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Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny is sea of tranquillity amid clamor
Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny is sea of tranquillity amid clamor

In the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday, 54,000 fans rose as one in full-throated cheer as the Dodgers' Zack Greinke stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in a game his team already led, 2-0. St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn was laboring after 110 pitches. One mistake there and the game could get out of hand. But in the St. Louis dugout, Manager Mike Matheny's face betrayed all the emotion of a man watching paint dry. His bullpen was ready, but he stuck with Lynn — who rewarded the vote of confidence by retiring Greinke on a groundout. Two innings later, when the Cardinals tied the game on a homer by Matt Carpenter, a smile creased the manager's face....

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