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    Kozma at the center of 'weird' third inning

    Game 7 and the National League championship came apart for Pete Kozma and the Cardinals in the third inning on Monday. And the kid shortstop who replaced the injured Rafael Furcal at the end of August was right in the middle of it. More >

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    Cards aim to move forward with bulk of team intact

    The Cardinals are set to retain almost everyone from an 88-win club that came within one game of playing in the World Series for the fourth time in nine years. More >

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    Giants getting it done, but not the easy way

    If we've learned anything about these Giants, it's that they don't do things the easy way; they do them the weird way. Just as the ball off Hunter Pence's bat took an awkward path to the grass on his bases-clearing double, so too did the Giants take a bizarre path to the Fall Classic. More >

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    Pence's odd double lifts Giants, confounds Cards

    The Joe Kelly pitch was a fastball. The Hunter Pence hit was a curveball. The result was the weirdest broken-bat double you'll ever see, a screwball hit that sliced away from Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma, emptied the bases and blew Game 7 of the NLCS wide open. More >

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    As title defense ends, Cards can hold heads high

    For the seventh time since 2000, the Cardinals made it to the NLCS. For the third time, that NLCS went to a decisive seventh game. This time, the Cardinals did not make it through, but that does not change the long view. More >

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    Cards struggle in all facets as NLCS slips away

    It was the mirror image of recent postseason experiences for the Cardinals, and that was no fun at all. A team that had gotten used to digging out from deep holes instead fell from great heights in the National League Championship Series. More >

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    Lohse: Never got a 'chance to settle in' in Game 7

    Surely, when Kyle Lohse showed up at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Fla., in March 2008, he couldn't have foreseen what was to come. Not the highs, not the lows, and certainly not the disappointing ending on Monday night. More >

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    MLB Notebook: Vogelsong paves way to Game 7

    In the history of League Championship Series play, there have been 15 pitchers to have multiple efforts of seven-plus innings pitched and no more than one run allowed in a single series. More >

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    Winner-take-all Game 7 fits script of wild postseason

    Cue up yet another elimination game, this one Monday between the Cardinals and Giants to determine which of them will join the Tigers in the World Series. More >

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    Three keys for Giants to win Game 7 of NLCS

    Five times in franchise history, from New York to the West Coast, the Giants have extended a best-of-seven postseason series to its fullest extent and came away frustrated. They appear poised to end that skid in Monday night's finale of the NLCS, having won twice in a row to extend their streak of consecutive wins in elimination games to five. More >

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    Did you know? NLCS Game 6: Giants 6, Cards 1

    A look at some notable facts and figures from the San Francisco Giants' 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on Sunday night. More >

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    Scutaro travels west, finds home with Giants

    By late July, Marco Scutaro was a luxury to the Rockies, on the National League West skids. General manager Dan O'Dowd saw a chance to save some of the $2 million still due Scutaro, so he packaged $1 million of that obligation with the infielder and sent them both to San Francisco. More >

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    Belt in the middle of another Giants rally

    Brandon Belt's first full season in the Major Leagues has had its share of frustrations, but all of that seemed to be a distant memory Sunday as he sparked a pivotal Giants rally in Sunday's 6-1 win. More >

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    Sandoval's offense key to forcing Game 7

    Pablo Sandoval struggled early in the National League Championship Series, but he has picked it up in the last two games, just when the Giants needed him to step up. More >

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    Vogey doesn't disappoint adoring fans, teammates

    No matter how you look at it, Ryan Vogelsong's incredible saga just keeps getting a little more unbelievable. More >

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    Having fun, Cain won't be overwhelmed by Game 7

    Superlatives and adjectives will be worn out in an attempt to capture the magic of a winner-take-all Game 7, but for Matt Cain, it's all about the simplest, most juvenile emotion: Fun. More >

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    Rich history of Game 7 gets Cards-Giants addition

    A 2012 postseason that has seen more than its share of elimination games will include one more before the World Series begins, with the Giants and Cardinals stretching their best-of-seven National League Championship Series to the limit. More >

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    Giants playing like a team on a mission

    The San Francisco Giants are knocking on the door of the World Series after forcing Game 7 of the NLCS following a stunning NLDS comeback. More >

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    Scutaro hoping for first Fall Classic appearance

    Since the teams involved in this National League Championship Series have claimed the last two World Series titles, it figures that most of the principals have experienced baseball's ultimate showcase in the Fall Classic. One who has not is Marco Scutaro. More >

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    Rookies Kelly, Rosenthal flourishing on big stage

    As traditions go, it's an unusual one but certainly not unwelcome. The St. Louis Cardinals have made a habit of seeing young relief pitchers emerge in the postseason. More >