Astros hope to have new spring training home soon (The Associated Press)

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane hopes to have a deal for a new spring training home for his ballclub within six months. ''Our timetable is, we've got to have something probably agreed to and documented hopefully by the end of the summer, because the timetable would be to build it and then be here in 2017,'' Crane said Sunday before the Astros played the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter. The Astros are looking to replace their current home in Kissimmee with a site on the east coast of Florida. Osceola County Stadium was considered state of the art when the Astros moved there in 1985, but Crane said the complex is ''probably the worst'' in the Grapefruit League now.

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Niese (elbow) exits early, Mets top Cardinals 10-4 (The Associated Press)

Jonathon Niese lasted only two innings for a New York Mets split squad Sunday, leaving a 10-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with a sore left elbow. Niese will head back to New York for tests, the latest setback for the left-hander in what he described as ''the spring training from hell.'' He is expected to have an MRI exam Monday, and it's unclear when he might pitch again. ''It's the back of the elbow, which is good,'' Niese said. ''I'm almost 100 percent sure it's nothing serious.'' Adam Wainwright had a rocky outing in his third start this spring, allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for the Cardinals.

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Wong HRs for 2nd straight day; Cards beat Mets 6-4 (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Kolten Wong wouldn't mind playing the New York Mets every day. Wong hit a two-run homer for the second straight day, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets 6-4 Wednesday. As long as I help the team win, that's all that matters.'' Wong went 2 for 4 Wednesday and is 7 for 15 with two home runs and six RBIs in four games against the Mets this spring training. ''He had a nice day,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

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Take a look inside Carlos Beltran’s Long Island mansion (Big League Stew)

Despite coming back to the New York area after signing a three-year, $45 million contract with the Yankees , Carlos Beltran is still under contract to sell his Long Island mansion according to Valerie Kellogg of Newsday . Beltran originally listed the property in February of 2012, seven months after the New York Mets traded him to the San Francisco Giants. By that point he'd signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, so it appeared his time in New York was finished. Beltran initially listed the home — which includes seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, a home movie theater, gym, pool room and karaoke bar in the basement — at $5.8 million. That number has since dropped to its current price: $4.725 million. Beltran paid $4.250 million for the property in 2005.

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Baseball-Reaction to Bud Selig’s retirement announcement (Reuters)

Sept 26 (Reuters) - Bud Selig formally announced on Thursday his plans to retire as commissioner of Major League Baseball in January 2015 after a term of more than 22 years. Following in a selection of reaction to Selig's decision: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron: "When he retires, he will leave our game in a far better state than when he started." - - St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt: "Bud Selig's impact on baseball during his tenure as Commissioner has been nothing short of historic." - - U.S. ...

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Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball (NBC Sports)

Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers 7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8.    Andrew McCutchen,…

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Cards’ Wacha loses no-hit bid with 2 outs in 9th (The Associated Press)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- If he was heartbroken, Michael Wacha never showed it. Not so, the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Reds’ loss hurts division title hopes (The SportsXchange)

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds have clinched a postseason berth, but any hopes of catching the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central endured a major setback on Tuesday night.

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Can the St. Louis Cardinals Hold On and Win Again? (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | It has been one of the most exciting races of the 2013 baseball season, and it doesn't even involve pierogies or sausage.

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Tonight in MLB: NL Central race heats up (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

Nationals at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m.The St. Louis Cardinals are headed back to the postseason.

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