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Cardinals’ bullpen proves too much for Brewers

MILWAUKEE – An afterthought in early September, the St. Louis Cardinals are taking their wild ride all the way to the World Series. National League Championship Series MVP David Freese hit a three-run homer in the first and manager Tony La Russa turned again to his brilliant bullpen for seven sturdy innings as St. Louis captured its 18th pennant with a 12-6 victory over the bumbling Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night.

Wolf beats Cardinals; Brewers even series

ST. LOUIS – Power pitching often dominates in the postseason. Soft tosses by Randy Wolf got the Milwaukee Brewers back to even in the N.L. championship series. The 35-year-old lefty outfoxed the St. Louis Cardinals for seven innings to earn his first postseason win and the Brewers got two more hits from Ryan Braun in a 4-2 victory Thursday night that evened the NLCS at 2-all.

Cardinals down Brewers in Game 3 of NLCS

ST. LOUIS – Chris Carpenter needed a pick-me-up in the worst way. A bullpen that just sat back and watched the last time the St. Louis Cardinals ace pitched was ready for extended duty. Albert Pujols hit an RBI double off Yovani Gallardo during a four-run first inning and four St. Louis relievers combined for four perfect innings Wednesday night for a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and a 2-1 edge in the N.L. championship series.

Pujols lights up Brewers

MILWAUKEE – Your turn, Albert Pujols. The St. Louis slugger had one of the biggest postseason nights of his career in Game 2 of the NL championship series, going 4 for 5 with a home run, three doubles and five RBIs to lead the Cardinals past the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 on Monday.

Brewers power past Cardinals in NLCS Game 1

MILWAUKEE — The barbs already were flying. Come Sunday, the Milwaukee Brewers bashed the St. Louis Cardinals with their bats. Needing a rally in the N.L. championship series opener, Milwaukee turned to its power duo of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, then got a clutch hit from Yuniesky Betancourt to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6.

Rookies help Diamondbacks stay alive

PHOENIX – Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam and tied a franchise postseason record with five RBIs, fellow Arizona rookie Josh Collmenter befuddled Milwaukee batters again and the Diamondbacks stayed alive in the N.L. division series with a 8-1 rout of the Brewers on Tuesday night. Goldschmidt, who has made big hits a habit since he was called up from Double-A Mobile on Aug. 1, gave Arizona a 7-1 lead in the fifth with a two-out, opposite-field homer to right off Shaun Marcum after Miguel Montero had been intentionally walked.

‘Mr. Squeeze’ keys win over D-backs

MILWAUKEE – The biggest momentum swing for the Milwaukee Brewers involved no swing at all. Jonathan Lucroy – “Mr. Squeeze” to his teammates – drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt and the Brewers broke away from the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in their N.L. division series.

Diamondbacks have stats to match Brewers stars

MILWAUKEE – When it comes to star power, even the Arizona Diamondbacks acknowledge they’re no match for the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee has a pair of MVP candidates in Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, and pulled the surprise of the offseason when it traded for standout starter Zack Greinke.

Brewers bank on Braun bash

Ryan Braun stepped into the box when a familiar feeling overcame him. Just like in 2008, the Brewers’ homegrown slugger propelled Milwaukee back into the postseason. “It’s not new,” Prince Fielder said. “That’s what he does.”

In brief: Durant guides way as Oklahoma City shuts down Miami

NHL: Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting, Russell Westbrook added 18 and Oklahoma City frustrated Miami’s offense all night on the way to a 96-85 victory over the Heat in Miami. Oklahoma City shot just 40 percent, but it didn’t matter as the Heat were held to 38.5 percent shooting.

Shock will host title game after hanging on to beat Iron

Sometimes the difference in an Arena Football League game is minuscule. Good thing the Spokane Shock had a safety net to work with from midway through the first quarter. The Shock benefited from an early safety, built a 19-point lead and held on for a 60-57 victory over the Milwaukee Iron to claim the National Conference championship in front of 8,151 Thursday at the Arena. The victory puts the top-ranked Shock (15-3) into the ArenaBowl next Friday at 5 in Spokane. The Shock will host the winner of Saturday’s Tampa Bay-Orlando game.

Spokane thrives on just-enough mentality

How many fans showed up? “Just enough,” said Huey Whittaker. How many points did the Spokane Shock score? “Just enough,” he repeated. And what is it, in a quarterback’s game and a quarterback’s league, that the Shock get out of their guy, Kyle Rowley.

Warner’s one warning: AFL doesn’t pay

So the Arena Football League reinvented itself this year, with a new fiscal model that is (A) sane and prudent, if you’re an owner/investor, or (B) a full-time gig at hobby wages, if you’re a player. That new teams – or old, mothballed ones from the previous incarnation – already are signing on for next season suggests that somebody thinks the salary structure is the league’s salvation. But the question remains – can the AFL, with such limited payrolls, still attract the kind of talent that would unearth the next Kurt Warner?

Shock and Iron tangle again, this time in playoff match

By record, ranking, seeding, performance and just about any other measure, they are the two best teams in the National Conference, if not the entire Arena Football League. Fittingly, the Spokane Shock (14-3) and Milwaukee Iron (12-5) collide tonight at the Arena to determine the National Conference representative in the ArenaBowl. Orlando (9-8) visits Tampa Bay (12-5) on Saturday in the American Conference title game.