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Carlos Beltran hits two postseason homers, creates different fe…

Carlos Beltran hits two postseason homers, creates different feeling for Cards fans

yahoo.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Updated Oct 8, 2012
After being punished by Carlos Beltran's bat in Octobers past, the St. Louis Cardinals finally got to appreciate his power from a different and better angle on Monday. Beltran belted two of the Cardinals' four home runs during the team's 12-4 series-tyi…
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  • Cards' Garcia undergoes MRI after early exit

    Cards' Garcia undergoes MRI after early exit

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia was sent for an MRI Monday after being pulled from his start against Washington after just two innings with what manager Mike Matheny said was an arm issue.
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  • Jon Jay makes great grab in Cards win (Video)

    Jon Jay makes great grab in Cards win (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Tuesday morning headlines in St. Louis will deservedly go to the Cardinals offense after it blasted its way to a 12-4 romp over Washington in Monday's NLDS Game 2. But thanks to Jon Jay's defense, those four homers will have to share some space. And…
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  • NLDS Game 2: Cardinals offense awakens, St. Louis evens series …

    NLDS Game 2: Cardinals offense awakens, St. Louis evens series with Nats

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Score and situation: The St. Louis Cardinals broke loose for 13 hits, including eight for extra bases and four home runs, in a 12-4 thumping of the Washington Nationals on Monday. The best-of-five series is even at a game apiece heading back to Washingt…
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  • Zito would start Game 4; Lincecum still in 'pen

    Zito would start Game 4; Lincecum still in 'pen

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Left-hander Barry Zito will start Game 4 for the San Francisco Giants if they can extend their NL division series against the Cincinnati Reds.
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  • Cincinnati sun could be an issue in Game 3

    Cincinnati sun could be an issue in Game 3

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Not only will the Reds be battling a Giants club fighting for its life in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Tuesday, but they'll also facing another foe that could potentially cause a stir -- the bright Cincinnati sun.
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  • Cueto 'much better,' but return still uncertain

    Cueto 'much better,' but return still uncertain

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    The status of Reds ace Johnny Cueto remained largely unchanged during Monday's National League Division Series off-day. General manager Walt Jocketty felt "cautiously optimistic" that Cueto could return soon.
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  • Bob Brenly Doesn't Understand How The Earth's Rotation Works

    Bob Brenly Doesn't Understand How The Earth's Rotation Works

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    If there is one thing baseball announcers love talking about, it's shadows. "Boy I tell ya, these shadows are going to play havoc on the hitters this afternoon!" Given how much the shadows get talked about, you'd think most announcers would ha…
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  • Your MLB Playoffs Open Thread

    Your MLB Playoffs Open Thread

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    There are two more division series games for you to watch today, and this is the place to contribute your trenchant baseball analysis and dick jokes while you do so. The Nats and Cardinals have already started their game, and the Orioles will be taking …
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  • Cardinals show faith in shortstop Kozma

    Cardinals show faith in shortstop Kozma

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Cardinals plan to stay the course with their middle-infield alignment despite a pair of shaky postseason games for rookie shortstop Pete Kozma.
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  • Champs On The Ropes: One year after winning the World Series, t…

    Champs On The Ropes: One year after winning the World Series, the Card…

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    One year after winning the World Series, the Cardinals are down 1-game-to-0 to the Nationals heading into Game 2 in St. Louis. Jay Jaffe gives the lowdown on what to expect.
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  • Houston Astros accidentally reveal new caps and uniforms for 20…

    Houston Astros accidentally reveal new caps and uniforms for 2013 on website

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Beware the dangers of using Photoshop to shadow something you're trying to keep a secret. The Houston Astros learned that the hard way over the weekend after announcing plans to unveil their new logo and uniforms at a launch event next month. The graphi…
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  • Did TBS Crap Out On You During The Playoffs? Blame The Sun.

    Did TBS Crap Out On You During The Playoffs? Blame The Sun.

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    Ah, the sun. Giver of life. Grower of crops. Sworn enemy of the MLB Playoffs on TBS. For Cardinals fans watching their team begin a championship defense, and for Nationals fans watching their first playoff game ever, yesterday's broadcast was a frustrat…
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  • MLB Notebook: Moore's pinch-hit spurs Nationals

    MLB Notebook: Moore's pinch-hit spurs Nationals

    MLB.com Oct 8, 2012
    Sunday's Nationals-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 in St. Louis had some of the same elements that made the fourth game of the 1947 World Series one of the more memorable postseason contests in baseball history.
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  • Arroyo, Reds push Giants to brink

    Arroyo, Reds push Giants to brink

    Bronson Arroyo retired the first 14 hitters he faced and the Reds hammered the Giants 9-0 to take a 2-0 series lead back to Cincinnati. How bad was it? Tim Lincecum pitched in relief.
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    Oct 8
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    Oct 8
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    Oct 8
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