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Cards in mix despite grinding season

The return of Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha could help St. Louis' playoff push

Updated: September 1, 2014, 10:51 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny approaches the game from an old-school perspective that disdains excuses and believes that hard times build character. But he's not above filing away perceived slights -- from talk show callers, media analysts or whomever -- and hauling out the "us against them" card for motivational purposes.

The 2014 season has been more of a challenge than anticipated for the Cardinals, who were a fashionable spring training pick after winning the National League ...

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