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MLB: St. Louis 18, Atlanta 3

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel combined for 10 RBI Friday for St. Louis, which crushed the reeling Atlanta Braves 18-3.

MLB: St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 3

CINCINNATI, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel and Jason LaRue had two RBI each Friday to key the St. Louis' 5-3 win against Cincinnati, the Cardinals' third win in a row.

MLB: St. Louis 4, Florida 2

MIAMI, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer Monday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.

MLB: St. Louis 10, N.Y. Mets 8 (14 inn.)

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- Albert Pujols' two-run homer in the top of the 14th inning Saturday gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 10-8 win over the New York Mets.

MLB: St. Louis 9, San Diego 5

ST. LOUIS, July 20 (UPI) -- Aaron Miles' ninth-inning grand slam home run Sunday gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 9-5 victory over the San Diego Padres.

MLB: St. Louis 6, San Diego 5

ST. LOUIS, July 19 (UPI) -- Albert Pujols' three hits and four RBI Saturday lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

MLB: St. Louis 4, San Diego 3

ST. LOUIS, July 17 (UPI) -- Troy Glaus hit two of St. Louis' four home runs Thursday and closer Ryan Franklin survived a shaky ninth to give the Cardinals a 4-3 victory over San Diego.

MLB: St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 0

PITTSBURGH, July 11 (UPI) -- Kyle Lohse and Jamie Garcia combined on a shutout Friday while Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick homered, boosting St. Louis to a 6-0 decision over Pittsburgh.

MLB: St. Louis 2, Philadelphia 0

PHILADELPHIA, July 8 (UPI) -- Joel Pineiro and three relievers had a six-hit shutout, and Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick each homered Tuesday to give St. Louis a 2-0 win over Philadelphia.

MLB: St. Louis 5, Chicago Cubs 4

ST. LOUIS, July 5 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday gave St. Louis a dramatic 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: St. Louis 5, Kansas City 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 28 (UPI) -- Mitchell Boggs gave up an earned run and four hits in six innings Saturday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

MLB: Detroit 8, St. Louis 7

DETROIT, June 26 (UPI) -- Gary Sheffield singled in Clete Thomas from second with nobody out in the ninth Wednesday, giving Detroit a wild 8-7 victory over St. Louis.

MLB: St. Louis 9, Boston 3

BOSTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Troy Glaus hit a grand slam in the top of the second inning to key the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-3 victory at Boston.

MLB: St. Louis 7, Philadelphia 6 (10 inn.)

ST. LOUIS, June 15 (UPI) -- Two 10th-inning Philadelphia errors allowed Rick Ankiel to reach base and score the winning run Sunday in a 7-6 St. Louis victory over the Phillies.

MLB: St. Louis 10, Cincinnati 0

CINCINNATI, June 11 (UPI) -- Braden Looper went the distance Wednesday, allowing three hits, and St. Louis got two first-inning homers en route to a 10-0 blasting of Cincinnati.
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Rick Ankiel
The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel will miss the rest of the 2006 season after having surgery on his right knee on June 14, 2006. Ankiel injured the patellar tendon in his leg during spring training and has been sidelined since then. (UPI Photo/MLB)

Richard Alexander Ankiel (pronounced /ˈæŋkiːl/; born July 19, 1979) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who is currently with the Washington Nationals. He bats and throws left-handed.

Ankiel was a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1999 until 2001, when he lost his ability to throw strikes consistently. After trying to regain his pitching form in the minor leagues, he switched to the outfield in early 2005. For two and a half years, he honed his skills as a hitter and fielder in the Cardinals' minor-league system. He was called up to the Cardinals on August 9, 2007, and made his second major-league "debut"—this time as an outfielder in right field—against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis. As a Cardinal (1999–2009), Ankiel hit 47 home runs as an outfielder and two as a pitcher. After a 2009 season in which he hit .231 with 11 home runs in 122 games, Ankiel became a free agent. Subsequently, he was signed by the Royals and later was traded to the Atlanta Braves. He is the first player since Babe Ruth to have won at least 10 games as a pitcher and also hit at least 50 home runs. Ankiel is also the only player other than Babe Ruth to both start a postseason game as a pitcher and hit a home run in the postseason as a position player.

Rick attended Port St. Lucie High School in Florida, where he went 11–1 with a 0.47 ERA during his senior season, striking out 162 batters in 74.0 innings pitched, and was named the High School Player of the Year by USA Today in 1997. He was also a first-team high-school All-American pitcher.

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