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Final: Cardinals 7, Pirates 4

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (62-70) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (69-64)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 85 degrees, sunny

Here is the official live box score.


  1. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Alex Presley, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Josh Harrison, 3B
  7. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  8. Mike McKenry, C
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP


  1. Jon Jay, CF
  2. Allen Craig, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Lance Berkman, 1B
  5. David Freese, 3B
  6. Skip Schumaker, 2B
  7. Ryan Theriot, SS
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Kyle Lohse, RHP

News updates are on our Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is in St. Louis.


  1. JAL says:

    6 Three Rivers Burgh Blog

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    8 Ohio Valley Athletics

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    11 Green Weenie

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  2. JAL says:


    14 Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    La Velle E. Neal III’s Sunday Insider: MLB draft runs teams dry

    15 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Carpenter is roughed up as Cards fall to Pirates

    16 Rochester Democrat-Chronicle

    Hilton’s Jon Schwind makes switch to catcher

    17 WRTA

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Pedro Alvarez playing winter ball is a good plan–Pedro-Alvarez-playing-winter-ball-is-a-good-plan/9573589?pid=66059

    Pittsburgh Tribune

    Long-term deal interests Pirates’ McCutchen

  3. pghboyinca says:

    I think the Pirates need to get Cutch signed to a long term deal. I think it serves two purposes. #1 It locks down the one position player who has the possibility of being an elite player for a decade in the whole organization. (please don’t play the Bell card yet, has he even worn a uniform?) #2 I think the fact that he signs a deal signifies that he believes in what this franchise is trying to do. If they lock up Tabata and Walker but not Cutch it reinforces that this franchise will lock up player who take ridiculously one sided management friendly deals and a very solid home town kid who may place a premium on playing at home but won’t belly up to the bar for the one difference maker they have.

    Look at Braun, Mauer, etc…and you will see that similar market teams get it done.

  4. cmat0829 says:


    I agree that Cutch should and likely will get a contract this offseason, but your last sentence contains the “risk/reward” that NH has talked about. Braun is a GREAT signing and one that will be beneficial to the Brewers by the end of it. Mauer? Not sure Minny is feeling as giddy about that one after this lost season.

  5. pghboyinca says:

    Cmat0829, Not sure of your point? So you anticiapte an injury and don’t lock up your best player? Hindsight is always 20-20 and we are talking about a position player not a pitcher. Any business has risk and if an injury is carer threatening then you have an insurance policy as protection. Mauer most likely turns out to be a wondeful signing for the Twins over the course of that contract.

    All of the 6 million dollar draft deals and Latin stuff are based on 4-5 yars down the road, here is a chance to say “this is our best player and he is not going anywhere”

  6. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Free Matt Diaz!!!!

  7. Radio wave says:

    Should have had more

  8. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    That, right there, is why luck plays such a huge role in sports. 3 straight weak ground balls gets one out and 3 runs on the board for the Cards.

  9. Radio wave says:

    Not a karstens day

  10. CDBrewer says:

    It is also why pitchers with high K rates don’t have to worry about balls batted in play…and why numbers revert to the mean in baseball – eventually the luck of balls hit at people evens out with the balls NOT hit at people.

    I love Karstens, but he is who he is.

  11. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    The offense is coming together though. I’ve been saying all year that they need table setters so that the rest of the guys can fall into comfortable positions. Tabata and Presley are back and it’s coming to fruition lately.

    And what the heck were they doing? It’s like McKenry forgot Cedeno was in front of him.

  12. JMB says:

    17-16 final?

  13. CDBrewer says:

    Wow, DK just tweeted that NH admitted it was a mistake to put Ludwick on DL.
    I can’t believe that type of mistake.

    Just to weigh in on the Cutch vs Mauer contracts…extending a catcher is a lot more risky than an OF because of the wear and tear of the position.
    That said, if we are so flush with OF’s, then we can extend Cutch at club price.
    Just don’t think the Mauer comparison is quite apples to apples.

  14. CDBrewer says:

    Agreed completely on the table setters…speed is the new power in the league without ‘roids. Nice top of the order with Tabby, Presley, Cutch…
    And Paul fits that 4th OF role well.

    Sorry Playoffs, no Diaz in the future! (lol)

  15. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Diaz is the salad fork on this “set table”

  16. Radio wave says:

    Still a crazy game today

  17. JAL says:

    Karstens did not pitch well, wonder if his shoulder is worse than thought.

  18. CDBrewer says:


    Karstens’ inning count is higher than it ever has been.
    This was foreseen by the organization. They thought Lincoln or Ohlendorf would make for 6 man rotation. They didn’t see Correia and Maholm going down though…

  19. Steve Smith says:

    Looks like Loshe is feeling pretty comfortable pitching to us now. Going to be a long rest of the afternoon.

  20. Steve Smith says:

    Last three innings Loshe has pitched to the minimum.

  21. Steve Smith says:

    Oh the K’s are beginning to rack up now. On our way to the dreaded 10 I hope not. They need to start hitting again.

  22. JAL says:

    Happens too often, score early then stop hitting.

  23. Radio wave says:

    Rd gets a guy stealing

  24. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    Resop made a great pitch to Freese; broken bat soft flare. Should be out of the inning. I hate games like this.

  25. Arriba Wilver says:

    I forget where I saw it (seriously) but the day Neal put Ludwick on the DL he said it was a judgment call that may turn out to be a mistake. He thought he needed to be sure to have the healthy bats. It was a judgment call gone wrong is all. It’s not like misunderstanding the waiver rules or something. The fact they were going to be playing the Cards maybe should have been taken into more consideration.

    I agree 100 % with pboy on Cutch. And the market’s been set with Upton and Bruce, so it should be pretty easy to tell which side is at fault if it doesn’t get done. If the FO puts $ 51 mil on the table for 6 years we will know about it, maybe not from a source with attribution, but from a source DK trusts.

  26. Arriba Wilver says:

    CD—I saw a couple days ago (I don’t remember where-seriously) that Neal said on the day he put Ludwick on the DL that he wasn’t sure it was the right decision, but he was concerned that they might not have enough bats. I don’t know all the ins and outs (whether they could have waited a day or whatever) but it doesn’t seem like it was a “mistake” in the sense not understanding the waiver wire rules would be a mistake. I think he’s just acknowledging that in hindsight, with Ludwick’s back apparently being OK, that it was a mistake. That stuff happpens.

  27. Arriba Wilver says:

    I agree with pboy about Cutch. And the market’s been set with Upton and Bruce, whether that fits within the Bucs’ “internal value” or not. It should be pretty easy to determine which was the unreasonable party if the deal doesn’t get done. Someone from the FO will, without a doubt, leak that the Bucs offered $ 51 mil for 6 years if in fact they do, and if in fact the deal doesn’t get done. (See DLR from the Rockies last off-season for proof that it will get leaked if it’s pro-FO).

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