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Oct 10, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2011 - They gather in a flock along the road, tied to the old hog wire fence with bits of string or twine or yellow bread bag ties. On both sides of the drive leading to Tom and Fran Horace's three acres in Dardenne Prairie, the wooden painted cardinals hang in frozen poses. Running. Batting. Catching.


Morning headlines: Monday, October 10, 2011

Oct 10, 2011
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Cardinals lose Game 1 of NLCS

Morning headlines: Friday, October 7, 2011

Oct 7, 2011
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GM can move forward with expansion in Wentzville

General Motors can move forward on a proposed $380 million expansion of its plant in Wentzville, now that a union has approved local work rules for the plant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that members of United Auto Workers Local 2250 approved the four-year local work rules contract on Thursday. GM has said the expansion will create up to 1,850 jobs for the region. GM plans to build a new mid-size pickup at Wentzville as part of the expansion.

Fans believe in Cards' chances: to win and sign Pujols

Oct 6, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 6, 2011 - Judy DeFrancesco of St. Louis was all smiles Wednesday night as the Cardinals beat the Phillies 5-3 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

"I love it. I love it,'' said DeFrancesco, who wore a No. 5 Albert Pujols jersey and a red plastic batting helmet with a cardinal yard ornament perched on the top.

Morning headlines: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oct 6, 2011
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Report: Checketts reaches deal to sell majority stake in Blues

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dave Checketts has a verbal agreement to sell a majority stake in the St. Louis Blues to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. As part of the deal, Checketts could remain with the club in some capacity.

Cardinals win game 4

Oct 6, 2011
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David Freese homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Cardinals tagged playoff nemesis Roy Oswalt and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Wednesday night, forcing a deciding fifth game in their NL division series.

Edwin Jackson recovered from a rocky beginning to win his first playoff start with six solid innings. Jason Motte worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the series.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2011 - Happy members of Cardinal Nation wore big smiles and bright shades of red, jerseys of their favorite players and homemade headgear as they gathered inside and outside Busch Stadium Tuesday for Game 3 of the best-of-five National League Division Series.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Oct 5, 2011
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RCGA: Economic impact of first-round playoffs $5.2 million

The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association says the economic impact of the Cardinals in the first-round playoffs approaches $5.2 million per game, based on the typical game drawing a capacity crowd.

The association says that if the Cardinals played all possible games through the World Series, the impact would approach that of having the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis at more than $56 million.

Cardinals lose to Phillies

Oct 5, 2011
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Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series. 

Francisco batted for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning

Madson earned a five-out save. He induced a double play the escape in the eighth and gave up a run in the ninth before nailing down his first multi-inning save of the year.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oct 4, 2011
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Obama to visit St. Louis today

Following a speech in Dallas promoting his jobs bill, President Obama will attend two private fundraisers in St. Louis , one at a downtown hotel on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, and the other at the home of Tom Carnahan, the brother of Congressman Russ Carnahan and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Not everyone is pleased with the President's plans. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says the President seems to be more focused on campaigning than on solving the nation's problem.

Morning headlines: Monday, October 3, 2011

Oct 3, 2011
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Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals top Phillies 5-4

Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead single in the seventh to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. John Jay added two RBIs for the Cardinals, who evened the National League division series matchup at one game apiece. St. Louis will send Jamie Garcia to the mound tomorrow in game 3.

Brunner expected to announce U.S. Senate candidacy

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 29, 2011 - They are the 2011 St. Louis Wild Cards! Pujols, Molina, Carpenter, Berkman, Freese, Jay, Schumaker, the young guys, the old guys ... the names we know and the ones we're still learning.

It took them all 162 games to do it, but the Redbirds are going to the playoffs, snatching the National League postseason Wild Card spot from the Atlanta Braves on the final day of the season.

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Cards clinch NL wild card

Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals completed one of the more remarkable comebacks in baseball history, clinching the NL wild card Wednesday night with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta.

The Cardinals got their playoff spot when the Braves fell to Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings. St. Louis trailed Atlanta by 10 1/2 games on Aug. 25. The Cardinals won 23 of their last 31 games.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 2011 - Oh, what a Wild Card-inal race it has been!

For the faithful of Cardinal Nation, Sunday's 3-2 victory at Busch Stadium -- the last regular home game of the season -- was NOT about beating the Cubs.

(Though that was, of course, a bonus.)

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"Puma" will be back for another season.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Lance Berkman has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.  The team did not announce any more details, but other reports say the deal is for $12 million. Berkman made $8 million this season.

Cardinals to host Cubs in 2012 home opener

Sep 14, 2011
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The St. Louis Cardinals have released their 2012 schedule and will host their oldest rival in their 2012 home opener.

The Cardinals said Wednesday their first home game next season will be April 13 against the Chicago Cubs. It will be the latest home opener in St. Louis since the Cardinals opened on April 19, 1991, against Philadelphia.

Interleague games include a home stand June 8-17 against Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City.

Morning Headlines: Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

Sep 12, 2011
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Tornado survivors finish National 9/11 flag

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Fans heading down to the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams home opener this weekend will see more police and security personnel around the stadium.

But Bob Calderon, the Dome's director of public safety, says fans won't have to do anything different.

"They will continue to go through the pat-down process and have the same gameday experience that they would have prior to this particular anniversary," Calderon said.

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The man who's been at the right hand of Tony LaRussa for most of LaRussa's managing career is taking an extended leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team announced today that pitching coach Dave Duncan's wife underwent major surgery on August 21 and will require additional tests and rehabilitation. Duncan asked to stay with his wife during that period. No date's been set for his return.

Here's the rest of the statement from the St. Louis Cardinals:

Metal trim falls from Busch Stadium; no one hurt

Aug 2, 2011
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The St. Louis Cardinals are working with their engineer and contractor to remove ornamental metal plates from the facade of Busch Stadium.

One of the 100-pound metal plates fell 80 feet to the ground on Monday afternoon.

No one was hurt in the incident but Cardinals Spokesman Ron Watermon says the team isn’t taking any chances.

Cardinals trade Rasmus to Blue Jays for pitchers Jackson, Dotel

Jul 27, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals have traded outfielder Colby Rasmus and three other players in a three-team deal that gives them pitchers Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski.

The deal announced Wednesday also gives the Cardinals outfielder Corey Patterson and three players to be named later or cash considerations. Besides Rasmus, Toronto also gets pitchers P.J. Walters, Trever Miller and Brian Tallet from the Cardinals.

Commentary: Saving Albert Pujols

Jul 16, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 16, 2011 - He's baaaaaaack. But for how long?

Even with a mediocre start by his standards, Albert Pujols is still the most feared hitter in baseball -- and he's still probably worth $300 million under a multi-year deal. Though he has expressed a desire to stay in St. Louis, the fact is that Pujols may have fewer than 80 games left with the Cardinals.

Pujols out 4-6 weeks with broken forearm

Jun 20, 2011
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St. Louis Cardinals fans got some bad news today. Star first baseman Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm.

The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan today, one day after Pujols was injured in a game against Kansas City at Busch Stadium. Pujols was hurt on a play at first base in the sixth inning. He was fielding a throw that was off-target and Kansas City's Wilson Betemit collided with his glove hand as Pujols was pulled toward home. The Cards' three-time MVP went down to the ground in pain.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 9, 2011 - In a video of the Cardinals visit to Joplin Wednesday, pitcher Kyle McClellan shares a memorable comment from a young fan he met in the tornado-ravaged town.

"The kid said I would've worn my Cardinals stuff, but I don't have any, any more," said McClellan.

La Russa rejoins Cards after shingles absence

May 16, 2011
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Manager Tony La Russa is back with the St. Louis Cardinals after missing a six-game road trip to be treated for shingles.

The Cardinals were 2-4 during La Russa's absence and were swept in a three-game weekend series at Cincinnati. They began a four-game homestand Monday night with the first of two games against the Philadelphia Phillies.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 5, 2011 - When referring to Bill White, the retired All-Star, baseball broadcaster and National League executive, he'd prefer that any mentions of the word "first" be limited to the base he used to play for the Cardinals, Phillies and New York Giants.

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Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter took the mound earlier today against the San Diego Padres for Opening Day of the Cardinals' season.

Chris Novak from Maryland Heights is attending his ninth-straight opening day.

Like many Redbirds fans, Novak says he's hoping the Cardinals find a way to re-sign their MVP first-baseman Albert Pujols when his contract expires at the end of the season.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2011 - The Cardinals are calling today's season opener "an unofficial holiday'' for Cardinal Nation, and they'll get no argument from me or the thousands of fans who will wear red -- even if it isn't their best color -- and will take off or sneak off from work to be there.

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mar 31, 2011

Opening Day in St. Louis  is Here

Albert Pujols is about to begin what could be his final season with the St. Louis Cardinals. The team expects a rousing welcome for the three-time NL MVP, even though Pujols is playing hardball off the field. Year 11 for Pujols, all with the Cardinals, begins today at Busch Stadium against the San Diego Padres. Game time is 3:15 p.m.

House Redistricting Map Would Eliminate Third District

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 30, 2011 - On Aug. 15, 1934, Cardinals pitching star Dizzy Dean got his comeuppance from fed-up fans who'd had enough of their hero's shenanigans.

According to John Heidenry's 2007 book "The Gashouse Gang," Dean and his kid brother Paul were holed up in the Forest Park Hotel listening to a fan-on-the-street interview on the radio. If the pitching duo had been expecting loyalty and support over their dispute with the team, they got, instead, criticism -- for acting selfish, spoiled and ungrateful.