April 7, 2011
Explosion in St. Louis The season is not a week old and Tony La Russa already has gone on a rant and ticked off a room full of people. No, not his punchless team. The news media. The St. Louis manager cut short his televised postgame news conference and stalked away from the podium, apparently angered by questions aimed at the Cardinals' offense, which produced a fat one run in a 3-1 loss to the suddenly strutting Pittsburgh Pirates. Face red and arms gesturing, La Russa said it was unfair to compare this season's start with last year's second-half collapse.
March 27, 2013
Yankees captain Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001. Jeter is undergoing treatment for his sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October. His last game action came as a designated hitter Saturday in a minor-league exhibition. "Of course, it's disappointing," Jeter said Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. "I told you guys all along the goal was to be ready on opening day, and I didn't reach it. I ran out of days. I pushed to try to get there opening day, and it didn't work out. But I've still got to be ready for the majority of the season.
October 6, 2011 |
The Play: The first of David Freese's two two-run hits, a fourth-inning double to left that put the Cardinals in front to stay. The Setup: The Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead after three batters, but the Cardinals answered with one in their half of the first. Lance Berkman opened the bottom of the fourth by drawing Roy Oswalt's first walk of the game. Matt Holliday was hit by the first pitch he saw. Berkman then went to third when Yadier Molina flew out to right. The At-Bat: Freese didn't wait long, turning on an Oswalt curveball on the first pitch and lining it into the leftfield corner.
October 5, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS – As the ball climbed ominously toward him, and the noise in Busch Stadium swelled until it filled his shaved head, Shane Victorino retreated rapidly to the green centerfield wall. Once there, even though it soon became clear the ball would come to rest far beyond it, he climbed the wall, climbed it as desperately and crazily as the now-famous St. Louis squirrel had scaled the expensive seats near home plate an inning before. It was as if the centerfielder were unwilling to accept what by then had become clear, that thanks to, of all people, David Freese, the Phillies wouldn't be spraying any champagne in their Busch Stadium locker room Wednesday night.
October 6, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - As the ball climbed ominously toward him, and the noise in Busch Stadium swelled until it filled his shaved head, Shane Victorino retreated rapidly to the green center-field wall. Once there, even though it soon became clear the ball would come to rest far beyond it, he climbed the wall, climbed it as desperately and crazily as the now-famous St. Louis squirrel had scaled the expensive seats near home plate an inning before. It was as if the centerfielder were unwilling to accept what by then had become clear, that thanks to, of all people, David Freese, the Phillies wouldn't be spraying any champagne in their Busch Stadium locker room Wednesday night.
July 27, 2011 |
GREG DOBBS drove in a career-high five runs, including a solo homer, and Logan Morrison and John Buck each homered to lead the visiting Florida Marlins to a 11-2 win over the Washington Nationals last night. Dobbs drove in Florida's first run in the first on a groundout, scoring Omar Infante who had tripled. He added another run-scoring single in the seventh and two more on a single during Florida's five-run ninth inning. It was the second time this year the Marlins have scored at least 10 runs.
October 17, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - An afterthought in early September, the St. Louis Cardinals are taking their wild ride all the way to the World Series. David Freese hit a three-run homer in the first and manager Tony La Russa again turned to his brilliant bullpen for seven sturdy innings as St. Louis captured its 18th pennant with a 12-6 victory over the bumbling Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night. Albert Pujols and the wild-card Cardinals took out the heavily favored Phillies in the first round, then dispatched the division-rival Brewers on their own turf in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
October 20, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Long before he was an oft-doubted manager, Charlie Manuel was a no-doubt hitting coach. He had a kind, supportive manner, enjoyed the same kind of passionate support that Mark McGwire now receives and, like the St. Louis hitting coach, had developed his theories over decades of trial and error. We should remember this amid our winter of discontent, after Manuel's boss, Ruben Amaro Jr., questioned both the approach and batting averages of his entire lineup after the Phillies' latest aborted playoff run, putting either the manager or some players on notice, depending on your view.
October 3, 2011 |
The bottom of the order came through for the Cardinals in Game 2 Sunday night. After falling behind, 4-0, the Cards tied the score on an RBI single by the No. 8 hitter Jon Jay. He knocked in No. 7 hitter Ryan Theriot, who hit a two-out double. Theriot had two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, and Jay had two hits and two RBIs. Theriot, who bats righthanded, didn't play in the Cards' opening 11-6 loss. Jay was 0 for 4. Smart Pujols Albert Pujols, who is suffering from a heel injury, showed his savvy in the seventh inning when he was held up in a rundown after the next batter, David Freese, grounded to Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge.