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The Mercantile Library will feature an exhibit of one of the rarest books in North America. Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640, still exist. It will be sold at auction at Sotheby's in November. The pre-sale auction estimate is between 15 and 30 million dollars. In addition to the book, other early New England imprints,  maps and prints will be on display. The public exhibit for the Bay Psalm Book is this Friday, September 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Mercantile Library is located on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis.

 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha is glad he's graduated to a pennant race.

After finishing his college career at Texas A&M just over a year ago, the rookie pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 26-10 overall in taking the NL Central lead.

"It helped me going to A&M and playing in those big-time games and I guess gets me prepared for it," Wacha said. "So I just try not to think too much. I go out there and try to go out there and just trust myself. It ended up working out pretty well."

The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1 1/2-game division lead and a chance to cement their first winning season since 1992. They left trailing the Cardinals by 1 1/2 games and still stuck on 81 victories.

This was the last time this season Pittsburgh and St. Louis were scheduled to play.

Wacha (3-0) allowed two hits and walked two, both of which were erased on double plays. He struck out two and never had more than one runner on at a time.

Wacha hasn't allowed a run in 19 2-3 consecutive innings.

"A young pitcher coming in and just staying within himself, really establishing the strike zone early," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It seemed like he made some really good pitches as he got deeper into the game. He's just making pitches all day. It's impressive."

Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (7-4) left with discomfort in his left foot in the second inning. He allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings.

Morton left for Pittsburgh before the game was over and won't join the team in Texas where it starts a three-game series Monday.

Manager Clint Hurdle said he didn't know the extent of Morton's injury. Hurdle said Morton was hurt when he was backing up a base.

"We weren't sharp in any particular area of the game all weekend," Hurdle said. "They were much sharper than us across the board. It's very difficult to win a game when you are not functioning."

Morton hadn't surrendered more than two runs since the Cardinals tagged him for five in a 13-0 victory on Aug. 1 in Pittsburgh. He went on to win his next three decisions over five starts, including a no-decision after giving up two runs in seven innings on Aug. 13 at St. Louis.

Wacha got his second career hit with a single up the middle on the first pitch he saw from Vin Mazzaro in a four-run fifth that scored David Freese and Matt Adams. St. Louis used 10 batters in the 28-minute inning - exactly how long Wacha needed to get through six innings of pitching.

"That was a lot of fun," Wacha said of his hit. "I told myself that I was going to hop on the first heater. I was able to sneak it by the shortstop up the middle. I was pretty fired up about that."

Wacha also helped set up a three-run second with a sacrifice bunt that pushed Pete Kozma to third in front of consecutive doubles from Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay.

Jay scored on Morton's final offering, a wild pitch that bounced just in front of the left-handed batter's box.

The Cardinals jumped in front with two runs in the first. Carpenter and Jay singled to start the inning and Matt Holliday walked to load the bases. Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly and Yadier Molina had an RBI grounder.

"We all knew what was at stake," Carpenter said. "This is the last time we get to play these guys, so it was a big series. I couldn't be happier with the way it played out. Not just the fact that we won all three, but the fashion that we won all three. Really dominated, I feel like, every aspect of the game."

Pittsburgh scored twice in the ninth off reliever Sam Freeman. Garrett Jones hit an RBI double and Gaby Sanchez had a sacrifice fly.

Jones said Wacha had the Pirates guessing all day.

"He has deception," he said. "That downward angle can be tricky. He was able to hit his spots and he has a good arm."

NOTES: Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen singled in the seventh to extend his hit streak to seven games. ... Carpenter's single in the first was his 99th hit at home this season, a single-season record for the current Busch Stadium. ... Pittsburgh 3B Pedro Alvarez committed his major league-leading 27th error in the seventh, allowing pinch-hitter Brock Peterson to reach. ... The Cardinals are off Monday, but many will participate in Matheny's charity golf tournament. His Catch 22 Foundation supports charities that work with children with disabilities.

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The combined IQ of St. Louis is expected to rise this week, as the city welcomes some of the greatest chess players from around the world. They're here for the Sinquefield Cup, a tournament that's being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in the Central West End. Competition begins today and runs though Sunday, with the top player taking home $70,000. The Sinquefield Cup is named after the sport's main benefactor in St. Louis, Rex Sinquefield, who is credited with turning the city in a worldwide chess hub. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — It had been seven years since the St. Louis Rams won their opener, with Jeff Fisher dropping his debut to the Lions last year on the heels of three failures from Steve Spagnuolo and two more from Scott Linehan.

Getting the best of the Arizona Cardinals was cause for celebration, no matter how the Rams got there.

After Greg Zuerlein kicked the go-ahead 48-yard field goal with 40 seconds to go, capping a fourth-quarter comeback from an 11-point deficit in a 27-24 victory Sunday, Fisher did not hesitate when asked what he remembered best.

"Watching the game clock tick to zero, that's my most favorite part," Fisher said. "You know, we're really excited. You take them when you get them like that."

Linehan dropped his first eight games in 2007 and was fired after an 0-4 start in '08. Spagnuolo's teams opened 0-7, 0-2 and 0-6, but the Rams won in Week 2 last season under Fisher.

Next week at Atlanta, they'll be trying for their first 2-0 start since 2001, their last Super Bowl season.

"We had some good plays and some bad plays," offensive tackle Jake Long said. "No one panicked. We just kept pushing."

Bruce Arians was the NFL coach of the year last season, going 9-3 with the Colts as the interim coach. His true head coaching debut with the team's he's overhauled after a 5-11 season was going well until the final 15 minutes.

"I wanted to win," Arians said. "We didn't come to play close and build for next year. We felt like we gave this game away."

Five reasons why the Rams are feeling pretty good about themselves, warts and all, and why the Cardinals know they can do better:

1. TIGHT END UNLEASHED: Fisher drafted Jared Cook in the third round in 2009 when he was the Titans' coach, and made him a priority pickup in free agency. Cook opened with a gaffe when he got stripped by Tyrann Mathieu a few long strides from the end zone and a 55-yard breakaway that would have been the game's first score.

He didn't mope about it, catching seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns — the first multi-touchdown game of his career. Cook had a key 25-yard reception that set up Zuerlein's winning field goal.

Mathieu was a difference-maker at LSU, where he forced 11 fumbles and recovered eight fumbles, two for touchdowns, in two seasons. But the third-round draft pick cost the Cardinals three points later in the half when he was whistled for a 38-yard interference penalty on rookie Tavon Austin, resulting in one of Zuerlein's four field goals.

2. UNDER PRESSURE: Keeping Carson Palmer healthy is key to Arizona's chances. It wasn't a good sign when Arians was asked whether he'd consider a replacement tackle Levi Brown, victimized by all three of Robert Quinn's sacks that ended with forced fumbles.

The Cardinals surrendered an NFL-worst 58 sacks last year and gave up four in the opener. Plans for this year took a hit when first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper, the starting left guard, broke his left leg in the third preseason game. Brown did not play last year and has had trouble with speed rushers.

"He is our guy," Arians said of Brown. "There is no position change. Someone would have already beaten him out."

3. MR. CLEAN: Sam Bradford was not sacked the last two games of 2012 and the Cardinals couldn't get past the protection package boosted by Long, the Rams' other big free-agent pickup. Rodger Saffold missed a couple series while having a knee injury checked.

Bradford was sacked 36 times in 2011 when he missed four games with an ankle injury, and 35 times last year.

4. HE'S OPEN: Acquiring Palmer helped put Larry Fitzgerald back in the picture. Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes — half of last year's season total while working with an assortment of quarterbacks.

Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 80 yards and his 24-yarder late in the third quarter put the Cardinals ahead 24-13. But he had no receptions in the fourth quarter as Arizona foundered with 67 yards and four first downs.

5. RUNNING SOME: The Rams haven't tried to replace Steven Jackson, a bruiser who's going for his ninth consecutive 1,000-yard season in Atlanta, counting on last year's backup with unproven players in reserve.

They de-emphasized the run game in the opener, leaning on the next-to-last pick of last year's draft and also keeping the chains moving with short passes.

Daryl Richardson had 63 yards on 20 carries, accounting for all but 4 of the yards and four of the carries. Rookie backup Zac Stacy had one carry for 4 yards and Isaiah Pead, a second-rounder last year, returns next week after serving a one-game suspension.


 

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