In this multiple exposure image, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by Ronald BlumAP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — One is 22, brimming with vigor and riding a hot streak in the dawn of his career, the other is 36, injected with a painkiller just to make it on the field and refusing to succumb to discomfort during his first and perhaps last chance to earn that elusive ring. Michael Wacha and Carlos Beltran, both trying to make the most of their first World Series, helped lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night that evened the matchup at a game apiece. “It’s the World Series, big-time game,” Wacha said. Wacha bested John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, Beltran provided a big hit and this time it was the Red Sox who were tripped up by fielding failures. “Somebody would have to kill me in order for me to get out of the lineup,” said Beltran, undeterred by bruised ribs that landed him in the hospital a night earlier.
Tag: NL Central
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright celebrates after striking out Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez for the final out of Game 5 of a National League baseball division series, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)by R.B. FallstromAP Sportswriter ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright went all the way and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from David Freese and Matt Adams to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday night, advancing to the NL championship series.
Pedro Alvarez rounds third after getting the Pirates’ only hit of the game, a solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha in the eighth inning of Game 4 of a National League baseball division series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano answers a question during a press conference before a baseball workout in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Liriano is…
by R.B. FallstromAP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) – Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played like veterans. Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at a game apiece.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Marlon Byrd smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball…
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Latos, center, and his wife Dallas, right, touring the Reds museum in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael E. Keating) by Joe MandakAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police say they’re not filing charges against a Pirates fan accused of punching and pulling the hair of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos’ wife during the National League wild-card game. Sgt. John Fisher says police broke up an argument involving Dallas Latos and other Cincinnati and Pirates fans at a bar inside PNC Park during the Pirates’ 6-2 win Tuesday night.
by Joe KayAP Baseball Writer CINCINNATI (AP) – The preliminaries are done. On to Pittsburgh and the playoffs. Jordy Mercer had a triple and an inside-the-park homer, and the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-2 victory Sunday that was mostly an afterthought for teams looking ahead to a rematch in Pittsburgh.
Home plate umpire Mike DiMuro calls Chicago Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz out at home as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin shows DiMuro the ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) by Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The long wait is over, Pittsburgh. Your Pirates are finally headed back to the postseason. After a 21-year absence, the Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis. Now, they can turn their attention toward bigger goals, the kind that seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream through all those losing seasons.
Marlon Byrd waits his turn during batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t wasting any time putting newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd to work. Byrd will bat cleanup on Wednesday night when the Pirates host the Milwaukee Brewers. Pittsburgh acquired Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday hoping to bolster its offense as the franchise searches for its first playoff berth in 21 years. The 35-year-old Byrd says he was a little stunned about the trade, which came on the same day the Mets were giving fans at Citi Field T-shirts celebrating Byrd’s tremendous season. Byrd joked he didn’t even pick up a T-shirt before joining Buck for the six-hour drive from New York to Pittsburgh. Byrd says he has some unfinished business of his own. The 12-year veteran is still waiting to make his playoff debut.