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Things have changed in a major way in the seven days since the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates met in one of the season's most memorable games.
The Cardinals have been surging and the Pirates have been stumbling since they played a 19-inning thriller, and the final 2012 series between these NL Central rivals and wild-card contenders begins Monday night at PNC Park.
When Pittsburgh (68-59) survived for a 6-3, 19-inning win at St. Louis (70-57) on Aug. 19, it gave the Pirates a two-game lead over the Cardinals for the NL's second wild card.
St. Louis has gone 5-1 since while Pittsburgh has dropped five of six to make the margin two games the other way now. There are major question marks about the Pirates' focus entering their last chance to gain ground on the Cardinals head-to-head.
"I would not say we're not focused,'' said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle after his team's 7-0 home loss to Milwaukee on Sunday. "I wouldn't say th...
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The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record.
A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the...
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny served as "bullpen catcher" during the middle of the ninth inning on Sunday. - (Photo credit: Ranken Jordan)
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is just a few years removed from playing behind the plate everyday throughout the grueling 162 game baseball season.
At 41 years of age, Matheny is still a pretty fit guy. The...
Through August 1st of the 1910 Pittsburgh Pirates season, the defending World Series champs had gone 50-36, putting them in third place. The Giants had a half game lead on the Pirates, but they trailed the Cubs by a full seven games, with just over two months left in the season. Pittsburgh left on a road trip that would take them from Philadelphia, to Boston, to Brooklyn, then to...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking home run and Kyle Lohse won his eighth consecutive decision, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett that put St. Louis ahead for good at 3-2.
Lohse (13-2) pitched five innings before...
Back in 2008 and 2009, Neil Huntington and crew dismantled the core group of Pirates players in a series of trades. Trading those players was the right move. There was some outrage from the fan base. But as Huntington noted, he wasn’t breaking up the 1927 Yankees. The hope was that the return would be decent. Has it been decent? Or has this team been taken to the cleaners?
Indianapolis Indians 8, Columbus Clippers 6
Kyle McPherson pitched 7 scoreless innings.
Yes, there are two of them, and both made big contributions to the Indianapolis Indians’ win at Victory Field tonight. Kyle McPherson pitched 7 shut-out innings for the Indians, allowing the Columbus Clippers only 2 hits. Then DH Dallas McPherson hit two home runs, including...
The St. Louis Cardinals are known around the league by many as having one of the classiest franchises and fans in all professional sports. They have a timeless tradition that includes many of the greatest players ever to step on the diamond. And now, they have been recognized for their traditional look on the field.
A recent ESPN poll has voted the Cardinals as sporting...
If you really want to get down to brass tacks, this whole game turned on one play. After the Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, Yadier Molina lead off the fifth wiht a single. Skip Schumaker followed that up with a ball hit to left-center that seemed to hang up in the air for forever. It looked like Jose Tabata was going to be able to make a play on it, but...
Jeff Karstens pitched seven-plus innings before leaving with an injury and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Karstens (5-3) gave up seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four for his first win in nine career starts against Milwaukee.
Karstens also had an RBI single and scored during Pittsburgh...
Photo: Benny Sieu, US PRESSWIRE
In taking two of three games versus the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend, the Milwaukee Brewers showed the kind of damage they could do to foes over the next month in terms of spoiling other teams’ chances at the playoffs. Nearly a month ago, I waxed on the possibility of the Brewers making things hard on postseason contenders. Ever since...