MILWAUKEE (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals snapped the Milwaukee Brewers' nine-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory last night. Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings. Lynn allowed three hits over seven innings before Carlos Martinez finished off the surprising Brewers. Lynn frustrated hitters by mixing a fastball that topped 95 mph with a slider.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Former major league baseball player Hal Smith has died at 82. Smith signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in 1949. He played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams. He later played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1965 before becoming a scout and coach for several teams.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ryan Miller came to the St. Louis Blues and the goals-against went down. Until the lineup starting losing bodies. They're hoping to get everyone on a lengthy injury list back sometime in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues open Thursday at home as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are ready to launch a title defense. The Chicago Blackhawks have their stars back and their sights set on a second straight Stanley Cup as they head into the playoffs this week and a first-round matchup against the rival St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks are shooting for their third title in five years.
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