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BenFred: O-z-z-z-z-zuna's slow start makes oversleeping look even worse

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A crowd of nearly 42,000 skipped work Wednesday to watch a baseball game at Busch Stadium, then found out a player making $9 million this year failed to arrive on time. By the time he had been fetched from his…

Tipsheet: Ovechkin, Capitals finally get to play for Stanley Cup


Alexander Ovechkin has carried the playoff choker label throughout his NHL career. Now he has the chance to remove that unfair tag and reaffirm his place among the game's all-time greats.

Minus Ozuna, Cardinals' drowsy offense hits snooze button again

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The Cardinals struck out 30 times and drew only three walks in dropping the three-game series to the lowly Royals. They hit .158 (three for 19) with runners in scoring position, and .265 overall (.231 if you subtract Ozuna's five…

Who's hot (Pena), who's not (Pham) for Cards


Francisco Pena keeps doing a nice job of filling in for the injured Yadier Molina, but lately Tommy Pham is faltering at the plate.

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Hochman: NFL owners' national anthem policy is the opposite of patriotism

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It’s one thing for the owners to be frustrated about fan reactions to player protests. It’s another to write up policy that basically says to players, 'You’re mad because innocent people get physically brutalized by police, but we don’t…

Cardinals waste another stellar Wacha start


There was no rain in the forecast on Wednesday afternoon, so the other most likely thing to happen in a Michael Wacha start came to pass: The Cardinals went to extra innings.


Cards notebook: Still riding the 105-mph high, Hicks downshifts to find strikeouts


As he readied for his first appearance since unleashing a 105 mph sinker into history this past week, Cardinals rookie reliever Jordan Hicks realized there would be expectation, even anticipation, that he could throw harder, that he could…


MLB notebook: Lenny Dykstra arrested for threatening Uber driver


Former star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to the head of an Uber driver when the driver declined to change the trip’s destination, police said the driver told them Wednesday.

Tatum sparks Celtics to 3-2 series lead over Cavs


Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

Ovechkin makes first Cup finals with Caps' win over Lightning


Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table.


Jose Martinez engages Cardinals fans with pregame cannon

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The first baseman throws a baseball to a fan in the upper deck every home game.

MLB roundup: Brewers' 7-run 4th inning helps sweep D'backs


Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and Jesus Aguilar had a go-ahead, two-run single during a seven-run fourth inning to help the host Milwaukee Brewers beat Arizona 9-2 Wednesday and send the Diamondbacks to their seventh straight loss.

Sports digest: STLFC falls in U.S. Open Cup


Louisville City FC’s Sean Totsch scored on a perfectly placed blast from about 25 yards out into the upper-left corner in the 58th minute to lift the home team to a 1-0 victory over St. Louis FC in the third…

NFL notebook: Chargers lose TE Henry for season


Chargers tight end Hunter Henry tore a knee ligament while running an ordinary route during a non-contact workout on the opening day of organized team activities, general manager Tom Telesco confirmed Wednesday.

Ed Carpenter has big impact at Indy this year


Ed Carpenter made a major contribution to this year’s Indianapolis 500 when he ensured Danica Patrick would have a car for her farewell race.


Ozuna oversleeps, arrives late, forces Cardinals to remove him from lineup

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Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna, the team's cleanup hitter and a pivotal part of the offense, overslept Wednesday morning and did not arrive at the ballpark until after the game had started and he had already been scratched,…


Light-hitting Cardinals lose series to lowly Royals

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Bud Norris pitched a perfect ninth but allowed three runs in the 10th inning as the Cardinals absorbed a 5-2 loss and dropped two out of three at Busch to Kansas City, which has won only 16 of its 49…


Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

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ATLANTA (AP) — NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the …


Ortiz: Under-the-radar deals pay off for Cardinals

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With a mid-market team such as the Cardinals, John Mozeliak’s margin for error while putting the roster together isn’t quite as big as you would find with the rival Cubs or other big-market clubs.


Mizzou basketball barely avoids NCAA penalty for academic progress


Tigers won't face any NCAA penalties but again post the lowest four-year APR average among high-major conference teams.

Wednesday, May 23

Cardinals hit nothing but singles, lose to Royals

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Starter Luke Weaver allowed two solo home runs and his only walk of the game became a third run.

Ortiz: Holland needs trip to Memphis to find reset button

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Greg Holland was serenaded with boos again Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, and he got off lightly because a great majority of the crowd started heading to the exits just before he took the mound in the ninth inning.

O'Neill's slugging keeps him in Cardinals lineup


Hours after Tyler O’Neill’s third home run in three games landed in the team’s bullpen, Cardinals coaches convened as they do nightly to discuss that day and the plans for the next. The afterglow of O’Neill’s four RBIs and two…

Cards don't come through in clutch, fall to Royals 5-1

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One of the scouting reports on Tyler O'Neill, as the Cardinals acquired him last year from Seattle and then saw him swing his way through a muscular debut with Class AAA Memphis, was that when he hit…

Tuesday, May 22

Martinez starts road to returning

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Carlos Martinez took his first step toward rejoining the Cardinals’ rotation when he long-tossed in the outfield Monday afternoon. Alex Reyes will take presumably his final step toward rejoining the rotation (for the first time since 2016)…

Machado generates attention in Chicago


Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Manny Machado and Albert Almora Jr. played together in the backyard when they were kids, and the cousins dreamed about winning a World Series together. As far as what effect Almora’s presence on the Chicago…

Hochman: Cards' O'Neill is too hot to take out of lineup

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Her heart throbbed as she watched her heartthrob — a superhero whose superpower is launch angle.

Mikolas puts up nine zeros against Royals

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The shutout is the first major league complete game of his career.

Monday, May 21

Getting a grip from one of the greats, as Weaver toys with Gibson's slider

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In the dugout Saturday, shortly before game time, Tim McCarver motioned for Cardinals starter Luke Weaver to come over and meet one of the greatest lefthanded pitchers of all time. What Weaver got was more than an introduction.

Hochman: Carpenter showed real leadership by refusing to pout

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Sometimes, perseverance is just staying the course. That’s the persevering – not veering.

Flaherty dominates, strikes out 13 in showcase of youth for Cardinals

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Takes one to know one, and so Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confessed a few times on this past road trip how difficult it was to ask young starter Jack Flaherty to maybe flash a smile every so often — something…

Hicks throws five fastest pitches in baseball this season -- all to one batter

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On Sunday afternoon, in the ninth inning, Hicks went where no one in baseball has gone before.

Sunday, May 20

Cardinals notebook: Munoz performs well at shortstop


Memphis call-up Yairo Munoz, whom president of baseball operations John Mozeliak thought would be doing most of the short-stopping now that Paul DeJong is out for perhaps a month or more with a left hand fracture, made a diving stop…

Cardinals insider: Time will tell on bullpen churn


With some time up in the air on his way to San Diego and Southwest Airlines rewards points to track, righthander Mike Mayers pulled out his phone and tried to map his journey as a reliever in the Cardinals’ aggressively…

Hochman: Good news, Cards fans: Reyes is ready


With a return to St. Louis imminent, the righty pitched 7 2/3 innings for Class-AA Springfield, tying that franchise’s record with 13 strikeouts.

Holland can't hold lead; Cardinals fall to Phillies

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The Cardinals were on their way Saturday to losing their fourth game they had led after seven innings this season. That is tied for the major league high.

Saturday, May 19

Cardinals back Wacha with season-high 15 hits, beat Phils 12-4

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Martinez knocks in five runs with four hits. Pham reaches base five times. Pena homers, has second three-hit game in succession.

Wacha, Cards' bats blow by Phillies 12-4

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Michael Wacha pitched six strong innings for his fifth win of the season and the Cardinals pounded out a season-high 15 hits to blow past the Philadelphia Phillies 12-4 Friday night in front of a damp crowd of 42,050 at…

Gyorko gets first crack at shortstop


In the scramble to find a replacement for iron-man shortstop Paul DeJong, who had surgery for a fractured left hand Friday night, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak called up infielder-outfielder Yairo Munoz from…

Hummel: Surprises abound across the majors


Miles Mikolas clearly is the Cardinals player who has been the most surprising this season, and one of the best free-agent signs by any team. On the other hand, Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler were surprisingly bad for the Cardinals…