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

    Apr 14, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    The other owners will have to ratify the move at their next meeting, but as of yesterday it’s all but official: the Braves now own the Nationals. 

  2. VIDEO: Fan at Pirates game catches baseball with popcorn bucket

    Apr 5, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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    Fan catches baseball with popcorn bucket. This can only be awesome.

  3. 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…

  4. Cardinals sign Cuban middle infielder Aledmys Diaz to a four-year major league contract

    Mar 9, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals have agreed to a major league contract with Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s a four-year deal. Diaz will arrive at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida on Monday morning. No word on the financial terms. The Cardinals already have…

  5. Cardinals and Matt Carpenter agree to a six-year, $52 million extension

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    We heard yesterday that the Cardinals and infielder Matt Carpenter were in talks about a long-term contract extension and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports this morning that the deal is done. The Cardinals will hold a press conference later this morning to formally announce the agreement. Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports,…

  6. Cardinals talking contract extension with Matt Carpenter

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Matt Carpenter had a breakout season in 2013, handling a position switch to second base just fine and hitting .318 while leading the league in hits (199), doubles (55), and runs scored (126). Now this season he’s moving again, this time to third base, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that…

  7. Cardinals making offer to Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz

    Feb 19, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the story from Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, Florida … Long after the clubhouse emptied, general manager John Mozeliak and his chief lieutenants, manager Mike Matheny and coaches from both sides of camp attended a workout of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who is expected to sign a…

  8. Jason Kipnis open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that second baseman Jason Kipnis is open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians. The two sides will likely begin talking during spring training. Kipnis, however, does not want contract talks to distract him during the regular season, as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian writes. Kipnis, who turns 27…

  9. Cardinals trade David Freese to Angels for Peter Bourjos

    Nov 22, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Well, that progressed from rumor to trade in a hurry. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels have traded center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk to the Cardinals for third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas. Obviously the Angels are betting that Freese will bounce back following a down…

  10. Angels talking to Cardinals about David Freese trade

    Nov 21, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Already this offseason reports have linked David Freese to the Yankees and the Marlins, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels have “discussed a trade” for the Cardinals third baseman. St. Louis shopping Freese makes sense, because he’s coming off a down year and about to get expensive via arbitration. Plus, the…

  11. Marlins interested in David Freese?

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro slips this little nugget at the end of his general manager meetings roundup: The Marlins are weighing whether David Freese is a realistic fit at third base. Freese is due a raise through salary arbitration and the Cardinals are ready to install Kolten Wong at second base, moving Matt Carpenter to third…

  12. Does St. Louis have the biggest homers in MVP voting?

    Nov 16, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina finished in third place in the National League MVP voting, ever so slightly behind Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in second place. Pirates center fielder and winner of the NL MVP Andrew McCutchen received 28 of 30 first-place votes; the remaining two were given to Molina by two St. Louis area…

  13. Andrew McCutchen claims NL MVP award in landslide

    Nov 14, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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    The Pirates have their first NL MVP since 1992 after Andrew McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first-place votes on Thursday to easily top Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt for the award. Goldschmidt finished second with 242 points to McCutchen’s 409. He was second on 15 of the 30 ballots. Yadier Molina finished third with 219 points.…

  14. Yankees and Cardinals discussing David Freese trade

    Nov 13, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News the Cardinals are talking to the Yankees about a deal for third baseman David Freese. Freese is coming off a down year, he’s about to get expensive via arbitration, and the Cardinals could replace him by shifting Matt Carpenter to third base and installing rookie…

  15. Silver Slugger Award winners, as they’re announced …

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is unveiling the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening (6:00 p.m. ET) in an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients here as they…

  16. 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…

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

    Oct 30, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    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,…

  18. 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…

  19. Hot Button: Meaning of MVP

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    David Ortiz AP

    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%…

  20. 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…

  21. Lineup change suggests Cardinals are ready for small ball

    Oct 28, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Shane Robinson

    If you did a million World Series simulations last week — and I assume someone out there probably did — Game 5 almost surely ended up being the lowest scoring contest of the bunch. It’s simply a rematch of Game 1 with Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright facing off again, but this time it’s in…

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

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    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…

  24. Carlos Beltran gives the Cardinals the lead in the third inning of Game 4

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Carlos Beltran gave the Cardinals the early 1-0 lead in Game 4 of the World Series with an RBI single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the third inning against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. The opportunity came about after Matt Carpenter singled to center, then advanced to second base when…

  25. Clay Buchholz showing diminished velocity, but has held Cardinals scoreless through two innings

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    There was some concern about Clay Buchholz going into his start in Game 4 of the World Series due to tightness in his right shoulder, the same one that knocked him out of commission for three months during the regular season. Nevertheless, Red Sox manager John Farrell gave his right-hander the ball. Through two innings,…

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