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    Victory near, Phillies' bats let them down

    Though the Phillies came close -- inches, even -- from advancing to the NLCS, an aging lineup came up short against the Cardinals, bringing up some big questions as the team enters the offseason. More >

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    Promising season ends too soon for Phillies

    The Phillies and their season-long fixation of playing in the 2011 World Series went up in flames at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. It may be Spring Training before they're able to walk away from the ruins of this disaster. If ever. More >

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    Disappointed Phillies praise Carpenter, Cards

    The Phillies could not hear the Cardinals celebrating their 1-0 victory in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Friday, but they knew all too well what was going on. This was supposed to be their celebration. More >

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    Halladay doomed by first-inning hiccup

    Despite pitching another gem in the playoffs, Roy Halladay was left to stomach the stinging reality that the run he allowed in the first inning turned out to be the difference in Friday's season-ending 1-0 loss to the Cardinals. More >

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    Everyone contributes to Cards' success

    The Cardinals dispensed the Phillies in five games in their National League Division Series not because of any one player or any one unit. They did it with everything going right at one time or another. More >

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    Performer of the game: Cards ace Carpenter

    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter, who improved to 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 11 postseason starts, allowed three hits and struck out three. He got 16 ground-ball outs, with his defense picking him up at nearly every turn. More >

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    Focus for Phils shifts to trying again next year

    The Phillies finished the regular season as the best team in baseball, with a franchise record 102 victories, but they failed to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2007. More >

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    Cards ride momentum into matchup with Crew

    Like the story was written by the baseball Gods, edited by the St. Louis Mayor and told by Joe Buck -- the fairytale 2011 season of the Cardinals will at least have one more chapter. And it's only fitting that'd it be the division-rival Brewers who get the next crack. More >

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    Carpenter, Doc engage in duel for the ages

    The appetizing pitching battle between close friends and fierce competitors in Friday's Game 5 of the National League Division Series certainly lived up to expectations. More >

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    Carpenter's gem sends Cardinals into NLCS

    The Cardinals secured their first postseason series win since the 2006 World Series with a sensational 1-0 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. Chris Carpenter blanked the Phillies on three hits in a thrilling matchup against Roy Halladay, who gave up a first-inning run. More >

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    Pulse-check: Thrills of Division Series unrivaled

    Entering the upcoming American and National League Championship Series, we are satiated from a heaping helping of first-round goodness while primed and pumped for the second serving in America's favorite three-course meal. More >

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    Halladay outdueled as Phils get knocked out

    There had been so much hope and excitement in February, when the Phillies assembled their rotation for the ages in a once-in-a-lifetime introductory news conference at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. More >

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    Schumaker exits Game 5 with oblique injury

    Two days after leaving Game 4 with a left hamstring cramp, Cardinals center fielder Skip Schumaker left Friday's National League Division Series finale with right oblique tightness. More >

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    Howard suffers Achilles injury; MRI Saturday

    In one swing of the bat, the Phillies endured a pair of losses Friday night, as slugger Ryan Howard suffered an injury to his left Achilles tendon. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury. More >

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    Cards' crisp defense complements Carpenter

    A club known more for its offense brought out the leather in a crisply played Game 5 win by the Cardinals. Several outstanding plays behind Chris Carpenter allowed the right-hander to slice his way through the Phillies. More >

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    For Phillies, key decisions coming this offseason

    There was a definite air of finality in the Phillies' clubhouse following Friday night's season-ending loss to the Cardinals. Many of the team's key pieces will be returning, but the nucleus of the club that won the 2008 World Series might have played its last game together. More >

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    Gritty D-backs tip their caps to Brewers

    It took everything a talented Brewers team could muster into extra innings of Friday's decisive Game 5 to finally shake the D-backs, a team that turned heads around baseball with a remarkable rise to the top of the National League West and a fierce battle in the NL Division Series. More >

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    Cardinals' improbable run continues to NLCS

    For most of the summer, the Cardinals had to squint to see the names Hudson, Hanson and Jurrjens on the backs of the players sprinting toward the postseason. The Braves were too far ahead for anyone with an allegiance to St. Louis baseball to consider a Wild Card berth for the boys. Then the resolute, resilient and resourceful Cardinals, the primary baseball residents in the Show Me State, showed 'em. More >

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    Did You Know? Cards-Phillies NLDS Game 5

    There were many "Did You Know" facts from Game 5 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies. More >

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    Cards, Phillies make history with 1-0 Game 5

    The highly-anticipated pitchers' duel between Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay in Game 5 of the NLDS not only met expectations, but even set a bit of history. More >