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Blues' Success Starts With Sacrifice

Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

He's Riding the Ups, Skirting the Downs

Scott Miller, Bleacher Report

What Happens When Teams Start 0-3

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

Fisher Ditches St. Louis, Loving L.A.

Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Blues found themselves Saturday night in San Jose. After losing their game earlier in the Western Conference finals, they rediscovered the key traits that have made their group...(full article)

Ears. You know something? Over seven or eight seasons of bouncing around the country’s bumpy roads on rattletrap minor league buses, a guy’s ears become pretty finely tuned. An...(full article)

Apropos of absolutely nothing, nope, nope, I was wondering on Thursday morning: What does the average baseball team that starts the season 0-3 end up doing at the end of the year? ...(full article)

Things are starting to get ugly between Michael Sam and the team that drafted him in 2014. The tension started on Wednesday when Howard Balzer of 590 the Fan in St. Louis...(full article)

After four years of mind-boggling, soul-sapping failure in St. Louis, Rams coach Jeff Fisher is relishing his fresh start back home in Southern California. He is an LA guy, after a...(full article)

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Fan Returns Home Run Ball to Freese

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Game 6 Full of Heroes, Goats

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Rainout Actually Helps Rangers

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Managers Face Tough Decisions

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Postponement Alters Series

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Rainout Would Benefit Cardinals

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Carpenter Gets Little Support

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Rangers Win Wacky Game 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There were about 51,000 Rangers fans in attendance for Game 5 of the World Series. Considering each lost 10 pounds in nervous sweat during this crazy, inexplica...

Napoli Provides Cushion for Rangers

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Carpenter Can Tilt Series Back

From Chris Carpenter's perspective, it would have been nice to pitch a potential clinching World Series Game 5 at Rangers Ballpark. From his team's perspective, the alternative i...

Wildness Catches Up to Cardinals

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Cardinals Self-Destruct in Defeat

The deeper things traveled into this warm Texas night, the more the vibe in Rangers Ballpark kept changing. The night began with 51,459 Texas Rangers fans feeling like nervous wrec...

Big Opportunity for Cards' Craig

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Series About to Take About-Face

As the St. Louis Cardinals arrived deep in the heart of Texas on Friday afternoon lugging their bruised competitive psyches and anemic offense around like so much dead weight, it d...

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