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October 22, 2012 | By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NL Championship Series. Turns out the defending champion Cardinals aren't the only team that's tough to put away in October. Vogelsong, a former star at Octorara High and Kutztown, struck out a career-best nine batters in another postseason gem, and the Giants avoided elimination for a second straight game by beating St. Louis, 6-1, on Sunday night.
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October 22, 2012 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NLCS. Turns out the defending champion Cardinals aren't the only team that's tough to put away in October. Vogelsong struck out a career-best nine in another postseason gem, and the Giants avoided elimination for a second straight game by beating St. Louis, 6-1, on Sunday night. Marco Scutaro delivered a two-run double and Buster Posey drove in his first run of the series with a groundout in the first inning as San Francisco struck early to support Vogelsong.
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October 19, 2012 | Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - One more win and another bunch of wild-card Cardinals get their chance to repeat. Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. The defending World Series champions can wrap up their second straight pennant as a wild card with a victory at home Friday night in Game 5. Lance Lynn faces Giants lefty Barry Zito, and a Cardinals win would set up a 2006 World Series rematch with Detroit.
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October 5, 2012 | By Ben Walker, Associated Press
By sometime Friday night, either Chipper Jones will be out of baseball or the defending World Series champion Cardinals will be out of the playoffs. One and done. A pair of wild-card matchups - St. Louis at Atlanta, then Baltimore at Texas - to decide which teams advance to the next round. Part of the new, expanded postseason format, where 162 games, six months of grinding, and upward of 50,000 pitches get boiled down to nine all-or-nothing innings. Dramatic? Certainly. Fair?
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October 4, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox, 14-2, on a raucous Wednesday night in New York, giving the Bombers their 13th AL East title in 17 years. In front of fans poised to party from the first pitch, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the last-place Red Sox to win their second consecutive division crown. The championship was locked up by the seventh inning, when Baltimore's 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay was completed.
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October 3, 2012
The Yankees, Orioles, Rangers, and A's have wrapped up postseason spots. Now it's just a question of who takes the wild-card berths. New York has a one-game lead on Baltimore in the AL East. If the Yanks and O's are tied after Wednesday, they would play one game for the AL East title Thursday in Baltimore. The loser would play in the wild-card game. Oakland trailed Texas by one game for the AL West lead entering Tuesday's game. The A's still had a chance to win the division title.
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October 3, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
SCOTT ROLEN hit a solo home run and Jay Bruce and Dioner Navarro smacked run-scoring singles as the Cincinnati Reds defeated St. Louis, 3-1, to delay the Cardinals from clinching an NL wild-card spot on Tuesday night. The Cardinals, who may have clinched if the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the San Francisco Giants late Tuesday night, face the Reds in their regular-season finale Wednesday night. The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright (14-13, 3.94) will face Homer Bailey (13-10, 3.75 ERA)
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October 2, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
JAIME GARCIA homered off Bronson Arroyo and pitched into the seventh inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a tie for the second NL wild card and spoil Dusty Baker's return from a mini-stroke with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The defending World Series champions have won 11 of 14 and led the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing at home later against San Francisco, by 2 1/2 games. A loss by the Dodgers or another Cardinals win would wrap up a playoff spot for St. Louis and a visit to Atlanta for the wild-card game Friday.
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October 1, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE Cardinals closed in on the NL's second wild-card berth Sunday while the Nationals failed to make progress toward the NL East title. Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate for the ninth time in his career and drove in five runs, leading St. Louis over visiting Washington, 10-4. "We're one step closer, but there's still a long way to go," said Mike Matheny, who took over as manager from Tony La Russa after the Cardinals won last year's World Series. "We've got to keep playing and playing well.
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October 1, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE DETROIT Tigers finally have a little bit of breathing room in what has been an air-tight AL Central title race. Miguel Cabrera has no such luxury as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift visiting Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, moving the Tigers to a season-high three game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central. The White Sox lost to Tampa Bay, 6-2. So with three games to go, Detroit can clinch the division title with a win in Kansas City on Monday or a Chicago loss to Cleveland.
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