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    Rested Garcia takes level head into Game 6

    If Jaime Garcia is to continue proving himself as a strong postseason performer, the Cardinals need him to do so now. If Garcia wins Thursday's World Series Game 6, the Cards will continue to play. If he loses, their season will be over. More >

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    Rainout will impact Series? Anybody's guess

    The skies will clear, presumably, and Game 6 of the World Series will be played, belatedly. Somehow, some way, it won't play out Thursday exactly the way it would have on Wednesday. More >

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    Cards continue to be outlet for rebuilding Joplin

    None would say Joplin, Mo., has recovered, but nearly all would say it is recovering. And many would say the Cardinals' run to the World Series has been a part of that process. More >

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    Lengthy journey takes 'Wash' to cusp of history

    With a smile as wide as all of Texas and a passion for the game larger and more robust than any dugout can possibly contain, Ron Washington has traveled a long, sometimes difficult road to leading the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances. More >

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    La Russa takes blame for bullpen mix-ups

    A day later, it still didn't make a lot more sense. Monday night's bizarro bullpen bloopers remained a topic of conversation on Tuesday's workout day at Busch Stadium. Manager Tony La Russa did make a point to place blame on himself explicitly for the strange sequence in the eighth inning of Game 5. More >

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    Under the radar, Beltre not going unappreciated

    While other developments command the attention trained upon the Texas Rangers, Adrian Beltre has distinguished himself in virtually every game. More >

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    Cruz's big league path one of persistence

    Nelson Cruz's journey to the cusp of a World Series championship was indeed a long one, nearly derailed until he was able to make the adjustments that transformed him into a legitimate big leaguer. More >

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    For Coolbaughs, Series helps healing process

    Mike Coolbaugh built an enduring legacy with several Major League ballclubs, including the Cardinals and Rangers, for whom his brother serves as hitting coach. More >

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    Tony calls bullpen, gets wrong numbers

    A bizarre sequence of eighth-inning events was followed by an even more peculiar explanation after St. Louis' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday. It was miscommunication on the dugout and bullpen phones, manager Tony La Russa said, not tactical error, that left him without his desired matchup in the most crucial moment of a tie game in a tied World Series. More >

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    Cardinals trending down in see-saw Series

    The Cardinals were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in Game 5, and had a crucial error in communication when Tony La Russa was unable to insert the pitcher he wanted to. They need to right the ship heading back to St. Louis for a potential elimination game. More >

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    Cardinals lament missed opportunities

    In their 4-2 loss in Game 5 of the World Series, the Cards had plenty of chances to tack on runs -- and hardly ever came through. More >

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    Performer of the Game: Rangers catcher Napoli

    A year ago, Mike Napoli wasn't just a rival to the Rangers. He was the kind of player on the other side that got under the skin of his enemy and, by the way, he wasn't necessarily fond of some of the Rangers, either. More >

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    Pujols made call that got Craig thrown out

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said it was "just a mix-up" in the seventh inning at Rangers Ballpark on Monday night when Allen Craig was thrown out by Rangers catcher Mike Napoli on an attempted steal of second with Albert Pujols at the plate. More >

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    Carp gets little support as Cards drop Game 5

    For all the talk about resilience, spirit and togetherness, another trait has defined the 2011 Cardinals from start to finish: It's been one strange, eventful season. But it's hard to imagine them topping Monday night's loss to the Rangers for sheer oddness. More >

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    Feldman, Ogando restore order in Texas 'pen

    The Rangers' bullpen regained its form Monday by contributing 3 2/3 scoreless innings to the 4-2 triumph in Game 5 of the World Series. More >

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    Texas' strategy keeps Pujols at safe distance

    Ron Washington emerged from the Albert Pujols intentional walks looking like an inspired leader of men. He did the right thing on those three occasions, and the payoff was a 4-2 victory in Game 5 of the World Series and a 3-2 Fall Classic lead. More >

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    Hall passes: Intentional walks pay off

    Ron Washington is a risk-taker. This much is clear. But to label him a fool at this juncture would be, well, foolish. More >

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    Moreland snaps slump with crucial homer

    Mitch Moreland rewarded Ron Washington's faith on Monday, snapping his slump with a home run in the Rangers' Game 5 victory over the Cardinals. More >

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    Napoli ever after: Rangers near crown

    Mike Napoli doubled home two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and lifted the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night. More >

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    A postgame interview with Tony La Russa

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa participated in an interview following Monday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 5 of the World Series. More >