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ST. LOUIS -- While the St. Louis Cardinals continued their recent trend of solid to outstanding work from their starting pitchers on Saturday, the Milwaukee Brewers kept moving the needle in the wrong direction.Adam Wainwrights seven shutout innings gave St. Louis a 3-0 win and deepened Milwaukees recent skid offensively. In losing three straight games, the Brewers have managed just two runs.Weather permitting, Milwaukee will try to figure things out against the Cardinals in Sundays series finale at Busch Stadium.Were in a little bit of a funk offensively, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Were just in one of those couple-day stretches of struggling to get things going and create opportunities.St. Louis (42-38) has tended to do that to Milwaukee (35-45) in recent years. It owns a 6-2 advantage in this years season series, outscoring it by 48-14, and is 45-20 against the Brewers, dating to the start of the 2013 season.But a 90 percent chance of rain might present Milwaukee with a temporary reprieve. While the teams played through showers for most of Saturdays game, some forecasts are calling for as many as 2/3 inches of rain Sunday.Nothing could dampen the Cardinals mood after perhaps their best defensive game of the season. They turned four double plays, used a nifty deke at second base to steal an eighth-inning out and denied at least two hits with outstanding plays to turn hard-hit balls into outs.It was a stark contrast from their previous three games, in which they made eight errors and other mental mistakes.Just good plays all the way around, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. Being able to trust your defense is one of those confidence-boosters for your pitching staff. They dont have to be perfect.Michael Wacha (4-7, 4.42 ERA) gets the call for the Cardinals on Sunday. He has pitched well in his last four starts, all of them quality, and has won two straight outings, including an 8-4 verdict on Tuesday night in Kansas City.Wacha, who lost seven straight decisions from April 23 to June 22, has displayed much better command lately. He has hit the lower parts of the strike zone with his fastball, enabling him to use his changeup as a wipeout pitch.Wacha, whos 3-0 with a 4.22 ERA in five career outings against the Brewers, will be opposed by right-hander Chase Anderson (4-8, 5.45). Hes coming off a 6-5 loss on Tuesday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who rocked him for eight hits and six runs (five earned) in four innings.That outing actually qualifies as an improvement of sorts for Anderson, who has been hit so hard in his last three starts that his ERA during that span dropped to 12.71 after Tuesday night. But he has enjoyed good outings in his two career starts against St. Louis, allowing only two earned runs in 12 innings.Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is expected to make his 73rd start in 81 games and is looking to build on his 1,500th career hit that he accomplished in the fourth inning Saturday.Hes been one of the greatest Cardinals ever, Wainwright said of his longtime battery mate. We were excited for him. Authentic Peter Kalambayi Jersey . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. Authentic Martinas Rankin Jersey . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.cheaptexansjerseysauthentic.com/ . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. 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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Big brothers have been known to pick on little brothers from time to time.That is, of course, until that little brother grows to be a few inches taller and 50 pounds heavier.Such is the case for brothers Chris and Kyle Long, who are at different points in their NFL careers entering the season.Kyle, the Bears three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman, will be counted on at right guard to help protect quarterback Jay Cutler as Chicago looks to move on from a forgettable 2015 season.Meanwhile, on the defensive side his older brother, Chris, is trying to make the most of the one-year deal he signed with the Patriots following an eight-year stint in St. Louis.Chris, 31, has had no problem deferring to his younger sibling as the teams participate in joint practices in advance of Thursday nights preseason matchup.Hitting my brother? Not a lot. Hes like a big tree stump, so luckily Im out there on the edge and we didnt have to deal with each other much, Chris said of the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Kyle.Coach Bill Belichick said it hasnt been too hard to tell them apart.One big one and one not-so big one, Belichick said about the siblings, who are extending the legacy of a family tree first established in the NFL by their Hall of Famer father, Howie Long.The big one is the younger Kyle, the 27-year-old and three-time Pro Bowl right guard in his fourth season as a key part of the Bears offensive line.He has started all but one of Chicagos regular-season games since 2013, and will switch from tackle back to right guard.The hope is that his inside presence will help fortify a line that allowed Cutler to be sacked 29 times last season.Growing up in a rambunctious house that featured Chris and his baby brother, Howie, Jr., was never void of activity.Chris has yet to appear in the playoffs during his eight seasons. So a spot on the Patriots roster is a chance to be a part of a winner.And with the recent injury to starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich, it also could mean a chance to make a significant contribution late in his career.Kyle was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox in 2008, but opted to take a baseball scholarship at Florida State. That was short-lived, though, with a DUI his first semester leading him first to a junior college in 2010 and finally to Oregon in 2012 to resume his football career.One of his biggest supporters along the way has been Chris.I just enjoy kind of watching him grow into being a man in this league, Chris Long said. I know the work that it takes and I just think, more than anything, just seeing the way hes plugged away, he grows up every year.ddddddddddddHaving a player of Kyles caliber on the field this week has also been helpful for a New England offensive line also trying to rebuild after Tom Brady was sacked 38 times in 2015.Chris has been slowed some the past two years by knee and ankle issues. But Kyle said hes expecting big things out of him this season.He looks strong, he feels strong and hes a competitor, Kyle Long said.As for Thursday night, Kyle said there will be a few more family members in the stands than usual. They include their mom, Chris wife and Kyles nephew, Waylon, who was born in March.He was definitely neutral, Kyle said. He had a blue hat on, which was also neutral. So he knows how to play the game already.Game notes Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was absent from the practice field Tuesday, a day after he pulled up short while running a passing route and left the workout early with a trainer. ... Bears TE Zach Miller and WR Eddie Royal (concussion protocol) were both absent. ... Patriots S Nate Ebner returned after taking a leave of absence to compete for the U.S. Rugby team in Rio. He spent the day on the sideline in a jersey and shorts. ... Bears coach John Fox chatted with Patriots TE Martellus Bennett after practice, and at one point knelt to play with Bennetts daughter. The pleasantries came months after the lack of a contract extension in Chicago opened the door for Bennetts trade from Chicago to New England. ... Earlier this month Bennett tweaked his former club when he and his brother, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, made critical comments about Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler. 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