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  1. David Freese exits Game 3 of NLCS with calf tightness

    Oct 14, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    David Freese Getty

    UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times passes along word that Freese exited with right calf tightness. He’s considered day-to-day. 9:44 p.m. ET: Troubling development for the Cardinals, as third baseman David Freese was forced to exit Game 3 of the NLCS tonight with an apparent injury. Freese was visited by Cardinals manager Mike…

  2. NLCS, Game 3: Cardinals-Dodgers lineups

    Oct 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    Below are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Dodgers. First pitch at Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on TBS. St. Louis currently leads the best-of-seven series 2-0. Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday C Yadier…

  3. Allen Craig took batting practice with teammates “cheering and chanting his name”

    Oct 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig was left off the NLCS roster because he’s not recovered from a broken foot, but the Cardinals are holding out hope that he can be available for the World Series and he took a step toward that goal yesterday. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Craig took live batting practice “with a handful…

  4. The Cardinals get on the board first in Game 2 of NLCS

    Oct 12, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

    Jon Jay Getty

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was able to strand Matt Carpenter at third base after a leadoff triple in the bottom of the first inning, but he wasn’t as fortunate in the fifth inning. David Freese led off the fifth with a double to the left field corner and eventually moved over to third base on…

  5. NLCS, Game 2: Dodgers-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 12, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Lineups for Game 2 of the NLCS in St. Louis … Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford 2B Mark Ellis 1B Adrian Gonzalez RF Yasiel Puig 3B Juan Uribe CF Skip Schumaker C A.J. Ellis SS Nick Punto SP Clayton Kershaw Big changes now that Hanley Ramirez has been scratched due to sore ribs. Carl Crawford and…

  6. Allen Craig cleared for more baseball activity

    Oct 11, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Cardinals first baseman-slash-outfielder Allen Craig has been cleared for more baseball activity, reports Brian Stull on Twitter. He has been sidelined since early September due to a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, ending the regular season with a .315/.373/.457 line and 97 RBI in 563 plate appearances. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has not ruled out…

  7. NLCS, Game 1: Dodgers-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    2013NLCS

    Lineups for Game 1 in St. Louis … Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford 2B Mark Ellis SS Hanley Ramirez 1B Adrian Gonzalez RF Yasiel Puig 3B Juan Uribe CF Andre Ethier C A.J. Ellis SP Zack Greinke Andre Ethier was limited to pinch-hitting duties in the NLDS and hasn’t started a game since aggravating a leg…

  8. The League Championship Series storylines are … complicated

    Oct 11, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Boston Red Soxs

    Not gonna lie: it’s going to be a bit of a mess trying to graft your narratives on to this year’s LCS matchups and potential World Series matchups, folks.  All of the easy stories about the plucky Pirates, the quasi-homeless A’s and Joe Maddon-as-baseball’s-Phil Jackson are out the window. Everyone’s happy the Braves are gone.…

  9. UPDATE: Allen Craig likely not available for the NLCS

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Nope, likely not happening. Mike Matheny just said it was doubtful Craig will be on the roster. 9:27 AM: Allen Craig missed the NLDS due to an injured foot. Matt Adams filled in nicely, going 6 for 19 with a double and a homer.  But Craig is hoping to be back for the NLCS…

  10. Pirates get on the board in Game 5 of NLDS

    Oct 9, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh has its first run in this NLDS Game 5. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright cruised through his first six innings and got two quick outs to open the seventh, but Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter slipped while trying to pick up a Justin Morneau infield single and then Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma misplayed a Marlon…

  11. NLDS, Game 5: Pirates-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 9, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    Lineups for the entire collection of marbles in St. Louis … Pirates: LF Starling Marte 2B Neil Walker CF Andrew McCutchen 1B Justin Morneau RF Marlon Byrd 3B Pedro Alvarez C Russell Martin SS Clint Barmes SP Gerrit Cole Aside from a one-game switch from Clint Barmes to Jordy Mercer at shortstop Pirates manager has…

  12. NLDS, Game 4: Cardinals-Pirates lineups

    Oct 7, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    St. Louis tries to stay alive in Pittsburgh … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday 1B Matt Adams C Yadier Molina CF Jon Jay 3B David Freese SS Pete Kozma SP Michael Wacha Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking by his standard lineup, but the batting order changes a bit with…

  13. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

  14. Pedro Alvarez’s eighth-inning RBI single helps Pirates take 2-1 lead in NLDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez finished the 2013 regular season with a .180/.252/.286 line against left-handed pitching. Not exactly his cup of tea. But he came through in a big spot against lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist, delivering a tie-breaking RBI single to right, putting the Pirates up 4-3 in the eighth inning. Siegrist, by the…

  15. Pirates grab early lead over Cardinals in NLDS Game 3

    Oct 6, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Francisco Liriano‘s success against the Cardinals has been well-chronicled. And he has continued that pattern of pitching dominance in the early stages of this NLDS Game 3 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. With the help of a wide Jerry Layne strike zone, the left-handed Liriano carved his way through St. Louis’ batting order in the…

  16. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Cardinals vs. Pirates

    Oct 6, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. This series is tied 1-1. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on TBS. St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday C Yadier Molina 3B David Freese 1B…

  17. NLDS, Game 2: Pirates-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle, Marlon Byrd, Dusty Baker, Mark Carlson, Gerry Davis

    Pirates and Cardinals lineups for the first of four playoff games today … Pirates: LF Starling Marte 2B Neil Walker CF Andrew McCutchen 1B Justin Morneau RF Marlon Byrd 3B Pedro Alvarez C Russell Martin SS Jordy Mercer SP Gerrit Cole Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made just one change from Game 1, benching shortstop Clint…

  18. Cardinals blowing it open against Pirates in Game 1 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Game 1 of the NLDS has turned into a full-fledged rout. After adding one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cardinals scored another run in the sixth after Yadier Molina doubled to right-center field and Matt Adams scored after Andrew McCutchen committed the third error of the afternoon for the Pirates. The…

  19. Cardinals score seven runs in third inning to chase A.J. Burnett early in Game 1 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran, A.J. Burnett AP

    The Cardinals have stormed out to an early lead over the Pirates in Game 1 of the NLDS. Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett completely melted down in the bottom of the third inning, giving up seven runs before being pulled from the ballgame. He failed to record an out in the nightmare frame. The ugly inning…

  20. Allen Craig unlikely to play again this season

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    allen craig getty

    Allen Craig is out for the NLDS because of a foot injury and general manager John Mozeliak does not expect him back for the playoffs regardless of whether the Cardinals make a deep run in October. Appearing on 920-AM radio in St. Louis, the GM was asked about Craig’s return timetable and replied: “Could Craig…

  21. Pirates-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 lineups

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    A couple of teams who know each other well. Lineups which look pretty much like we’d expect them to. It’s on in St. Louis in a couple of hours. Game 1 of the NLDS: Pirates: Starling Marte LF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Justin Morneau 1B Marlon Byrd RF Pedro Alvarez 3B Russell Martin…

  22. NLDS Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Pirates and Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams Pittsburgh Pirates (94-68) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Today in St. Louis: A.J. Burnett vs. Adam…

  23. Allen Craig to miss NLDS due to foot injury

    Sep 27, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig, who has been sidelined since Sept. 4 because of a foot injury, won’t make it back for the NLDS next week, GM John Mozeliak said Friday afternoon. According to Mozeliak, Craig is dealing with one of the dreaded Lisfranc injuries involving a metatarsal bone and the Cardinals don’t want him…

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

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  25. Michael Wacha loses no-hitter with one out to go

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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    We’re on the verge of history at Busch Stadium. Making good use of his vicious changeup and high-90s fastball, Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha has no-hit the visiting Washington Nationals through the top of the seventh inning. The Cardinals will carry a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the frame. Wacha has yielded just two…

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