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The Cardinals' rules of winning

Everything great about the Cardinals was on display in their third-inning rally

Updated: October 19, 2013, 11:34 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- If you could sum up the essence of a baseball team in one inning, this was that inning. This was that team.

And this was why the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals are heading for their second World Series in three years.

Just put the bottom of the third inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on a continuous-loop video and call it their 2013 highlight film.

Sit back and watch them grind one great at-bat after another against a Cy Young winner standing ...

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