St. Louis Cardinals defeat Los Angeles Angels, 6-5

TOWER GROVE — On the first sticky afternoon of the season at Busch Stadium, rookie David Freese took over the major-league lead for two-out RBIs by poking a 98-mph fastball to right field in the eighth inning Sunday.

But not before he faced and survived the real heat of the afternoon.

In an eight-pitch at-bat against Los Angeles Angels heat-seeking reliever Fernando Rodney, Freese faced five pitches that were at 97 mph or more. On three consecutive two-strike offerin...

The Cardinals 6-5 victory over the Angels Sunday afternoon was a real grind -- and that's a good thing.

There was nothing pretty about their 10-inning, come-from-behind victory at Busch Stadium. It was a study in grim perseverance.

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This is what Tony La Russa and Mark McGwire want to see from their hitters. They do NOT want to see is guys hacking at whatever they see.

They do NOT want to see guys flailing at pitches out of the st...

The Cardinals 6-5 victory over the Angels Sunday afternoon was a real grind -- and that's a good thing.

There was nothing pretty about their 10-inning, come-from-behind victory at Busch Stadium. It was a study in grim perseverance.

Click here to find out more!

This is what Tony La Russa and Mark McGwire want to see from their hitters. They do NOT want to see is guys hacking at whatever they see.

They do NOT want to see guys flailing at pitches out of the st...

"The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on."

Carl Sandburg

That is not the way the heat came into St. Louis yesterday. It came in like a bully. It had an attitude. Summer in May. What are you going to do about it?

Nothing, of course. There is nothing we can do. Some people get more easily irritated in the heat, but I am not one of them. The only thing that happens to me is that my hair gets curly. T...