PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler had not felt fully healthy for quite a while. But nothing was ailing him when St. Louis faced Pittsburgh at PNC Park. Fowler's two-run triple sparked the Cardinals to an 11-7 comeback win over the Pirates. "(Fowler is) fitting into those spots in big situations," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's coming up with those big hits that we keep talking about that are so pivotal to a team going on a good run." With the Cardinals trailing 5-4 with one out in the seventh inning, Fowler tripled down the right field line off reliever Joaquin Benoit to give St. Louis a 6-5 lead. Yadier Molina followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5 and
Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente is one step closer to becoming a saint, according to Christian Newswire, which reported late last month that Pope Francis officially declared the former Pittsburgh Pirate "blessed." With beatification, the Puerto Rican has just one step left to become a saint, according to the Catholic Church. The pope's official blessing came after Clemente apparently met the requirement to perform a miracle. The alleged miracle happened last month when former Olympian Jamie Nieto, who once played Clemente in the film "Baseball's Last Hero," managed to walk again after a back-flip accident in April 2016 rendered the high jumper partially paralyzed from the neck down.
Even if it isn't the best baseball, the most dramatic divisional race in the majors this season is easily the NL Central and continues to be. For any baseball fan, watching the NL Central action on Wednesday most certainly didn't disappoint in terms of the entertainment factor, either. Between the five -- with the Boston Red Sox mixed in, as someone outside the division had to play one of the five Central teams -- we saw just about everything. Let's run through it as best we can. Milwaukee Brewers homer their way back in see-saw battle The Pittsburgh Pirates got out to a 4-0 lead through the top of the third inning in Milwaukee, but the Brewers cut it to 4-3 with a pair of homers in the bottom