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Cards clinch playoff spot despite loss to Reds

Cards clinch playoff spot despite loss to Reds

ESPN.com yahoo.com Updated Oct 2, 2012
The Cardinals clinched baseball's final postseason berth Tuesday night when the Dodgers lost to San Francisco.
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  • Roenicke, Brewers coaches will return in 2013

    Roenicke, Brewers coaches will return in 2013

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Oct 2, 2012
    MILWAUKEE (AP) The entire Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff will return in 2013, manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday.
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  • Minute Maid unlikely to move in center-field wall

    Minute Maid unlikely to move in center-field wall

    MLB.com Oct 2, 2012
    With the Seattle Mariners announcing Tuesday they were bringing in the fences at Safeco Field, the American League West -- the Astros' new home next year -- has become a little more hitter friendly. But could the Astros follow suit and bring in their fe…
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  • Matheny recognizes importance of celebrating

    Matheny recognizes importance of celebrating

    MLB.com Oct 2, 2012
    Over the past week, differing opinions emerged from the Cardinals' clubhouse about whether or not clinching a spot in the Wild Card game warranted a champagne-popping, raucous celebration -- much like the one the Braves partook in last week, when they s…
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  • Cueto, Arroyo, Latos to start first three of NLDS

    Cueto, Arroyo, Latos to start first three of NLDS

    MLB.com Oct 2, 2012
    The Reds don't yet have an opponent for the National League Division Series, but they have a rotation set. Not surprising is that Johnny Cueto will start Game 1, followed by Bronson Arroyo in Game 2 and Mat Latos in Game 3.
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  • Ben Sheets Will Pitch Tomorrow, Then Never Again

    Ben Sheets Will Pitch Tomorrow, Then Never Again

    deadspin.com MLB.com Oct 2, 2012
    Today, Ben Sheets announced that he will start for the Braves tomorrow against the Pirates, and then retire. Tomorrow will mark Sheets's fifth start for the Braves this season after missing nearly two calendar years with a torn flexor in his pitching el…
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  • Adam Greenberg’s at-bat recalls memories of Minnie Minoso and B…

    Adam Greenberg’s at-bat recalls memories of Minnie Minoso and Bill Veeck

    yahoo.com Oct 2, 2012
    Former Cubs outfielder Adam Greenberg getting his one at-bat for the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night reminds me of Minnie Minoso and the Chicago White Sox. My mom and I were there the last weekend of the regular season in 1980 when Chicago White Sox lege…
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  • Cardinals fans seem happy that Albert Pujols won’t be appearing…

    Cardinals fans seem happy that Albert Pujols won’t be appearing in the playoffs

    yahoo.com Oct 2, 2012
    With one more victory or a Los Angeles Dodgers loss, the St. Louis Cardinals will clinch their second trip to the postseason in as many years. Now, is there a chance their journey might only last one day with a loss to the Atlanta Braves in Friday's wil…
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  • The Playoff Picture: How Did the Pundits Do?

    The Playoff Picture: How Did the Pundits Do?

    nytimes.com Oct 2, 2012
    An analysis of preseason picks from 133 baseball writers at 19 publications and sites reveals that not a single writer predicted the A's or the Orioles to make the playoffs.
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  • How A Career Ends: Jay Bell Homered Off A Hall Of Famer In His …

    How A Career Ends: Jay Bell Homered Off A Hall Of Famer In His First At-Bat, Flied Out In His Last

    deadspin.com Oct 2, 2012
    Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: former major-league infielder Jay Bell, who scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.
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  • Dodgers ballboy takes funny tumble into stands after trying to …

    Dodgers ballboy takes funny tumble into stands after trying to snag foul ball (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 2, 2012
    The elimination number of the Los Angeles Dodgers is down to one, but they're not going quietly just yet. A 3-2 walkoff win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night kept the team's hopes of forcing a Thursday tiebreaker with the St. Louis Cardinals…
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  • Cubs lose 100 games for first time in 46 years

    Cubs lose 100 games for first time in 46 years

    yahoo.com Oct 2, 2012
    For a team that owns the biggest reputation in sports for futility, the Chicago Cubs have been adept in avoiding 100 losses through the years. Not this season, though. The lowly Houston Astros came to Wrigley Field on Monday night and helped the Cubs re…
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  • Nationals ready regardless of opponent

    Nationals ready regardless of opponent

    MLB.com Oct 2, 2012
    If the Nats end up with the best record in baseball, they could start on Sunday against the Wild Card team -- either the Braves or Cardinals. If they have the second-best record, behind the Reds, they'll start on Saturday, against the Giants.
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  • Nats' clinching moment unusual, but still sweet

    Nats' clinching moment unusual, but still sweet

    MLB.com Oct 2, 2012
    The Nationals began the night needing either a win over the Phillies or a Braves loss to the Pirates. They got the latter, clinching the National League East without ever scoring a run.
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  • Video - Reds Hold Off Cardinals 00:32

    Reds Hold Off Cardinals

    Oct 2
    Scott Rolen homered off Chris Carpenter, helping the Reds keep the Cardinals' postseason plans on hold.

Sports Columnists

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    Oct 2
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  • Don Banks: Early middle-dwellers still have playoff shot, but who'll make …

    Oct 2
    Taking stock at the quarter pole of the NFL's regular season, 10 teams are sitting pretty with winning records and at least three wins, while 10 others already are in trouble, with losing marks and no fewer than three losses. But what about the 12 teams…
  • Don Banks: Early middle-dwellers still have playoff shot, but who'll make …

    Oct 2
    Taking stock at the quarter pole of the NFL's regular season, 10 teams are sitting pretty with winning records and at least three wins, while 10 others already are in trouble, with losing marks and no fewer than three losses. But what about the 12 teams…
  • Peter King: No ref's return as special as Corrente's; the future in LA; ma…

    Oct 2
    The voice of Tony Corrente was ebullient, as ebullient as a man who stared down his own mortality within the past few months and lived to tell about it.