St. Louis Cardinals defeat Chicago White Sox, 9-4

Ever wary of karmic whiplash a complacent team invites, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa saw Friday night's last-swing win and Saturday's annual photo day as a recipe for a letdown.

His team, flush with the thrills of Albert Pujols' ninth-inning blast, would spend the afternoon hearing from the shutterbug faithful how good they are. He fretted they'd lose track of how good they had to play.

He needn't have worried.

Fluent in finding a variety of ways to win, the Ca...

However you slice it, no matter how many times he's been sent down and brought back up, the Cardinals are 6-2 this season in games started by young righthander Mitchell Boggs. And, after his 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium, Boggs likely is not going back to Memphis for a fourth time this season.

In two of his three previous starts, all marked by splotches of wildness, Boggs has found himself back in Class AAA a day or two after that start. This ti...