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  1. Cardinals' chef helps team eat healthy

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Chef Simon Lusky strolled through a supermarket just outside of Philipsburg, Pa., with St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Adams and his parents. The country store looked like a slice of Americana and they were looking for a lean piece of m...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  2. Shelby Miller remains a work in progress

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Doing his own laundry, that was difficult. There were also times when he was homesick. Shelby Miller was away from his family and in a totally different environment. Miller, taken 19th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the June 20...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  3. Rays focused on winning, not deadline

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Even with all the trade rumors surrounding David Price, Rays manager Joe Maddon hasn't pulled Price aside to talk to him about how he should handle the approaching trade deadline. "I'm really not into that stuff," said Maddon. "I cou...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  4. Braves stress the importance of defense

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Andrelton Simmons' eyes tell him everything. He stands where the infield dirt meets the outfield grass. He prepares, knowing where each batter tends to hit the ball. He anticipates where the swing and the pitch will intersect, yet he say...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  5. Jonathan Lucroy talks clutch hitting

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- At the beginning of the season who would have thought, with the well-established careers of Yadier Molina and Buster Posey, that another catcher in the National League would make the strongest case to start the All-Star Game? Molina h...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  6. What makes the Giants click

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- When Michael Morse signed with the Giants this winter, Barry Bonds gave him some advice about hitting at AT&T Park. "Take the right-field wall out of play, because there's no other field with that kind of wall," Morse recalled Bon...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  7. Pence: Wild they brought the scooter back

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Brandon Belt thought Hunter Pence would never get his stolen scooter back. "I mean it's just a nice piece of equipment," Belt said before a recent game in St. Louis. "It's not something you just get back. It was pretty crazy when it s...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  8. Aaron Harang one of 2014's big surprises

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Aaron Harang knew he still had the drive to play baseball. He knew he wasn't done. Still, at home in San Diego this offseason his phone wasn't ringing. Teams weren't calling like they had in years past. After 12 years in the majors, comi...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  9. Uggla still searching for an answer

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Dan Uggla is going through his typical pregame routine just as he always has. He's playing cards with his teammates before batting practice. He's laughing and smiling as the team stretches on the field. You would never know he's in the m...

    Blog | May 25, 2014
  10. ICYMI: SweetSpot hits of the week

    Anna McDonald

    Well, what a week for baseball! From Albert Pujols entering the 500-home run club to Jose Fernandez redefining brilliant pitching to Michael Pineda being suspended 10 games for possessing a foreign substance on his person, baseball fans have seen it ...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  11. Tony Cingrani: Grip it and rip it

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Tony Cingrani will find holes in a hitter's swing and exploit them with his electric fastball. As one of the game's most exciting young arms, he has found success in the majors in the most unconventional way, without calculated thoughts ...

    Blog | April 13, 2014
  12. Pruett heir remembers Ruthian legacy

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Dr. Don Pruett still walks quickly through his house for a 78-year-old. As he moves from room to room he limps a little, more from the passage of time and a life spent walking up and down hospital hallways than from an injury. We stop at...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  13. More teams hiring assistant hitting coaches

    Anna McDonald

    Last season the Washington Nationals went 3-6 against the Atlanta Braves in one-run games. What if the Nationals had been able to squeeze six more runs across the plate against the Braves? If they could have tied those games maybe then baseball's end...

    Blog | February 10, 2014
  14. Bryce Harper is trying to fatten up

    Anna McDonald

    At 5:30 a.m., I stumble out of bed in the dark trying not to trip over the sleeping dogs on the bedroom floor. I'm on my way to go for a morning run in the snow and cold. What I really want to do is crawl back into bed, have a doughnut and coffee and...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  15. Matt Carpenter on his MVP-caliber season

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- With just a few games left in the season and a playoff spot clinched, Cardinals' third-base coach Jose Oquendo hits groundballs before a recent game against the Nationals to Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso and Rafael Furcal. They field b...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  16. Michael Wacha enjoys his no-no near-miss

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- On Michael Wacha's ninth career start and just 15th major league appearance, he was one out away from a no-hitter. Wacha, 22, said he knew from the first inning he had a no-hitter going. "You know if you give up a hit or not," said W...

    Blog | September 25, 2013