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August 19, 1994 | JASON H. REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gary Buckles walked slowly from the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen; the beating of his heart and voices in his head all he could hear. Hoping to calm his nerves, Buckles took a deep breath on reaching the mound at Busch Stadium. Nice try, but a Club Med vacation wouldn't have relaxed Buckles. Buckles, a career minor league reliever, appeared in his first game for the Cardinals on July 23 after being promoted from triple-A Louisville that day.
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October 19, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers' season was suddenly over and Clayton Kershaw couldn't explain why. "I don't have an answer," he said. "I just wasn't good enough. " Baseball's consensus No. 1 pitcher unexpectedly fell apart Friday night at Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the World Series by scoring seven runs against him on their way to a 9-0 victory. The Cardinals won the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, four games to two. Kershaw made what was by far his shortest start of the season, as he was removed by Manager Don Mattingly before recording a single out in the fifth inning.
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July 16, 1992 | JIM MURRAY
As the wife of a major league ballplayer, Julianne McNamara Zeile can sympathize when her husband comes home after going 0 for 4, or striking out with the tying run on third with two out in the ninth. But she has to think to herself: "At least you did it to yourself.
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October 13, 2013 | BILL PLASCHKE
In the shadow of an arch that looks like a noose, the Dodgers were startled awake from their dream season Saturday while gasping for what feels like their last breath. The memorable remodeling of the last six months has been trashed in less than 24 hours. The most expensive team in baseball has been rolled on the riverfront, mugged in a Busch, kicked by a Clydesdale and sent staggering back to Los Angeles with pockets empty, eyes wide and winter coming. "This," Hanley Ramirez said, "is really hard.
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August 30, 1998 | RICHARD JUSTICE, THE WASHINGTON POST
They'd come in campers and in station wagons and trucks. They'd come from the suburbs and from surrounding states. Indiana Coach Bob Knight was here. So was Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson. And actor Billy Bob Thornton interrupted a project in Arkansas to catch a glimpse of Mark McGwire's pursuit of Roger Maris. McGwire's parents had flown in from Southern California. His son, Matthew, served as bat boy.
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October 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
When Mark Mulder took a line drive off his arm in the second inning and doubled over in pain, the St. Louis Cardinals figured it would be a short outing for their 16-game winner. Instead, Mulder shook off the hard shot to his left biceps from Joe Randa and put his team on the brink of a playoff sweep.
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February 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
The Kansas City Royals completed their off-season overhaul Friday by sending Gregg Jefferies--the centerpiece of a major trade last winter--to St. Louis for outfielder Felix Jose. Jose, who batted .295 with 14 home runs and 75 runs batted in in 131 games last year, will play right field and be asked to provide some much-needed punch in the middle of the lineup. The Cardinals included infielder Craig Wilson in the deal, and the Royals threw in minor league outfielder Ed Gerald.
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August 25, 1998 | ROSS NEWHAN
No one knows Mark McGwire's body better than Jay McGwire, his 28-year-old younger brother and a physical trainer who works at a fitness facility in Chino Hills.
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July 7, 1990 | CURT HOLBREICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whitey Herzog, whose brand of running baseball brought the St. Louis Cardinals three National League pennants and one World Series championship in 11 seasons, resigned as manager Friday, saying he could no longer motivate his last-place team. "I don't think I've done a good job as a manager this year," Herzog said. "I just can't get the guys to play. I think anybody could do a better job. "I'm not happy the way the ballclub has played. I'm the manager and I take full responsibility for it."
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August 6, 1999 | GARY KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now that Mark McGwire has again hammered his name into baseball history with his 500th and 501st home runs, perhaps the nation, once again, will turn its attention to another captivating race between the St. Louis Cardinals' slugger and the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa. Or will it? Based on the relative lack of excitement the duel has generated so far this season, experts in fan behavior say the American people and the media appear to have been suffering from a classic case of Been There, Done That.
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October 11, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier isn't the same player he was last week. Ethier, who batted .202 over the final 35 games of the regular season, was six for 12 with two home runs and drove in three runs in the Dodgers' three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League division series. Ethier fell a single short of the cycle in the Dodgers' series-clinching 5-1 victory on Saturday night, driving in two runs and scoring two more. "This kid is remarkable right here on my left," Manager Joe Torre said of Ethier.
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October 11, 2009 | Ben Bolch
When the Texas Rangers learned two months ago that Vicente Padilla would no longer pitch for them, several players exchanged handshakes with General Manager Jon Daniels in the clubhouse. Second baseman Ian Kinsler even reportedly said, "Congrats." Padilla spurred a different kind of clubhouse celebration Saturday at Busch Stadium. The castoff with a reputation as a bad teammate was among the most popular Dodgers during the fizzy festivities that ensued after a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League division series.
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October 11, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN, ON SPORTS MEDIA
Some of the highs and lows of watching Dodgers-Cardinals, Game 3: Say hey With their ovation at the introduction of Matt Holliday, St. Louis fans were saying, "We don't care if you blew a catch and cost us Game 2 and maybe the series." Nice people, those Midwesterners. Say what? In the top of the third, James Loney was safe at first when Cardinals pitcher Joel Pineiro, covering the bag, dropped Albert Pujols' perfect toss. Play-by-play man Dick Stockton said, "Manny safe at first."
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October 10, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Jonathan Broxton was called out of the bullpen with two out in the eighth inning Wednesday night. The first batter he faced: Albert Pujols. Broxton was called out of the bullpen again in the eighth Thursday evening, this time to start the inning. The first batter he faced: Albert Pujols. Both times, Broxton retired the hitter Dodgers Manager Joe Torre says is "in a class by himself." Broxton fell behind 2-0 to Pujols but forced him to ground out to third on a 3-1 pitch on his way to earning a four-out save in the Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League division series.
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October 10, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
The journey from a small town in Nicaragua to Busch Stadium was a long one for Vicente Padilla . So long, in fact, that Padilla said it compelled his mother to make her first trip to the United States in three years. Padilla's mother will be among the spectators when Padilla takes the mound today for the Dodgers, who will be looking to complete a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League division series. "I never dreamed of this," said Padilla, who will be pitching in his first playoff game in 11 major league seasons.
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October 10, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Even though they hold a commanding two-games-to-none lead in the National League division series, the Dodgers could have some extra incentive to complete a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals today at Busch Stadium. If the Cardinals beat the Dodgers in Game 3, they could bring back co-ace Chris Carpenter on short rest for Game 4 and have Adam Wainwright , their other co-ace, available on regular rest for Game 5. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa acknowledged Friday that Carpenter was one option to start a potential Game 4. The other alternatives are Kyle Lohse or John Smoltz , who has a record 15 postseason victories but has struggled for most of the season.
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August 5, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a game of dueling milestones, Tony Gwynn and Mark McGwire advanced on history Wednesday night, but that may not have been the evening's biggest news. McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinal slugger whose record-shattering home run performance in 1998 was accompanied by a controversy over his use of the supplement Androstenedione, revealed that he stopped taking it at the start of the 1999 season. There has clearly been no loss of power.
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February 25, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a scene reminiscent of last September, Mark McGwire gazed into a battery of cameras and microphones in a room full of reporters Wednesday and said it will soon be time to turn the page on the historic 1998 season, when the St. Louis Cardinal first baseman slugged 70 home runs to bury the 37-year-old record of 61.
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October 9, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
On the far end of the Dodgers' clubhouse, the vote was unanimous. The most important at-bat in the Dodgers' 3-2 come-from-behind victory wasn't that of Ronnie Belliard , who tied the game with a two-out single. Nor was it the one taken by Mark Loretta , who drove in the deciding run. The honor was bestowed on the two-out, nine-pitch walk by Casey Blake that put men on first and second. Then Belliard drove in the tying run. "The hero of this game was Casey Blake," Belliard said.
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October 9, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Matt Holliday might have cemented his name into postseason lore. Not the Reggie Jackson or Joe Carter kind. The Bill Buckner kind. With the bases empty and two out in the ninth inning Thursday evening at Dodger Stadium, all Holliday had to do was catch James Loney's sinking liner and the St. Louis Cardinals would beat the Dodgers to tie the National League division series at one game apiece. "I had it," the Cardinals' left fielder said of a ball hit directly at him. "I was coming in to get it and then all of a sudden I couldn't see it."
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