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

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night. Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times.

CHICAGO (AP) - Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at Wrigley Field. Making his third start, Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A mood of euphoric exhaustion carried over to the next day after the St. Louis Blues won the longest game in franchise history and got the upper hand against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said Friday his legs are stiff and it felt as if the Blues played two games to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series. The game lasted 100 minutes and 36 seconds.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's throwing error combined with Michael Wacha's wild pitch to allow two unearned runs in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and helping Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals beat St. Louis 3-1 Friday night. Wacha (2-1) gave up five hits and one earned run.

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