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  1. Why aren’t the Cardinals playing Oscar Taveras?

    Jul 22, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Oscar Taveras has started just two of the Cardinals’ last seven games and the left-handed-hitting outfield prospect is not in St. Louis’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Getting the nod instead is the right-handed-hitting Allen Craig. What’s the deal?

  2. Tim Lincecum keeps up the momentum following his no-hitter

    Jul 2, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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    He didn’t pull a Vander Meer, but he’s still rolling with the shutout innings.

  3. Cardinals recall top prospect Oscar Taveras from Triple-A

    Jun 30, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Stud prospect Oscar Taveras was demoted back to the minors on June 13 after struggling in his 11-game debut with the Cardinals, but the team just announced that he’s been recalled from Triple-A.

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 17, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

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    The Royals are knocking on the door of first place after knocking a former Cy Young Award and MVP winner around pretty good.

  5. Randy Choate got the win after throwing one pitch

    Jun 14, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Pitcher wins are the best stat ever.

  6. Cardinals demote Oscar Taveras to Triple-A

    Jun 13, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

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    Matt Adams’ return from the disabled list meant the Cardinals had a tough decision to make likely demoting one of their young outfielders back to the minors and they settled on sending Oscar Tavares to Triple-A.

  7. Will the Cardinals send down Oscar Taveras when Matt Adams returns?

    Jun 12, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

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    St. Louis’ lineup is about to get crowded, so who will be the one to go?

  8. The Cardinals turned a triple play against the Blue Jays

    Jun 6, 2014, 9:33 PM EDT

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    Triple plays are fun. The Cardinals turned one on Friday night against the Blue Jays.

  9. Carlos Gomez is one of the dozen best players in baseball

    May 28, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

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    It seems like most people don’t realize just how good Carlos Gomez has become.

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 28, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

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    Eight wins in a row have the Blue Jays jumping for joy.

  11. Oscar Taveras could be called up by June 4

    May 22, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    A top prospect may soon get his big break.

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 22, 2014, 6:55 AM EDT

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    Well, that’s something you don’t see every day.

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 12, 2014, 6:33 AM EDT

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    Derek Norris smacked two homers and Gio Gonzalez flashed some Natitude

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 1, 2014, 6:53 AM EDT

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    In today’s ATH we offer a few quick history lessons too. For example, did you know that “And That Happened” used to be called “Hark, this Occurred” back when it was a print feature? True story.

  15. 200 must-follow Twitter accounts for baseball

    Apr 1, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Twitter: it’s not just for telling people what you had for lunch. It’s telling people that what they had for lunch is dumb too.

  16. 2014 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The St. Louis Cardinals. The Big Question: Another World Series run? The Cardinals have made the playoffs 10 times since 2000 and…

  17. Cardinals send stud prospect Oscar Taveras to the minors

    Mar 13, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Oscar Taveras‘ recovery from last year’s ankle surgery has gone much more slowly than expected and has recently led to hamstring problems as well, and today the Cardinals optioned the 22-year-old stud outfield prospect to minor-league camp. That means Taveras will begin the season at Triple-A–and possibly on the Triple-A disabled list–after initially having at…

  18. Cardinals will be back … and often

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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    It’s going to be a somber plane ride back to St. Louis for the Cardinals following Wednesday night’s World Series ouster at Fenway Park, but these birds will be playing on big stages for years and years to come. There may not be a team in baseball that is better-poised for an extended run of…

  19. World Series, Game 6: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 30, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Lineups for Game 6 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday DH Allen Craig C Yadier Molina 1B Matt Adams 3B David Freese CF Jon Jay SS Daniel Descalso SP Michael Wacha With a right-hander on the mound Cardinals manager Mike Matheny goes back to his usual lineup,…

  20. World Series Game 6 Preview: John Lackey gets the biggest start of his life

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — It’s certainly the biggest start of Michael Wacha‘s life too, but Wacha is 22 years-old and kids, God love ‘em, tend to think that they’re going to have the sun shining on them forever. John Lackey is 35 and has pretty much seen it and done it all. He’s been that kid winning…

  21. Hot Button: Meaning of MVP

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Question 4. Statement: In baseball, the MVP award unequivocally should go to the best player. Strongly agree. Of course. What other option is there? 44.8% Agree. In close races, I might consider team performance and big moments. 40.7% Neutral. 2.7% Disagree. “Most valuable” is different. Factors like clutchiness and team performance must be considered. 9.2%…

  22. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny not doing his team any favors

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

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    It started with the lineup: Mike Matheny chose to go with Shane Robinson in center field in Game 5 and had him bat second, with Carlos Beltran dropping into the cleanup spot. On the surface, it didn’t seem like a great move. Maybe it would have turned out better had leadoff man Matt Carpenter gotten…

  23. Change of plans: Allen Craig and his injured foot are in the Cardinals lineup

    Oct 28, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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    How desperate are the Cardinals for some offense tonight against left-hander Jon Lester? Before the game Allen Craig tested his injured foot in the hopes of playing first base, but it went poorly enough that manager Mike Matheny posted a lineup card with Craig on the bench and Matt Adams starting. And then less than…

  24. World Series, Game 5: Red Sox-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Lineups for Game 5 at Busch Stadium … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury 2B Dustin Pedroia 1B David Ortiz LF Jonny Gomes RF Daniel Nava 3B Xander Bogaerts SS Stephen Drew C David Ross SP Jon Lester Shane Victorino is out of the lineup again with a back injury, so Daniel Nava replaces him in…

  25. Which ending was weirder: Game 3 or Game 4?

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

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    We sports fans will argue about anything. ANYTHING. Everyone knows that. We will not only argue about who the American League MVP should be, we will argue about the Dolphins’ new helmet (old one better), we will argue about Frank Caliendo’s best impression (Morgan Freeman), we will argue about the strongest arm in the NFL…

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