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Sunday baseball notes

Quality MLB teams have many of same qualities

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was slightly taken aback when I asked him, “Are the Cardinals the best team in baseball?”

“I would never be so arrogant as to say anything like that,” Matheny said Thursday, prior to the final game of a three-game interleague series with the Angels, which Los Angeles won dramatically on a two-run tying homer by Josh Hamilton and walkoff single by Erick Aybar.

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