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September 28, 2011 | Associated Press
HOUSTON - The St. Louis Cardinals tied Atlanta in the NL wild-card race on Tuesday night, crushing the Houston Astros, 13-6, while the Atlanta Braves lost to the Phillies. The race for the NL's final playoff spot will go on into the final day of the regular season. If the teams are tied after Wednesday's game, St. Louis will host a one-game playoff on Thursday night. The Cardinals trailed, 5-0, early and appeared to be headed for a second straight loss to the worst-in-baseball Astros.
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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.
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April 28, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Johan Santana pitched six shutout innings in Game 1 and David Wright had four RBI in the nightcap as the New York Mets swept the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in a doubleheader yesterday. In the opener, Jason Bay homered and Luis Castillo hit a two-run single to back another stingy outing by Santana (3-1) as the Mets won, 4-0. In the nightcap, Ike Davis complemented Wright's performance with three RBI to lead the Mets to 10-5 win. In other news, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said righthander Vicente Padilla won't throw for at least a week to 10 days and there is no timetable for his return.
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October 6, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Nearly three years after Edwin Jackson gained a kind of October infamy by surrendering a World Series home run to Joe Blanton, he got to see the Phillies pitcher in another postseason. By the time Blanton relieved loser Roy Oswalt in the seventh inning of the Cardinals' 5-3, series-tying win Wednesday, Jackson was out of the game, sitting relaxed in the St. Louis dugout, his team ahead by three runs. The righthander, who arrived here from the White Sox in one of several key midseason acquisitions that bolstered the St. Louis staff and clubhouse, allowed two first-inning runs to the Phils but no more in a six-inning effort that forced a deciding Game 5 in this NL division series Friday night.
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September 3, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
It appears that Pedro Martinez is not a lock to make Saturday's start against the Phillies at Shea Stadium. The first doubts surfaced Monday when the team revealed that Martinez had returned to New York to work on his "flexibility" with trainer Chris Correnti. Before last night's game in Milwaukee, manager Jerry Manuel fueled speculation that Martinez might have to be skipped if he still has difficulty getting his shoulder loose. When asked specifically whether Saturday's start was in jeopardy, Manuel first responded, "No, no, no. " But he left the door open to scratching Martinez later this week if Correnti's program can't get him in better shape than he was for Sunday in Florida.
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August 19, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Scott Rolen faces a gut-wrenching decision: Have season-ending surgery on his still-ailing left shoulder, or try to play into October far below his best with the team that had the major leagues' best record. The St. Louis Cardinals' All-Star third baseman said yesterday he's been told he has a torn labrum that will require a 6-month rehab. He wants to weigh his admittedly dismal options. "I have a chance of being part of something pretty special, or walk around in a sling," Rolen said.
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August 12, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Yadier Molina went more than 2 months without a home run. He picked a good time to end the drought. Molina hit a two-run homer, Joel Pineiro pitched seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the host Florida Marlins, 4-2, last night. Joe Mather added a pinch-hit home run in the ninth for the Cardinals, who took the opener of a four-game series to stay within three games of National League wild-card leader Milwaukee. Molina gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead in the fourth with his fifth homer of the season and first since June 10 at Boston.
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September 23, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Joel Pineiro allowed five hits in seven effective innings, Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals inched closer to the NL Central title last night with an 11-2 win over the Houston Astros. Colby Rasmus added a solo shot as the visiting Cardinals reduced their magic number for clinching the division to two. Pineiro (15-11) struck out four and threw only 87 pitches to win for the first time in four starts. The Astros have dropped nine in a row, their longest skid since losing 10 straight in May 2007.
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August 13, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tough way to go out Chipper Jones, a fixture in Atlanta since 1995, may have played his last game in the major leagues. The Atlanta Braves said Thursday that the 38-year-old third baseman tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday night at Houston and will need surgery. The estimated recovery time is six months. Jones already had said he would consider retirement after the season. "I'm sure as the next couple of days go by, those are things we'll discuss and he'll discuss with his family," his agent, BB Abbott, told the Associated Press.
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September 26, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE ST. LOUIS Cardinals headed to Houston wearing Hawaiian shirts, already dressed for a party. Nearly out of contention a month ago, St. Louis pulled within one game of the Atlanta Braves in the NL wild-card race when Rafael Furcal hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning yesterday in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs. Before the game, Cardinals players decided they would wear island garb on last night's flight in a show of team unity. Manager Tony La Russa decided to go along, as well.
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June 24, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - For three-and-a-half innings, the Phillies appeared to be on the verge of a win that would have forced you to change the adjectives you used to describe their road trip. At the start of the day, it was successful. But after roaring out to a three-run lead and raising the possibility of flying back to Philadelphia having won six of seven games against the Cardinals and the Braves, it was starting to look stunning. Then, things unraveled. The Cardinals exploded for four runs in the fourth inning, added another in the sixth, and held on for a 5-3 win that salvaged a split of the four-game series at Busch Stadium.
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July 25, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Truth is, there is more than one way to build a World Series contender in the new economic landscape of major league baseball. A quick look at the Cardinals' 4-1 dispatching of the Phillies at Busch Stadium last night might have tempted you to conclude otherwise, but the easy narrative is not always the proper one. Or, at least, not the complete one. Without a doubt, the method behind the Cardinals' considerable success this season...
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July 9, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, the National League's all-star starter, thinks his ailing right knee might benefit from a little rest after an MRI exam showed only inflammation. He's hopeful of being back in the lineup Tuesday to face the Houston Astros at home. He said the knee had been bothering him for a month but felt worse when he ran on Friday, "so that scared me. " Molina, the top NL vote-getter, leads the league with a .346 average, was tied for the league lead with 26 doubles, and is among the leaders with 106 hits Oswalt down.
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April 22, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cliff Lee threw his 41st pitch of the third inning, a curveball Daniel Descalso whiffed at for strike three, and the pitcher darted from the mound Saturday as he does at the end of any inning he throws. This was not a quintessential Lee inning - or night. Lee dashed from the wreckage of four runs on three uncharacteristic walks and three singles. The Cardinals built an insurmountable lead, won 5-0, and swiftly eradicated whatever enthusiasm generated by a Phillies victory the night before.
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March 2, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE ST. LOUIS Cardinals made certain another big star did not get away. Four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina agreed to a 5-year, $75 million contract yesterday that kicks in next season and will keep him in St. Louis through the 2017 season. The deal makes Molina, long known for his premier defense and with a much improved bat, the second-highest paid catcher in the majors. "He's the best catcher in the game," teammate Carlos Beltran said. "When you have the best catcher in the game you have to sign him. It's great for the organization, to keep a guy like that.
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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.
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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]
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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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October 21, 2011 | By Ronald Blum, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen failed to hold on this time, allowing the Texas Rangers to tie the World Series at a game apiece on Thursday night. With the Cardinals on the verge of winning the first two games, Motte allowed consecutive singles to open the ninth inning, and sacrifice flies by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young lifted the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium. In a virtual repeat of the opener, pinch-hitter Allen Craig put the Cardinals ahead with a seventh-inning single off Alexi Ogando.
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October 20, 2011 | By Ben Walker, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Nobody plays a hunch like Tony La Russa. Not this October, anyway. The St. Louis manager once again looked like a genius, especially when Allen Craig pinch-hit for ace Chris Carpenter and delivered a go-ahead single that sent the Cardinals past the Texas Rangers, 3-2, on Wednesday night in the World Series opener. Craig's slicing hit in the sixth inning fell inches in front of sliding rightfielder Nelson Cruz. Game 1 was just that tight throughout a cold, damp evening.
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