Apr 6, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23), catcher Yadier Molina (4), first baseman Lance Berkman (12) and pitcher Kyle McClellan (46) high-five after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 11-5 at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Cardinals Vs. Reds: St. Louis Loses 4-3 On Walk-Off Single From Chris Heisey

A pinch-hit, walk-off RBI single by Cincinnati's Chris Heisey gave the Reds a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Lance Berkman Injury: Cardinals First Baseman Has Minor Tear In Calf

The news out of St. Louis on Thursday was not good for first baseman Lance Berkman. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals slugger will miss at least the remainder of the weekend's games:

Berkman hit an impressive 31 homers to go with a .301/.412/.547 slash in 2011. Through 23 PA in the 2012 season, Berkman has hit two doubles and a triple in a hot start to the year. The 36-year-old Berkman signed a 2-year deal with the Cardinals in 2011.

For more on this series, stick with SB Nation St. Louis. For more news, notes and analysis concerning St. Louis, visit the Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos. For more from around the league, check out Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer.


Brandon Phillips Injury: Hamstring Cramps Not Serious, Per Cincinnati Reds

Brandon Phillips, looking for a contract extension that would keep him a Cincinnati Red for, say, one-half of a Joey Votto Unit, left Tuesday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals with a hamstring injury after scoring the Reds' only run on a Jake Westbrook error. Luckily for his agent and Reds fans everywhere, it does not appear to be serious.

Phillips, in the last season of a five-year deal signed after he went 30-30 in 2007, hit .300/.353/.457 last year with 18 home runs, 14 stolen bases and 82 RBI. After years of his overall production being held back by a mediocre on-base percentage, it was the best season of his career—worth 4.1 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference, which has never been a fan of his defense.

Part of the hilariously misguided 2002 trade that sent Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore to the Cleveland Indians for the chance to pretend the Montreal Expos weren't going to be moved, he arrived in Cincinnati in exchange for Jeff Stevens, the second-best player named Stevens ever to be traded for @DatDudeBP.


Choose Your Own Adventure #1: St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Cincinnati Reds

Like Mike Leake in a Macy's, adulthood has stolen many of my fondest memories. However, it has not taken my memory of the days when I once ruled the world and was allowed to CHOOSE MY OWN ADVENTURE(!).

Anyway, this is awkward... So, here we are.

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