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.
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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.
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker (12) talks with starting pitcher Johnny Cueto on the mound in the fourth inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Last Tuesday evening before the Pirates beat the “bejeezus” out of the Cincy Reds to advance to the NLDS; I was sitting in the press box after the game had concluded trying to find the words to put down on paper that would make sense to all who dared pick up a New Pittsburgh Courier and read my thoughts. I was continuing to try to make sense of how the Pirates disposed of the Reds and as a result sent Cincy manager Dusty Baker to the unemployment line. However, I am reasonably certain that none of us will see Monsieur Baker in the express line at Giant Eagle swiping his EBT food stamp card.
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…
Felix Pie (26), Marlon Byrd (2) and Andrew McCutchen celebrate their 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) by Genaro ArmasAP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) – Toast them with a bottle of Iron City. Wear that 1970s-era Pittsburgh painter’s cap with pride. Celebrate the end of “The Streak.” Just don’t expect the Pirates to join in the fun. There’s an NL Central title to win.
HOT HITTER–Pittsburgh Pirates’ Russell Martin, right, is congratulated by teammate John McDonald after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) by R.B. Fallstrom ST. LOUIS (AP) — It was a milestone day for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who took the NL Central lead for the first time since last July and reached 15 wins in April for the first time since 1992.