Found July 08, 2012 on STLSportsMinute:
The St. Louis Cardinals scored three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4. - (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The St. Louis Cardinals looked all but dead after Miami Marlins pinch hitter Austin Kearns hit a three run home run off of Cardinals reliever Victor Marte in the seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead. But the Cardinals relievers held their ground the rest of the game and the offense did the rest off of Marlins struggling closer Heath Bell. Rafael Furcal knocked in two runs with a walk off single in the ninth inning to complete an impressive comeback as the Cardinas defeated the Marlins 3-2 in the last game before the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Kansas City. The Cardinals ninth inning rally started with an Allen Craig single with one out.  Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter followed with a ground rule double, then David Freese walked before catcher Tony Cruz pushed ahead the inning's first run on a sacrifice fly. Daniel Descalso the...

La Russa enjoying his encore performance

One more lineup card for Tony La Russa to fill out. One more chance to put on the uniform. One more time is enough, too. The man who went out on top last fall after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an improbable World Series championship, and now is getting a unique encore, swears he doesn't miss managing. He insists it's a lot more fun watching the game from the stands...

Beltran relishing return to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. It was just two weeks ago that former Royals slugger Carlos Beltran made his first trip back to Kansas City in nearly eight years. But he's back again, this time as a starter for the National League All-Star team. "Being able to come back to Kansas City as an All-Star, it's a great moment for me," Beltran said Monday. "It's been fun...

St. Louis Cardinals Top Pitching Prospects | Touch’em All 2012

With Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, Tyrell Jenkins, and Michael Wacha in the system, there’s no shortage of start potential arms in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2

Kyle Lohse beat the Miami Marlins with seven innings of three-hit ball in 106-degree heat and Tony Cruz hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-2 victory on Saturday. Allen Craig had three hits and Skip Schumaker added an RBI single in the fourth for the Cardinals, who have won five of seven and snapped the Marlins' three-game winning streak. David Freese...

Cardinals “minor league guy” is a Canuck, eh?

Any time hundreds of writers descend on a national event, such as Sunday’s MLB All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City, finding a unique angle on any story is just about impossible. Not so for Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, who was clearly up to the challenge. The veteran writer unearthed a gem about the man best known around the game prior as “Minor League Guy.” That label stuck...

Column: La Russa won't knuckle under

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Nice to see retirement hasn't dulled Tony La Russa's competitive edge one bit. Fewer people than ever care who wins the All-Star game, even with home-field advantage in the World Series hanging in the balance, but he still does. And while La Russa knows absolutely no one tunes in to watch the managers manage, he still...

So far, so bad: Heath Bell signing one of worst through season’s first half

Ringing nobody up Yes, we do take some pleasure in this. I am not a Heath Bell fan. Don’t like his schtick, his demeanor, nothing really. It also didn’t help that, as a Mets fan, he trashed his time in Queens saying the Mets weren’t honest with him and he harbored a lot of hostility and blah, blah, blah. Plus, what kind of ******* does this: So, where was I? Oh yes, the pleasure...

Hanley Ramirez suffers cut on his hand hitting an electric fan in frustration

The Marlins season has officially gotten so frustrating that players are injuring themselves. Hanley Ramirez is currently in a 2-for-22 slump, and he is not happy with himself. During the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals — one that ended with another blown save from Heath Bell — Hanley punched a cooling fan in the dugout after grounding out. He needed two...

Bell: 'Just not good enough right now'

Another ninth-inning failure by Heath Bell sent the Miami Marlins stumbling into the All-Star break. Saddled with a 6.75 ERA, he's hanging on to his job by a thread. Bell blew his sixth save in 25 chances in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, surrendering three hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly after striking out Carlos Beltran to open the ninth. Rafael Furcal...

Marlins' Stanton recovering after knee surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins' lone All-Star, is recovering after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery. Manager Ozzie Guillen says Sunday's procedure to remove a loose body in the knee went well and there isn't a timetable yet for Stanton's return. On Saturday, Guillen speculated the 22-year-old Stanton would be out at least a month...

Marlins' Stanton out 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had arthroscopic surgery on Sunday to remove loose bodies from his right knee, and he is expected to be out four to six weeks, reported. Stanton was scheduled to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday and in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, but he was replaced for both activities. Stanton felt his knee lock in last Monday&...

Cruddy: Mozeliak must fix Cardinals bullpen

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliaz has some work to do on his bullpen if he hopes his team can repeat in 2012. - (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Last season, in the midst of the summer heat, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak pulled off a monster, and at the time, a controversial trade when he sent Colby Rasmus to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin...

Ramirez leaves game with finger laceration

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Third baseman Hanley Ramirez has left the Miami Marlins' game after five innings due to a right finger laceration. A team spokesman wasn't sure how Ramirez was hurt in Sunday's game at St. Louis. Ramirez was 0 for 2 with a walk. He stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Tony Cruz in the first. He was 0 for 10 in the series. Donovan...

Harper to sub for Stanton in ASG

Giancarlo Stanton will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sunday after lasting just two innings in his first start in five games, leaving the Miami Marlins without a representative on the field at Tuesday's All-Star game.
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