How Manny HRs? 3, and 3rd is walk-off GS!

How Manny HRs? 3, and 3rd is walk-off GS!

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado is back and it's a scary thought for the rest of the league, perhaps one that could change the game in the Orioles' American League Wild Card hopes.

Friday was a perfect example. After an early five-run deficit, Machado -- who had already homered twice -- came up with the bases loaded and did the unthinkable: blasting a grand slam to catapult Baltimore to a 9-7 walkoff win over the Angels.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox prevail after trading rallies with Yanks

Red Sox prevail after trading rallies with Yanks

BOSTON -- The rivalry has been back to its riveting best the last two weekends, and no lead ever feels safe.

The Yankees and Red Sox traded impressive comebacks in Friday night's series opener, but Boston prevailed with a 9-6 victory that had Fenway Park rocking in the late innings -- and with good reason.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Fun, no matter the size: Pros, kids unite at LLWS

Historic weekend culminates with Bucs-Cards matchup in Little League Classic

Fun, no matter the size: Pros, kids unite at LLWS

The squad from Lufkin, Texas, had just won its regional tournament in Waco, securing advancement to the sacred sporting ground that is Williamsport, Pa., and the Little League World Series. Steve Keener, the president and chief executive officer of Little League International was there at the team hotel afterward to congratulate the kids and to remind them that this would be an LLWS unlike any other, because the big leaguers from the Pirates and Cardinals would be paying them a visit and then playing a game mere minutes from the Little League site.

That's when a young boy, who just so happens to idolize Andrew McCutchen, shrieked with sudden delight.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets deal Grandy to LA for player to be named

Mets deal Grandy to LA for player to be named

NEW YORK -- When the Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million free agent deal in December 2013, the contract ushered in a new era for the Mets. The day the signing became official at MLB's Winter Meetings, the Mets crowed about their desire to start competing on an annual basis, with a rising payroll and so much bright, young pitching.

Though the Mets achieved their pennant aspirations in 2015, they faded out of contention early this season. As a result, their selloff of veteran assets continued late Friday, when the Mets traded Granderson and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or a separate cash payment.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz's 482-foot HR Statcast's longest at Trop

Along with Cano, veteran slugger puts up big numbers away from Safeco

Cruz's 482-foot HR Statcast's longest at Trop

ST. PETERSBURG -- Embarking on a two-week, 12-game road trip, a team could use some extra energy. And nothing screams "energy boost" quite like a 482-foot jack, according to Statcast™, to polish off a victory.

Nelson Cruz pulverized a Brad Boxberger offering into the upper deck of Tropicana Field during Friday's 7-1 win over the Rays, cranking a home run that tied for the third longest in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™. The shot had an exit velocity of 116 mph and is the longest tracked at Tropicana Field since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015. It's the Mariners' third-longest homer in that time, with Cruz also accounting for the top two entries on that list.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Mariners on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Homers carry Rockies into Wild Card lead

Homers carry Rockies into Wild Card lead

DENVER -- The Rockies powered their way back to the top of the National League Wild Card race while dealing Matt Garza and the Brewers a tough start to a critical three-city road trip.

Big nights from Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez led the Rockies over the Brewers, 8-4, on Friday night at Coors Field as Colorado broke a tie atop the NL Wild Card standings with the D-backs, who lost to the Twins. Blackmon, Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra all homered off Garza for a six-run Rockies lead by the fifth inning.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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Statcast of the Day: Buxton's inside-the-parker

Twins speedster races home-to-home in 13.85 seconds, breaking own mark

Statcast of the Day: Buxton's inside-the-parker

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins center fielder Byron Buxton sprinted out of the batter's box, but was halted in his tracks along the first-base line when his liner was snagged by D-backs second baseman Daniel Descalso in the seventh inning.

Arizona's infield shift spoiled a potential hit up the middle for Buxton, who finished a single shy of the cycle, in Minnesota's 10-3 rout of Arizona on Friday at Target Field. He was embraced with hugs from teammates in the dugout after just missing out on becoming the 11th Twin to record a cycle.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols ties HR record for foreign-born player

Slugger's 609th long ball pulls him even with Sosa for 8th on all-time list

Pujols ties HR record for foreign-born player

BALTIMORE -- The postgame storyline seemed set: The Angels outslug the Orioles for a needed win over a fellow American League Wild Card contender behind five home runs, including a historic fastball shot from Albert Pujols. Then manager Mike Scioscia threw a curve with a change in his bullpen order.

Baltimore's bats altered the outcome with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Angels a 9-7 loss. But there's no erasing the latest Pujols milestone.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Justin Upton hit the 'pause' button and retreated to re-touch first base after a homer

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Justin Upton hit the 'pause' button and retreated to re-touch first base after a homer

Justin Upton had a productive game in the Tigers' 8-5 loss to the Dodgers friday night at Comerica Park -- but it wasn't without one interesting and rather unusual moment. 

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Southeast spins perfecto on 2nd day of LLWS

Southeast spins perfecto on 2nd day of LLWS

The second day of the 2017 Little League World Series featured some history Friday, as three pitchers from the Southeast team (Greenville, N.C.) combined to record the tournament's first perfect game since 2008 in a 6-0 victory over the Midwest (Sioux Falls, S.D.).

Chase Anderson got the ball rolling in Southeast's perfecto, pitching the first three innings while striking out four and recording a 73 percent strike rate. Matthew Matthijs took the baton and recorded 2 2/3 clean frames before handing off to Carson Hardee, who struck out Midwest's final batter to seal the historic win.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flown save: Closer runs down Manny mash

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Flown save: Closer runs down Manny mash

Zach Britton is used to finishing Orioles games, but it doesn't usually happen the way that it did on Friday night. Trailing, 7-5, in the ninth, the Orioles rallied in dramatic fashion, as Manny Machado's grand slam vaulted them to a stunning 9-7 win.

The booming drive, Machado's third homer of the game, sailed over the center-field wall around where Britton was warming up in the bullpen. He didn't get the save, but the game fittingly ended with the ball in Britton's glove

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Little League World Series rich in tradition

Pin collecting, sliding down Lamade Hill some special aspects of event

Little League World Series rich in tradition

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Little League volunteer usher David Stoker sat outside Section 3 of Lamade Stadium wearing a cap so covered in pins that just the bill was exposed. Last year, he and his wife made a set of four dog pins to add to his hat, including one gold one that signified not only their 50th wedding anniversary, but his 50th year as a Little League usher.

Pin trading is one of the biggest traditions of the Little League World Series, and Stoker has used his 51 years as a volunteer to rack up 8,500 pins that he keeps on his hat, in cases and in bags. Almost all of his thousands of pins come with him each year, sitting on the ground beside him, ready to make a trade at any time.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leader Watch: Trout's historic OPS+ bid

At 206, Angels superstar posting highest mark in over a decade

Leader Watch: Trout's historic OPS+ bid

Mike Trout struck out in his first at-bat Friday. In his second trip, he lined out. In his third at-bat of the Angels' 9-7 loss to the Orioles, Trout lofted a changeup over the left-field wall for his 24th home run of the season.

Putting an 0-fer on Trout's box score line has proven as difficult this season as taking three out of five sets from Rafael Nadal on clay, or beating the Golden State Warriors four times in a playoff series. Though he missed 39 games with an injured thumb, Trout has been incredibly consistent when he's been on the field. Friday's homer raised his slugging percentage to .684, which, combined with his .465 on-base percentage, gives him an eye-grabbing 1.149 OPS for the season.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades

Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is considered the height of the summer transaction season, but trades do not stop on July 31. However, in order to deal a player on its 40-man roster after that date, a team must go through the waiver system.

Just last season, Carlos Ruiz (Phillies to Dodgers), Marc Rzepczynski (A's to Nationals), Coco Crisp (A's to Indians) and Fernando Salas (Angels to Mets) were among the players dealt in August. On occasion, there is also a major trade during the waiver period. For example, on Aug. 25, 2012, the Dodgers and Red Sox pulled off the massive nine-player swap that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers' doubles trump Tigers' HRs in Detroit

Dodgers' doubles trump Tigers' HRs in Detroit

DETROIT -- The Dodgers didn't need to clear the spacious fences of Comerica Park to put on a show in Motown. Chris Taylor hit two of their six doubles, both for RBIs, in a four-hit game as Los Angeles outpaced the Tigers for an 8-5 win Friday night at Comerica Park.

The Dodgers moved 52 games over .500 with their 20th win in their last 23 games. The Tigers have lost 11 of their last 13 to fall 15 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 24, 2008.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the Dodgers on Friday.

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Excitement builds for 1st Little League Classic

Sunday's Cards-Bucs game in Williamsport, Pa., to celebrate youth baseball

Excitement builds for 1st Little League Classic

The home of the Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pa., will host its first MLB regular-season game when the Pirates take on the Cardinals on Sunday at Historic Bowman Field.

The MLB Little League Classic is the latest initiative in MLB's youth outreach. The partnership between MLB and Little League aims to foster interest in youth baseball and softball activities. The partnership will yield a full weekend of events culminating in Sunday's game, which will be broadcast on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at 7 p.m. ET.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel grounds A's as Astros ride 2 jacks

Keuchel grounds A's as Astros ride 2 jacks

HOUSTON -- Astros ace Dallas Keuchel is back to giving opponents a pain in the neck. Keuchel, making his fifth start since missing eight weeks with neck discomfort, turned in his second consecutive gem by throwing seven scoreless innings to lead the Astros to their third win in four games, 3-1, over the Athletics on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Keuchel (11-2) allowed three hits and one walk and forced the A's into 16 ground-ball outs, the highest by an Astros pitcher this season. It was his fourth career game with at least 15 groundouts.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter..

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the A's on Friday.

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CC, Sale set for marquee clash on MLB.TV

CC, Sale set for marquee clash on MLB.TV

Several marquee pitching matchups are on tap around MLB on Saturday, featuring the reigning American League Rookie of the Year and a pair of one-time Cy Young Award winners.

There's also a big series with National League postseason implications underway in Colorado, one of several great games streaming live on MLB.TV as playoff races around baseball heat up. 

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats cruise past Padres after Max scratched

Nats cruise past Padres after Max scratched

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Grace and five other Nationals relievers did their best Max Scherzer impressions Friday night in a 7-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

When Scherzer, a late scratch with neck inflammation, was sent to the disabled list, Grace received the spot start in his place. Grace made his first career start count, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless frames on 52 pitches, before handing it off to his fellow relievers. Shawn Kelley, Joe Blanton, Oliver Perez, Matt Albers and Sammy Solis combined to allow one run over the final 4 2/3.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Nationals on Friday.

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Little Leaguer with one hand relishes first HR

Briggs' mom catches moment on film at District 1 tournament

Little Leaguer with one hand relishes first HR

The video is there, in case you want to see it again with your own two eyes, but Keenan Briggs doesn't need it to remember.

"I got up there, and he threw me the perfect pitch," Keenan recalls. "It was a 3-2 count, he threw me a perfect pitch. And once I hit it, it felt amazing."

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs, Arrieta spoil Blue Jays' return to Wrigley

Cubs, Arrieta spoil Blue Jays' return to Wrigley

CHICAGO -- One day after hitting six home runs in a loss, the Cubs needed four run-scoring singles to post a 7-4 Interleague victory on Friday afternoon over the Blue Jays, who were making their first trip to Wrigley Field since 2005.

Jason Heyward, Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. each singled in one run, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single and Baez added a two-run homer in the eighth for insurance to back Jake Arrieta, who notched his seventh straight quality start.
 

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Aroldis gets animated mound visit from Girardi

Struggling Yanks closer allows at least one run for fourth straight outing

Aroldis gets animated mound visit from Girardi

BOSTON -- The animated discussion between Aroldis Chapman and Joe Girardi in the eighth inning took place at the center of a frenzied Fenway Park on Friday evening, moments after Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-run single skidded through the center-field grass to provide the final scoring in the Yankees' 9-6 loss to the Red Sox.

Girardi insisted that he was not annoyed with his closer, though the left-hander had seemed to lose his focus in that inning. Chapman neglected to hold Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez, who executed a double steal, then didn't back up home plate when Aaron Hicks' throw home skipped away for an error on Bradley's hit.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bruce's 2 HRs, 5 RBIs power Tribe past KC

Bruce's 2 HRs, 5 RBIs power Tribe past KC

KANSAS CITY -- Score Round One to the Indians.

In the first of 10 games between the Indians and Royals that could decide the American League Central, the Tribe cruised to a 10-1 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Carew, donor's family reunite on Donor Day

Hall of Famer: 'Konrad and I are going to be running all over this country'

Carew, donor's family reunite on Donor Day

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mary Reuland admitted that it was the most difficult phone call she has ever made in her life.

Last December, exactly one day after Konrad Reuland's funeral, Mary started gathering information and making the connection that her son's organs had been donated to Hall of Famer Rod Carew. Shortly after, Mary decided to give Rod's wife, Rhonda, a call, in hopes they could meet.

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Cardinals hold off late rally, outslug Pirates

Cardinals hold off late rally, outslug Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- The Cardinals have stormed into the thick of the National League Central race on the strength of their lineup, and they needed every last bit of it Friday night. The Cards' bullpen nearly let an eight-run lead slip away but withstood a furious Pirates rally to give St. Louis an 11-10 win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

"Never a doubt. Never a doubt," Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter insisted. "It was interesting, for sure. But I knew we'd find a way to finish it off."

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Scherzer heads to DL with neck inflammation

Nationals right-hander was scratched from start Friday in San Diego

Scherzer heads to DL with neck inflammation

SAN DIEGO -- Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left neck inflammation Friday shortly after he was scratched from his start against the Padres.

Left-hander Matt Grace made his first career start in Scherzer's place, pitching 4 1/3 scoreless in Washington's 7-1 victory. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer offers insight, background on 'Play Ball'

Tigers pitcher to be featured on MLB Network show Saturday

Fulmer offers insight, background on 'Play Ball'

DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer will talk about his upbringing in Oklahoma, his childhood basketball aspirations, his offseason plumbing job and of course his pitching when he joins MLB Network's Eric Byrnes on this week's episode of Play Ball, the network's kids-oriented show designed to connect youngsters with the game.

The show airs Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, with a rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins tee off for 6 HRs, blow out D-backs

Twins tee off for 6 HRs, blow out D-backs

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins hit six homers, including a pair by Miguel Sano, to overcome a three-run deficit and back right-hander Ervin Santana in a 10-3 win over the D-backs in Friday night's Interleague series opener at Target Field.

With the win the Twins moved into a tie with the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, the D-backs fell one game behind the Rockies in the race for the top National League Wild Card spot and their lead over the Cardinals shrunk to four games for the second spot.

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Wong's journey shines a light on Hilo baseball

Wong's journey shines a light on Hilo baseball

PITTSBURGH -- Kolten Wong may have put Hilo, Hawaii, on the baseball map with his ascension to the Majors in 2013, but the largest city on what is commonly referred to as the Big Island is making its mark on the youth baseball circuit, as well.

Hilo recently won the Senior Baseball Division Championship of the 2017 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series to earn the city's first title in the 25-year history of that tournament. Meanwhile, Hilo's PONY League team (11-12-year-old division) captured its fourth state title in the last five seasons, and Hilo's Little League team secured its first state Majors championship in 30 years.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.