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October 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he has not spoken with Adrian Gonzalez since he accused the Dodgers first baseman of “Mickey Mouse” antics during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Wainwright, who will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, said he meant his comments “in jest” and said that he had spent some time dodging questions about Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' rookie who had paused to admire a home run that never actually left the park.
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November 5, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Take nothing for granted -- that's one of those pearls of wisdom you're supposed to carry around with you at all times. So if you're just absolutely certain Clayton Kershaw is going to win his second National League Cy Young award this off-season, there had be some solace found in the announcement Tuesday that he was one of three finalists named for the annual honor determined by Baseball Writers Assn. of America balloting. Kershaw won the award in 2011, came in second in 2012 and is the favorite to win it for 2013 after going 16-9 and leading all of baseball with a 1.83 earned-run average and 0.92 WHIP.
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October 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
To Adrian Gonzalez, this was no longer a Mickey Mouse controversy. On Monday, after the Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said Gonzalez had heckled him from third base. "Mickey Mouse stuff," Wainwright said. " We are in L.A., so Mickey Mouse stuff does go ," Gonzalez quipped in response late Monday. "You know, Mickey Mouse is only an hour away. It fits us. " On Tuesday, however, Gonzalez said he was not thrilled with how the issue had turned into a full-blown media controversy.
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October 29, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his sixth straight Gold Glove award, making him one of four players in the World Series rewarded for superior defense this season. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and right fielder Shane Victorino also were honored Tuesday, along with Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado became the 10th rookie to win a Gold Glove and first since outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2001. Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado also were among the eight first-time recipients.
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October 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis ace who will start Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers on Monday night, will forever have Dec. 13, 2003, etched in his mind, but not just because it was the day he was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Cardinals. “The day I was traded, I was in Gainesville, Ga., sitting on the fireplace asking my future father-in-law for his daughter's hand in marriage, and the phone started ringing,” Wainwright said after the Cardinals, who have a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, worked out in Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
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October 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - As the Dodgers took batting practice Friday, a Dodgers fan tried to get the attention of Adrian Gonzalez. The fan was wearing a Mickey Mouse hat on his head. "Adam Wainwright sent me shopping," the fan said. Wainwright is the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who accused Gonzalez of "Mickey Mouse" antics in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. After Gonzalez hit a home run in Game 5, he waggled his fingers atop his helmet as if he were wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
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May 4, 2013
"I think he's too old for rehab assignments. " - Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss on first baseman Todd Helton, 39, expected to be activated from the disabled list Sunday "The only positive is we're not playing in 30-degree temperatures where it has a chance to snow again. " - Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost on postponing Friday's game before it started, one day after the Royals dodged rain, snow and slush for four innings before calling off that day's game "Bad barbecue makes me want to fight somebody.
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September 13, 2011 | Wire reports
Chris Carpenter , 36, signed a $21-million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. "We believe with him and Adam Wainwright we do have that 1-2 punch that we were so hopeful for this year and are glad it can be something we look forward to for 2012 and '13," General Manager John Mozeliak said. Josh Beckett to start for Red Sox Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett , who sat out one start because of a sprained right ankle, will start Thursday or Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, Manager Terry Francona said.
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October 13, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
For the Dodgers to advance to the World Series, they'll have to do to the St. Louis Cardinals what the Cardinals did to them. "We have to beat their ace," Adrian Gonzalez said. "It's that simple. " So, come Monday at Dodger Stadium in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, Hyun-Jin Ryu will be asked to replicate the performances of Cardinals starters Joe Kelly and Michael Wacha in the first two games of the series. Kelly kept up with Zack Greinke in Game 1 to set the stage for the Cardinals' 13-inning, 3-2 walk-off victory.
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July 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
ST. LOUIS — Facing the Cardinals on Tuesday night, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was well aware that St. Louis was the National League's best hitting club by more than one measure. Yet, it was the Cardinals' pitcher, Adam Wainwright, who had two key at-bats that helped sink Kershaw and the Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Wainwright hit a run-scoring double and drew a bases-loaded walk from Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and an All-Star, that produced another run and helped the Cardinals cruise, 8-2. The victory ended the Dodgers' winning streak at five games and their winning streak against the Cardinals at eight games.
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October 29, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - If the St. Louis Cardinals lose another game, they lose the World Series. This ought to be the point when they decide they are not going to let David Ortiz beat them. "It's past the point of when I would have done it," Jarrod Washburn said Tuesday. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, Washburn was their ace, and Troy Percival their closer. Barry Bonds played the role of Ortiz. The Angels beat the San Francisco Giants, in large part because the Angels determined Bonds would not beat them.
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October 28, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - This was baseball the old-fashioned way. None of this nonsense about a quality start. None of this feel-good stuff about keeping your team in the ballgame. These were two of the finest pitchers in baseball taking the reins and not letting go. Pitch count be damned, these aces were in it to win it. This was one for Bob Gibson, one for Curt Schilling. This was October as its crispest. Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester already are certified World Series heroes. Wainwright saved the clincher for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006.
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October 27, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
ST. LOUIS - Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester said he has received some good-natured ribbing from his friends and his wife about his penchant for sweating profusely. But Lester is more prepared for the scrutiny he will face Monday night in his first start since he was alleged to have a foreign substance on his glove when he pitched 72/3 scoreless innings Wednesday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series. "I'm sure there's going to be focus on my glove and focus on my hands and what I'm doing," Lester said Sunday.
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October 25, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Maybe you didn't think of the Dodgers as some great defensive team last season. Solid, maybe, but great? The Dodgers committed 109 errors, and only the Milwaukee Brewers (corrected) finished with more in the National League. Individually, however, the Dodgers don't look so bad. In fact, they apparently look pretty good. Particularly after five Dodgers were named finalists at their positions for 2013 Gold Gloves -- the highest number of any club in the NL. Pitcher Zack Greinke, catcher A.J. Ellis, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, second baseman Mark Ellis and third baseman Juan Uribe were named as one of three finalists at their prospective positions.
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October 25, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
ST. LOUIS - Pitching aside, Boston's margin for error in the next three games of the World Series could be razor thin. Because the Red Sox are one of the few teams that use one player - David Ortiz - exclusively as the designated hitter against American League teams, they could feel the loss of that position more than any AL team in recent history. Ortiz will shift from DH to first base Saturday night for Game 3. Manager John Farrell had little choice but to sit Mike Napoli , who usually plays first base but is resigned to coming off the bench.
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October 23, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox's renaissance started during the regular season with a patient and powerful offense that provided ample cushion for a pitching staff that possessed one of the top bullpens in the major leagues. And in the postseason, the Red Sox have received even more help - from their opponents. The Red Sox offense took advantage of Adam Wainwright's lack of command and three errors by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to support the dominant pitching of Jon Lester and cruise to an 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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September 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Ryan Ludwick homered twice, Adam Wainwright became the majors' first 17-game winner, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 14-7, on Friday night for their 10th win in 12 games. Pittsburgh lost its eighth in a row despite a six-run fifth that gave it the lead after it trailed 5-0. After the Pirates went ahead, though, Albert Pujols gave St. Louis the lead again the following half-inning with a three-run homer, his major league-leading 43rd. Ludwick was five for five.
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October 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Only four starting pitchers in Dodgers history have thrown seven or more scoreless innings in a postseason game and allowed three or fewer hits: Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Orel Hershiser and, most recently, Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu recovered from the worst start of his rookie season with one of the best performances of his 26-year-old life, pitching the Dodgers back into the National League Championship Series by leading them to a 3-0...
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October 23, 2013 | By A.J. Ellis, Special for The Times
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. "Are you more nervous before a playoff game than a regular season game?"
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October 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - This really did not matter much to the Dodgers. They did not qualify for the World Series, and the effort put forth on behalf of the National League was not their concern. To the fans of the Dodgers, however, this was a jolly good evening. After a week of hearing ad nauseam about how the St. Louis Cardinals played the game the right way - the Cardinal way, if you will - Dodgers fans could take solace in the way the Cardinals played in Game 1 of the World Series. If, that is, the Dodgers fans could stop laughing.
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