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Mourning Cardinals Visit Brewers

For the second time in five seasons, the Cardinals will have to get back to playing baseball while mourning the death of a teammate.

On Monday night, the Cardinals will take the field for the first time after reliever Josh Hancock's death in a car accident when they visit the Brewers in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park.

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Cardinals' Josh Hancock Killed In Car Crash

Josh Hancock, a key member of the bullpen that helped the Cardinals win the World Series last season, was killed in a car crash early Sunday.

The Cardinals said they were told of the 29-year-old reliever's death by the St. Louis Police Department. The team's home game against the Cubs on Sunday night was postponed. The team said the accident happened in St. Louis, but no other details were disclosed. The Cardinals and police are expected to make a statement this afternoon at Busch Stadium.

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Griffey Finally Passes Reggie

Ken Griffey Jr. finally passed Reggie Jackson and helped the Reds get over a miserable homestand.

Griffey moved into sole possession of 10th place on the career home runs list with his first of the season, and Alex Gonzalez tied career highs with two homers, four hits and five RBIs in a 10-3 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

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Carpenter Resumes Rehab

Chris Carpenter will resume an exercise and throwing program on Thuresday as a hoped-for first step toward returning to the mound next month.

Carpenter, on the disabled list retroactive to April 2 due to persistent swelling of his right elbow, was prescribed a series of exercises and a minimal toss routine by team medical supervisor Dr. George Paletta during a consultation Monday. Carpenter is expected Thursday to perform only range-of-motion exercises and toss a spongy ball with little effort.

A more significant step is projected for next Monday or Tuesday, when Carpenter will throw long tosses, barring complications.

"We talked about a program and how we go from here," Carpenter said earlier this week. "You ease into it and keep on building. The goal is to get back on the mound as soon as possible. But we've got to find out."

Via Post-Dispatch

Albert's Drought Is Over, Homers Twice, Five RBI's

Now that his April drought is over, Albert Pujols says he was never worried about the unsightly numbers next to his name.

Pujols homered twice and had five RBIs, leading a 13-hit attack that helped the Cardinals beat the Brewers 10-2 on Sunday. Afterward, he chided reporters for writing about his early woes.

"Obviously, this year hasn't been working out early," Pujols said. "But just because I haven't found myself at the plate I don't want to go crazy."

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