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Carpenter back at leadoff; Diaz back in majors; Cardinals in back of wild-card race

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It's seems counter-intuitive, but Cardinals fans should be rooting for the Cubs if they're hoping their team can snag the NL's second wild-card berth.

Carpenter back at leadoff, Diaz back in majors

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Despite his shoulder problem, Matt Carpenter will bat leadoff and play first base for the second game of the Cardinals' three-game visit to Cincinnati.

Gordo: Steen's injury raises the stakes for Blues youngsters

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As a sixth-round pick, Samuel Blais seemed like a NHL long shot back in 2014. But he is one of many young Blues forwards in the hunt for a roster spot after injuries knocked out Patrik Berglund, Zach Sanford and…

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

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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?

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

Blues update: Steen out at least 3 weeks with hand injury

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More Blais & Dunn against Columbus, tonight's lineups, and extra security on hand.

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Tipsheet: While Cards falter, Brewers persist in playoff race

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While the Cardinals remain one of the NL's more exasperating teams, the Brewers have remained in the playoff race as one of the feel-good stories.

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Carpenter's shoulder still an issue

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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…

Fowler 'right on time' with power burst for Cardinals

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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.

Who's hot (Fowler), who's not (Flaherty) for Cards

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Dexter Fowler is finishing his first Cardinals season with a flourish after recovering from his latest injury. But rookie Jack Flaherty is struggling at the end of his breakthrough season as a pro.

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Blais scores twice, Blues lose at Dallas

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Some of the Blues’ young players got their chance in the preseason opener Tuesday night, and Samuel Blais continues to command attention.

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Reeling Tigers unload on each other at meeting without coaches

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What does it say about Mizzou’s veteran leadership that a freshman special teams player had the strongest voice in Monday’s meeting? Perhaps the Tigers needed to hear it from someone new.

Early injuries mean open roster spots on Blues

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Replacing Bouwmeester isn’t easy. He regularly goes out against the opponent’s top line and also anchors the Blues' penalty kill.

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MLB roundup: Cubs win in Maddon's return to Tampa

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Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit his 28th home run and Chicago extended its winning streak to a season-high seven with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night in manager…

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

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

MLB notebook: Season record for homers falls

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Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball’s record 5,694th home run of 2017, breaking the season mark.

Let the games begin at refurbished Scottrade

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Blues fans will see $34 million worth of improvements, including a new video board, at Wednesday's preseason home opener.

No word on starting QB for next Illini game

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If coaches and players know who will start at quarterback for the Illini a week from Friday, no one is saying.

Miami suspends no-show linebacker Timmons

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AWOL linebacker Lawrence Timmons wanted to rejoin the Miami Dolphins.

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Tigers hope players-only meeting produces results

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Mizzou players discuss Monday's meeting in the wake of Saturday's 35-3 loss to Purdue.

Tuesday, Sep 19

Gordo: Bouwmeester's injury tests Blues defensive depth

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Jay Bouwmeester could miss time this season after suffering a fractured ankle, so the impressive Blues defensive depth will get an early test.

Tipsheet: Los Angeles already turning its back on Rams, Chargers

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Is folks in Los Angeles are thrilled to have the NFL back after its decades-long absence, they have a funny way of showing it. Maybe they are just too excited to actually attend Rams and Chargers games in person.

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

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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.

Gordo: Cardinals lack difference-makers

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The personnel problem remains: How can they convert a big giant pile of pretty good players into a great team nucleus?

Monday, Sep 18

Wisdom's breakout season pushes him into Cardinals' roster discussion

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Memphis first baseman hit 31 homers to power the Redbirds to a historic 91 wins in the regular season, and he hit the decisive home run Sunday for the Pacific Coast League championship.

Hochman: Little things add up to third place for Cardinals

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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.

Cardinals leave Wrigley empty-handed

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

College football focus: Texas earns respect in overtime loss

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USC outlasts Longhorns, but Big 12 foes will have hands full with Tom Herman's team.

Sunday, Sep 17

Hochman: Cardinals' weekend at Wrigley has familiar feel

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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.

Defensive issues play a part in Cardinals' disheartening loss

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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…

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

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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.

Cubs unplug Cardinals' offense, dim their playoff chances

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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.

Saturday, Sep 16

Cardinals lose ground as misplays, missed chances prove costly

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

Wong uncertain for rest of season with persisting back pain

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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.

Blues' Sanford injured first day of camp

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Forward suffers an apparent left shoulder injury on first day of Blues camp.

Hochman: With Cubs against the ropes, Cards can't land a hit

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In their biggest game of the year, they fell apart.