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July 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
A healthy Jim Edmonds is making a big contribution to the St. Louis Cardinals' perfect homestand. Edmonds homered for the fourth game in a row and Jeff Suppan worked six strong innings, helping the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, Saturday for their eighth consecutive victory. The Cubs have lost five in a row. Edmonds missed five starts in center field at the end of last month and early July with a groin injury, but the team has clicked since his return.
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October 16, 2003 | Ross Newhan, Times Staff Writer
The sound of champagne corks popping in the jubilant clubhouse of the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night echoed through the nearby and silent clubhouse of the Chicago Cubs like the disconcerting bleats of that cursing billy goat.
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October 16, 2003 | Bill Plaschke
It wasn't about a billy goat. It was about a stubborn manager who refused to pull his pitcher when he was braying with exhaustion. It wasn't about a hex. It was about a vexing decision to allow a shortstop to swing a bat with the pitcher on deck. The Chicago Cubs did not lose because they were cursed. They lost because they were worse.
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October 16, 2003 | From Associated Press
Ivan Rodriguez sat home last winter, waiting for phone calls that never came. He was supposedly too old, too injury-prone for teams to risk the big money he wanted. His hometown Florida Marlins finally took a chance on him, and he has been worth every penny. And then some.
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October 15, 2003 | Bill Plaschke
Insulted and incriminated by Chicago Cub fans for decades, the curse exacted a stunningly evil revenge Tuesday. The curse became one of them. Short, bespectacled, Cubs' cap on his head, coat draped across his face, the curse was hunched over and shaking as he tried to escape his seat the way Mrs. O'Leary's cow once tried to escape a fire. An angry mob of hundreds followed the curse through the chaotic Wrigley Field concourse, pushed by decades of venom and hours of beer. "Give me a piece of him!"
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October 15, 2003 | Ross Newhan, Times Staff Writer
With help from the Florida Marlins, history seemed to hammer the Chicago Cubs again Tuesday night when the billy goat surfaced in the form of one of their own faithful fans, breathing life into the curse when it appeared ready to die.
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October 13, 2003 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
The Florida Marlins clung to life like the catch of the day sprawled on a dock, flipping madly and gasping for air. Then a determined young man named Josh Beckett came along and placed them gently back in the water before it was too late.
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October 13, 2003 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Florida Marlin Manager Jack McKeon has elected to start Carl Pavano instead of Brad Penny in Game 6 of the National League championship series Tuesday at Wrigley Field, saying he likes the way Pavano matches up against the Chicago Cubs. McKeon would not elaborate, but Pavano has given up three runs in nine innings against the Cubs during the regular season and playoffs. Pavano took the loss in a 5-1 Chicago win in July after giving up three runs in seven innings.
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October 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
The way right-hander Matt Clement figures it, the Florida Marlins got the better end of the deal when they traded him to the Chicago Cubs last year. Clement said Friday that the Marlins "might be ahead in the trade" because they dumped Clement's $2.5-million salary in exchange for young left-hander Dontrelle Willis. "He's brought baseball back to life down here, which is great," Clement said. "I think it's worked out great for both of us, which is how trades should go.
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October 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Consider Mark Prior and Brad Penny opposite sides of the college baseball coin. Prior, 23, came out of USC one of the most heralded college pitchers of all time, which accounted for his being the second pick of the 2001 draft. He spent all of seven weeks in the minors last year before coming to the Cubs and staying. His pitching opponent in Game 2 today, Penny, 25, came out of Broken Arrow, Okla., without college and spent four years in the minor leagues.
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