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May 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Philadelphia 6, at St. Louis 1: Rick Ankiel was carted off the field after the Cardinals outfielder hit his head on the fence after a catch. As he was taken off, he flashed a thumbs-up sign. at Chicago 4, San Francisco 2: Ryan Dempster pitched seven strong innings for the win. at Florida 3, Cincinnati 2 (14): A throwing error by shortstop Paul Janish sent home the winning run. Colorado 9, at San Diego 6: Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning.
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October 8, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Rick Ankiel made his postseason debut against the Atlanta Braves. He was a kid, and a wild one. He walked six batters and threw five wild pitches before the third inning was over. Soon after, so was his pitching career. It is 10 years later. Ankiel plays for the Braves now. He is a 31-year-old outfielder. And he has left his mark on the postseason again, this time as a hero. Ankiel hit a home run into San Francisco Bay late Friday night, an 11th-inning shot that lifted the Braves to a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
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April 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Rick Ankiel hit a go-ahead RBI double after Daniel Murphy misplayed Brendan Ryan's liner to left field for a triple, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from four runs down to beat the New York Mets, 6-4, on Tuesday night. Albert Pujols had a two-run double and Ankiel broke out of a one-for-20 slide with three hits for the Cardinals.
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November 1, 2009 | Mike Penner
Like almost everyone who has ever appeared in or watched an NBA game, Dennis Rodman has an opinion in the Kobe Bryant-LeBron James "who's better?" debate. He just picked an unusual forum to voice it: the "Judge Jeanine Pirro" syndicated courtroom television show. During Monday's upcoming show, Rodman sues a friend/assistant for allegedly gambling away $4,000 of Rodman's money in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. And he was asked the obvious question: Kobe or LeBron? "That's an easy question," Rodman says.
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May 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
The father of St. Louis Cardinal rookie pitcher Rick Ankiel was sent to prison early on a drug conviction because of his recent arrest on a felony weapons charge. In West Palm Beach, Fla., U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Vitunac ordered Richard Ankiel to immediately begin his prison sentence of almost six years. Ankiel pleaded guilty last year to two counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana. He was free on $100,000 bond awaiting his sentence to begin July 24.
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March 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
St. Louis Cardinal starting pitcher Rick Ankiel has a strained left elbow that will sideline him indefinitely. Tests found damage to his elbow that was more extensive than the tendinitis that started bothering the left-hander after two innings of work March 3. Manager Tony La Russa said there is no timetable for his return. * The Minnesota House approved a stadium plan that could influence whether the Twins survive beyond this season.
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August 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- In spring training 2005, Rick Ankiel launched his new career as a 26-year-old minor league outfielder. In his first game back in the major leagues, he launched one out of the ballpark. Ankiel's three-run homer capped a storybook return, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. "Unbelievable," said Ankiel, who played right field. "You almost can't put that into words."
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August 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
Rick Ankiel, plagued by wildness since last year's National League playoffs, will stay with the St. Louis Cardinal rookie-league team in Johnson City, Tenn., through the end of the season. After Ankiel's final start this month, the team will decide if he will be added to the Cardinals' expanded roster on Sept. 1, Cardinal General Manager Walt Jocketty said Wednesday. Ankiel, 22, is 5-2 with a 0.95 earned-run average and 119 strikeouts in 66 innings for Johnson City.
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July 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Rick Ankiel pitched six innings Sunday night at Martinsville, Va., in his third consecutive strong start for Johnson City as he tries to rediscover the form that made him the top rookie pitcher in the majors last season. Ankiel struck out five and gave up one unearned run, two hits and two walks, in a 6-1 victory over Martinsville in the Class-A Appalachian League. Ankiel had been sent down to the minors by the St. Louis Cardinals because of his wild pitching earlier this season.
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August 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
at New York 6, Atlanta 3: Mike Pelfrey (12-8) threw a three-hitter for his first career complete game and David Wright homered to lead the Mets. at Philadelphia 4, Washington 0: Brett Myers (6-10) threw his first shutout in four years and the Phillies handed the Nationals their 12th loss in a row. Cincinnati 2, at Chicago 1: Bronson Arroyo (11-10) gave up three hits and a run in seven innings and the Reds cooled off the Cubs, who lost for only the fifth time in 22 games.
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May 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Philadelphia 6, at St. Louis 1: Rick Ankiel was carted off the field after the Cardinals outfielder hit his head on the fence after a catch. As he was taken off, he flashed a thumbs-up sign. at Chicago 4, San Francisco 2: Ryan Dempster pitched seven strong innings for the win. at Florida 3, Cincinnati 2 (14): A throwing error by shortstop Paul Janish sent home the winning run. Colorado 9, at San Diego 6: Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning.
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May 1, 2009 | Associated Press
St. Louis 9, at Washington 4: Rick Ankiel hit a tiebreaking double in St. Louis' five-run ninth inning. Ryan Zimmerman homered, extending his hitting streak to a Nationals-record 19 games. Before the game, the Cardinals put infielder Brendan Ryan on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Tyler Greene from triple-A Memphis. at Milwaukee 4, Arizona 1: The Brewers jumped on the Diamondbacks' bullpen for a four-run seventh after being shut out for six innings by Max Scherzer.
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April 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Rick Ankiel hit a go-ahead RBI double after Daniel Murphy misplayed Brendan Ryan's liner to left field for a triple, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from four runs down to beat the New York Mets, 6-4, on Tuesday night. Albert Pujols had a two-run double and Ankiel broke out of a one-for-20 slide with three hits for the Cardinals.
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March 10, 2009 | August Brown; Margaret Wappler; Mikael Wood;
Chris Cornell "Scream" (Interscope Records) Baseball fans might remember the downfall of Rick Ankiel. The phenom pitcher led the St. Louis Cardinals to the National League division series in 2000, only to throw five wild pitches in one inning. He had mysteriously lost his ability to throw strikes, eventually ending his pitching career. Timbaland is having a Rick Ankiel moment. Throughout the '90s and into the 2000s, the producer had the most revolutionary ideas of anyone in hip-hop and pop music.
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August 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
at New York 6, Atlanta 3: Mike Pelfrey (12-8) threw a three-hitter for his first career complete game and David Wright homered to lead the Mets. at Philadelphia 4, Washington 0: Brett Myers (6-10) threw his first shutout in four years and the Phillies handed the Nationals their 12th loss in a row. Cincinnati 2, at Chicago 1: Bronson Arroyo (11-10) gave up three hits and a run in seven innings and the Reds cooled off the Cubs, who lost for only the fifth time in 22 games.
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September 20, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
The deathless film "The Natural" resurfaced yet again this summer, when naïve commentators from small towns to syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer cited it while lauding Rick Ankiel's magical rebound from failed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher to Herculean St. Louis outfielder. As the latest incarnation of "The Natural," Ankiel qualified as a one-man antidote to a season of cynicism until the New York Daily News reported Sept.
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March 4, 2002 | From Associated Press
Rick Ankiel still is having trouble finding the strike zone. Ankiel had a shaky start to his spring, allowing six runs in two innings of the St. Louis Cardinals' 12-1 loss to Montreal on Sunday at Jupiter, Fla. Ankiel walked the first two batters on nine pitches and allowed five runs and six hits, including a grand slam to Lee Stevens in the first inning. "It was good to get out there and get it over with," Ankiel said. "I just want to go out, be myself and have fun.
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September 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel isn't only hitting, he's turning into a force. Ankiel homered twice and had a career-high seven runs batted in, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 16-4, Thursday in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain. "Marvel is a good word," Manager Tony La Russa said. "It's kind of amazing, isn't it? Clutch, too."
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September 8, 2007 | Bill Shaikin and Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writers
On a day baseball's steroid investigator pleaded with players to talk to him, Troy Glaus of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rick Ankiel of the St. Louis Cardinals became the latest athletes alleged to have ordered performance-enhancing substances from a Florida pharmacy at the center of a national investigation into Internet drug trafficking.
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September 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel isn't only hitting, he's turning into a force. Ankiel homered twice and had a career-high seven runs batted in, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 16-4, Thursday in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain. "Marvel is a good word," Manager Tony La Russa said. "It's kind of amazing, isn't it? Clutch, too."
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