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Morning Box Score

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Sep 22, 2008 2:45PM

Cubs Win Home Closer
In their last regular season game at Wrigley, the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-1, their eighth win in eleven games. Dempster gave up just one run on six hits in five innings to earn his 17th win of the year. Rookie Casey McGahee knocked in two runs as many regular starters got the day off after clinching the division. Dempster approved: ""It was just fun to see some guys out there who haven't had a chance to play a lot do some things and get some first hits and get some RBIs." But don't expect the Cubs to slouch into the playoffs: they start a series against the Mets tonight which could very well be a preview of the Divisional playoff series.

White Sox Shut Out Royals
John Danks had a fantastic outing, throwing seven shut-out innings, as the White Sox got a much-needed win over the Royals, 3-0. The series victory over the Royals gives the Sox a bit of momentum going into their huge series against the Twins this week, a series likely to decide the AL Central crown. Paul Konerko's two-run homer in the seventh solidified the lead as Bobby Jenks earned his 29th save. Guillen seemed pleased, but cautious, saying, "Right now, I'm pretty happy, but how we finish the road trip, that's the most important thing. I think we're ready. I think those guys should be prepared mentally to go out there and play hard and play good. We play OK, they play OK. It's about who plays better that week." The Sox maintain a 2.5 game lead over the Twins and the magic number stands at five. Monday is a day off before the big three-game series starts in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Bears Drop Game In Overtime
The Bears dropped yesterday's game with the Buccaneers in overtime, 27-24. Benjy's up in a bit with a full recap.

Fire Routed By Dallas
The Chicago Fire were routed by FC Dallas, 4-1, on Sunday at Toyota Park. It was the first time in over a year that the Fire have given up more than two goals in a game. Brian McBride got a goal on a header, with the assist from Justin Mapp, in stoppage time (91st minute) to keep the Fire from being shut out. It's McBride's second goal since joining the Fire. Next up for the Fire are David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and the LA Galaxy this Thursday night at The Camry (how's THAT for a stadium nickname?).