Found June 21, 2012 on i70baseball:
A lot of great stories have been written this week in remembrance of ten years since the passing of Jack Buck and Darryl Kile. Here is my attempt to pay them homage and honor these two great men, as well as the 2002 St. Louis Cardinals that fought on bravely the rest of that season. I like routines. Baseball makes great fans of those who like routines. There is a game nearly everyday, and there is a beautiful order to things. Games will always have at least 27 outs, the visitors bat first followed by the home team, each player wears the same number each game, pitchers start every fifth game, and so on. You never have to go to the ballpark wondering how many innings will be played or if the first and third base lines will be 90 feet and chalked. There is a comfort in that routine. In June of 2002, I was weeks away from turning 20 years old. I had just finished my second year of college. I have rooted passionately for the Cardinals since I can remember being alive. My father cheers f...

Cardinals welcome Jay, Matt Carpenter off DL

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Cardinals active Jay, Carpenter from DL

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Cardinals offensive woes continue

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Matt Adams is starting to feel more comfortable

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The Cardinals, who still lead the National League in batting average (.273) and on-base percentage (.336) and are second in runs scored (336), have encountered an offensive brownout over the last 12 games. Those games all have been interleague games against the American League Central, and the Cardinals have won but five and have scored three or runs or fewer in 10 of them. In one...

Westbrook pitches Cardinals over Tigers

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Starting pitching coming around for Cards

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Westbrook's complete game leads Cardinals over Tigers

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Cardinals-Royals Preview

(AP) -- Carlos Beltran admits it was an emotional time when the Kansas City Royals traded him eight years ago this weekend. However, it may be the Kauffman Stadium crowd that is feeling blue after he leaves town. Beltran returns to Kansas City for the first time Friday night when the St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series against the Royals. After being drafted by Kansas...
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