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St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong (12) celebrates with Marcell Ozuna (23) after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong (12) celebrates with Marcell Ozuna (23) after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin

Cardinals rally to beat Royals 8-2 for 5th straight win

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The St. Louis Cardinals were a .500 team after a loss on July 25, but since then they've been the hottest team in the National League.

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No cutter: Cards' Weaver slices finger on tray, misses start

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 St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver cut his finger while opening a food tray in the clubhouse at Kansas City and was scratched from his start against the Royals.

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Flaherty, streaking Cardinals top Royals 8-3

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty throws to a Kansas City Royals batter in the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty throws to a Kansas City Royals batter in the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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Jack Flaherty struck out nine in seven innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

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TV's Bob Costas honored by Baseball Hall of Fame, shows appreciation for St. Louis

(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File). FILE - This is a Dec. 18, 2016, file photo showing Bob Costas in Arlington, Texas. Costas is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File). FILE - This is a Dec. 18, 2016, file photo showing Bob Costas in Arlington, Texas. Costas is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Sunday, July 29, 2018.
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It's been 44 years since sportscaster Bob Costas visited the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time. 

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Ozuna's grand slam powers Cardinals past Cubs 6-2

St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, July 28, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, July 28, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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 Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam during a six-run first inning, Miles Mikolas pitched six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 Saturday in front of a season-high crowd of 47,514 at Busch Stadium. 

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Cardinals fans react to Matheny's firing

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Sunday thousands of Cardinal fans flocked to the field for the first game since the firing of former manager, Mike Matheny.

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Cardinals win in interim manager Shildt's debut

St. Louis Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt heads out to deliver the lineup card before the start of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, July 15, 2018, in St. Louis. (Credit: AP) St. Louis Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt heads out to deliver the lineup card before the start of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, July 15, 2018, in St. Louis. (Credit: AP)
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 Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler homered to give interim manager Mike Shildt a win in his first game as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Sunday. 

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Cardinals Miles Mikolas headed to MLB All-Star Game

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The Cardinals' starting pitcher Miles Mikolas is heading to Washington for his first MLB All-Star game. 

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Sandoval's 5 RBIs send Giants past Cardinals 13-8

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right, celebrates his three-run home run at home plate with teammate Brandon Belt (9) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marci San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right, celebrates his three-run home run at home plate with teammate Brandon Belt (9) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marci
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 Pablo Sandoval homered and had five RBIs to back an uneven start by Madison Bumgarner as the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 13-8 on Sunday.

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Martinez pitches, hits Cardinals past Giants 3-2

San Francisco Giants' Andrew McCutchen singles during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco Giants' Andrew McCutchen singles during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Carlos Martinez pitched seven effective innings for his third consecutive win and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Saturday. 

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Foltynewicz, Freeman helps Braves sweep Cardinals

Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on July 1, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on July 1, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Mike Foltynewicz tossed five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman homered as the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday. 

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Markakis' slam, Fried's pitching lead Braves past Cardinals

Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis follows through on a grand slam during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, June 30, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis follows through on a grand slam during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, June 30, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Nick Markakis hit a grand slam, Max Fried took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 on Saturday night.

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Weaver, Martinez pace Cards past Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Luke Weaver throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Luke Weaver throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Luke Weaver settled in after a shaky first inning to win for the first time in eight starts and Jose Martinez hit a three-run homer to pace the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

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Molina's 2 homers boost Cardinals past Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Yadier Molina homered twice to back a strong start by Miles Mikoas and lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. 

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Big 3: This weekend was a bad look for the Birds

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Welcome to the Big 3, a weekly feature taking a look at the three biggest takeaways from the Cardinals’ last week. 

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Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night. 

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The moment Red walked by: A chance encounter with a Cardinal legend

St. Louis Cardinals' Red Schoendienst is seen during spring training baseball Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Cardinals' Red Schoendienst is seen during spring training baseball Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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This story starts and ends a long time ago. Somewhere in the late 80's, I was sent to Busch Stadium to interview someone with the Cardinals management. I can't even remember what it was about.

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Wong's 9th-inning homer lifts Cardinals over Pirates 3-2

Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on June 2, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on June 2, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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 Kolten Wong' led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Richard Rodriguez, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. 

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Cardinals rally past slumping Pirates 6-4

St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader drives in a run with a single off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 27, 2018. The Cardinals won 6-4.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader drives in a run with a single off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 27, 2018. The Cardinals won 6-4.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Harrison Bader's pinch-hit bloop single off Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez keyed a late rally and helped the St. Louis Cardinals surge past the slumping Pirates 6-4 on Sunday.

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Rookie Flaherty shines again, Cardinals topple Pirates 4-1

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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 Jack Flaherty allowed four hits over six innings, Matt Carpenter hit his fifth home run of the season and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Saturday. 

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Local company 'Nutshellz' catching attention of Cardinals, Major Leaguers

Raber's bulletproof cups have caught the attention of many Major League Baseball teams, who are looking for more security for their players (Credit: KMOV) Raber's bulletproof cups have caught the attention of many Major League Baseball teams, who are looking for more security for their players (Credit: KMOV)
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 A men's protective cup so strong that not even a bullet could pierce it, that's exactly what local inventor Jeremiah Raber's product Nutshellz does

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Flaherty fans 13 for 1st MLB win as Cards beat Phillies 5-1

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, May 20, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, May 20, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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 Jack Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 to earn his first major league win and Tyler O'Neill homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Sunday. 

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Hererra homers to help Phillies beat Cardinals 7-6

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, right, is tagged out by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 19, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, right, is tagged out by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 19, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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 Odubel Herrera homered and Jorge Alfaro drove in the go-ahead run to propel the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

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Fowler's 2-run HR in 14th rallies Cardinals past Cubs, 4-3

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Dexter Fowler hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals finish a weekend sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 4-3 win on Sunday night.

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3 Cards leave Saturday’s game due to injuries

St. Louis Cardinals trainer Chris Conroy, left, and manager Mike Matheny, right, attend to catcher Yadier Molina after Molina was injured on a pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Saturday in St. Louis. (Credit: AP) St. Louis Cardinals trainer Chris Conroy, left, and manager Mike Matheny, right, attend to catcher Yadier Molina after Molina was injured on a pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Saturday in St. Louis. (Credit: AP)
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Three Cardinals exited Saturday’s game against the Cubs due to injury. 

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Wong's walk-off HR lifts St. Louis past Chicago, 8-6

St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong (16) celebrates his walkoff home run with teammates Carlos Martinez (18), Jose Martinez (38) and Matt Carpenter during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday. ( Credit: AP ) St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong (16) celebrates his walkoff home run with teammates Carlos Martinez (18), Jose Martinez (38) and Matt Carpenter during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday. ( Credit: AP )
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 Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, capping the St. Louis Cardinals rally and giving them an 8-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. 

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Kingham flirts with perfecto in MLB debut, Pirates top Cards

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham delivers in the third inning of his first major league start in a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham delivers in the third inning of his first major league start in a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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 Nick Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning in his major league debut to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

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Cervelli helps Pirates rally for 6-2 win over Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty delivers in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty delivers in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Francisco Cervelli homered in the second inning and delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Saturday night. 

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Ozuna breaks out of slump, Cardinals roll past Mets

St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna hits a two-run single during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna hits a two-run single during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Marcell Ozuna hit a tiebreaking two-run single and Michael Wacha won his fourth straight start as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 9-1 on Wednesday night.

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