Colorado Rockies defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3

DENVER - Without stating it as such, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa may have hinted Sunday at David Freese's improving chance to make the team's playoff roster.

On a day when he devised a unique lineup, La Russa replaced Mark DeRosa at third base with the rookie Freese rather than veteran infielder Khalil Greene, who made 13 starts at the position after returning from the first of two stays on the disabled list. Greene, who appeared in a pinch-hit role during Sunday's ...

DENVER - If Saturday night was all about clubhouse bacchanalia, then Sunday afternoon at Coors Field must have been The Day After.

No longer chasing a win to clinch the National League Central, the Cardinals began the sometimes ungainly process of negotiating the remainder of their schedule without suffering serious injury while simultaneously refusing to roll over during someone else's playoff push.

Because of shortstop Brendan Ryan's ill-fated sixth-inning bunt att...