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Updated: October 22, 2004, 10:43 AM ET

BOSTON - Three tidbits you need to know about the key members of the St. Louis Cardinals:

Mike Matheny 1) Did not commit an error in 1,565 consecutive chances over 252 games - a major league record for catchers. 2) Drove in a career-high 50 runs despite hitting just .226 with runners in scoring position. 3) Was the co-captain of the baseball team at the University of Michigan, where he met his wife Kristin, who played field hockey for the Wolverines.

Albert Pujols 1) Had a career-high 46 home runs, including a National League-leading 28 on the road, and became the first player in major league history to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first four seasons. 2) Hit .348 with runners in scoring position and drove in 123 runs to join Joe DiMaggio, Al Simmons and Ted Williams as the only players in major league history to drive in 100 or more runs in each of their first four seasons. 3) Moved with his father from the Dominican Republic to Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 16.

Tony Womack 1) Led St. Louis with 52 multi-hit games - tied for 10th best in the National League - while hitting a career-high .307. 2) Hit 19 of his 22 doubles and four of his five home runs prior to the All-Star break. 3) Lettered in both baseball and basketball at Gretna (VA) High School, which retired his jersey.

Edgar Renteria 1) Ranked third in the National League with a .367 batting average against lefthanded pitchers. 2) Had 168 hits - third most on the Cardinals - and slugged 37 doubles. 3) Received "San Carlos Cross of the Order of the Great Knight," Columbia's highest honor, from President Ernesto Samper at La Casa de Narino presidential palace in 1997.

Scott Rolen 1) Established career highs with a .314 average, 34 home runs and 124 RBIs. 2) Hit .346 on the road - fourth best in the National League, but hit just .276 overall on the road since the All-Star break. 3) Received basketball scholarship offers from numerous colleges, including Oklahoma State and Georgia.

Reggie Sanders 1) Stole 21 bases and slugged 22 home runs to post his fourth 20-20 season and first since 1999. 2) Hit just .230 with three home runs against lefthanded pitchers. 3) Became the first player in major league history to reach the 20-homer plateau with six different teams.

Jim Edmonds 1) Led the National League with a .381 average, 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in July. 2) Matched a career high with 42 home runs - one shy of tying Johnny Mize for the St. Louis record for home runs by a lefthanded hitter. 3) Lettered in baseball, football and soccer at Diamond Bar High School in California.

Larry Walker 1) Posted his 2,000th career hit on June 30 to become the first Canadian-born player to reach that plateau. 2) Had 11 home runs in 44 games for St. Louis, including a season-high seven in September. 3) Played hockey for 13 years while growing up in Maple Ridge, British Columbia and at one point was teammates with former Boston Bruin Cam Neely.

Woody Williams 1) Posted a 5-3 record with a 3.36 ERA at home this season and is 25-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 47 career appearances at Busch Stadium. However, just 6-5 with a 5.01 ERA on the road this season. 2) Was 8-2 in his final 10 decisions and St. Louis was 11-3 in his 14 starts since the All-Star break. 3) Earned a degree from the University of Houston, where he played shortstop.

Jason Marquis 1) More than doubled his career win total with his 15th victory of the season October 26 and joined Woody Williams, Chris Carpenter and Jeff Suppan as the first quartet of 15-game winners for St. Louis since 1944. 2) Was 6-2 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts on the road this season and won 11 consecutive decisions overall May 31-September 9. 3) Lettered in both basketball and baseball and was a member of the National Honor Society at Tottenville (NY) High School.

Matt Morris 1) Was 9-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 16 starts at Busch Stadium, but just 6-6 with a 6.02 ERA in 16 starts on the road. 2) Surrendered a career-worst 35 home runs - second most in the National League - and 116 runs. 3) Earned first-team All-America honors while pitching for Seton Hall University after lettering in soccer, baseball and basketball in high school. Jeff Suppan 1) Posted a 10-1 record with a 3.55 ERA in 14 starts on the road en route to his career-high 16-win season. 2) Joined New York Yankees starter Mike Mussina as the only righthanders in the majors to throw 200 or more innings in each of the last five seasons. 3) Originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 1993 draft, but has struggled at Fenway Park, going just 7-9 with a 6.10 ERA in 29 career appearances.

Ray King 1) Posted 5-2 record with a 2.61 ERA and 31 holds in a team-leading and career-best 86 relief appearances. 2) Allowed just one home run and limited opponents a .197 average, including .150 against lefthanded hitters. 3) Has just one loss in 54 career appearances at Busch Stadium.

Kiko Calero 1) Posted a 3-1 record with a 2.78 ERA and limited opponents to a .176 average in a career-best 41 appearances. 2) Struck out 47 batters and issued just 10 walks in 45 1/3 innings. 3) Made the Cardinals as a non-roster invitee out of spring training in 2003 after pitching for seven years in the Kansas City Royals' minor league system.

Julian Tavarez 1) Had a career-best 2.38 ERA with seven wins in 77 appearances for St. Louis. 2) Posted a 5-2 record with a 1.55 ERA and limited opponents to a .192 average since the All-Star break. 3) Playing for his sixth organization in six years after splitting the first nine seasons of his professional career in the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants organizations.

Jason Isringhausen 1) Despite seven blown saves, finished tied with Armando Benitez for the National League lead with 47 saves this season, matching Lee Smith for the single-season club record. 2) Converted 12 consecutive save attempts August 5-September 1 and limited opponents to a .194 average in 35 appearances since the All-Star break. 3) Lettered in football, basketball and baseball in high school and was used primarily as a centerfielder in two seasons at Lewis and Clark Community College (ILL.).

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