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The Astros are making another run. For serious. I was just going to keep ignoring them, but nope, they're 1.5 back and charging. They've won seven straight, the Cards have lost seven straight. I'm rooting for Houston. I've grown to really like Phil Garner, and I like a lot of their players -- Biggio, Clemens, Berkman, Oswalt, Lidge. And I'm sick of the Cardinals anyway. Cards/Astros has quietly become a great, great rivalry the last three years.

The A's clinched.