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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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September 29, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - The day began on an airplane, where Charlie Manuel stewed. His team departed Philadelphia with a losing record at Citizens Bank Park and arrived at its Florida hotel at 3:30 a.m. There was no avoiding doom. "That was a matter of time," Manuel said. These Phillies were formally eliminated from postseason contention in 2 hours and 22 minutes at Marlins Park. It was a 2-1 loss to Miami, delivered on a walk-off single by Carlos Lee off Josh Lindblom. Another outstanding Cliff Lee start was ruined.
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September 27, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
MATT KEMP drove the ball to and over the centerfield fence with authority, showing that his left shoulder is OK. Whether the Dodgers can say the same about their playoff chances remains to be seen. Kemp had four hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle, and four RBI as the visiting Dodgers used a rare offensive outburst to beat San Diego, 8-2, Wednesday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. After Wednesday's games, Los Angeles, which has struggled for the better part of a month, was tied with Milwaukee at 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card berth.
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September 24, 2012
The San Francisco Giants knew full well that much of the baseball world figured they would flop after losing All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension in mid-August for a positive testosterone test. Hardly. The Giants put it out of mind in a hurry and kept on winning. They won the West with an 8-4 victory over San Diego on Saturday, a few hours after the rival Dodgers did their part by losing at Cincinnati as the Reds clinched the NL Central. "The whole lineup has come to life," general manager Brian Sabean said as the champagne flowed.
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September 23, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
This has been a season in which the Phillies have seen nearly everything, and now, after Roy Halladay left the mound at Citizens Bank Park to scattered boos on Saturday afternoon, they have heard everything as well. Halladay may have not deserved better from the game itself - he took little of his traditional arsenal to the mound with him - but he deserved at least a better last memory from what should really be his final appearance of the season. After the game, Halladay said he has experienced spasms behind his shoulder recently, but also said he would prefer to work through those issues and take his final two starts.
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September 22, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Things are starting to get more interesting for the Phillies thanks to righthander Kyle Kendrick, the long ball and the Chicago Cubs. With Kendrick limiting Atlanta to two runs in 62/3 innings and his teammates swatting a season-high four home runs, the Phillies defeated the Braves, 6-2, on Friday night before a sellout crowd of 44,052 at Citizens Bank Park. The Cubs? They used an impressive comeback to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4, in 11 innings on Friday. That means the Phillies trail the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot by three games with 11 to play for both teams.
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