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A crowd of Little Leaguers experienced memories of a lifetime as they watched the Pirates defeat the Cardinals in the first MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport.
The uniqueness of the game, the setting and the day's events that led up to Sunday night's Little League Classic against the Pirates were perhaps best captured in the final moments, when, after a 6-3 loss, the Cardinals didn't retreat to the historic Bowman Field's clubhouse but rather lined up and shook hands with the Bucs players.
Before the Cardinals settled into the clubhouse at historic Bowman Field for Sunday's Little League Classic against the Pirates, they spent the morning interacting with the other teams of baseball players in town -- the young LLWS participants.
Permitted to add a 26th man to the roster for Sunday's Little League Classic because of the unique mid-series travel involved, the Cardinals summoned outfielder Stephen Piscotty back from Triple-A Memphis. But the Cards kept the 26-year-old on the roster, and in a corresponding move, they optioned first baseman Luke Voit to Triple-A Memphis on Monday.
The Pirates and Cardinals spent most of Sunday afternoon serving as honored guests and humbled fans, taking in all the sights and sounds the Little League World Series has to offer. But while the day was dedicated to Little Leaguers, the big leaguers took center stage Sunday night as the Bucs beat the Cards, 6-3, in the inaugural MLB Little League Classic at historic Bowman Field.
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The Pirates and Cardinals landed in Williamsport, Pa., and visited with Little Leaguers before their game at Bowman Field.
Cards and Bucs shake hands a la LLWS
Though it culminated with the handshake line that formed on the field after the Pirates' 6-3 win over the Cardinals in an incredibly intimate setting, this was a daylong outreach effort that went even better than expected.
First came the Rally Squirrel. Then came this year's Rally Cat. But now, St. Louis has taken the Australian Little League's blow-up kangaroo as the team's new good-luck mascot.
Instead of designing his own cleats for Players Weekend, Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham gave one plain white pair to his 7-year-old nephew, Clayton, and sent another pair to St. Louis Children's Hospital, where two young cancer patients did a custom design of their own.
The Padres and Cardinals open a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Tuesday following an off-day for both teams. Clayton Richard will take the mound for San Diego and face off against Lance Lynn.
Cards unveiled a stirrup sock-inspired bat
The story of how close his Little League team from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, came to qualifying for the Little League World Series many years ago is one that Mike Matheny has enjoyed retelling several times leading up to Sunday's Little League Classic between the Cardinals and Pirates.
For veteran umpire Gerry Davis, umpiring a game at the Little League World Series on Sunday brought him back to the beginning of his 35-season career.
Both Chad Kuhl and Michael Wacha picked up where they left off after a nearly two-hour rain delay early Saturday afternoon. While Wacha struggled on the other side of the break, Kuhl seemingly only got stronger. Kuhl pitched five strong innings and the Bucs beat up on Wacha in the second, rolling to a 6-4 win at PNC Park.
After receiving the results of Adam Wainwright's exam with team physician Dr. George Paletta on Friday, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said the Cardinals are "definitely optimistic" that the 35-year-old right-hander will pitch for the Cardinals again this year.
Making waves is something Carlos Martinez has done since he started playing professional baseball, which makes his "Tsunami" nickname fitting.
The anticipation of watching the inaugural MLB Little League Classic is building, but few realize how much work went into preparing the field for tonight's game on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. Since March 1, a grounds crew team has been stationed in Williamsport, Pa., to make historic Bowman Field ready to host the Cardinals and Pirates.
Williamsport, Pa., has long represented one of the best things about baseball, and so the month of August in that small town has never been short on festivity.
The Cardinals are trying another new arm in their bullpen, this time adding right-hander Josh Lucas to the roster on Saturday in place of Mike Mayers, who was optioned back to Triple-A Memphis after the team's win on Friday.
Trevor Stephan, the Yankees' No. 30 prospect, led the Class A Short Season Staten Island pitching staff with a dominant performance in a 5-0 win over Lowell on Saturday.
The Cardinals have stormed into the thick of the National League Central race on the strength of their lineup, and they needed every last bit of it Friday night. The Cards' bullpen nearly let an eight-run lead slip away but withstood a furious Pirates rally to give St. Louis an 11-10 win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
Kolten Wong may have put Hilo, Hawaii, on the baseball map with his ascension to the Majors in 2013, but the largest city on what is commonly referred to as the Big Island is making its mark on the youth baseball circuit, as well.
The Cardinals have picked a path of patience en route to determining what's next for Trevor Rosenthal, their closer now sidelined by an elbow injury. The club isn't afforded the similar luxury of time, however, when it comes to finding a way to replace him in the bullpen.
Trevor Rosenthal will seek a second opinion on his ailing right elbow from Dr. Neal ElAttrache next week before the Cardinals determine whether the right-handed reliever will require surgery to repair a compromised ligament.
Unable to will his arm to loosen enough to allow the pitches to come freely and the velocity to rise, Adam Wainwright endured another early exit in Thursday's 11-7 win over the Pirates, returned to St. Louis for medical tests on Friday and was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement.
After four innings Thursday night at PNC Park, the Cardinals trailed by three runs. Then came the rain and the runs. The Cards rallied for two runs before 72-minute rain delay, scored three more in the seventh inning and added four more in the ninth, sailing to an 11-7 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.
This Sunday night's Little League Classic will not just celebrate this summer in baseball. It will celebrate all the summers.
Pham hits moonshot to top of PNC Park rotunda
With Cardinals gear back on, Chris Carpenter seemingly blended in as he walked around the visitors' clubhouse and accompanied pitchers onto the field for pregame work at PNC Park on Thursday.
The Red Sox pulled out a wild comeback at Fenway Park, as Mookie Betts delivered a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals.