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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Cardinals arms abundant in strengths

    Mark Simon

    Today on Sweet Spot, Anna McDonald profiled five of the St. Louis Cardinals top young arms who could be key to the team's hopes of a division title. We looked at each of those pitchers from a statistical perspective (and threw in one other, Kevin ...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  15. Young pitchers play big roles for Cardinals

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- Something catches your eye during batting practice. As a ball flies high toward center field, one of the Cardinals' rookie relievers tosses his glove into the air in an attempt to see whether it will catch the ball. Ah, youth. Do you rem...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  16. Burnett, Martin key to Pirates' title hopes

    Anna McDonald

    ST. LOUIS -- It's the kind of baseball weather in which every kid in the neighborhood should be out playing baseball: 76 degrees, sunny and late summer. Russell Martin and A.J. Burnett are working together on the field like two old pals playing a gam...

    Blog | August 15, 2013