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Familiar feel for three in Williamsport
The crowd at Sunday's game at Bowman Field will primarily consist of players and families of the 16 teams competing in the Little League World Series, something three members of the Cardinals and Pirates have experienced.
Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer
So you're wondering what's up with this picture of an aircraft hanger. Later this morning, the Pirates and Cardinals will arrive here ahead of their Sunday night baseball game in Williamsport, PA ... home of the Little League World Series.
Before the Cardinals and Pirates take the field for a major league showdown in Williamsport, we take a trip down memory lane to their Little League days.
Adam Frazier homered, doubled and singled as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Saturday to end a six-game losing streak.
Matt Carpenter homered in the second inning to send the St. Louis Cardinals on to an 11-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Despite coming off a 2016 season missed due to Tommy John surgery, Lance Lynn has shown no signs of wearing down. If he finishes strong he could move into the Johnny Cueto/Jordan Zimmermann 2015-16 free agency tier.
Limited to just 11 innings over three starts since returning from the disabled list, Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright landed on the DL again Friday, this time because of an elbow impingement.
Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN talks about the injury to closer Trevor Rosenthal and explains why the Cardinals should not opt for closer-by-committee while he's out.
Despite how much pitcher Adam Wainwright has meant to the Cardinals, Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN says the team needs to put empathy aside and do what's best for the team.
Pair of Braves highlight Thursday's longest HRs
Ian Happ may have hit a 443-foot home run, but the rookie was overshadowed by Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte, who each hit home runs more than 430 feet in the Braves' 10-4 win against the Rockies.
Dexter Fowler's two-run triple sparked the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-7 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night at PNC Park.
The rescue group that has Rally Cat said that it has not agreed to give it to the Cardinals, despite what the team has said.
Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal went on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with right posterior elbow irritation.
Mookie Betts lined a two-run double off the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Cardinals implode in the bottom of the ninth as the Red Sox rally from an early 4-0 deficit to win on Mookie Betts' walk-off hit. The Cardinals have lost 10 games they led by 3+ runs, most in the NL, and they've lost 22 games they led by 2+, most in the majors.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Red Sox 5, Cardinals 4: Mookie Betts needed that. It has been a struggle since the All-Star break for last year's AL MVP runner-up. But down to his last strike with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Betts doubled off the Green Monster to drive in two runs and give the Red Sox a walkoff victory and a sweep of the two-game interleague series. Xander Bogaerts' leadoff homer started the three-run ninth inning that saw St. Louis manager Mike Matheny get ejected and catcher Yadier Molina spar with the umpires.
Should the Cardinals look to freshen up their starting pitching rotation? Bernie Miklasz explains what concerns him the most about the team's performance thus far.
Josh Macri recaps all of Tuesday's MLB action, including a triple play turned by the Red Sox, the Dodgers reaching 50 games over .500, another homer for Stanton and more.
Who will win NL Central?
The division title is a tightly contested battle as teams head into the home stretch, but with the easiest remaining schedule in the league, it looks like the Cubs will have the edge.
Xander Bogaerts had three hits, Hanley Ramirez, Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. all added two RBI and the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4 on Tuesday night.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Red Sox 10, Cardinals 4: Talk about a good old-fashioned rally. Thirteen Red Sox batters came to the plate and 10 in a row reached base during an eight-run fifth inning that featured no home runs, only the offensive efficiency of an assembly line. In winning for the 11th time in 13 games Tuesday night, the Red Sox churned out 15 hits. Xander Bogaerts finished with three hits, while Eduardo Nunez, Hanley Ramirez, Rafael Devers and Mitch Moreland had two apiece.