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NLCS 2013: Cardinals blow out Dodgers, advance to World Series

The Cardinals chased Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw with ease, beating the Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the NLCS Friday night to advance to their second World Series in three seasons.

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The Dodgers' bad breaks in the 2013 NLCS

The Cardinals are in the World Series. But if just one of any number of breaks had gone the other way, it could have been the Dodgers instead.

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Cardinals' Allen Craig 1B 'ready' for World Series

Craig has missed six weeks, but believes he could be a boon to the Cardinals as they seek a 12th World Series championship.

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Cardinals win NLCS, in GIF form

The Dodgers were excited before Game 6 of the NLCS, but the optimism quickly went away thanks to a barrage of hits from the Cardinals.

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Wacha earns MVP honors

The Cardinals' outstanding rookie hurler has allowed a grand total of one run in 21 postseason innings.

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The Cards are in the World Series

The Cardinals took control with a four-run third inning against Clayton Kershaw and never looked back.

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Cardinals dominating Dodgers

The Redbirds are three innings away from clinching their second trip to the World Series in three years.

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NLCS umps unhappy with Puig

The NLCS umps won't tolerate any more of Puig's antics, apparently.

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Cards lead Dodgers, 4-0

A disastrous third inning for Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers has the Cardinals in control.

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Dodgers, Cards scoreless through 2

The Cardinals have stranded a pair of runners in scoring position through two innings.

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NLCS Game 6 pregame shenanigans

The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals began Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in about as unconventional a way as possible.

While Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was finishing his pregame warmup tosses, Dodgers reserve outfielder Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly engaged in a last-man-standing staring contest. It seems the two remained in their places at the end of the singing of the National Anthem, waiting to see who'd be the first to leave the field.

After more than 12 minutes just standing there -- Van Slyke's teammates put a batting helmet on his head to help his case -- both players were forced to retreat to the dugout by home plate umpire Greg Gibson, who appeared none too pleased with the shenanigans and told them to get off the field so everyone else could play ball.

Looks like it's going to be a fun one in St. Louis.

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Ramirez back in lineup

It looks like Don Mattingly couldn't keep Hanley Ramirez's bat out of the Dodgers' lineup after all.

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Hanley Ramirez out of Dodgers' Game 6 lineup

Yasiel Puig hits cleanup for the Dodgers, and Shane Robinson gets his first start of the postseason for the Cardinals.

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Mattingly considering lineup change for Game 6

Mattingly may split up left-handed hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Either.

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You can't hate the Dodgers

... or the St. Louis Cardinals. Or, at any rate, you shouldn't.

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NL pennant could be decided in Game 6

The Cardinals can seal a trip to the World Series with a victory on Friday night over the Dodgers.

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Dodgers stay alive, in GIF form

The Dodgers stayed alive in the NLCS with the help of a bunch of home runs and a big double play.

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Dodgers stay alive with 6-4 victory

A quartet of home runs and a solid effort from starter Zack Greinke helped send the NLCS back to St. Louis for a Game 6.

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Puig loses ball in the sun

Things are always exciting when Yasiel Puig is on the field. The Cuban phenom has been mostly quiet in Game 5, but as he does, he found his way into the spotlight eventually. The spotlight, in this case, being the sun.

Matt Holliday hit a lazy fly ball to right to start the ninth, but Puig lost the ball on its way down:

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The sun is brutal at this time of day at Chavez Ravine, so there's no much blame to be laid on Puig -- especially given that his shades were down. He did take his time getting to the ball once it landed, however, allowing Holliday to take second.

Holliday eventually scored on a single from Matt Adams to make the score 6-3. The Cardinals now have the tying run on first with two outs in the ninth.

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Ellis home run pushes Dodger lead to 5-2

It seems the Dodgers are trying to make up for their lack of NLCS home runs in one fell swoop. Catcher A.J. Ellis extended the lead in the seventh with the club's third solo home run of the day:

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Ellis' dinger, which came off of one-time Cardinals closer Edward Mujica, is the first of his brief postseason career. Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford went deep with solo shots earlier in the game.

The Dodgers have a 5-2 lead headed into the eighth with set-up man Brian Wilson coming in.

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Dodgers ahead 4-2 after 6

St. Louis had opportunities to get to Zack Greinke early, but couldn't knock him out. The right-hander has now retired nine straight as the game heads to the seventh.

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Crawford HR extends Dodgers lead

Held without a home run for the first four games of the NLCS, the Dodgers have broken out with two solo shots through five innings in Game 5. The latest came off the bat of left fielder Carl Crawford, giving Los Angeles a 4-2 lead heading into the sixth:

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The dinger is Crawford's fourth of this postseason alone, which is one more than he had in 21 games of playoff experience before this October.

Adrian Gonzalez got the Dodgers off the homer snide in the third, launching a Mickey Mouse solo shot into the seats.

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Dodgers lead 3-2 after 4

A solo blast from Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the third broke a 2-2 tie.

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A-Gon bomb gives Dodgers 3-2 lead

Time to finally put away your pitching duel hats, folks. Through three innings, Game 5 between the Cardinals and Dodgers has all the makings of a barn-burner.

Adrian Gonzalez broke the 2-2 tie with two outs in the third, launching a pitch from Joe Kelly into the right-field bleachers:

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After mashing seven home runs in the division, the The Dodgers had none through the first four games of the NLCS. Well, now make that one for Adrian "Mickey Mouse" Gonzalez:

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The Dodgers take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

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XBHs from Beltran, Holliday tie game

The Dodgers jumped out to the 2-0 lead in the second, but the Cardinals have answered right back with two of their own in the third.

Zack Greinke easily retired his pitching counterpart Joe Kelly to start the inning, but then surrendered four straight hits. After a single from Matt Carpenter, postseason demigod Carlos Beltran got St. Louis on the board with an RBI triple off the wall in center:

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This is the point where Dodgers fans gripe about having Ethier -- who rates as really bad defensively in right field when healthy -- playing center field injured. Matt Holliday followed Beltran's three-bagger with an extra-base hit of his own, hitting a laser off the left-center wall for a game-tying double.

Greinke eventually got out of the jam with his second double play of the day.

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Dodgers lead 2-0 thru 2 in Game 5

The Dodgers are out to an early two-run lead through two in Game 5. St. Louis had a great chance to take an early lead in the first, but couldn't break through against Zack Greinke, who helped his own cause with an RBI single.

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Greinke escapes crisis in 1st

Three batters into Game 5, it appeared that Dodgers starter Zack Greinke was headed for a very long day. A four-pitch walk book-ended by bloop singles put the right-hander in a bases-loaded, no-out crisis in the first inning of an elimination game -- the scenario of his worst nightmares, essentially.

But, somehow, he escaped. After getting clean-up hitter Matt Adams to whiff at a 2-2 breaking ball, Greinke got a double-play chopper down to third from Yadier Molina to end the threat:

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The angle on the GIF doesn't illustrate it well, but the ball bounced just over third-base bag. An inch to the left, and the umpire probably would have called it a foul ball.

A hat tip to Adrian Gonzalez for making a nice dig on the receiving end at first.

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NLCS 2013: Hanley Ramirez planning to start Game 5

Ramirez is ailing, but wants to play as the Dodgers face elimination.

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2013 NLCS Game 5: Time, TV schedule, pitchers

The Cardinals could become the first 2013 team to earn a spot in the World Series if they win Wednesday.

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NLCS Game 4 in GIFs

Delivering Game Four of the NLCS in GIF format.

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Cardinals 1 win from pennant with 4-2 victory

The Cardinals will have three tries to capture their second World Series berth in three years after Tuesday's victory over the Dodgers.

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Here's to you, Mr. Robinson: Cards up 4-2

Shane Robinson's home run gives the Cardinals a two-run cushion.

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Shane Robinson's home run gives Cardinals 4-2 lead

Shane Robinson has hit exactly five home runs in 221 career regular season games. Shane Robinson had been 0-10 in the playoffs entering play Tuesday. Shane Robinson has a career 644 OPS.

Shane Robinson plays for the Cardinals, so Shane Robinson hit a home run to push the team's lead to two.

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Cardinals baseball!

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Stylish DP thwarts Dodgers rally against Cardinals

Sometimes, it's hard to believe the St. Louis Cardinals have not sold their collective souls to the devil.

The Dodgers were posing a threat to the Cardinals one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with runners on first and second and one out. So the Cardinals brought in Seth Maness to relieve Lance Lynn and, on just his third pitch, Maness got a grounder that led to an inning-ending double-play.

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Really, though. How do the Cardinals do it? Please pass the magical formula around, Cardinals. You are too lucky and too good, all the time. Let someone else use the toys every now and then.

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Dodgers narrow Cardinals' lead to 3-2

The Dodgers got to Lance Lynn in the fourth inning and now trail by just one run.

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Lance Lynn wants to hit Yasiel Puig

With a pair of runners on for Los Angeles rookie phenom Yasiel Puig, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn decided to give the Cuban import a little chin music.

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Puig got the last laugh, though, delivering an RBI single to plate the Dodgers' first run of the game. The Cardinals now lead, 3-2, heading to the fifth inning.

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Matt Holliday home run gives Cardinals 3-0 lead

And everything started so well for Dodgers starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco. He allowed just one walk over two innings, but a leadoff single and Matt Carpenter double brought home the first run of the game for the Cardinals.

Matt Holliday just added to the pain with a ball he absolutely crushed.

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The Cardinals now lead 3-0. If St. Louis wins, they are one win from a World Series berth.

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Cardinals having a Holliday in LA, lead 3-0

The Dodgers don't convert on a scoring opportunity in the second inning, but the Cardinals take advantage in the third.

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NLCS Game 4 score update: Still scoreless after 2

Lance Lynn got into some trouble in the second, but struck out Ricky Nolasco to end the threat.

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NLCS Game 4 starting lineups

Apparently David Freese's leg injury isn't as bad as first thought. He's starting at third for the Cards.

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Dodger starting Nolasco in Game 4

It was rumored that Zack Greinke might start on short rest Tuesday, but it's Nolasco getting the nod.

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Yasiel Puig's theatrics upset Carlos Beltran

Yasiel Puig was a little bit too excited for the Cardinals' liking after he hit a triple in the fourth inning of Monday's game.

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NLCS: David Freese day-to-day with calf injury

Freese left Game 3 after straining his calf muscle, though he seems like a good bet to remain in the lineup moving forward.

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NLCS Game 4 TV info, more

Game 4 of the NLCS marks the first contest in the series in which no ace-level pitchers will be on the mound to start the game. Tune in anyway!

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Ricky Nolasco to start Game 4 of NLCS for Dodgers

Nolasco has already been bumped from one Game 4 start this postseason, but is in line to start Tuesday's NLCS game.

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On celebrating like Mickey Mouse

Adam Wainwright isn't just right to call out Adrian Gonzalez for celebrating -- he nailed it by linking Gonzalez's disgusting decision to mildly enjoy a baseball accomplishment to one of America's most beloved cartoon characters.

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Dodgers knock off Cardinals

The Dodgers got on the board in the NLCS behind a strong performance from their rookie starting pitcher.

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Crawford slides around Molina

The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series after Carl Crawford scored on a broken-bat single by Hanley Ramirez.

Crawford initially stopped at third base but decided to head home after seeing Cards second baseman Kolten Wong with his back turned toward the infield. Wong threw the ball in to Daniel Descalso, who fired the ball home in time to get Crawford.

However, Crawford slid around Molina's tag, prompting the correct call from home plate umpire Mike Everitt.

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Dodgers still hold 2-0 lead over Cards

Dodgers rookie Hyun-jin Ryu is outdueling Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in Los Angeles on Monday.

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Freese exits with injury

David Freese was replaced by Daniel Descalso after tweaking his ankle in the fifth inning.

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Puig celebrates a triple, 2-0 lead (GIF)

The Dodgers had three extra-base hits off of Adam Wainwright in the fourth inning.

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Dodgers, Cardinals scoreless through 2

Hyun-jin Ryu hasn't been good early in games, but that hasn't been an issue thus far in Game 3.

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NLCS 2013: Game 3 starting lineups

Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier are both in the lineup for the Dodgers.

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Dodgers' rotation plans could change after Game 3

Los Angeles could opt to start aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on short rest.

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Ramirez injury: Scans reveal fractured rib

The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't sharing the results of the CT scan on their shortstop's ribs.

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Craig takes batting practice

The Cardinals hope that Craig will be able to return if they reach the World Series.

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Kershaw, Greinke not planned on short rest

The Dodgers are still planning to use Ricky Nolasco in Game 4 and Zack Greinke on normal rest in Game 5.

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2013 NLCS Game 3: Time, TV, starting pitchers

One more loss will put the Dodgers on the brink of elimination.

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Dodgers' Andre Ethier expects to start Game 3

Ethier was not in the lineup for Game 2 after experiencing soreness following 13 innings of play in the first game of the NLCS.

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Hanley Ramirez could have cracked ribs

Ramirez had x-rays taken at a hospital, but will have a CT scan Sunday.

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Hanley Ramirez X-rays negative

The Dodgers, down 2-0 in the NLCS to the Cardinals, got a small piece of good news after Saturday's Game 2 loss in St. Louis. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, scratched from the starting lineup with bruised ribs, was taken to a hospital during the game, and X-rays came back negative. He might play in Game 3 on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

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NLCS Game 2, Dodgers vs. Cardinals GIF Recap

The number of the day is three. As in, "strike three."

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Cardinals take 2-0 lead in NLCS

The Dodgers fail to capitalize on offensive opportunities and dug themselves a hole in St. Louis.

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Kershaw, Wacha leave game to the bullpens

Both starters are now out of the contest.

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Cards seize 1-0 lead

The Cardinals finally break through against Clayton Kershaw.

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Strong pitching headlines Game 2

Pitching is the name of the game today.

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Cardinals don't convert early scoring opportunity

The Cardinals fail to cash in on an early opportunity to score.

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NLCS 2013: Game 2 lineups - Hanley scratched

Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez are out of the Dodgers lineup on Friday.

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NLCS 2013: Quotes from Beltran's amazing Game 1

Carlos Beltran carried the Cardinals to a Game 1 victory, driving in all three of the team's runs and throwing out a runner at home in extra innings.

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Allen Craig intensifying recovery from foot injury

Craig hopes to contribute if the Cardinals make the World Series as a bench bat or designated hitter.

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Dodgers-Cardinals Game 2 TV info, more

The Dodgers wasted a terrific start from one Cy Young winner on Friday and will send another one to the hill on Saturday.

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Cards top Dodgers, in GIF form

Carlos Beltran did it all for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS.

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Beltran, Cards take 1-0 series lead

Not surprisingly, Carlos Beltran was the hero for the Cardinals on Friday.

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Dodgers, Cards remain even after 12

Don Mattingly did some more rally-killing, but the Dodgers' bullpen has picked up their skipper.

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Dodgers, Cards heading into 11th

Carlos Beltran's bat tied the game for the Cardinals in the third. His arm kept it that way in the 10th.

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Dodgers, Cards still knotted at 2 after 8 innings

Bunting and good defense killed the only real attempt at a rally we've seen in quite a while.

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Puig turns 2

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig snared a line drive off the bat of David Freese and made an off-balance throw to first base to complete an inning-ending double play late in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Friday.

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(via @ChadMoriyama)

Tell me where you've seen that before.

Oh, that's right ... here:

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... and, here:

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Something tells me the latest one was a little more important.

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Carlos Beltran made an out!

The Dodgers were burned by a two-run double from postseason beast Carlos Beltran in Game 1 of the NLCS, Zack Greinke also got Beltran to tap back to the box in the sixth inning, which prompted this tweet from Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy

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Dodgers, Cards tied through 6 innings

Zack Greinke is in control of the Cardinals' bats while Joe Kelly continues to pitch effectively against the Dodgers' offense.

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Greinke's near-eephus pitch

NLCS Game 1 starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Joe Kelly have traded blows thus far. Greinke has been a bit sharper, but both hurlers have allowed two runs through five innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, Greinke had to personally show Kelly who the better man is:

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(via @ChadMoriyama)

That's a 69-mph curveball from a guy who has been getting a ton of movement on his fastball en route to eight strikeouts through five innings. While it's not quite a Livan Hernandez-esque lob, that's a seriously slow curve.

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Dodgers, Cards tied at 2 after 4

A couple of savvy postseason veterans have put some runs on the board in Game 1 in St. Louis.

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Dodgers, Cards scoreless early

Joe Kelly and Zack Greinke are in an early pitchers' duel in St. Louis.

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NLCS 2013: Ethier returns for Dodgers in Game 1

Andre Ethier draws his first start of the postseason for the Dodgers, and Pete Kozma earns another start for the Cardinals after a strong NLDS.

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NLCS 2013 preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals

Two of baseball's most storied franchises face off for the chance to compete in the World Series.

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Dodgers vs. Cardinals: Full NLCS Rosters

The Cardinals are keeping the same roster for the NLCS, while the Dodgers swapped out a pair of pitchers.

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Dodgers NLCS rotation set, Greinke to start Game 1

The Dodgers are set to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a best-of-seven series beginning Friday.

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Dodgers' Andre Ethier could start Game 1 of NLCS

Ethier was relegated to pinch-hitting duties in the NLDS, but looks to be near full strength as the Dodgers postseason run continues.

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NLCS 2013: Craig hoping to play for Cardinals

If Craig is able to return, he would likely act as a pinch-hitter in late-game situations.

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