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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.
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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.
SPORTS
October 6, 2011 | by Bob Vetrone Jr., kernm@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
October 5, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
October 6, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 27, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
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.
SPORTS
October 17, 2011 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
October 3, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - In his first full big-league season, Cody Asche has endured his share of hot and cold stretches. He was in one of the former 3 weeks ago when the San Francisco Giants were in Philadelphia for a four-game series. Entering July 23, Asche had hit safely in 11 of 14 games . . . but he was still held out of the starting lineup against All-Star lefthander Madison Bumgarner. Three weeks later, Asche has come into AT&T Park in the midst of a dry spell at the plate: 2-for-26 in an eight-game stretch.
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April 23, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
FOR MOST of the night, a palpable feeling of discontent radiated from the otherwise frigid stands. Citizens Bank Park is a great place to play when you are a member of a winning team. But when expectations are not being met, the frustration in the stands can create some cringe-worthy moments. In the fourth inning on Sunday night, a boisterous section in the leftfield seats zeroed in on 25-year-old rightfielder Domonic Brown after a blooper fell a couple feet in front of him for a base hit. At first there were boos.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
May 26, 2012 | Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - David Freese expects everything to happen just like last fall. Call him spoiled. Being more demanding of himself has meant frustrating times for the MVP of the World Series and National League Championship Series last October. Before busting out of a 3-for-34 slump with a two-hit game that included a home run Wednesday, Freese got two days off to work on solutions and - equally important - clear his head. He homered again Thursday night, another two-hit day. "You take a breath, first you understand that you can't make this game harder," Freese said.
SPORTS
April 5, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE SELLOUT CROWD in the Miami Marlins' new ballpark cheered the introduction of their starters, who were accompanied by women dressed as Latin showgirls. There was another roar for Muhammad Ali, who delivered the first pitch. Then Kyle Lohse and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals went to work, and the place grew quiet. Lohse held Miami hitless until the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth to help the Cardinals win the first game in Marlins Park, 4-1, Wednesday night.
SPORTS
March 8, 2012
JUPITER, Fla. - The signature moment of the St. Louis Cardinals' remarkable run to the most unlikely of titles will always be Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Down to their last strike of the season twice against the Texas Rangers, the Cardinals survived with a classic extra-inning victory behind the heroics of David Freese and Lance Berkman. Then ace Chris Carpenter won Game 7. That game is the climax of the story, but any book about the Cards' 11th World Series title should include at least a chapter or two - maybe even three - about the Phillies.
SPORTS
October 29, 2011 | By Ben Walker, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Cardinals saved themselves. A frantic rush to reach the postseason on the final day. A nifty pair of comebacks in the playoffs. Two desperate rallies in Game 6. Turns out these Cardinals were merely gearing up for a gigantic celebration. The Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-2, in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese, the Series MVP, and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter.
SPORTS
October 28, 2011
ST. LOUIS - "I'm not as dumb as people think I am," Texas manager Ron Washington said the other day, completing for you the uncanny parallel evident the first time you heard him talk baseball, the first time you saw him chat up one of his players, the first time you saw him excitedly peppering his bench coach as the game played out. He is Charlie Manuel. The groovy version. The distinctive dialect, the misuse of verb tense, the answers that reduce complex questions into simple axioms.
SPORTS
October 28, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. LOUIS - Get ready for Game 7. David Freese led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a walkoff home run to centerfield to give the Cardinals a 10-9 win over the Texas Rangers last night in one of the most exciting World Series games ever played. Freese finished with three RBI, including a two-out, two-run triple that tied the game at 7 in the ninth. The teams meet again tonight in a winner-take-all game in St. Louis. "We're gonna come out [tonight]
NEWS
October 23, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Albert Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game, tying records with five hits and six RBIs that led the Cardinals to a 16-7 rout of the Texas Rangers on Saturday night that gave them a 2-1 Series lead. Pujols hit a long three-run homer that helped the Cardinals open a 12-6 lead over after six innings. He added a two-run shot in the seventh and a solo one in the ninth. Following two crisp games during a split in St. Louis, the teams played a messy Texas shootout that saw the fourth and fifth innings alone drag on for 1 hour, 22 minutes and the game take 4:04.
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