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Series preview: Cardinals vs. Cubs

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:50:00 -0500

Scouting report • The Cubs could clinch their second straight National League Central Division title as early as Tuesday night but could eliminate the Cardinals from the division race by winning any of the four games slated for Busch Stadium.…

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Ortiz: Alcantara breaks the language barrier

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:20:00 -0500

Carnitas and guacamole were the only words Sandy Alcantara would have recognized if he had even bothered to look at the Chipotle menu. His English skills were so limited, though, he didn’t waste time looking at the menu.

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DeWitt Q-&-A: Matheny is 'right guy to lead us into the future'

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:15:00 -0500

In a conversation with the Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. discussed the team’s faults and vaults, the upgrades desired, its manager, and even what the Cardinals’ role should be as a prominent citizen in a city stirred…

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Redbirds don't protest during anthem

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:10:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • Unlike the scene at pro football games, there was no protest by the Cardinals when the national anthem was played before Sunday’s game.

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Cardinals' bullpen, offense come up short in 4-1 loss

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:25:00 -0500

Defeat all but knocked Cardinals out of contention for the NL Central Division title and did not help their quest of the second wild-card spot with just seven games remaining, all at home. Oh allows tiebreaking two-run homer to Marte.

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Matheny: 'Athletes have a voice'

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:12:00 -0500

Cardinals come out for anthem _ and remain standing. But manager says he would 'support it,' if one of his players has a problem with the process.

Ortiz: Faith and family steer Cardinals rookie Alcantara

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:15:00 -0500

Sandy Alcantara had cried himself to sleep on a nightly basis for almost three months, and he was tired of it. He was lonely, homesick and desperate to move back in with his parents.

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Cardinals can't overcome worst start of Lynn's career

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0500

He failed to last the first inning as the Pirates jumped him for eight runs and won 11-6, costing the Cardinals some position in the wild-card race and curtailing their faint hopes for a division title.

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Gant ready to start Sunday for Cardinals

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:15:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • If Sunday is the biggest start of John Gant’s career, the 25-year-old Cardinals righthander seems to be taking it in considerable stride.

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Pirates make Lynn walk the plank

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:55:00 -0500

In the worst start of his major-league career, Cardinals righthander is roughed up for eight runs in first inning as Pittsburgh hurts St. Louis playoff hopes with 11-6 win.

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Cardinals rally in ninth for dramatic win

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:45:00 -0500

Only four of Cards’ starters finish the game as Matheny employs 15 of his 18 position players in 4-3 win over Pirates. One downside: Hot-hitting first baseman Jose Martinez leaves with a thumb injury and is out until at least…

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Despite doubters, Matheny felt Cards were contenders

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:45:00 -0500

PITTSBURGH • After a three-game dusting last weekend at Chicago, straits seemed dire for the Cardinals. And manager Mike Matheny said, “I can’t count how many ‘Chicken Little’ opportunities that we’ve had this year — that the sky was falling.

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Hummel: Field is still wide open for NL MVP

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:00:00 -0500

Speculation on not only the potential playoff series but on the postseason awards has ramped up with just a week remaining in the regular season. And while most of the postseason positions in the National League largely are cut and…

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Cards rally for two in ninth to nip Pirates 4-3

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:32:00 -0500

Gyorko's pinch single ties it, Fowler's fielder's-choice grounder wins it, Nicasio's 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth saves it as Cardinals continue playoff charge.

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Matheny never felt 'sky was falling'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:10:00 -0500

Cardinals' manager praises his club's toughness. Carpenter, Pham and Fowler are 1-2-3 again.

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Series preview: Cardinals at Pirates

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:35:00 -0500

Scouting report • The Cardinals have lost four of seven to the Pirates in Pennsylvania (counting one at Williamsport) but beat the Pirates seven of nine in St. Louis to gain a 10-6 overall edge. ... This is the Cards’…

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DeWitt going to bat for fan safety

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Cardinals chairman says it's time for protective netting to be extended 'in every park.'

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Cardinals gain ground in wild-card chase

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:50:00 -0500

Cards closing in on second wild-card spot — they trail Brewers by one-half game and Rockies by 1½ with 10 games remaining. Top of the lineup keeps producing in sweep of Reds. Matheny praises team for bounce-back after Cubs series.

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Molina organizes relief effort for devastated Puerto Rico

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:55:00 -0500

'You’re seeing your people suffer and hurt and you have to think about what you can do, and I can try to raise money,' said the Cardinals' All-Star catcher.

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Cardinals complete sweep of Reds, keep pressure on wild-card leaders

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:40:00 -0500

Cardinals pound out 14 hits — including a season-high 10 for extra bases — in the 8-5 victory. Fowler goes 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Lyons helps preserve Martinez's 12th win.

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Diaz returns to Cardinals without definite role

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:45:00 -0500

With the demotion to Class AAA Memphis finally in his past, former All-Star shortstop Aledmys Diaz and the Cardinals can begin figuring out his future.

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Sweet smell of success as Cardinals tighten wild-card race

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:40:00 -0500

Believing that 'if you smell good you play good,' Pham dusts himself with fragrance and then bashes Reds at the plate in a 9-2 win.

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Cardinals send Flaherty to bullpen; Gant will start Sunday

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:35:00 -0500

The Cardinals always had one eye on his innings and another on his results when they promoted rookie Jack Flaherty to be a part of the stretch-drive rotation. Now they’ll see how he looks in the bullpen.

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Cardinals gain ground on Rockies as they thump crumbling Reds

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:30:00 -0500

Pham had three hits, Weaver (7-1) pitched five strong innings and Fowler homered for the third time in as many games as the Cards rolled to a 9-2 win.

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Ortiz: Cardinals are who we thought they were — not good enough

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:45:00 -0500

Nothing should be off the table if Mozeliak is committed to bridge the talent gap between the Cubs and Cardinals, while the young Brewers also start to flex their muscles.

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Goold: Without Bellinger's whopping season, would DeJong be Rookie of Year?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:35:00 -0500

A deep dive into the dynamic production of the Cardinals' rookie shortstop shows a worthy season, but another name keeps coming up: Aledmys Diaz.

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Fowler 'right on time' with power burst for Cardinals

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:30:00 -0500

With the Cards’ postseason aspirations carrying only a faint pulse, Dexter Fowler homered to tie the game and then doubled and scored in the 10th to secure an 8-7 win over the Reds.

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Memphis loses to Durham (and Wong's little brother) in Triple-A title game

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:25:00 -0500

Often this season it has been wondered where the Cardinals would be without a steady stream of impact additions from Memphis.

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Carpenter's shoulder still an issue

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:20:00 -0500

CINCINNATI • Facing what may have been the Cardinals’ last gasp at slowing the Cubs and raising their chances, Cubs manager Joe Maddon chose to load the bases and send a lefty against leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter late in Sunday’s…

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Series preview: Cardinals at Reds

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:00 -0500

The Reds, who lead the season series 9-7, need just one win for their first season series victory over the Cardinals since 2011.

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Bleak outlook: Cardinals' path to playoffs blocked in most ways

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:45:00 -0500

In recent weeks, Matheny has caught his club watching the scoreboard or watching the Cubs’ games and felt it influenced their pep, their focus for that day.

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Hochman: Little things add up to third place for Cardinals

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:25:00 -0500

Weekend in Chicago encapsulated the ordinary St. Louis Cardinals: a fine team, sure, but one that lacks what it takes to win tight games. In other words: a third-place team.

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Cardinals leave Wrigley empty-handed

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:20:00 -0500

Sweep pushes Cardinals six games back with 13 to play and completes their worst season at Wrigley Field (1-8) in 99 years.

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Wainwright joins bullpen, unlikely to start again this season

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:45:00 -0500

Rookie Flaherty will start Tuesday, though Cardinals will have 'piggyback' options in veteran and reliever Gant.

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Memphis Redbirds cap historic season with PCL crown

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:15:00 -0500

Wisdom homers in decisive Game 5 and sends Redbirds to Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday.

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Goold: Cards pitchers exploiting a pitch that can cut both ways

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Popularized by Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and a favorite still of dominant relievers, the cutter was once called the “it pitch” by Sports Illustrated.

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Hochman: Cardinals' weekend at Wrigley has familiar feel

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:45:00 -0500

It was fun for a little while there, wasn’t it? But now, after a pair of Chicago afternoons, the Cardinals are back to simply being a regular team, flawed and helplessly chasing the studs of the division.

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Defensive issues play a part in Cardinals' disheartening loss

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0500

CHICAGO • Although the finished product will evidently lag a few years behind the team, the Cubs have been renovating Wrigley Field at the same time as their roster, and deep within the 103-year-old confines is this buried treasure: the…

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Carpenter's shoulder needs rest to heal, but it's ready for rest of season

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:55:00 -0500

CHICAGO • The home run Matt Carpenter drove toward the left-field bleachers late Saturday was an outward sign of the improvement he’s felt internally for days.

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Cubs unplug Cardinals' offense, dim their playoff chances

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:00:00 -0500

Chicago's 4-1 win gives the defending World Series champions a five-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central with 14 games remaining.

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Wong uncertain for rest of season with persisting back pain

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:30:00 -0500

CHICAGO • The pain that locked his lower back as he rounded third and headed home with the Cardinals’ second run Friday was enough to do more than knock Kolten Wong from the game.

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Cardinals lose ground as misplays, missed chances prove costly

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 06:20:00 -0500

The 8-2 loss drops the Cardinals four games behind the division-leading Cubs with 15 games left and steepens their climb toward October.

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Cardinals whiff, Cubs capitalize in thunderous rout at Wrigley

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:50:00 -0500

An inning after losing their starting pitcher and catcher to ejections, the Cubs shredded the Cardinals for seven runs and pulled away with an 8-2 victory in the first game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

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Ortiz: Carlos Martinez leads 'united' Cardinals into showdown series

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:35:00 -0500

Even if you don’t think it’s a must-win series, it’s as close as you can get with 16 games to play in a 162-game season.

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Luke Weaver is all ears — and an arm

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:30:00 -0500

If Luke Weaver overhears a conversation about pitching, he finds a way to listen, always looking for a tidbit that might be worthwhile in his development.

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Dream Weaver? Molina regards rookie pitcher as 'amazing ... just what we need'

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:30:00 -0500

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has stacked his three best veteran pitchers, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Lance Lynn, for this weekend’s showdown series in Chicago. But his best pitcher right now is a rookie who won’t face the Cubs until…

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Cardinals need another strong trip

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0500

Infielder Matt Carpenter was dead-on before the Cardinals’ last three-city trip when he said the Cardinals had to go 7-3 to have a legitimate shot at a playoff spot. They came home 7-3.

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Series preview: Cardinals at Cubs

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:55:00 -0500

SCOUTING REPORT • The Cardinals beat the Cubs in St. Louis on opening night but the Cubs have won eight of the next 11 meetings, including five of six at Wrigley Field. Carlos Martinez, who will pitch Friday, has one…

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Pham's a 20-20 man, Weaver wins fifth in a row

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:20:00 -0500

Cardinals beat Reds 5-2, head to Wrigley for a showdown series with the first-place Cubs. Left fielder becomes first Redbird since 2004 with 20 homers and 20 steals in a season.

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Gyorko ready to be used in a pinch as hamstring heals

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:40:00 -0500

What Jedd Gyorko can do and how effectively he can do it as he recovers from a hamstring strain will be determined on the job.

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Cardinals hit a pothole in race to postseason

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0500

With an abbreviated start, an absent offense and nine innings littered with regrets, the Cardinals lose ground with a 6-0 setback against a rookie pitcher and the last-place Reds. Cards trail the division-leading Cubs by three games with 17 to…

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Ortiz: Sierra still longs to have his mother in the stands

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:50:00 -0500

Unlike most of the Cardinals’ rookies who have made their debut in the majors this season, there has not been a loved one in the stands at Busch Stadium or elsewhere to watch Magneuris Sierra play.

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Winker, Suarez homer as Reds cool off Cards 6-0

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:30:00 -0500

Jesse Winker hit the second pitch of the game down the right-field line for a home run and Eugenio Suarez broke the contest open with a grand slam in the fifth inning as the visiting Cincinnati Reds blasted the Cardinals…

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Fowler better but not ready to play; Sierra returns

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:45:00 -0500

Dexter Fowler said that the venture that led him to the center-field wall Saturday night could have turned out worse.

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Ortiz: Wainwright, Molina showing young Cardinals the way

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:45:00 -0500

The men who know what it means to deliver a championship to St. Louis are still clawing with the same determination they showed as kids on the 2006 World Series championship club.

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Cards' offensive outburst helps Lynn collect 11th win

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:20:00 -0500

With a little help from his friends on Tuesday night, Cardinals righthander Lance Lynn snapped a six-game winless streak and notched victory No. 11.

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Cardinals stay in the race with rout of Reds

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:50:00 -0500

Cubs, Brewers and Rockies also win, but after Cards' 10th victory in their last 12 games, Pham says of scoreboard-watching: 'You shouldn't worry about it because we have to take care of our business first.'

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Cards provide plenty of support for Lynn in 13-4 win

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:00:00 -0500

Winless in his previous six starts, mainly due to lack of run support, Lance Lynn picked up win No. 11 Tuesday night as the Cardinals' bats came to life in a 13-4 blowout win over the Cincinnati Reds before a…

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Make it fast: Sierra brought back from Memphis, for depth and speed

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:30:00 -0500

With two dents in their outfield depth because of an injury to Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham's work for better vision, the Cardinals added Magneuris Sierra to improve their numbers for the series against the Reds.

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Mozeliak salutes Matheny and staff, says 'club has some new energy'

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:25:00 -0500

Cardinals’ president of baseball operations admits his focus is 'more forward,' but he also says he enjoys the recent ride his Ferris-wheel-type team has given him.

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Pham and Martinez: From understudies to center stage with Cardinals

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:40:00 -0500

The two players who were fighting for the last position-player job throughout much of Cardinals spring training, with one of them having to be sent out, now are both batting in the upper four in the lineup.

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BenFred: Cubs loom, but first, Cards must put Reds in their place

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 03:00:00 -0500

Finally, the Cardinals are turning losing teams into stepping stones. Can they continue the trend with the one that's tripped them up so often?

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Series preview: Cardinals vs. Reds

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:55:00 -0500

Speedy CF Billy Hamilton (27 steals in 31 career attempts vs. Cards) won’t be an issue. He's out with a fractured thumb suffered trying to bunt.

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Hochman: 'When he goes, we go' — it's Molina time again

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:30:00 -0500

New names abound on the Cardinals roster. But it's an old familiar one —venerable catcher Yadier Molina — leading the way as the club suddenly finds itself in another pennant race.

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Who's hot (Molina), who's not (Piscotty) for Cards

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:14:00 -0500

Veteran Yadier Molina keeps rising to the occasion of the playoff race, but young Stephen Piscotty still can't find his offensive groove.

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After slow start, Grichuk reaches 20-homer mark again

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0500

Some of the numbers, like the .238 batting average and the 119 strikeouts, simply are not where Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk would like them to be.

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Hummel: La Russa pointed toward playoffs with his fourth team

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:40:00 -0500

In another 10 days to two weeks, Tony La Russa is likely to be part of a playoff team for a fourth franchise.

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Wacha, Molina help Cardinals complete sweep of Pirates

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:15:00 -0500

All-Star catcher drives in five runs and Wacha pitches eight scoreless innings in 7-0 win as Cardinals move two games back of the Cubs with 19 left to play.

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Wainwright still hoping to pitch in, as starter or reliever

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:55:00 -0500

Righthander Adam Wainwright doesn’t know whether he will be a starter or reliever later this month as he recovers from elbow inflammation. But he says he has a pretty good idea about next year.

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Hochman: As Cards season winds down, the fun starts

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:55:00 -0500

We gripe and nit-pick about the Cardinals. That’s what we do. But if we at least step back, let’s look at where we are: September. Meaningful baseball. Yet again.

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Cards rally late to win again, trail by 3 in both races

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:30:00 -0500

Carpenter's homer ties Pirates in 7th; Grichuk's RBI groundout in 8th produces winning run; Nicasio earns another save. Fowler exits with injury.

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Third time's the charm as Cardinals keep rallying, beat Pirates 4-3

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 21:00:00 -0500

Fowler leaves game with knee contusion on inside-the-park homer for Pirates, but X-rays are negative; Martinez strikes out eight to get to 200 for season

Hochman: Martinez poised to join 200-200 club for Cardinals

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0500

If Cardinals ace makes eight Pirates walk the plank Saturday night, he'll reach 200 strikeouts for the season and join some rare company. He's also closing in on a benchmark for durability — 200 innings.

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Weaver, Nicasio team up to keep Cardinals in contention

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:45:00 -0500

Rookie with 'supreme talent' continues run of solid starts, and new reliever contributes four-out save in 4-1 victory over Pirates.

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Carpenter, Pham return to Cards lineup; Wong still out

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 04:15:00 -0500

While the balance of the club was allowed to report late because of the Cardinals’ early-morning arrival from San Diego on Friday, infielders Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong had their own showcase workout at Busch in the afternoon.

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BenFred's 5: Time for Cardinals to flip NL Central script

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:45:00 -0500

Cards own a division-worst .426 winning percentage against Central teams. And all 22 of their remaining games are within the division. It's one of the five topics from Ben Frederickson that St. Louis sports fans will be discussing.

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Weaver, Cards beat Pittsburgh 4-1 to open series

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:45:00 -0500

A day after pounding out 11 hits and losing 3-0 to the Padres in San Diego, the Cardinals posted an efficient 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night before a crowd of 40,966 at Busch Stadium.

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