Around the Majors: Cardinals advance to the NLCS

1) Yesterday’s scores–

Braves 6, Astros 5 (series tied, 2-2)
Cardinals 6, Dodgers 2 (CARDINALS WIN THE SERIES, 3-1)

2) Today’s schedule–

Astros (Roy Oswalt, 3.49) at Braves (Jaret Wright, 3.28), 8:00

3) Yesterday’s HRs–

Adam LaRoche
Craig Biggio
Reggie Sanders
Albert Pujols
Jayson Werth

4) Dodgers 3B Robin Ventura says he’s retiring.

Ventura finished with a .806 career OPS, compared to his league average of .762, and 156 RCAA in 2079 games, including a .362 SLG, .337 OBA, .699 OPS, -3 RCAA in 102 games in 2004. He had a career high of 32 RCAA with the 1999 Mets and had 25-29 RCAA 3 times in 5 years with the 1992-96 Whitesox.

5) Yankees P Mariano Rivera returned home to Panama after his wife’s cousin and wife’s cousin’s son were electrocuted at his home. GM Brian Cashman says Rivera will be back by the start of the ALCS.

After 2.74 ERA/8 RSAA and 1.66 ERA/21 RSAA seasons, Rivera had a 1.94 ERA/22 RSAA in 74 games. He has a 2.43 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.71, and 175 RSAA in 586 games.

6) Ken Caminiti died yesterday. His agent said it was a heart attack and an autopsy will be performed today.

Caminiti had a .794 career OPS, compared to his league average of .746, and 154 RCAA in 1760 games, mostly with the Astros and Padres, from 1987-2001. His best year was a .621 SLG, .408 OBA, 1.028 OPS, 66 RCAA with the 1996 Padres.

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