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La Russa Skeptical About Mounds At Coors Field

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa believes that there is a discrepancy between the visitor's bullpen mound and the main mound at Coors Field.

La Russa asked for an umpires' review of the mounds following Friday's loss and had an animated exchange with Colorado's grounds crew Saturday.

St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter complained to La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan after the first inning Friday, claiming that the main mound was steeper than the one on which he had warmed.

"When a pitcher like him says something about it, what are you supposed to do, forget about it?" Duncan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The crew measured the mounds on Friday and found no difference in height.

Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch


LaRue's HR Helps Cardinals Clinch Central

The Cardinals clinched the NL Central title with a 6-3 win over the Rockies on Saturday night.

Jason LaRue, subbing for injured starting catcher Yadier Molina, hit a home run in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie.

"We played good baseball tonight," Matt Holliday said. "They're trying to win a playoff spot just like we are. It was good baseball."

Via ESPN


Holliday, Cardinals Aren't Talking Extension

The Cardinals and Matt Holliday don't plan to discuss a possible contract extension until after the postseason.

There isn't currently any dialogue between the two parties, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Holliday is represented by agent Scott Boras, who has undoubtedly seen his client's market increase since the Athletics dealt him to the Cardinals in late July.

"I won't put any restrictions on the Cardinals just as I wouldn't expect them to put any restrictions on Matt," Boras said. "It's a quality place to play, a good city. There are a lot of things that players look at when they determine what they'll do with free agency. You do an effective job of information-taking, evaluate and go from there."

Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Cardinals Looking To Extend Pujols

The Cardinals will look to sign first baseman Albert Pujols to a contract extension this winter.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated wrote the following on his Twitter page Thursday night:

"owner bill dewitt told me they are going to try this winter to lock up albert pujols past 2011."

Via Twitter (Jon Heyman)


Cardinals Void Prospect's Contract

The Cardinals have voided the contract of Dominican prospect Wagner Mateo after a failed physical.

Mateo, 16, signed a deal with St. Louis in July that included a $3.1 million signing bonus. However, the contract was contingent on the outfielder passing a physical.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that his physical revealed "pre-existing injuries and physical defects" that led to the decision to terminate the contract.

Via ESPN


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