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Phillies numbered vs. Cards

Loss No. 10,000 came Sunday night when Albert Pujols hit two of the St. Louis Cardinals’ six homers in a 10-2 rout of Philadelphia.

Top-ranked boarder wins again on final run

When No. 2-ranked pro wakeboarder Rusty Malinoski did not attend this weekends’ Summerfest Four wakeboard tournament at Lake of the Ozarks, it gave No. 3 Chad Sharpe a better chance to win the competition.

Phillies batter Cardinals

Cole Hamels was admittedly rusty in his first start after the All-Star break. The lefty was clearly missing his best stuff, had the high pitch count without all the strikeouts that usually go along with it, and retired the side in order only once.

Pujols dispels feud fury

Albert Pujols wants to make this absolutely clear: He is not feuding with Tony La Russa. Pujols was the only player from the defending World Series champion Cardinals to be picked for the All-Star game. He also was the only non-pitcher that La Russa, the NL manager, did not use in a 5-4 loss Tuesday night.

No easy trips home for Rolen

Pujols hasn’t homered in 22 games, a career worst slump, but still has 16 for the season. For Rolen, Pujols’ St. Louis Cardinals teammate, this was supposed to be the season when everything returned to normal.

Columbia’s Murray realizes All-Star dream

Not only did Mason Murray get to compete on the same field the all-stars of Major League Baseball will take tonight, but he got to shag balls hit by his favorite player, Albert Pujols, during the Home Run Derby.

Cards hoping for second half surge

After the St. Louis Cardinals took three of four from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle of last week, pitcher Adam Wainwright sensed a revival.

Cardinals get double dose of good news

The irony of being in a career-worst power slump when he was persuaded to participate in Monday night’s Home Run Derby was lost on Albert Pujols.

Miles’ gaffes help Giants beat Cards

Barry Bonds heard the familiar chorus of boos each time he touched the ball in left field. When he came to the plate and didn’t get to swing, that derision was directed at the mound.

Double plays key for Cardinals

Adam Wainwright carried a five-hit shutout into the eighth inning and Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run home run in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

Greinke a Royal relief

Perhaps Zack Greinke’s moody, restless talents have finally found their niche.

Rock Bridge grad places in national rodeo

Cards’ bats come alive; late tie becomes laugher

ST. LOUIS — As the All-Star break approaches, the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense showed some signs of life.

Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning and Scott Rolen had four RBIs in an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Restaurant that served Hancock faces no state penalties

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will take no action against a restaurant that served St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock before the drunken-driving accident that led to his death.

Rainout least of Cardinals’ troubles

The rainout of Thursday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets pushed St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright back a day.

Kansas City sweeps Angels

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell and his Los Angeles counterpart Mike Scioscia were both eager to turn the page after the Royals swept the Angels in three games.

Ryan’s rope wins it

NEW YORK — Brendan Ryan hit his first career home run in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the New York Mets’ four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

Green’s blast sinks Cards; Maroth’s gem wasted

NEW YORK — Shawn Green and the New York Mets were more than glad to see the end of Mike Maroth.

Bamboozled by Maroth’s slow stuff, Green hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against Russ Springer to beat St. Louis 2-1 Monday night.

Cards look to Spiezio for spark

ST. LOUIS — Scott Spiezio stopped dyeing his wispy chin beard St. Louis Cardinal red a few weeks ago, satisfying the demands of superstitious teammates thinking a fashion makeover might help halt one of the team’s many slumps.

Cards wait a little longer to lose

Shane Victorino typically spends off days relaxing in the dugout. He changed his routine Sunday and the move worked. Victorino had a pinch-hit, three-run double to break a tie with two outs in the eighth inning Sunday and lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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