COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Tony La Russa was caught off-guard by the large crowd on hand for Sunday’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction.
The ex-White Sox manager, one of six inductees into the Hall of Fame’s 75th class, said the last few months of build up to Sunday has created an “appreciation of what it takes” to join the club. That appreciation only grew when La Russa spotted from the media bus the estimated crowd of 48,000 spectators, the third-largest in Cooperstown history.
“You’re looking around and get goose pimples and you drive and see what looked like the greatest rock concert that you’ve been to,” La Russa said. “There were a lot of Atlanta fans, Chicago fans and New York fans that were there to support. Just the appreciation the fans have for our game, that’s what I enjoyed the most.”
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La Russa spoke about his appreciation for the game during a 17-minute, 25-second speech. Whether it was with the White Sox, Oakland A’s or St. Louis Cardinals, La Russa said he had way too many people to thank for a career that produced three World Series titles and six pennants.
He mentioned five players from six seasons on the South Side, including Carlton Fisk, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Harold Baines and Greg Luzinski as well as long-time trainer Herm Schneider.
He also cited his constant baseball conversations over 30 years with Jim Leyland and credited longtime pitching coach Dave Duncan for accounting for hundreds of the 2,728 career victories he amassed.
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La Russa again mentioned George Kissell, who spent 70 years with the Cardinals and mentored the Hall of Famer during his early days, noting his advice: “If you want to manage you have to love the game and want to learn it.”
La Russa also singled out two players, Baines and Albert Pujols, but professed he couldn’t name everyone over the three organizations.
“There’s no way to mention everybody and that bothers me,” La Russa said.
– Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago

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Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8.
Wainwright (13-5) allowed five hits and walked three during his seven innings. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday.
Kevin Siegrist worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.
Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks (1-1) allowed just one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
With the wind blowing out to right field, the conditions seemed ideal for a classic Wrigley slugfest — a feeling seemingly confirmed when Holliday, the third batter of the game, lifted a drive to center field that landed in the batter’s eye for a solo homer and a 1-0 Cardinals lead.
But that’s where the score stayed as the starters took control.
On paper, the matchup seemed a huge mismatch, but Hendricks was able to stay competitive with the perennial All-Star, with the only essential difference being Holliday’s blast. Hendricks benefited from two double plays and Matt Carpenter was thrown out at second attempting to stretch a single, but the rookie never faced a true jam.
The only time he was close to giving up a run after the first inning came after he was lifted in the seventh inning with a runner on first base and one out. Left-hander Wesley Wright loaded the bases with two out, but got Wainwright to line out softly to first base.
NOTES: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher, on former Cubs great Greg Maddux, who was inducted into the hall of fame on Sunday: “I would have enjoyed catching him, for sure. I would have enjoyed trying to understand how he thought about the game. The things I saw him do. I remember one time here, he put one right down the middle. ‘Hit it as hard as you want because the wind was screaming in.’ I smashed it as hard as I could smash it, and it went nowhere. He just gave a grin.”… As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wrigley Field, both teams wore replica uniforms from 1978. The Cardinals uniforms were only slightly different than ones from today (no belts and pullover jerseys being the main change), but the Cubs wore powder blue pinstripes, which were the road uniforms then. … The Cardinals are off on Monday, while the Cubs begin a four-game home series with the Colorado Rockies, with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00) facing LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20).

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Though Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks was solid in his third major league outing, he came up short against the St. Louis Cardinals and ace Adam Wainwright. Wainwright (13-5) allowed five hits in seven innings as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 1-0 and took two of three games in the series. “He’s been so consistent,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Wainwright. Hendricks (1-1) allowed one run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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Adam Wainwright praised his new teammate A.J. Pierzynski on Sunday. A day after he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pierzynski caught Wainwright, who threw seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. “I think with he, Tony (Cruz) and Yadier (Molina), we’ve got proven game-callers back there,” Wainwright said. Pierzynski also delivered at the plate, going 4-for-8 with a double and an RBI in his first two games with the Cardinals.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers got positive results from two strikeouts in a three-run fifth inning Sunday night, taking the lead for good en route to a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants and a three-game sweep in the matchup of National League West front-runners. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his 12th win and three Dodgers relievers combined for three innings of shutout ball as Los Angeles moved 1 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco after beginning the series 1 1/2 games back. In losing for the 19th time in their past 25 home games, the Giants dropped into a tie with the Atlanta Braves atop the wild-card standings, a half-game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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After beating the team he grew up rooting for, Jake Odorizzi now gets to finally face the club that drafted him. The former Milwaukee Brewers first-round pick seeks his first three-start win streak Monday night at home for the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set. Odorizzi (6-8, 3.97 ERA), who grew up about 33 miles from St. Louis in Highland, Ill., pitched on the road against the Cardinals for the first time Tuesday and allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings to earn a 7-2 win. I figured I had to tip my hat to them.” The emotion seems to be different this time for Odorizzi, who was drafted in 2008 but never pitched for the Brewers.

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Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 2-3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday.

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In a trade development that moved quickly on Saturday morning, the San Francisco Giants have acquired veteran right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox. 
Jen Royle of the Boston Herald was the first to report a Peavy deal was coming into place with a National League team. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi reported that San Francisco was going to be the destination, and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman soon confirmed the deal was done .
As for the return:  
The Red Sox will get Giants prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree in the deal, pending approval. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 26, 2014
San Francisco was likely to pursue starting pitcher depth even before Matt Cain developed some soreness in his pitching elbow and hit the DL on July 21. However, his loss made it a requirement, so general manager Brian Sabean got a veteran who’s familiar with manager Bruce Bochy from their days in San Diego, and who’s coming off winning a World Series ring from 2013 with Boston.
Peavy, 33, is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA over 20 up-and-down starts this season after moving to Boston last August and helping it get over the hump. He’s yet to find a groove in 2014, having completed seven or more innings in only four starts. The Giants aren’t acquiring 2005 Jake Peavy here, but they’re getting what they need, and that’s a solid No. 4 type starter, just like the one who helped Boston.
Peavy has also had great success historically against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s 14-2 lifetime with a 2.21 ERA over 25 games. But of course, these aren’t the same Dodgers he’s used to facing, and he’s not the same pitcher, so those numbers, while interesting, probably mean little going forward.
We might actually get our first taste of the matchup on Sunday, as Peavy is expected to arrive in San Francisco on Saturday and potentially start the prime-time game on Sunday.
Here’s a little more from CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly: 

Peavy was an ideal target because his $15 million option for next season won’t vest and he won’t be a drag on a 2015 payroll that already has $125 million committed without addressing third baseman Pablo Sandoval, an impending free agent, as well as upcoming vacancies at second base, left field, No. 5 starter and closer.

The Giants looked at bigger prizes including David Price, Cole Hamels and Bartolo Colon, but the future salary obligations would have significantly crippled their financial flexibility for next year.
The St. Louis Cardinals were also reportedly interested in Peavy, which would have been interesting given their signing of A.J. Pierzynski this weekend. Peavy and Pierzynski have history together in both Chicago and Boston, though Pierzyniski’s time with the latter ended unfavorably earlier this month. 
The Red Sox will reportedly pick up some of Peavy’s remaining salary this season, which aids their return. He’s in the final year of a two-year, $29 million deal. 
Escobar, 22, was No. 56 on  Baseball America ‘s preseason list, but has struggled with a 5.11 ERA over 111 innings at Triple-A Fresno. He’s a left-handed starter that could get a look this season. 
Hembree, 25, is a right-handed reliever with nice upside. He’s also been at Triple-A, posting a 3.89 ERA and 46/13 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. His first extended chance in the big leagues could come immediately. 
You can definitely tell the final few days and hours before the deadline are upon us. This is the first major deal of the week, but you can bet others will soon follow. Stick with us here at Big League Stew and Yahoo Sports for all of the latest. 
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With Allen Craig struggling and Yadier Molina on the disabled list, most of the focus has been on where the St. Louis Cardinals might be this season if two of the biggest bats from a year ago were producing like in the past. Where would they be without Matt Adams stepping up to fill some of that void? Adams stroked a pair of two-run extra base-hits, a double and a gift triple, and St. Louis broke open a tie game with a four-run seventh inning en route to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process. Third place in the National League Central with a 55-48 record is not where the Cardinals envisioned themselves at the start of the season, but things undoubtedly would be worse without the first baseman hitting .320 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 88 games.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Adams drove in four runs, A.J. Pierzynski had three hits in his St. Louis debut and the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Saturday to stop a four-game skid.

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