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Oct 24, 2013

Cardinals rookie pitcher Wacha gets taste of fame

BOSTON (Reuters) – Michael Wacha is discovering that the taste of fame comes in many different flavors.

His life has been turned upside down since his meteoric rise in Major League Baseball (MLB) this season, to the point that even routine activities can become surreal.

Oct 24, 2013

Cardinals manager Matheny ‘embarrassed’ after loss

BOSTON (Reuters) – The St. Louis Cardinals could hardly have made a worse start to the World Series. It may be only one game in a best of seven series, but already the odds are stacked against the red birds and even their manager called it “embarrassing”.

They were thumped 8-1 by the Red Sox in Wednesday’s opening game in Boston after a performance littered with uncharacteristic mistakes, while key player Carlos Beltran injured his ribs making a great catch robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam.

Oct 24, 2013

Beltran tested at hospital after World Series injury

BOSTON (Reuters) – Carlos Beltran made an early exit from Wednesday’s opening game of the World Series when he injured his ribs while saving a grand slam home run from Boston’s David Ortiz.

The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder slammed into the bullpen wall at Fenway Park as he reached over to take a spectacular catch in the second inning.

Oct 23, 2013

Cards’ Beltran gets long-awaited shot at World Series

BOSTON (Reuters) – Carlos Beltran has always saved his best for last. In the postseason, when the pressure of Major League Baseball (MLB) is at its most suffocating, the slugger has proven himself one of the great clutch performers.

His postseason on-base percentage and slugging average is seventh in MLB history, but his individual efforts have not materialized in a title.

Oct 22, 2013

The Cardinal Way shines through again

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball is driven by money. Truckloads of it.

Attendances, merchandise sales and television ratings are all up and there is plenty of cash to go around.

The richest teams are valued at over $1 billion and the best players are paid tens of millions of dollars each year, but the big bucks are no guarantee for success on the diamond.

Oct 9, 2013

New York Yankees re-sign manager Joe Girardi

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Yankees re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a fresh four-year contract on Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation that he was considering leaving Major League Baseball’s most successful franchise.

Girardi’s future in the Bronx had been the subject of increasing conjecture after the Yankees missed the postseason this year and he was linked with a move back to the Chicago Cubs, where he began his playing career as a catcher in 1989.

Oct 6, 2013

Golf-DeLaet provides ray of sunshine at Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Graham DeLaet capped his incredible Presidents Cup debut with a magical moment on Sunday that left the galleries at Muirfield Village Golf Club whooping and hollering in amazement and his fellow golf pros nodding their heads at the arrival of one of the sport’s freshest talents.

Playing alongside and against most of the world’s best players in one of the most pressure-packed events in golf, the Canadian produced a stunning display that belied his standing as a Presidents Cup rookie.

Oct 6, 2013

Price asks for a second chance after Internationals lose

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Beaten but unbowed after a grueling week that ended in defeat, Nick Price said he would love another chance to captain the International team at the Presidents Cup.

His first assignment in charge ended in failure on Sunday when his team was beaten by a powerful American side that played at the peak of their powers.

Oct 6, 2013

Golf-Marathon Cup day takes physical toll on players

DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The foul weather that has played havoc with the Presidents Cup schedule was starting to take a physical toll on the players after another marathon day on Saturday.

The unique format of the biennial team competition already ensures that players have a busy schedule but the backlog of matches caused by the torrential downpours has only added to their workload.

Oct 6, 2013

Internationals hoping for a miracle at Muirfield

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Drawing inspiration from last year’s amazing comeback by the Europeans at the Ryder Cup, Nick Price’s Internationals are hoping to produce their own Miracle at Muirfield and win the Presidents Cup.

The Internationals know they will have to produce something special on Sunday’s final day of competition after finishing Saturday’s weather-interrupted third day of action trailling by 11-1/2 points to 6-1/2, with both teams needing 17-1/2 to win.

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