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ST. Chris Lindstrom Jersey . LOUIS -- For the first time since 2008, the Cubs can clinch the NL Central division title this week.The Cardinals know it is going to happen -- they just dont want them to do it during the series in St. Louis.To prevent that from happening, all the Cardinals have to do is win one of three games in the series that begins Monday night. A sweep by the Cubs would have them spraying champagne at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.The Cubs arrive in town with a magic number of five after the Cardinals 2-1 loss to the Brewers on Sunday and their 9-5 win Sunday night in Houston.You never want anyone celebrating on your home field, even if they are not division rivals or anything, said Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn, who has not pitched this year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. You dont want anybody to clinch here. Thats definitely something you dont want to see.In recent years, the Cardinals have been the ones doing the celebrating. They have been to the postseason five consecutive years, and as the season winds down, know they will have to qualify as a wild-card team if they are going to extend that streak to six years.The loss to the Brewers, which came on a ninth-inning home run by Ryan Braun off Kevin Siegrist, dropped the Cardinals a half game out of the second wild-card spot because of the Mets 10-3 win over the Braves.Mike Leake will get the starting assignment for Monday nights game, which begins a stretch that will see the Cardinals play the Cubs and the Giants, who currently are in the first wild-card spot, in 10 of their next 13 games.Kyle Hendricks, who leads the NL with a 2.07 ERA, will start for the Cubs.Facing Hendricks will present the newest challenge for the Cardinals, who did not hit a home run on Saturday or Sunday, the first time they have gone two consecutive games without hitting a homer since Aug. 7-8. They lead the NL with 204 homers.Weve got to figure out how to score more runs, said manager Mike Matheny. We squared up two balls that almost all year have been gone. The ball wasnt jumping.Playing, and winning, at home has been a problem for the Cardinals this season. Their loss Sunday was the 39th at home, the most since they moved into the current Busch Stadium in 2006. They have 10 games left at home in the regular season.Last year, it was the Cardinals who won the division title, then saw their season end when they lost to the wild-card Cubs in the Division Series. The Cubs just want to win the division, then worry about the playoffs later.Were probably anxious to clinch as soon as possible, catcher Miguel Montero told the Chicago Sun-Times. That gives you the extra excitement to just try to do too much, to try to win games and get the lead even bigger, and clinch, on this road trip. Kaleb McGary Womens Jersey . The phone hearing is scheduled for 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt. Winchester, who was not penalized for the hit, appeared to make contact with Kellys head early in the first period of Thursdays game in Boston. Calvin Ridley Womens Jersey . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. http://www.falconsrookiestore.com/Falcons-Qadree-Ollison-Jersey/ . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. Statutory warning. There will be nothing new in this article. Its about R Ashwin.He took a five-wicket haul. Thats happened 21 times before. He dismissed the oppositions best batsmen. Thats pretty much been standard too. However, it is only now that England are experiencing all that first-hand. They had known Ashwin as the bloke who averaged over 50 against them, with a best of 3 for 72. Never as the bowler he is now. The equal of Malcolm Marshall, Waqar Younis, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh. At least in numbers, if not quite yet in aura.There is, however, no mistaking Ashwins pedigree as an offspinner in the subcontinent.I was able to get the ball to hang in the air, he said matter-of-factly on Friday. Gravity sat and sulked in the corner. And also drift on to the batsmen, and kind of straighten it from stump lines. England joined gravity in said corner, both muttering no fair.Ashwin can turn the ball a long way in helpful conditions. Joe Root found that out yesterday when he lunged out to defend outside his off stump and could have been bowled through the gate. He can also control the amount of deviation with subtle changes in his action. Ben Stokes was lbw with one that went straight. Then there are the angles he can create by going wide of the crease or around the wicket or even simply altering the position of his arm. Adil Rashids outside edge was beaten in this fashion quite often. A measure of Ashwins confidence over his ability to replicate that delivery over and over was his naughty little smile when other bowlers may have belched frustrated words.Those are the enhancements to his offbreak. Besides that, he has an arm ball that actually swings away from the right-handeer and a carrom ball. Steve Bartkowski Womens Jersey. .None of this is to suggest Ashwin is peerless. It is meant to be a measure of how far he has come since the 2012 series against England, when he was bullied by Kevin Pietersen and brushed aside by Alastair Cook. Since the Mumbai Test of that series, he has taken 17 five-fors, more than any other bowler. Another sign of his growth is that nowadays, he fields at mid-off, trotting across to the bowler when he comes across an idea worth exploring, rather like Zaheer Khan used to do.From the moment I walked into the Indian Test team, I havent been worried about going and telling something I felt to any other bowler, Ashwin said. Ive shared my opinion with everybody. So Thats not something new. But yes, Im quite enjoying it. Virat [Kohli] obviously communicates a lot of things to mid-off and then I go and tell the bowler about what he wants him to do.Ashwin has become the threat he is by being incredibly accurate. All the variations in the world are useless unless you put the ball in the same spot and ask the batsman to play as often as possible. When he cant read what it will do, he wont be able to deal with it and you win. This is why he is so hard to face as a new batsman. He sizes up his opponent - say, Ben Duckett, who tends to stay leg-side of the ball - manipulates him with his variations - going around the stumps to make him play down the wrong line - and then takes him out.Im very sure hes going to thrust his pad forward the next innings, Ashwin said about Duckett. Im looking forward to try and play on his confusion. ' ' '