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

    Apr 8, 2014, 6:13 AM EDT

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    The A’s remind me of someone. And a couple of rainouts remind me of my favorite movie ever.

  2. 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.

  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. Dodgers prospect Ross Stripling to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the Dodgers today, as J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group reports that prospect right-hander Ross Stripling will undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery tomorrow. Stripling originally injured his elbow during batting practice on February 21, but he didn’t say anything about it to trainers or coaches. However, he had…

  5. Jaime Garcia to visit Dr. James Andrews

    Feb 25, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com: JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals are delaying comment on the results of Jaime Garcia‘s exam with team physician George Paletta until after the left-hander visits orthopedist James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday. Garcia began experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder last weekend and flew back to…

  6. Jaime Garcia to undergo tests for sore shoulder

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals were expecting Jaime Garcia to be in the mix for a rotation spot this spring after his injury-plagued 2013, but that’s not going to happen. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Garcia felt shoulder soreness following a recent bullpen session and is scheduled fly to St. Louis tomorrow for an…

  7. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  8. Cardinals prepared to trade young starting pitching this winter for a shortstop upgrade

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is not being shy about his primary offseason strategy: Mozeliak made it clear to us this morning that he’d like to trade a young “starting pitcher”: for a “young controllable shortstop” XM 89 — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 10, 2013 There are a couple of shortstop options on the free agent…

  9. Cardinals will keep Trevor Rosenthal in the bullpen

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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    Carlos Martinez will get a chance to compete for a spot in the Cardinals’ rotation next spring, but fellow hard-throwing young right-hander Trevor Rosenthal will remain in the bullpen. Mike Matheny announced that Rosenthal will enter 2014 as the Cardinals’ closer after thriving in that role down the stretch and into the playoff this year.…

  10. Cardinals could trade Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller this offseason for a new shortstop

    Nov 3, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates on a possible offseason trade: With Carlos Martinez meriting a look-see as a starter — and [Trevor] Rosenthal wanting the same — it’s increasingly likely that general manager John Mozeliak shops Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller to simultaneously create an opening while addressing a core need at…

  11. 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…

  12. Fenway Park: Absolute Bedlam

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — In between the third and fourth inning of Game 6, the Boston Police Department issued a statement that the Bars around Fenway Park were at full capacity so, please, don’t bother coming down here. Based on what I saw in and around Fenway Park this evening, I am 100% certain that no one heeded…

  13. Red Sox crowned 2013 World Series champions after 6-1 Game 6 victory over Cardinals

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox are World Series champions, and they’re celebrating that accomplishment in front of their hometown fans for the first time since 1918. Red Sox starter John Lackey battled through a bit of early shakiness to deliver 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the inspired Boston offense pounded rookie sensation Michael Wacha in…

  14. Red Sox pour it on, lead Cardinals 6-0 in Game 6

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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    The party has already begun at Fenway Park. After plating three runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Red Sox tacked on three more in the bottom of the fourth, driving Cardinals rookie starter Michael Wacha to an early shower and grabbing a massive 6-0 lead in this World Series Game 6. Lance…

  15. Red Sox grab early lead in World Series Game 6

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

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    Boston is on top in Game 6 of the World Series. Cardinals rookie sensation Michael Wacha was sharp through the first two innings, but Jacoby Ellsbury opened the bottom of the third with a single to right field, David Ortiz was issued an intentional walk and Jonny Gomes took a pitch off his left shoulder…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. Cardinals’ charter flight to Boston “significantly delayed” because of mechanical issues

    Oct 29, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

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    As if dropping two straight World Series home games wasn’t frustrating enough … #Cardinals plane has encountered mechanical issues in STL. Their trip to Boston has been significantly delayed. #WorldSeries#stlcards — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) October 29, 2013 Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Game 6 starter Michael Wacha had to do their scheduled press conferences over…

  19. Red Sox are favored in Game 6

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Not surprisingly the Red Sox are betting favorites for Game 6 tomorrow night at Fenway Park, but like the rest of the games in this series Las Vegas has the line very close to a coin flip. Boston is a -115 favorite, which means you’d have to risk $115 on the Red Sox to win…

  20. Lineup change suggests Cardinals are ready for small ball

    Oct 28, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  21. The Cardinals’ pitchers throw so hard they broke Yadier Molina’s mitt

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Cardinals pitching staffs of the past, particularly under former pitching coach Dave Duncan, were famous for the prodigious rate at which they generated ground balls. The 2013 staff, however, will be known for young arm after young arm hitting the upper 90′s and even the 100′s on the radar gun. When closer Trevor Rosenthal shut…

  22. Lance Lynn will start Game 4 for the Cardinals

    Oct 25, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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    No surprise, but manager Mike Matheny told reporters this afternoon that Lance Lynn will start Game 4 for the Cardinals. Lynn also started Game 4 of the NLCS versus the Dodgers, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing two runs in a 4-2 victory matched up against Ricky Nolasco. There had been some thought to bringing back…

  23. Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal own the late innings for Cardinals

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

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    Even as Michael Wacha was through five scoreless, one thing seemed pretty clear: his pitch count up to 90, the sixth would be his final inning. That sixth inning didn’t go as planned, but the seventh through ninth innings sure did. The Cardinals rallied from 2-1 down beat the Red Sox 4-2 in Game 2,…

  24. Cardinals take Game 2 to even up World Series against Red Sox

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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    The World Series will head back to St. Louis all evened up. After falling in Game 1 of the World Series last night, the Cardinals bounced back tonight with a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox in Game 2. The Cardinals got on the board first with an RBI ground out from Yadier Molina in…

  25. Cardinals take advantage of defensive miscues to take lead in Game 2

    Oct 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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    David Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer, but the lead didn’t last long. After John Lackey was pulled with two on and one out in the top of the seventh in favor of Craig Breslow, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay executed a double-steal before…

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