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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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%…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Kolten Wong: “My foot slipped”

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

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    The last thing a forlorn Kolten Wong wanted to do after getting picked off to end St. Louis’ Game 4 loss on Sunday was talk to reporters in front of his locker, but he stood up to the mics and answered questions anyway. Wong on pickoff: “I knew I was dead once I went to…

  13. Jake Peavy rips umpire Dana DeMuth, calls the game-ending play “a joke”

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

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    You mad, bro? Yeah, Jake Peavy is definitely mad about the game-ending obstruction call last night. Speaking to reporters in the clubhouse after the game, the Red Sox’ Game 3 starter was incredulous, calling home plate umpire Dana DeMuth’s ruling that Allen Craig would have scored cleanly from third base but for the obstruction of…

  14. The million fluky things that go into winning a World Series game

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

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    - Allen Craig, hobbled by a painful foot injury that nearly ruled him out for the postseason, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday on the first ever obstruction call to end a postseason game. – Craig scored because Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whom manager John Farrell forgot to take out of the…

  15. Cardinals win Game 3 of the World Series on an obstruction call

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

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    Oh boy. You’re going to be hearing a lot about the ending of this one for a long time. Let’s set up the scene: Brandon Workman in for his second inning of relief. Matt Adams strikes out on a dropped third strike. Yadier Molina bloops a single to shallow right-center. Allen Craig pinch-hits. Reliever Koji…

  16. World Series, Game 3: Red Sox-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 26, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Lineups for Game 3 of the World Series at Busch Stadium … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia 1B David Ortiz LF Daniel Nava 3B Xander Bogaerts C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew SP Jake Peavy As expected, David Ortiz is making the start at first base while Mike Napoli…

  17. Looking ahead to World Series Game 3: Red Sox vs. Cardinals

    Oct 26, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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    After the Cardinals and Red Sox split the first two games of the 2013 World Series, the scene shifts to St. Louis for Game 3 tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on FOX. Here’s a quick look at the pitching matchup and some random notes: The…

  18. World Series, Game 2: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

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    Lineups from Game 2 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday 1B Matt Adams C Yadier Molina DH Allen Craig 3B David Freese CF Jon Jay SS Daniel Descalso SP Michael Wacha Carlos Beltran tested his injured ribs during pregame batting practice and apparently felt good enough to…

  19. Allen Craig felt “pretty good” in return, but unlikely to fill in for Carlos Beltran in outfield

    Oct 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Not much went right for the Cardinals in Game 1 last night, but one bit of positive news is that Allen Craig had no problems with his foot while playing for the first time since September 4. Craig went 1-for-4 with a single as the designated hitter and cleanup man, saying afterward: “I felt good…

  20. World Series, Game 1: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 23, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    Lineups for Game 1 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday DH Allen Craig C Yadier Molina 3B David Freese 1B Matt Adams CF Shane Robinson SS Pete Kozma SP Adam Wainwright As expected Allen Craig is in the lineup at designated hitter, playing for the first time…

  21. Forget the ‘one great player’ structure for this World Series

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

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    BOSTON — There seems to be quite a bit of talk about continuity going into this year’s World Series. Well, hey, it’s the Cardinals and the Red Sox again. Fourth time. That was the matchup in ’46, with Stan Musial and Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Pesky, Red Schoendienst and Bobby Doerr and that…

  22. Allen Craig is on the Cardinals’ World Series roster

    Oct 22, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Allen Craig has passed whatever tests he needed to pass, because Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced that the injured first baseman will be on the World Series roster after not playing since September 4 due to a foot injury. Craig has been hitting for a while now, but the issue is whether his foot will…

  23. Allen Craig runs, takes another round of live BP

    Oct 20, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Allen Craig — who has been sidelined since early September with a Lisfranc injury — is hoping to be available as a DH and pinch-hitter for the Cardinals in their World Series matchup with the Red Sox. Craig went through a workout on Friday morning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and reported feeling fine.…

  24. The Cardinals could have Allen Craig back for the World Series

    Oct 19, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Everything’s coming up Cardinals. According to Jenifer Langosch and Chad Thornburg of MLB.com, Allen Craig tested his Lisfranc injury yesterday afternoon by taking 10 simulated at-bats. He said the batting practice session “went well” and expressed optimism that he will be ready for the start of the World Series next Wednesday. “I think I’ll be…

  25. Allen Craig to take batting practice against Jaime Garcia

    Oct 17, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    If the Cardinals get past the Dodgers they’re still holding out some hope that Allen Craig can be ready for the World Series, so Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Craig will take batting practice against teammate Jaime Garcia tomorrow. Garcia is rehabbing after shoulder surgery, so his raw stuff probably…

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