Arizona Diamondbacks defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2

A spot starter with a promising future when he last pitched in these parts, Arizona ace Dan Haren returned to the city of his debut to show the Cy Young-like presence he's become.

Haren, a former top prospect with the Cardinals, pitched the Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory Saturday at Busch Stadium, handcuffing his first team in his first visit to St. Louis since the Cardinals traded him. Haren (10-5) struck out eight in eight innings and limited the Cardinals to four hits...

By Saturday afternoon, the most obvious remnants of last week's All-Star Game at Busch Stadium had already been taken down. The red carpet was rolled up, the patriotic bunting was stored away, and the brightly painted logos that decorated the grass near home plate were starting to fade away.

Yet even though MLB's midseason carnival may have left town, the undeniable big-game atmosphere still lingers. Perhaps it was the unseasonable autumn-like cool in the normally swelt...