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League Championship Series
Championship Series:
AL: Red Sox-Yankees, Gm 7
NL: Astros-Cardinals, Gm 7
Division Series:
AL: Twins-Yankees
AL: Red Sox-Angels
NL: Dodgers-Cards
NL: Astros-Braves

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10/21, GAME 7:  Cardinals 5, Astros 2  Wrap >
Cards heading to World Series
By Matthew Leach /  10/21/2004
Scott Rolen's home run off Astros ace Roger Clemens lifted the Cardinals to their first World Series since 1987. Full story >
A celebration of greatness  NLCS provided beautiful display of baseball at its best
Fall Classic will be well red  Redbirds to meet Red Sox in 2004 World Series
Game balls: Rating Game 7  Rolen blasts Cards back to first Series since 1987
Facts machine  Home teams get split decision in 2004 LCS Game 7's
GMC Professional Grade NLCS Game 7 Report Card  
Complete NLCS stats  Games 1-7 by the numbers  
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
One step short of the goal  Astros' dream run ends with heartbreaking Game 7 loss
Charmed run for Series falls short  Biggio leads off with homer, but Cards pull away late
Clemens thankful for special year  Rocket gracious in defeat after taking loss in Game 7
Gallo: Club proud of thrilling season  Astros took their game to another level in second half
Biggio belts record-setting homer  First-inning blast sets new NLCS mark with 24
Notes: Club eager to play Game 7  GM Hunsicker proud of Astros, win or lose
Phil Garner postgame quotes  Manager says his team had a fantastic run
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
MVP Pujols wins superstar battle  Cardinals slugger, Beltran thrived on bright NLCS stage
Rolen's 'little' homer big for Cards  Third baseman's blast puts St. Louis ahead to stay
Edmonds' catch deflates Astros  Highlight-reel dive snuffs potential rally in second
Suppan gets the job done  Cardinals veteran has pitched both series clinchers
St. Louis 'pen steps up in clutch  Relievers limit Astros to one run in final two games
Cards ready for next challenge  St. Louis to face Boston for third time in Fall Classic
Williams to start Fall Classic opener  Haren, Carpenter are wild cards for Cardinals
La Russa returns to Fall Classic  Cards skipper trying to join Anderson in record book
Notes: Womack shrugs off spasms  Cedeno remains on bench; bullpen stocked for Game 7
Rolen, Pujols postgame quotes  Teammates discuss winning NLCS pennant
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager says he has a unique club

10/20, GAME 6:  Cardinals 6, Astros 4  Wrap >
Cardinals even up NLCS
By Matthew Leach /  10/20/2004
Jim Edmonds crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Cards past the Astros in Game 6 of the NLCS. Full story >
Spirit of St. Louis flies sky high  Redbirds pass big test with clutch Game 6 victory
Despite loss, Astros in good shape  Houston has rested Clemens ready for Game 7
Pujols, Beltran simply super  Both players have made NLCS a personal playground
Seven help us  Thrill-a-minute NLCS comes down to decisive game
Game balls: Rating Game 6  Tavarez's redeeming outing sets up Edmonds' heroics
GMC Professional Grade NLCS Game 6 Report Card  
NLCS stats  Games 1-6 by the numbers  
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Astros drop Game 6 nail-biter  Bagwell ties it in the ninth, but Cards homer wins it in 12
Rocket ready to fire in Game 7  Astros thrilled to have ace on hill in NLCS finale
Astros short hops  Club gears for yet another must-win situation
Gallo: We're ready for Game 7  Reliever impressed with bullpen's efforts
Notes: Lamb gets first playoff start  Third baseman in Game 6 lineup in place of Ensberg
Facts machine  Home teams get split decision in 2004 LCS Game 7's
Phil Garner postgame quotes  Thinks Game 7 will be another close, good game
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Punchy Tavarez terrific in return  Reliever tosses two perfect innings with broken fingers
Suppan set for Game 7 start  Cards right-hander tossed NLDS clincher over Dodgers
Cardinals short hops  Bullpen pitches seven impressive innings
Sanders: Cards showed heart  Bullpen key to Game 6 victory over Houston
Womack leaves with back spasms  Second baseman's status for Game 7 unknown
Notes: Tavarez fine eats at skipper  La Russa says Cards unfairly treated; lineup unchanged
Pujols, Edmonds postgame quotes  Players say there's no one hero on the team
Jeff Suppan postgame quotes  Pitcher talks about making deciding Game 7 start

10/19, OFF-DAY
Molony: Munro the right move
By Jim Molony  10/19/2004
Some might second-guess Phil Garner's decision to start Pete Munro over future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens in Game 6 of the NLCS, but the Astros skipper made the right call. Full story >
Unfamiliar situation for St. Louis  Pressure on Cards heading back to Busch for Game 6
NLCS Game 6 Hotsheet  10 things to consider before Wednesday's game
Astros, Red Sox try to make history  Comebacks would be record-setting
Facts machine  NLCS Game 6 can be dramatic
NLCS stats  Games 1-5 by the numbers  
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Garner turns to Munro for Game 6  Righty confident he can help Astros reach Fall Classic
Lidge making a name for himself  Astros closer emerging as star, much like K-Rod in '02
Notes: Rave reviews for Lidge  Astros closer being compared to Yankees' Rivera
Pete Munro off-day quotes  Pitcher talks about his reaction to getting Game 6 start
Phil Garner off-day quotes  Manager discusses decision to start Munro Game 6
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cards counting on Morris  Redbirds need victory in Game 6 to avoid elimination
Carpenter throws off mound  Injured Cardinals ace encouraged by outing
Notes: Cards happy to be home  Redbirds undefeated at Busch this postseason
Walk down memory lane  Cards' 1964 heroes recall World Series upset of Yanks
Matt Morris off-day quotes  Cardinals pitcher believes in his team
Tony La Russa off-day quotes  Cardinals manager talks about endurance

10/18, GAME 5:  Astros 3, Cardinals 0  Wrap >
Astros walk off with NLCS lead
By Alyson Footer /  10/18/2004
Jeff Kent's three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Houston Astros to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Full story >
Texas-sized victory in Game 5  Kent's magic brings Astros one win from World Series
Astros, Cards downright defensive  Both teams play huge in the field to back pitchers' duel
Unfamiliar situation for St. Louis  Pressure on Cards heading back to Busch for Game 6
Game balls: Rating Game 5  Kent, Astros are Backe in the high life again
NLCS stats  Games 1-5 by the numbers  
GMC Professional Grade NLCS Game 5 Report Card  
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Backe's brilliance boosts Astros  Remarkable rookie allows one hit in eight solid innings
Garner mulls over Game 6 starter  Manager debating whether to start Clemens or Munro
No homers, but Beltran does deliver  Center fielder makes great grab, starts winning rally
Gallo: Thrill of the walk-off  Reliever tips his cap to heroic efforts of Backe, Lidge
Astros short hops  Teams set record for fewest hits in an NLCS game
Notes: Game 6 starter undecided  Vizcaino is where he wants to be; Garner relaxed
Facts machine  Astros virtually unbeatable at home since late August
Decibels toll for hometown Astros  Minute Maid Park fans emerge as 10th man for Houston
Jeff Kent postgame quotes  Second baseman talks about his game-winning homer
Brandon Backe postgame quotes  Pitcher says he channeled his emotions on the mound
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cardinals fall on homer in ninth  Redbirds trail 3-2 in NLCS after Astros' Game 5 victory
Williams a one-hit wonder  Cards' starter takes no-decision despite tossing gem
Cards confident heading home  St. Louis winners in last four playoff games at Busch
Cardinals short hops  Redbirds face elimination after third straight loss
Sanders not disappointed by loss  Outfielder says Cards simply lost well-played game
Tavarez injures left hand  Cards reliever broke two bones after leaving game
Notes: Carp making progress  Cards ace might be cleared to resume pitching soon
Facts machine  Cards' pen not as sharp in NLCS as in regular season
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager likes team's chances Wednesday

10/17, GAME 4:  Astros 6, Cardinals 5  Wrap >
Astros draw even in NLCS
By Alyson Footer /  10/17/2004
Carlos Beltran's tie-breaking solo homer off Julian Tavarez in the seventh frame lifted the Houston Astros to a 6-5 win, and tied the best-of-seven National League Championship Series at 2 before a sellout crowd of 42,760 Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Full story >
Beltran emerging as Señor Octubre  Carlos' record homer streak has Astros back in NLCS
Backe in the saddle  Astros hope young righty can defeat Williams in Game 5
Game balls: Rating Game 4  Beltran bops out breaking ball to lead Astros to victory
La Russa remembers '89 quake  Skipper led A's to World Series sweep over Giants
Early NLCS fireworks continue  Clubs have scored a total of 13 runs in opening frame
NLCS stats  Games 1-4 by the numbers  
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
'Lights Out' Lidge slams door  Wheeler earns Game 4 win with solid relief work
Berkman enjoying the ride  Red-hot outfielder content as Beltran shines brightly
Backe back on mound for Game 5  Righty aims to pitch Astros to 3-2 NLCS lead at home
Gallo: Bullpen can get the job done  Astros feed off positive energy from hometown fans
Facts machine  Astros virtually unbeatable at home since late August
Astros short hops  Club has momentum, history on its side after win
Notes: Lidge available for Game 4  Clemens exudes intensity; Astros fans backing Backe
Carlos Beltran postgame quotes  Discusses his very productive offensive postseason
Lance Berkman postgame quotes  Right fielder discusses the team attitude
Brad Lidge postgame quotes  Closer addresses media after Houston evens series
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cards see early lead slip away  Pujols homers, drives in three runs against Astros
Homer unnerves Tavarez  Reliever tagged with loss; Cards 'pen struggles
Another big day for Pujols  Cardinals slugger connects for third NLCS homer
Williams set for start before family  Texas native to take the hill for Cardinals in Game 5
Facts machine  Cards' pen not as sharp in NLCS as in regular season
Cardinals short hops  Redbirds watch another NLCS lead vanish
Cardinals' Sanders still confident  Outfielder not in lineup for Game 4 loss to Astros
Notes: Mabry starts in left  Molina spells Matheny at catcher in Game 4
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager talks about Game 4 loss, Cards' pitching

10/16, GAME 3:  Astros 5, Cardinals 2  Wrap >
Astros ride Clemens in Game 3
By Alyson Footer /  10/16/2004
The Astros knew they could absolutely not afford to lose another game against the Cardinals. That's probably why only Roger Clemens and Brad Lidge pitched in this game, and probably also why the Astros won, 5-2. Full story >
Clemens cements greatness label  Pitcher is at his best when Astros need him the most
Marquis matchup ahead for Roy  Oswalt hopes to match Clemens' gem in Game 4
Game balls: Rating Game 3  Astros get star turn from Clemens in victory
Video tribute honors Caminiti  Former slugger remembered before Game 3
NLCS stats  Games 1-3 by the numbers  
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Bittersweet time for Astros' Pettitte  Happy for wife, Clemens, but wishes he was pitching
Lidge saves game, maybe series  Astros closer silences Cardinals when it counts most
Kent all business after big homer  Second baseman just happy to help Astros prevail
Beltran having tater-ific NLCS  Astros star belts seventh long ball of postseason
Beltran pulls into tie with Bonds  Sluggers share single-season playoff homer mark
Astros short hops  NLCS runs continue to score courtesy of long ball
Gallo: Astros matching up well  Houston's offense proving just as potent as St. Louis'
Facts machine  Astros virtually unbeatable at home since late August
Oswalt ready for crucial start  NL's only 20-game winner to face Cards on Sunday
Notes: Garner hoping to relax  Pair of aces in weekend games could give 'pen a rest
Roger Clemens postgame quotes  Rocket discusses his winning performance
Phil Garner postgame quotes  Manager comments on Clemens, Lidge, Beltran
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Clemens slows down Cardinals  Walker, Edmonds homer for Redbirds' only runs
After tough first, Suppan impresses  Right-hander retires last 10 hitters faced in Game 3
Cards 'pen shrugs off rough Game 3  Haren, King surrender long balls late in loss to Astros
Marquis focused on Game 4 start  Righty not upset about getting pushed back
Cardinals short hops  Game 3 continues to torment Cards hitters
Facts machine  Cards' pen not as sharp in NLCS as in regular season
Notes: Ailing Kline rejoins club  Cards lefty likely unavailable for a day or two
For 63 years, Cards all Red  Hall of Famer Schoendienst still enjoys role in game
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Despite loss, manager pleased with team's play
Jason Marquis pregame quotes  Cardinals pitcher on bouncing back from last start

10/15, OFF-DAY
Will NLCS power surge continue?
By Mark Newman /  10/15/2004
After watching the Cardinals and Astros combine for 11 home runs, 27 runs and 41 hits in the first two games of the NLCS, one only can wonder what might be in store when the series moves to Minute Maid Park for Game 3 at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Full story >
Astros like their aces in the hole  Clemens, Oswalt give Houston plenty of confidence
Astros' Beltran peaking at right time  Bagwell: 'He's someone I'd pay to watch play'
NLCS Game 3 Hotsheet  10 things to chew on before Saturday's game
NLCS stats  Games 1 and 2 by the numbers  
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Clemens gets ball at crunch time  Rocket charged up for Game 3 start against Cardinals
Wheeler a bright spot in bullpen  Righty has pitched four scoreless innings in NLCS
Notes: Astros remember Caminiti  Ex-teammates attend service for gritty third baseman
Phil Garner off-day quotes  Manager discusses the attitude of the club
Roger Clemens off-day quotes  Pitcher happy to share the excitement in Houston
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cards turn to Suppan in Game 3  Redbirds starter pitched clincher in NLDS
Kline gets good news on finger  Cardinals reliever might only miss two games
Notes: Cedeno might start  Cards outfielder has strong numbers vs. Clemens
Tony La Russa off-day quotes  Manager not worried about team losing focus
Jeff Suppan off-day quotes  Comments on going head-to-head with Clemens

10/14, GAME 2:  Cardinals 6, Astros 4  Wrap >
Cards win with long ball
By Matthew Leach /  10/14/2004
Scott Rolen belted two of the Cardinals' four homers as they scored all their runs via the long ball to beat the Astros. Full story >
Cards scarier with Rolen rolling  Banged-up cleanup hitter puts a hurting on Astros
Astros like their aces in the hole  Clemens, Oswalt give Houston plenty of confidence
From big chill to big thrill  Cards overcome brisk weather to tally four jacks
Game balls: Rating Game 2  Cardinals go deep four times to take 2-0 lead
GMC NLCS Game 2 Report Card  
Umpire Rapuano leaves Game 2  Comes out of game in second inning with dizziness
Pujols stars in glove story  Umps rule first baseman didn't throw glove at ball
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Game 2 escapes Astros late  Ensberg, two RBIs; Beltran hits sixth homer of playoffs
Astros' bullpen woes strike again  Houston relievers can't preserve Game 2 lead
Astros pleased with Munro's effort  Righty not bothered by inclement conditions
Astros short hops  Club struggling to keep up with Cards in homer contest
Gallo: No sense of urgency  Confident Astros looking forward to home games
Beltran pulls into tie with Bonds  Sluggers share single-season playoff homer mark
Notes: Kent shrugs off bum ankle  New faces help offense come alive in postseason
Scruffy 'Stros shun shaves  It's 'win or use a razor' for some Houston players
Phil Garner postgame quotes  Manager discussses choices in Game 2
Morgan Ensberg postgame quotes  Third baseman talks about Astros' frustrations
Phil Garner pregame quotes  Astros manager discusses his team's chances
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Pujols' power lifts Cards in playoffs  Slugger's swats key homer, fourth of postseason
'Pen holds off Astros, but Kline hurt  Southpaw leaves after two hitters; Calero clutch in win
Cardinals short hops  Redbirds in unfamiliar territory with 2-0 series lead
Sanders not overconfident  Cardinals focused as series shifts to Houston
Facts machine  History on Cardinals' side
Notes: Carpenter's return unlikely  La Russa: 'It would be a big surprise if he is ready'
Frankly speaking, food sales brisk  Busch concessionaire keeps busy during playoffs
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Skipper pleased with club's effort in first two games
Rolen, Pujols postgame quotes  Cardinals stars look to keep playing well in Houston
Tony La Russa pregame quotes  Cardinals manager talks about strategy

10/13, GAME 1:  Cardinals 10, Astros 7  Wrap >
Cards overpower Astros
By Matthew Leach /  10/14/2004
Jim Edmonds drove in three runs, Albert Pujols homered and Larry Walker almost hit for the cycle as the Cards beat the Astros. Full story >
Cardinals are jacks of all trades  Small ball, long ball -- these Redbirds can do it all
Brace for live bats in Game 2  Morris, Munro assigned task of slowing potent offenses
Game balls: Rating Game 1  Cardinals use big inning to get best of Astros
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Quartet of homers can't save Astros  Beltran blasts fifth home run of postseason
Munro to make first playoff start  Right-hander earns nod in Game 2 of NLCS
Bad breaks plague Astros in opener  Backe: 'They were lucky, we were not'
Beltran stays hot at plate in NLCS  Center fielder hits fifth homer of 2004 postseason
Beltran pulls into tie with Bonds  Sluggers share single-season playoff homer mark
Astros short hops  Offense is there, but bullpen yields too much
Notes: Astros underdogs yet again  Houston doesn't mind that St. Louis is NLCS favorite
Gallo: It's going to be a slugfest  Despite a few bad breaks, Game 1 is a positive sign
Phil Garner postgame quotes  Manager comments on pivitol sixth inning
Pete Munro, pregame quotes  Game 2 starter thinks team enjoys underdog role
Phil Garner, pregame quotes  Says he'll give his players best chance to perform
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cards put game away in sixth  Six-run rally too much for Astros to overcome
Cards hope for 'good' Morris  Game 2 starter has struggled to be consistent
Rolen snaps playoff skid  Cardinals third baseman delivers key RBI single
Walker stars in his first NLCS game  Veteran outfielder collects single, double, triple
Redbirds plate double-digit runs  Big night for bats among top Cards postseason games
Cardinals short hops  Current club most powerful since Gas House Gang
Sanders lauds Game 1 victory  Cardinals outfielder pleased with team effort
Notes: Righty seeks playoff return  Carpenter receives encouraging news from doctor
Larry Walker postgame quotes  Slugger talks about Cards' potent lineup
Albert Pujols postgame quotes  Says veterans know how to come up big
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager pleased with team's constant composure
Matt Morris, pregame quotes  Game 2 starter says control is the key

Rest entirely up to Astros, Cardinals
By Barry M. Bloom /  10/12/2004
After battling past the Braves in five games, the Astros are plain tuckered out. After breezing past the Dodgers, the Cardinals are well-rested. Which team does that favor? We'll find out starting Wednesday night in St. Louis. Full story >
NLCS Game 1 Hotsheet  10 topics buzzing around the Cardinals and Astros
Red-hot Astros still an underdog  Houston's on a roll, but Cardinals as good as it gets
Walker, Beltran enjoying new spots  Midseason acquisitions mean the world to new clubs
NLCS closers a special breed  Isringhausen, Lidge remain cool in pressure situations
Astros-Cards head to head  How the teams fared against each other in 2004
Position analysis: Cards vs. Astros  Breaking down the NLCS position matchups
Pitching analysis: Cards vs. Astros  Breaking down the NLCS mound matchups
O Zone in the postseason  RISP statistic provides insight into series outcomes
 Baseball Daily News / Astros
Backe to start Game 1 for Astros  Big-game success has team believing in youngster
Garner's success a familiar story  Astros manager takes road similar to Marlins' McKeon
Astros staff ready to take it to Cards  Houston hurlers won't quake in face of monster lineup
Notes: Rotation has different look  Astros comfortable, but humble, facing the Cards
Besting Braves like living a dream  But Astros reliever says more special moments await
Astros have date with rival Cards  Club has won six of its last seven games vs. St. Louis
Astros keys to victory in NLCS  Five points for Houston to hit on road to World Series
Brandon Backe, workout quotes  Pitcher talks about being named Game 1 starter
Phil Garner, workout day quotes  Astros manager talks about NLCS challenges
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Williams gets start in Game 1  Right-hander grew up in Houston rooting for Astros
Respect won't prevent rivalry  Cards anticipate hard-fought series against Astros
La Russa has Cards on road to ring  Cards skipper makes ninth appearance in LCS
Notes: Suppan makes impression  Right-hander would start possible Game 7
No secrets between Cards, Astros  Division rivals well versed in each other's tendencies
Cards to hook up with Astros  NL Central rivals to square off in NLCS
Cardinals keys to victory in NLCS  Five things for St. Louis to accomplish on path to victory
Tony La Russa, workout day quotes  Cardinals manager on pitching rotation
Woody Williams, workout quotes  Cards starter looks forward to Game 1