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Division Series: news
Padres vs. Cardinals
10/8, GAME 3:   Cardinals 7, Padres 4  Wrap >
Cards equipped to go distance
By John Schlegel /
The 2005 Cards have some work to do to match the success of the '04 team, but with Chris Carpenter and Mark Mulder atop the rotation and David Eckstein leading off, this club may be better suited to celebrate a World Series title.  Full story >
• Bloom: More worries than surfboards for Pads• All-time RBI leaders in DS
 San Diego Padres
• Padres swept by Cards in Game 3
• Padres reach the end of the road
• Veteran Williams falters in Game 3
• Young: Padres fought to the end
• Padres notes: Free agents savor game
• Bruce Bochy postgame interview
• Bruce Bochy pregame interview
• Adam Eaton pregame interview
 St. Louis Cardinals
• Cards finish off sweep of Padres
• Sanders sets NLDS RBI record
• Morris comes through for Cards
• Rodriguez: My second champagne party
• Cards in consecutive NLCS
• Cards notes: No word on Game 4 starter
• La Russa, Eckstein postgame interview
• La Russa, Grudzielanek interview

10/7, OFF-DAY:
Cards go for sweep; Pads seek a win
By John Schlegel /
The Padres have faced the Cards in an elimination game before, when they were swept in the 1996 NLDS. Hosting Game 3 on Saturday, Woody Williams and the Friars hope for a better fate, while Matt Morris and the Redbirds go for the sweep. Full story >
• Promise of PETCO to be fulfilled• Press Row: Division Series heating up
• MLBlogs: Inside the Padres-Cards series
 San Diego Padres
• Padres ready to go all out
• Padres turn to playoff veteran Williams
• Padres notes: Future not on Hoffman's mind
• DS rebound not unprecedented
• Young: Time to play with abandon
• Roberts: Padres need to bring 'A' game
• Bruce Bochy workout day interview
• Williams workout day interview
 St. Louis Cardinals
• Cardinals put faith in Morris
• Cards notes: Mulder out for NLDS
• Rodriguez: On the road again
• 2-0 a strong hand for Cards
• La Russa off-day interview
• Morris workout day interview

10/6, GAME 2:   Cardinals 6, Padres 2  Wrap >
Small ball a big boost to Cards
The Cards can play a lot of different kinds of ball, all of it good. On Thursday, they went with small ball and executed it to perfection. The Padres couldn't, which is a big reason why,'s John Schlegel writes, they're on the brink of elimination in the NLDS. More >
• Cards go for sweep; Padres seek a win• MLBlogs: Inside the Padres-Cards series
 San Diego Padres
• San Diego struggles to find big hit
• Padres' defense looks defenseless
• Young: Pads need to reach into reserve
• Padres short hops
• Padres notes: Lawrence ace in hole?
 St. Louis Cardinals
• Cards win Game 2 with small ball
• Mulder shakes off injury to pitch gem
• Cards double their pleasure
• J-Rod: Being up 2-0 is tremendous
• Cardinals short hops
• Cards notes: Eldred ponders future
• La Russa postgame quotes
• Mulder postgame quotes
• Eckstein postgame quotes
• Eldred pregame quotes

10/5: OFF-DAY
Ribgate a non-issue -- for now
By John Schlegel
Although Padres ace Jake Peavy won't be facing the Cards in either of the next two games -- and likely not again this series -- his rib-cage injury was the topic du jour of Wednesday's NLDS off-day in St. Louis. Full story >
• Pads-Cards Game 2 comes down to starters• MLBlogs: Inside the Padres-Cards series
 San Diego Padres
• Peavy thinks he could still return
• Astacio ready to take the stage
• Padres to address injury protocol
• Pads notes: Johnson to start in Game 2
• Young: Astacio relishes big games
 St. Louis Cardinals
• King visits ill dad, ready to help Cards
• Steady Mulder ready for Game 2 start
• Cards notes: Good experience for 'pen
• J-Rod: I have to stay sharp
• La Russa's workout day transcript
• Mulder's workout day transcript

10/4, GAME 1:   Cardinals 8, Padres 5  Wrap >
Cards ensure history repeats
By John Schlegel /
It was a case of déjà vu all over again at Busch Stadium in the postseason opener for 2005, which was good news for the Cardinals and bad news for their visitors from the National League West. Full story >
• Padres, Peavy start off on wrong foot• Sanders delivers Game 1 win for Cards
• Peavy out for postseason with fracture• Cards survive scary ninth inning
 San Diego Padres news
• Padres go with 10-man pitching staff
• Young: Padres show heart with rally
• Padres notes: Roberts ready to go
• Padres short hops
• Bochy postgame interview
 St. Louis Cardinals news
• Carpenter leaves after six innings
• Cards' Sanders sets RBI mark
• Cards aren't overconfident
• Cardinals short hops
• Cards notes: Gall on playoff roster
• La Russa postgame interview
• Carpenter postgame interview
• Sanders postgame interview

Series preview
Pair of aces ready to open NLDS
By John Schlegel /
No team in baseball won more games than the Cardinals. Thirteen teams in baseball won more games than the Padres. But if you think we're looking at a mismatch heading into the National League Division Series, Tony La Russa says you'd better think again. Full story >
• Peavy up to the task in NLDS opener• Alderson's transition a welcome one
• Schlegel: Cards, Pads reach expectations
 San Diego Padres news
• Padres buckle up for another ride
• Peavy ready for Game 1 assignment
• Padres notes: NLDS rotation is set
• Rally Monday draws big crowd
• Padres try to overcome 82-80 record
• Peavy up to the task in NLDS opener
• Young: Keep the train going
• Alderson's transition a welcome one
• Dave Roberts: Dream come true
• How the Padres were built
• Cardinals-Padres: Quick hits
• Cardinals-Padres: Position analysis
• Cardinals-Padres: Pitching analysis
• Season series: Cardinals vs. Padres
 St. Louis Cardinals news
• Aces in rotation hold Cards' fate
• Fresh start for Carpenter in Game 1
• Cards notes: Reyes to miss playoffs
• Cardinals fans celebrate Rally Monday
• Cards show their faith in Molina
• J-Rod: Long road to posteason
• Walker: Cards aren't overconfident
• How the Cardinals were built
• Cardinals-Padres: Quick hits
• Cardinals' facts and figures
• Season series: Cardinals vs. Padres
• Cardinals monthly recap
• Cardinals-Padres: Position analysis
• Cardinals-Padres: Pitching analysis

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