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07:24 AM ET 10.21 | These days, signs of trouble are hard to find for St. Louis. Things got even better Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium when first baseman, outfielder and RBI machine Allen Craig reiterated his sprained left foot is playable. This is a pinch-me run of good news. ... [Craig], who hasn't played in more than six weeks, insisted he's ready to play following several rounds of Sunday live batting practice. Craig referred to "steady progress" and being "really excited." He spoke confidently of being able to contribute while not becoming fixated on mechanics. Craig did not deny lingering discomfort -- actually, he admitted to it -- but considers it manageable. Based on his foot's recent improvement, Craig even thinks it possible he could become available to do more than DH at some point during the series.

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October 21, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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Glad to see Craig make it back for the Series. This should be a good one...the two best teams in baseball this year, and the two best organizations over the last 10 years or so. Also, having traveled to baseball games all over, these are probably the two most passionate cities (Cubs fans are right there too) for the sport.

Cardinal red is everywhere in downtown St. Louis during baseball season.

October 21, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Boston with home field advantage and DH in play for four games the Cards really need Craig's bat in their line up.

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October 21, 2013  08:57 AM ET

St. Louis has to have him or there is no acceptable DH in the lineup.

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October 21, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Matt Stairs is available.

Too bad Musial passed away, he probably could have stepped in.

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October 21, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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St. Louis has to have him or there is no acceptable DH in the lineup.

+1

The thought of Chambers, Robinson or Wong filling the DH role is very unappealing.

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October 21, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Craig has been amazing with RISP this year. If he can get back to form, he'll be a big boost for the Cards.

October 21, 2013  11:47 AM ET

Craig will DH in Boston and come off the bench in StL.

Either is great news for this team.

I think the Cards win this series in 7 games.

October 21, 2013  01:35 PM ET
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Craig will DH in Boston and come off the bench in StL.Either is great news for this team.I think the Cards win this series in 7 games.

I say Bosox in 7, but I think it should be an awesome series.
Of course, I also thought '04 was going to be a tough fight. Unfortunately, Boston doesn't have "Who Died And Made You" Mark Bellhorn and Keith "I Can't Even Throw 90 But Will Make Jim Edmonds Wave Helplessly At The Ball" Foulke to pull them through this time.

October 21, 2013  04:22 PM ET

Regardless of who ends up winning(Red Sox) it's setting up to be a classic WS.

October 21, 2013  07:23 PM ET

Cards in six.

October 21, 2013  07:30 PM ET

Go Cards!!

October 21, 2013  08:50 PM ET

Doesn't matter; BoSox are on a roll.
It's over guys 'n gals; Sox are WS Champions!

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