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September 17, 2011
The Cardinals are thrilled with the job Jason Motte has done as their closer. He has been tentatively written in as their 2012 closer.... The Red Sox are hoping that Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett can bounce back from injury in time to make at least one start before Boston's playoff plans have to be set. He's recovering from a stress fracture in his back and looks like a longshot for 2011. Fear the Tigers. Their 12-game winning streak was their longest since 1984, when they won the World Series under the late Sparky Anderson .... The Braves hope to get reliever Kris Medlen back in time for the playoffs.
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October 19, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Grieve, it's OK. Has to happen before moving on. And somewhat unexpectedly, it is time for the Dodgers to move on. There is no escaping the disappointment for Dodgers and their fans. They were absolutely certain they were onto something special. Even trailing three games to two heading into St. Louis, their confidence bordered on cockiness. Then they not only lost, they were humbled, 9-0, by St. Louis. The Cardinals did the happy dance, the Cardinals advanced to the World Series.
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October 20, 2011 | By Phil Rogers
From St. Louis — Sooner or later, it had to happen. If you have watched the St. Louis Cardinals play this season, as Tony La Russa juggled closers and late-inning leads got away, you knew they were living on borrowed time in October. Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, three Rangers who can remember when the goal was to make the Angels play hard in September, made sure the bill was paid Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series. With the Cardinals three outs away from the first 1-0 victory in a Series game since Freddy Garcia pitched the White Sox to the clinching victory in 2005, Kinsler blooped a soft single into right field off Jason Motte.
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October 21, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO -- In 2002, the Anaheim Angels unleashed “K-Rod” upon the playoffs. Francisco Rodriguez started the season in the minor leagues, dazzled in a September trial in the major leagues, and wreaked havoc upon postseason opponents as the Angels won the World Series. Ten years later, the St. Louis Cardinals present Trevor Rosenthal. He lacks the cool nickname, but he has a supersonic fastball. The Cardinals might not win the World Series, but to this point Rosenthal's statistics this fall are better than those Rodriguez put up a decade ago. Rosenthal has faced 22 batters this postseason, entering Game 6 of the National League Championship series.
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October 24, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Mike Napoli's game-winning double came off left-hander Marc Rzepczynski . But that wasn't the matchup St. Louis wanted. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa said he wanted hard-throwing right-hander Jason Motte to pitch to Texas' right-hand-hitting catcher, but when he called down to the bullpen, coach Derek Lilliquist misunderstood his instructions. "They heard Rzepczynski and they didn't hear Motte," La Russa said. "And when I called back I said Motte, they heard [ Lance ]
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October 19, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Grieve, it's OK. Has to happen before moving on. And somewhat unexpectedly, it is time for the Dodgers to move on. There is no escaping the disappointment for Dodgers and their fans. They were absolutely certain they were onto something special. Even trailing three games to two heading into St. Louis, their confidence bordered on cockiness. Then they not only lost, they were humbled, 9-0, by St. Louis. The Cardinals did the happy dance, the Cardinals advanced to the World Series.
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October 6, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Game 1: Sunday, Noon, TBS Washington (LHP Gio Gonzalez 21-8, 2.89) at St. Louis (RHP Adam Wainwright 14-13, 3.94) Game 2: Monday, 1:30 p.m., TBS Washington (RHP Jordan Zimmerman 12-8, 2.94) at St. Louis (LHP Jaime Garcia 7-7, 3.92) Game 3: Wednesday, TBA, TBS or MBLN St. Louis (RHP Chris Carpenter 0-2, 3.71) at Washington (RHP Edwin Jackson 10-11, 4.03) Game 4*: Thursday, TBA, TBS or MLBN St. Louis (RHP Kyle Lohse 16-3, 2.86) at Washington (LHP Ross Detwiler 10-8, 3.40)
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October 18, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - For a professional athlete whose shoulders are not particularly broad, Tim Lincecum carries a particularly heavy weight Thursday. Lincecum carries the hopes of a city and the future of a season. That would have thrilled the San Francisco Giants three years ago, when he won his second consecutive Cy Young Award, or two years ago, when he won the clinching game of the World Series. Now the city of San Francisco can only cross its fingers, as the Giants summon the newest and most expensive middle reliever in baseball from their bullpen.
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October 21, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO -- In 2002, the Anaheim Angels unleashed “K-Rod” upon the playoffs. Francisco Rodriguez started the season in the minor leagues, dazzled in a September trial in the major leagues, and wreaked havoc upon postseason opponents as the Angels won the World Series. Ten years later, the St. Louis Cardinals present Trevor Rosenthal. He lacks the cool nickname, but he has a supersonic fastball. The Cardinals might not win the World Series, but to this point Rosenthal's statistics this fall are better than those Rodriguez put up a decade ago. Rosenthal has faced 22 batters this postseason, entering Game 6 of the National League Championship series.
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October 20, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from St. Louis — For a team that led the majors in hitting this season, it wasn't much of a rally: a couple of squib hits, a stolen base, an error and a scoring fly ball off the bat of a one-legged outfielder. But it might prove to be the rally that saves the season for the Texas Rangers, who scored on a pair of ninth-inning sacrifice flies Thursday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in Game 2 of the World Series, evening the best-of-seven series heading back to Texas for Game 3 on Saturday.
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October 18, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - For a professional athlete whose shoulders are not particularly broad, Tim Lincecum carries a particularly heavy weight Thursday. Lincecum carries the hopes of a city and the future of a season. That would have thrilled the San Francisco Giants three years ago, when he won his second consecutive Cy Young Award, or two years ago, when he won the clinching game of the World Series. Now the city of San Francisco can only cross its fingers, as the Giants summon the newest and most expensive middle reliever in baseball from their bullpen.
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October 6, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Game 1: Sunday, Noon, TBS Washington (LHP Gio Gonzalez 21-8, 2.89) at St. Louis (RHP Adam Wainwright 14-13, 3.94) Game 2: Monday, 1:30 p.m., TBS Washington (RHP Jordan Zimmerman 12-8, 2.94) at St. Louis (LHP Jaime Garcia 7-7, 3.92) Game 3: Wednesday, TBA, TBS or MBLN St. Louis (RHP Chris Carpenter 0-2, 3.71) at Washington (RHP Edwin Jackson 10-11, 4.03) Game 4*: Thursday, TBA, TBS or MLBN St. Louis (RHP Kyle Lohse 16-3, 2.86) at Washington (LHP Ross Detwiler 10-8, 3.40)
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October 25, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- Mike Napoli's game-winning double came off left-hander Marc Rzepczynski . But that wasn't the matchup St. Louis wanted. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa said he wanted hard-throwing right-hander Jason Motte to pitch to Texas' right-hand-hitting catcher, but when he called down to the bullpen, coach Derek Lilliquist misunderstood his instructions. "They heard Rzepczynski and they didn't hear Motte," La Russa said. "And when I called back I said Motte, they heard [ Lance ]
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October 25, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
From St. Louis — Let me see if I have this right: Tony La Russa, the winningest manager in the last 100 years, the second-winningest manager in postseason history, a man with 14 years of playoff experience and six World Series under his belt, lost a World Series game Monday because he had the wrong reliever on the mound and the wrong guy warming up behind him? The master strategist and inventor of the modern bullpen, the manager who pioneered the one-inning closer, eighth-inning set-up guys and left-hander/right-hander matchups so badly botched a game-changing sequence in St. Louis' 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers that he was left to offer only a mea culpa . "Geez, that was embarrassing," La Russa said Tuesday, after his team's sparsely attended optional workout at Busch Stadium.
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October 20, 2011 | By Phil Rogers
From St. Louis — Sooner or later, it had to happen. If you have watched the St. Louis Cardinals play this season, as Tony La Russa juggled closers and late-inning leads got away, you knew they were living on borrowed time in October. Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, three Rangers who can remember when the goal was to make the Angels play hard in September, made sure the bill was paid Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series. With the Cardinals three outs away from the first 1-0 victory in a Series game since Freddy Garcia pitched the White Sox to the clinching victory in 2005, Kinsler blooped a soft single into right field off Jason Motte.
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October 20, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from St. Louis — For a team that led the majors in hitting this season, it wasn't much of a rally: a couple of squib hits, a stolen base, an error and a scoring fly ball off the bat of a one-legged outfielder. But it might prove to be the rally that saves the season for the Texas Rangers, who scored on a pair of ninth-inning sacrifice flies Thursday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in Game 2 of the World Series, evening the best-of-seven series heading back to Texas for Game 3 on Saturday.
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