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Postseason

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Division Series
American League:
Twins-Yankees, Gm 4
Red Sox-Angels, Gm 3
National League:
Dodgers-Cards, Gm 4
Astros-Braves, Gm 5

 
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10/10, GAME 4:  Cardinals 6, Dodgers 2  Wrap >
Pujols powers Cards into NLCS
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com  10/11/2004
With one swing of the bat, Albert Pujols helped settle down Jeff Suppan, he silenced the largest crowd in Dodger Stadium history, and he provided the deciding runs as the Cardinals headed to the NLCS for the third time in five years. Full story >
This is nice, but Cards not yet done  Dodgers are merely a hurdle along path to ultimate goal
Dodgers overcame long odds in '04  Future looks bright for team in serious transition mode
New beginning for endings?  Cards, Dodgers shake hands on field after series finale
Game balls: Rating Game 4  Pujols, Suppan get a good look at the Arches
 Baseball Daily News / Dodgers
Pujols sends Dodgers packing  Suppan limits offense to just three hits
Thank you for believing  Right-hander appreciates support and electricity of fans
Beltre wraps up breakout season  Free-agent third baseman carried Dodgers offensively
Dodgers turn attention to offseason  Ventura announces retirement following Game 4 loss
Dodgers short hops  Pitching woes too much for LA to overcome
Notes: Perez to follow Lima's lead  Southpaw looks to put in place winning plan in Game 4
Sarah's Take: Lima Time is great  Dodgers feed off raucous crowd for Game 3 win
Jim Tracy pregame quotes  Skipper wants team to build off last night's excitment
Jeff Weaver pregame quotes  Starter wants chance to get back on the mound
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Suppan tosses gem in clincher  Cardinals pitcher wins Game 4 in homecoming
Sanders, Cards to enjoy win  Team will start thinking about NLCS on Tuesday
Pujols powers Cards into NLCS  Three-run homer puts away Dodgers in Game 4
Cards' big bats crucial in NLCS  Redbirds need more consistent production
Cardinals short hops  St. Louis shows dominance in many areas
Notes: Rolen unfazed by slump  Cardinals third baseman hitless in first three games
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager comments on pitching performances
Dave Duncan pregame quotes  Pitching coach talks preparing Cardinals pitchers
Tony La Russa pregame quotes  Manager likes club's chances on the road

10/9, GAME 3:  Dodgers 4, Cardinals 0  Wrap >
Lima Time silences Cardinals
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com  10/9/2004
Jose Lima tamed a vaunted St. Louis lineup that tormented Odalis Perez and Jeff Weaver in Games 1 and 2. He allowed just five hits total and no two-out hits until the eighth inning. He led cheers, pumped fists. Full story >
Lima carves spot in Dodgers lore  Fiery pitcher stands alongside LA greats with this effort
Game balls: Rating Game 3  Lima, Green get full load of Dodger Dogs
Dodgers eye another tomorrow  Perez must rebound; Cards start road-savvy Suppan
 Baseball Daily News / Dodgers
Lima Time silences Cardinals  Finley's two-out double plates two runs in third
We're going to do this for you  Lima credits fans for electric atmosphere in Game 3
Green sees power restored  Two homers give him three in series -- and a club record
Dodgers come through in clutch  Finley snaps 0-for-9 skid with two-run double
Dodgers fans keep the faith  Excitement returns to proud franchise
Dodgers short hops  Green trending upward with loud bat
Notes: Players work through nerves  Music, football serve as welcome distractions
Jose Lima Game 3 quotes  Complete-game winner reflects on important victory
Jim Tracy postgame quotes  Skipper discusses Lima's pitching performance
Finley, Green postgame quotes  Teammates talk staying alive in postseason
Perez gets another shot at Cards  Southpaw hopes to follow Lima's lead in Game 4
Jim Tracy pregame quotes  Manager comments on Dodgers' comeback style
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cardinals quieted by Lima  Dodgers avoid sweep, force Game 4 on Sunday
Sanders gives Dodgers credit  Cardinals ran into hot pitcher in Lima
Dodgers figure out Morris  Cardinals starter not as sharp as last outing in LA
Lima's bunt questioned  Cardinals think umpires made two mistakes on play
Cardinals short hops  Matheny's streak one trend that continues upward
Notes: Marquis joins bullpen  Pitcher available to pitch in relief in Game 4 if necessary
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager comments on pitching performances
Suppan makes playoff debut  Cardinals pitcher tries to finish off Dodgers in Game 4
Tony La Russa pregame quotes  Cardinals skipper sizes up Game 3

10/8, OFF-DAY
Schlegel: Dodgers seek remedy
By John Schlegel  10/8/2004
Stuck in an 0-2 hole, columnist John Schlegel says the Dodgers return to the familiar surroundings of Los Angeles needing their fans to duplicate the home-field edge the Cardinals had in St. Louis. Full story >
 Baseball Daily News / Dodgers
It's Lima Time, once and for all  Right-hander takes the mound for Game 3 on Saturday
Don't give up on us  Lima ready for Game 3 start in Los Angeles
Notes: Dodgers gaining experience  Tracy hopes club can take advantage of opportunities
O'Dowd: Don't count out Dodgers  Cardinals in control, but LA won't go quietly
Comeback Kids' time is now  Down two, Dodgers need to step up with two down
Jim Tracy workout day quotes  Manager confident in his team heading into Game 3
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Morris tries to wrap up sweep  Dodgers shut out by Cardinals hurler last month
Notes: Edmonds back in SoCal  Orange County native juggles ticket requests
O'Dowd: Don't count out Dodgers  Cardinals in control, but LA won't go quietly
Comeback Kids' time is now  Down two, Dodgers need to step up with two down
Tony La Russa workout day quotes  Cards approaching Game 3 ready to close out series
Matt Morris workout day quotes  Cardinals to give Morris the ball in Game 3

10/7, GAME 2:  Cardinals 8, Dodgers 3  Wrap >
Crooked innings lift Cards
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com  10/7/2004
Mike Matheny delivered a pair of two-run singles as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers to build a 2-0 lead in the NLDS. Full story >
Bottomless lineup packs wallop  Cardinals get huge boost from tail end of batting order
Game balls: Rating Game 2  Cards' bullpen and Matheny take the arches
 Baseball Daily News / Dodgers
Dodgers outslugged in Game 2  Werth, Bradley, Green go deep as LA falls to 0-2
Don't give up on us  Lima ready for Game 3 start in Los Angeles
Dodgers, DePodesta not panicking  Club heads back to Los Angeles facing elimination
Dodgers short hops  Pitching continues downward trend in Game 2
Notes: Bradley incident in the past  Ross starts behind the plate; Cora visited by brother
Gagne will likely see Game 2 action  Dodgers All-Star closer has not worked in a week
Tracy postgame quotes  Manager discusses Dodgers' Game 2 loss
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Eldred wins duel with Finley  Cardinals reliever retired slugger with bases loaded
Sanders to play through pain  Cardinals outfielder hit by pitch in Game 2
Renteria's clutch bat lifts Cardinals  Matheny drives in four runs in victory over Dodgers
Cardinals short hops  Two-out hitting continues upward trend
Notes: La Russa enjoying run  Cardinals skipper says he might manage for free
Cards deal with familiar schedule  Redbirds have swept last three NLDS appearances
La Russa postgame quotes  Manager talks about Cardinals offense, pitching

10/6, OFF-DAY
Schlegel: Will experience factor?
By John Schlegel  10/6/2004
The Cardinals entered their NLDS against the Dodgers with a significant edge in postseason experience. But will the current Dodgers' lack of playoff history translate into an early exit?
 Full story >
 Baseball Daily News / Dodgers
Beltre may have edge for MVP  Cardinals power trio could split vote
Notes: Looking for a comeback  Club hopes to keep winning with their backs to the wall
Weaver set for unfinished business  Righty eager for second chance to win in postseason
Jim Tracy, workout day quotes  Manager talks strategy for Game 2
Jeff Weaver, workout day quotes  Starter talks about staying focused prior to Game 2
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Matheny: It's all about winning  Two-time Gold Glover not concerned about numbers
Notes: Calero a nice surprise  Effective in playoff debut Tuesday
Marquis faces Dodgers in Game 2  Cardinals eyeing 2-0 lead Thursday in NLDS
Jason Marquis, workout day quotes  Game 2 starter addresses the media
Tony La Russa, workout day quotes  Manager takes questions regarding Game 2

10/5, GAME 1:  Cardinals 8, Dodgers 3  Wrap >
Cards overpower Dodgers
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com  10/6/2004
The Cardinals tied a postseason record with five homers as they cruised past the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS. Full story >
Cardinals more than answer the call  Five homers provide fireworks for St. Louis festivities
Game balls: Rating Game 1  Walker steals the arches in the opener at Busch
Dodgers must try to get even  Weaver takes mound against Cardinals' Marquis
 Baseball Daily News / Dodgers
Playoff 'pressure is on us'  Lima, Dodgers not discouraged by Game 1 results
Dodgers, Perez drop opener  Five St. Louis home runs send Los Angeles to defeat
Jim Tracy postgame quotes  Dodgers manager discusses fateful third inning
Bradley back in Dodgers lineup  Outfielder returns after five-game suspension
Dodgers short hops  Pitching a problem in Game 1 for Los Angeles
Notes: Division Series roster set  Tracy picks three catchers; Ishii, Nomo, Jackson left off
Tracy dives into first postseason  Fourth-year Dodgers skipper thrilled to be over hurdle
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Walker returns to playoffs in style  Cardinals slugger hits two home runs in victory
Cards overpower Dodgers  St. Louis sets NLDS mark with five homers in Game 1
Sanders praises Woody's start  Cardinals outfielder shares thoughts on Game 1
Larry Walker, Game 1 quotes  Cardinals outfielder happy to finally be in postseason
Cards tie postseason homer mark  Redbirds hit five homers to set NLDS record
Top multihomer postseason games  
Cardinals short hops  Redbirds don't flinch in opening game
Notes: Bullpen rested and ready  Cardinals relievers led National League in ERA
Cards confident in King, Kline  St. Louis boasts two of baseball's best lefty relievers

DODGERS-CARDINALS PREVIEW
Cards won't overlook Dodgers
By Mark Newman / MLB.com  10/4/2004
The Cardinals will not overlook the Dodgers, especially after St. Louis manager Tony La Russa lost to them in the 1988 World Series as skipper of the Oakland A's. Full story >
The GM factor in Cards-Dodgers  Different approaches led to same result for NLDS foes
Cardinals-Dodgers: Quick hits  Offense has been on a roll all season
Dodgers-Cardinals season series  St. Louis won four of six during regular season
Cardinals-Dodgers matchups  Stars at third base highlighted in series
Cards-Dodgers: Starting pitching  Williams, Perez face off in series opener
Cardinals-Dodgers NLDS probables  Veteran matchup set for Game 3
 Baseball Daily News / Dodgers
Perez grows into Dodger Blue  Southpaw set to make first career postseason start
Playoffs will be 'awesome'  Lima ready to deliver championship to LA fans
Notes: Three catchers on tap  Extra backstop allows for late-inning flexibility
'Rally Monday' fires up Dodger fans  Former players help lead charge at The Grove in LA
Dodgers ready for anything  Dramatic final week prepared L.A. for playoff pressure
Dodgers' postseason history  Storied franchise one of game's elite playoff clubs
Dodgers facts and figures  Los Angeles totals most wins since 1991
Dodgers monthly recap  Red-hot July sparks team to division
Welcome to Chavez Ravine  Postseason baseball returns to Dodger Stadium
Dodgers' defining moments  Division-clinching win the best of many for LA
How the Dodgers were built  At least five GMs contributed to building team
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cards turn to Woody in Game 1  Veteran overcame slow start to earn nod in opener
Walker back in postseason  Former MVP joined Cardinals in August trade
Notes: Best record doesn't matter  Cardinals try to avoid fate of other teams with top mark
Cards fans ready for playoffs  'Rally Monday' draws over 10,000 fans
Cards ready to add to magical year  Team primed, ready for postseason run
Cardinals, Dodgers to face off  Rematch of 1985 playoff series is in the offing
Cards facts and figures  Win total matches second-highest in club history
Cardinals' defining moments  Comeback win over Cubs in July was huge
Cardinals postseason history  St. Louis making fourth playoff appearance in 5 years
How the Cardinals were built  Jocketty assembles a potent roster
Cards set for postseason rally  All eight playoff teams holding 'Rally Monday'
Fans make Busch special  'Sea of red' responsible for stadium's feel
Cardinals monthly recap  Mid-summer hot streak propels St. Louis