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Nationals thwart Redbirds with a pair of solo HRs in series opener (05/27/16)
WASHINGTON -- Even when he's struggling at the plate, Bryce Harper knows how to put a good swing on a bad pitch. Harper hit a slump-busting home run, Danny Espinosa also went deep, and the Washington Nationals got seven strong innings from right-hander Joe Ross in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night...
Blues forced to settle for falling short of elusive Stanley Cup (05/27/16)
ST. LOUIS -- A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis had to settle for its first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001. The Blues had trouble putting away the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round after taking a 3-1 series lead. They missed a chance to close out the second round at home in Game 6 against the Dallas Stars...
Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues (05/26/16)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After 25 years, the San Jose Sharks will finally play for the Stanley Cup. Captain Joe Pavelski scored an early goal, Joel Ward added two of his own and the Sharks advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in franchise history by beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals...
Late hit eludes Cardinals in 9-8 loss to Cubs (05/26/16)
ST. LOUIS -- The big late-inning hit that has been there for most of the season eluded the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. The Cardinals twice rallied from five-run deficits, only to fall short to Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs 9-8. Arrieta remained unbeaten on the season despite allowing as many as four runs for the first time in nearly a year...
Cubs hang 12-3 beating on Cardinals, Wacha (05/25/16)
ST. LOUIS -- Jason Hammel pitched 7 1/3 stingy innings and had a two-run double in the Chicago's six-run first as the Cubs went on to rout the St. Louis Cardinals 12-3 on Tuesday night. Michael Wacha (2-5) gave up a career-worst eight runs over four innings and has lost five consecutive decisions for the first time. The 24-year-old right-hander was a 17-game winner last season and the NL championship series MVP as a rookie in 2013, but this season has a 5.04 ERA...
Switching Shark repellant: St. Louis readies for Game 6 in San Jose (05/25/16)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with the San Jose Sharks since joining the NHL as an 18-year-old draft pick but never one quite like the next one. All those past playoff disappointments that have seemed to define the career of players like Marleau and Joe Thornton could be put to the side temporarily with one more San Jose win...
Grichuck's walk-off HR beats Cubs in series opener (05/24/16)
ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuk told reporters Monday afternoon that his sore back was OK. A few hours later, Grichuk proved it with his first career walk-off home run. Grichuk's solo homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs...
Sharks push Blues to brink of elimination with road win in Game 5 (05/24/16)
ST. LOUIS -- All the time Joe Pavelski has spent practicing his stick work has paid off big for the San Jose Sharks. And the Sharks captain has his team on the brink of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final. "You think back to some of the best scorers ever, his ability to get his stick on pucks in front of the net from different angles is as good as anybody I've ever seen," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "His biggest asset is he works at it."...
D-backs chase Garcia early in 7-2 win over Cardinals (05/22/16)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia knew he was in for a long day even before he took the mound in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I didn't feel good warming up before the game," he said. Once he got on the hill, things got even worse...
Hitchcock will stick with Allen in Blues' goal for Game 5 tonight (05/22/16)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are sticking with goalie Jake Allen in Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks. It's not a huge surprise, considering how well the Blues played after the goalie switch. They're coming off perhaps their best game of the postseason, a convincing 6-3 victory that knotted the series at two games heading into tonight's game...
Blues beat Sharks 6-3 to even series at 2 games apiece (05/22/16)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak each scored twice, Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in his first start of the postseason and the St. Louis Blues bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Saturday to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece...
Cardinals blast 3 homers, Leake shuts down Diamondbacks 6-2 (05/22/16)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Leake was able to finally endear himself to the St. Louis Cardinals fans, while burning a team he wanted to sign with as a free agent this offseason. Buoyed by home runs from Jedd Gyorko, Matt Adams and Yadier Molina, Leake pitched seven scoreless innings and the Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday...
Martinez falters again, Cardinals fall 11-7 to Diamondbacks (05/22/16)
ST. LOUIS -- The last time Carlos Martinez faced the Arizona Diamondbacks, he dominated. Since then, it's been nothing but scuffles for the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander. Martinez allowed four runs in five innings in an 11-7 loss on Friday night, and lost his fourth straight start. Since allowing three runs in eight innings at Arizona on April 26, he has surrendered 13 earned runs in 20 innings...
Jones' second shutout gives Sharks 2-1 series lead over Blues (05/20/16)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Martin Jones made 22 saves in his second straight shutout and Tomas Hertl scored twice to give the San Jose Sharks a series lead for the first time in four trips to the Western Conference final with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 on Thursday night...
Carpenter collects career-high six RBIs in St. Louis victory over Colorado (05/20/16)
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter homered and drove in a career-high six runs and Matt Adams added four RBIs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 13-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. St. Louis, which has won three of four, scored a season-high six runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good...
Wainwright's arm, Holliday's bat pace Cardinals (05/19/16)
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright threw six-hit ball into the seventh inning in his best start of the season and Matt Holliday had a two-run double for the St. Louis Cardinals, who ended the Colorado Rockies' five-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night...
Cardinals open homestand with 3-1 loss to Rockies (05/17/16)
ST. LOUIS -- Chad Bettis took a shutout into the seventh inning and drove in a run to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Nolan Arrenado and Dustin Garneau had RBI singles, and Bettis added a run-scoring grounder as the Rockies got their season-high fifth straight win and won for only the fifth time in 22 games at Busch Stadium since 2010...
Sharks go on attack, even series with Blues (05/17/16)
ST. LOUIS -- The San Jose Sharks got their power play revved up. Martin Jones took care of everything on the other end, cementing the victory that evened the Western Conference finals at a game apiece. "Guys came out with a good sense of urgency and got after it," said San Jose captain Joe Pavelski, who had an assist in a 4-0 shutout that silenced another big home turnout Tuesday night. "It's good to see the power play strike a little bit."...
Sharks want more Blues in the penalty box (05/17/16)
ST. LOUIS -- The San Jose Sharks got just three power plays in their Game 1 loss to open the Western Conference finals, and no call when Joe Thornton's bushy beard got tugged on by St. Louis Blues captain David Backes in the first period. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer didn't make a big deal about it Monday. Still, he believes his team deserved a lot more chances with the man advantage, and is hopeful referees will have a firmer grip in Game 2 tonight...
Cardinals salvage finale of series with Dodgers (05/16/16)
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Carpenter homered for the fifth time in eight games, Yadier Molina had a tiebreaking two-run double in the top of the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Sunday night to avoid being swept in the three-game series...
Blues' Elliott stands tall, stops Sharks in Game 1 (05/16/16)
ST. LOUIS -- Brian Elliott had another standout game in net, David Backes and Jori Lehtera had goals and the St. Louis Blues opened their first Western Conference final in 15 years with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. Tomas Hertl scored on a first-period deflection for the Sharks, who outshot St. Louis 32-23 but couldn't quite solve Elliott...
Cup final awaits either playoff-starved Blues or Sharks (05/15/16)
ST. LOUIS -- The rest of the postseason, the St. Louis Blues have home-ice advantage. Now, if they can only capitalize on it. The Blues are in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2001 not because of those rip-roaring, standing room crowds, but because they've been so good at blocking out the noise elsewhere...
Kazmir goes 8 2/3 innings, Dodgers beat Cardinals 5-3 (05/15/16)
LOS ANGELES -- Scott Kazmir pitched 8 2/3 innings, Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday night. Gonzalez hit a solo home run, his fourth of the season, to lead off the fourth inning. Seager, who had three hits, ripped a solo home run in the seventh inning...
Stripling, Dodgers beat Cardinals 8-4 for rookie's 1st win (05/15/16)
LOS ANGELES -- Ross Stripling was in a celebratory mood and Michael Wacha was going to pay for it a second time after losing to his former college roommate. Stripling earned his first victory in his seventh major league start and got his first big-league hit in his initial at-bat off Wacha, Yasiel Puig homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 Friday night in the series opener...
Holliday homers twice, Cardinals complete sweep of Angels (05/13/16)
ANAHEIM, Calif. The St. Louis Cardinals couldn't touch Jered Weaver and his low-80s fastball the first time through the order Thursday night. The second time was an entirely different story, and he didn't make it a third time through. Matt Holliday homered twice in two innings off Weaver, Matt Carpenter homered as well and the Cardinals held off a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Angels 12-10 to complete a three-game sweep...