9/28/2014 | Cards an October fixture since turn of century
A simple count of the flags atop the right-field scoreboard at Busch Stadium serves as a reminder of how extensive a postseason history the Cardinals have put together. There are 11 of those flags, each representing a World Series championship won between 1926-2011. Only the Yankees can boast more.
9/28/2014 | Cards celebrate NL Central clinch with win
The Cardinals beat the D-backs, 1-0, Sunday behind a handful of plug-in players that were a part of manager Mike Matheny's last-minute switcheroo once a Pirates loss eliminated any meaning from the outcome of Game 162. Win or lose in their regular-season finale, the title of National League Central champs could not be plucked away from the Cardinals.
9/28/2014 | Cards rest Wainwright, others after clinching
With Sunday's game irrelevant in the NL Central final standings, the Cardinals pulled starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and several starting position players out of the lineup. Matt Carpenter, Jhonny Peralta, Jon Jay, Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday were all taken out of the lineup upon the Pirates' game going final.
9/28/2014 | Start times announced for potential tiebreaker game
Major League Baseball on Sunday announced the start time for a potential tiebreaker games to be played on Monday, Sept. 29, as well as the 2014 Wild Card Games.
9/27/2014 | Holliday forced to exit with flu-like symptoms
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday exited Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the D-backs in the sixth inning due to flu-like symptoms. His availability for Sunday's series finale was unclear following the game.
9/27/2014 | Grichuk hustles home from second on strikeout
Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams may have recorded the most productive strikeout of his career in Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the D-backs, as it started Randal Grichuk's scamper from second base to home with the tying run in the third inning.
9/27/2014 | Cards lose challenge as safe call at first stands
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny initiated a review of a bang-bang play at first base between D-backs runner Cliff Pennington and starter Lance Lynn, who was covering the base. First-base umpire Jordan Baker called Pennington safe, and after a review, the play was ruled as stands in Saturday night's 5-2 loss.
9/27/2014 | Cards to determine Wacha's postseason role
A day after Michael Wacha made his last audition for a postseason role in October, the Cardinals remained undecided as to how Wacha will fit into those playoff plans. General manager John Mozeliak on Saturday did not rule out a spot in the bullpen for the right-hander.
9/27/2014 | Cardinals confident with Waino going in finale
The Cardinals intended to start Adam Wainwright in the series finale regardless of Saturday's outcome because it would not preclude him from being available to start Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Friday. St. Louis oozes with confidence behind its ace, who is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA this month.
9/27/2014 | Cards derailed by HRs in bid to clinch NL Central
Lance Lynn gave up back-to-back jacks in the first, while the bullpen gave up a go-ahead three-run shot in the seventh in the Cardinals' 5-2 loss to the D-backs on Saturday night.
9/27/2014 | Waino, Cards bidding for NL Central title in finale
Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals will seek their second straight NL Central title when they take on Josh Collmenter and the D-backs in Sunday's series finale at Chase Field.
9/27/2014 | Cards can clinch division tonight thanks to Reds' help
With the Cardinals entering Saturday holding a one-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central, St. Louis got a boost from the Reds, who mustered a come-from-behind 10-6 win on Ramon Santiago's walk-off grand slam with two out in the 10th inning to defeat Pittsburgh.
9/27/2014 | Gonzales gets chance to perform on big stage
Rookie left-hander Marco Gonzales was thrust onto the biggest stage of his young career in Friday night's 7-6 win in 10 innings against the D-backs. He escaped a jam in the ninth as the Cardinals preserved their one-game lead in the NL Central race.
9/27/2014 | Wacha hoping he settles into playoff rotation
Whether Michael Wacha will figure prominently into the Cardinals' postseason plans remains a question after Friday's five-inning performance against the D-backs, his fourth start since missing 11 weeks with a right shoulder stress reaction.
9/27/2014 | Cardinals, D-backs lose challenges on bases
Alan Trammell lost his first challenge as acting D-backs manager in the eighth inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Cardinals, when a safe call on a pickoff attempt on Kolten Wong at first was ruled as stands. Cards manager Mike Matheny also lost a review in the 10th when an out call at second was confirmed.
9/26/2014 | Wong battling to keep his swing in right spot
Entering Friday's series opener against the D-backs, Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong had gone hitless in 12 at-bats. But, Wong said that skid had more to do with the trouble he had picking up pitches under the lights at Wrigley Field than it did his swing getting too long again.
9/26/2014 | Reds' skipper explains lineup shuffle to Matheny
While the Cardinals insist that they are trying to avoid the distraction of scoreboard watching on how the Pirates are faring in Cincinnati over the weekend, they could nevertheless use help from the Reds to make the path to a National League Central title a bit smoother.
9/26/2014 | Cards to host NL Central tiebreaker if necessary
While the Cardinals are hopeful of clinching the National League Central title this weekend, plans are being made back in St. Louis for the possibility of a tiebreaker game on Monday.
9/26/2014 | Cards hold one-game Central lead with extras win
Jhonny Peralta delivered a pair of go-ahead hits, including an RBI single in the 10th that lifted the Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the D-backs on Friday night.
9/26/2014 | Drama of Game 163 looms in Central races
With the races in the NL and AL Central divisions going down to the wire in the final weekend of the regular season, it is possible that one or both divisions could be decided by a 163rd game on Monday.
9/25/2014 | Cardinals still have work to do in final weekend
The Cardinals weren't able to break out the champagne while in Chicago, but they do control their own destiny this weekend.
9/24/2014 | Cards fall at Wrigley, but magic number reduced
On a night when Cubs starter Jake Arrieta outdueled John Lackey by striking out 10 and delivering a two-run triple in a 3-1 win, the Cardinals' takeaway wasn't with what happened 700 miles away as the Bucs fell to the Braves, but rather with their own inability to play themselves closer to a division title.
9/24/2014 | Jay takes personal leave, expected back Friday
The Cardinals were without Jon Jay for Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field after the center fielder needed to leave town in order to attend to a personal matter. Manager Mike Matheny said the club had some advance warning about the departure and that Jay is expected back with the club before Friday's series opener in Arizona.
9/24/2014 | Mozeliak proves to make right moves for Cardinals
It fell to general manager John Mozeliak to reconstruct the Cardinals' lineup, and he's done that, even if his two biggest moves weren't exactly popular ones.
9/24/2014 | Cards' potential NLCS tickets to go on sale today
Tickets to potential National League Championship Series games in St. Louis are scheduled to go on sale today at 10 a.m. CT, the Cardinals have announced.
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