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Cardinals news and notes: Martinezes, minors, and the Pirates

As baseball continues to heat up, catch up on the Cardinals news of the weekend

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There’s something deeply exciting about September. We focus so much on October, and sure, a game in September means as much as a game in April, but the tension is there and the sense of dread in checking the out-of-town scoreboard fills our hearts. For all intents and purposes, the Cardinals are already in the playoffs.

But it’d still be cool if they made the actual playoffs, and what’s going on in baseball will, of course, be pivotal in assuring that happens. Here is what happened on Viva El Birdos over the weekend.