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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh) takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs Friday afternoon in the first game of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds won 14 of 19 games against the Cubs last season and have won 15 of the last 16 at Wrigley Field.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals face the Washington Nationals again Friday night as Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) goes for his third victory of the season. The Cardinals have put injured pitcher Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list and have called up two rookie pitchers from Triple-A Memphis.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Chicago White Sox begin a seven-game road trip in Texas on Friday night. Felipe Paulino (PAWL'-ee-noh) will pitch the first of three games against the Rangers. The Sox head to Detroit for four games following the weekend series.

CHICAGO (AP) - Former North Chicago High School basketball star Aaron Simpson has signed a letter of intent to play at DePaul. Simpson led the state in scoring his senior year when his team reached the 3A state finals. He finished third in the Illinois Mr. Basketball voting before spending two years at Lincoln College.

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