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Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 34,286
Diaz, with heavy heart, powers Cards past Reds 12-5
By STEVE OVERBEY
"I told them that every single time I put on the uniform, I would be thinking of him," Diaz said. "And that I would give 100 percent because that's how he played the game."
Fernandez would have been proud of his longtime buddy on Tuesday night.
Back in the lineup after attending a private ceremony for Fernandez in Florida on Monday, Diaz hit his first career grand slam and the St. Louis Cardinals finished with five home runs in a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
St. Louis remained one game behind San Francisco for the final NL playoff spot, and 1 1/2 games behind the New York Mets.
The Giants routed Colorado 12-3. The Mets, who lead the wild-card standings, won 12-1 at Miami.
Diaz slammed a 2-1 pitch from Cincinnati starter Robert Stephenson over the left-field wall. The 408-foot drive erased a 2-1 deficit and served as a wake-up call for the Cardinals, who grabbed their first lead since Saturday.
The Cuban-born Diaz pointed to the sky after he crossed home plate and fell into the arms of teammate Yadier Molina. Diaz had tears in his eyes as he came out of the dugout for a curtain call.
"I felt some serious goose bumps when he hit that," Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said. "I almost got choked up. I know he was. He wanted to make some good swings for Jose."
The emotional home run triggered an 11-run outburst in a span of three innings.
"Watching him cross the plate, and watching his reaction as he (shook hands) with the guys, really hit me on how much that meant to him," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "You can never understand what each person's going through when they suffer a loss like that. The show goes on and so does life. But it's a tough thing for anyone to go through."
Stephenson (2-3) ended up allowing five runs in four innings.
Wainwright (13-9) gave up five runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Adams connected for a pinch-hit homer in the sixth, extending the franchise record to 16 this season.
St. Louis has hit an NL-leading 218 homers this year.
Carpenter hit his 20th home run, giving the Cardinals five players with 20 or more.
The Cardinals broke out of a hitting slump after scoring just three runs in their previous two games.
"There's no telling how big this could be," Wainwright said.
Votto was 3 for 5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
Stephenson rolled through the first three innings, giving up just a solo homer to Carpenter.
"I felt a lot better today, especially at the beginning of the game," Stephenson said. "I was a lot more under control. Just a nightmare inning in the fourth inning."
Stephenson was aware of Diaz's relationship with Fernandez.
"I thought that was real unfortunate timing for me," Stephenson said. "But really, a special moment for him."
Reds: SS Zack Cozart, who has not played since Sept. 10 due to a sore right knee, was placed on the disabled list and will not return this season. ... 2B Brandon Phillips left in the seventh after hurting his wrist when he checked his swing. He is day to day. ... Schebler had a cramping issue and was removed in the eighth.
Cardinals: Carpenter was back in the starting lineup after missing Monday's game with a right finger injury.
Reds RHP Anthony DeSclafani (8-5, 3.38 ERA) faces RHP Mike Leake (9-11, 4.72) in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday. DeSclafani has 13 quality starts in 19 starts this season. Leake is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts against his former team.
Updated September 28, 2016
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
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Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.
John Tomase gives his acceptance speech for winning the 2017 Kirk and Callahan NC-Double A-hole tournament.
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.
Cyd Ziegler, of Outsports, says it isn’t right to talk ab out Hernandez’s sexuality.
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Hour 3 - The guys review the remarks Dustin Pedroia made about siding with his teammates years ago compared to his lack of having Matt Barnes back. Lou has a stern response to David Price’s “Twitter Press Conference.” News breaks that Rondo may be able to play in game 6.
Hour 2 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian review at the Patriots busy backfield and debate on who will make the team, and why they didn’t value LaGarrette Blount anymore. The guys examine the Bart Hubbuch Deadspin article on Kraft being on the board of directors of private-equity Apollo Global Management, which is linked to Caesars.
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Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Rich Keefe & Uncle Buck (Boston Sports 101) talk about the greatest comic book writer of all-time, Alan Moore. They look at his best works including Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus they rank the movies he has inspired (and refused to watch).
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Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.
Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.More from this show
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