartow was chosen NCAA coach of the year in 1973 after leading the Tigers to the NCAA finals against powerhouse UCLA. Memphis State is now called the University of Memphis.
Florida Marlins president David Samson says the team should part with left-hander Scott Olsen if he’s convicted of charges stemming from a recent arrest, and the comment drew a swift rebuttal from the pitcher’s agent. Olsen was arrested early on July 21 after he allegedly refused to pull over and fought with police.