A new bat, old friends, and timeless magic as Cardinals’ Albert Pujols soars to 700

LOS ANGELES — In his first season as batboy for the visitors’ dugout at Dodger Stadium, Oscar Ramirez studies the arrangement of bats in the bat rack, so when one splinters at the plate he can swiftly greet the batter with two new ones. He wants to offer the hitter a choice. In the third inning … Read more

Adam Wainwright, scuffling in September, senses life. But Cardinals’ lineup lacks a pulse.

SAN DIEGO — Whether it was the finish on his curveball or that late, sharp, serrated bite on any of his fastballs, Adam Wainwright found it all lacking Tuesday night and pronounced later that, no, his arm has not been completely reanimated from its “dead” phase. “Oh, no. I’m in the battle,” the veteran said. “I’m … Read more