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MILWAUKEE (AP) — David Freese hit an early three-run homer and manager Tony La Russa turned again to his brilliant bullpen for seven sturdy innings as the St. Louis Cardinals captured their 18th pennant with a 12-6 victory over the bumbling Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night.
Albert Pujols and the wild-card Cardinals took out the heavily favored Phillies in the first round, then dispatched the division-rival Brewers on their own turf in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
Looking for its second title in six seasons, St. Louis opens the World Series at home Wednesday night with ace Chris Carpenter on the mound against the AL champion Texas Rangers.
The Rangers will try to win their first title in their second straight appearance in the Fall Classic.
The Cardinals, who have won more NL pennants than any other team, will be going for their 11th World Series championship.
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Sunday that the use of bench players is not a major concern, noting that several of them have gotten starts at some point in October.
The St. Louis Cardinals were not exactly hurting for heroes during their big NLCS win over the Milwaukee Brewers in six games.
Albert Pujols hit .478 with three homers, Matt Holliday swung like his injury was a distant memory and the bullpen posted a 1.88 ERA over 28 2/3 innings of work, never allowing a single lead change.
In the end, though, it was David Freese who took home the...
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- In a lineup loaded with All-Stars, it was David Freese who all but iced the pennant for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Back in 1983, Tony LaRussa led a band of Chicago White Sox to the AL West Division title that were so disrespected, many opponents said of them they were Winning Ugly, many of the East Coast sports writers felt if they played in the AL East they’d be a 2nd division club. In 2011, LaRussa is still managing and still winning and in taking the NL Pennant last night in Milwaukee...
It's a World Series straight out of Central casting. David Freese, the local boy who became a big hit for the St. Louis Cardinals. Big Tex himself, Nolan Ryan rooting on the Rangers. Two teams cut from a center slice of the country, set to meet in the middle. Makes for a different feel this October, doesn't it? No coasting in this Series.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tony La Russa called up some more bullpen magic for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tony La Russa has 2,728 career wins, 35 short of John McGraw, who is second on the career list.
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in a matchup of MVP sluggers. Nelson Cruz and David Freese becoming bigger names with each home run swing. Pitching staffs full of shaky starters and shutdown relievers. Plus a Rally Squirrel and the Claw. The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals with a lot symmetry, all set to get acquainted in the World Series.
The Day by Day Database now contains team post-season reports. For example, you can see how Milwaukee’s investment in starting pitching didn’t pay off, and how the St. Louis relievers out-performed their starters in the NLCS.
I wonder how much Tony La Russa is going to be able to play the match-up game with Texas. Milwaukee and St. Louis played each other 18 times during the...
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in a matchup of MVP sluggers. Nelson Cruz and David Freese becoming bigger names with each home run swing. Pitching staffs full of shaky starters and shutdown relievers.Plus a Rally Squirrel and the Claw.The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, with a lot of symmetry, ...