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A curse-filled clubhouse victory speech by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt that went viral after a player posted it on social media showed a different side to the usually mild-mannered skipper — and while he was sorry Thursday that his colorful language got leaked, he did not feel bad about the gist of his message.

“It’s regretful that that was able to get out,” Shildt said, speaking to reporters a day before the NL Central champion Cardinals host the wild-card Washington Nationals for Game 1 of the best-of-seven NL Championship Series. “I will not apologize for having passion about how I feel about our team and the accomplishments of our team.”

Shildt called the clubhouse “a sanctuary that is very sacred” and said the pep talk to his players after they beat the Atlanta Braves 13-1 on Wednesday to win their NL Division Series “should have been private.”

But the bleepable rant — “That’s how we roll” was just about the lone phrase suitable for publication — was shown to the world by Randy Arozarena, a rookie outfielder for St. Louis who had three at-bats in the NLDS.

“As far as Randy goes,” Shildt said Thursday, “I completely give Randy grace. He was just excited. He’s a great kid with a great heart.”

Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters referred to the episode as an example of “when you get conversations out of the clubhouse that shouldn’t be out of the clubhouse.”

“Everybody in that clubhouse knows how much he cares for them,” Wieters said.

Miles Mikolas, the Cardinals right-hander who will start Friday night against Nationals righty Aníbal Sánchez, spoke about how Shildt’s words could help his club.
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This time, they didn’t even make it that far.

The Dodgers’ post-season fell apart in the NL Division Series with a 7-3 defeat to the Washington Nationals in Game 5, an inglorious ending for a team coming off back-to-back World Series appearances.

“This is not anything we were prepared for,” said reliever Joe Kelly, who gave up the tiebreaking grand slam to former Dodger Howie Kendrick in the 10th inning Wednesday night.

Indeed, the Dodgers made no secret that winning a record seventh straight NL West title while piling up 106 victories — second-most in the majors — was just a prelude to fulfilling their ultimate goal of earning the franchise’s first World Series title since 1988.

“We all knew we were better than what we showed out there,” said Max Muncy, whose two-run homer in the first provided an early lead. “Sometimes it’s not meant to be.”

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There are off-season decisions looming, starting with president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. His contract expires at the end of this month.

Friedman has overseen the redevelopment of the farm system and it’s paid off with a pipeline full of prospects that have succeeded once they’ve reached the big-league level.

Rookie infielders Matt Beaty and Gavin Lux and catcher Will Smith all made starts this post-season. In his second season, right-hander Walker Buehler continued to show he’s a worthy successor to Clayton Kershaw as the team’s ace.

“We will have a lot more chances at it,” Buehler said of post-season success. “We are built to keep putting ourselves in this situation.”

The pitching corps could see some changes.

Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who led the majors in ERA, and 39-year-old lefty Rich Hill can become free agents. Closer Kenley Jansen, whose ERA was the worst of his career, can opt out of his contract.

Kershaw is heading into the second year of a $93 million, three-year deal he signed last November. The three-time Cy Young Award winner had a blown save in the decisive Game 5, giving up home runs on consecutive pitches that allowed Washington to tie the game.

“I’m not going to hang my head,” Kershaw said. “I will be here next year and try to do the same thing and try to do it every single year.”

Manager Dave Roberts signed a four-year contract extension in December. His in-game tactics came into question again in Game 5, similar to the way his pitching decisions were criticized in last year’s World Series — even by President Donald Trump.

Roberts tossed analytics out the window when he allowed Kershaw to return for the eighth inning after getting the final out of the seventh.

“I felt really good about that,” he said. “It’s a guy that I believe in, and I trust and it didn’t work out.”

Anthony Rendon homered leading off and Juan Soto followed with a game-tying solo shot.

“My job is to put guys in the best position to have success and if it doesn’t work out, there’s always going to be second-guessing,” Roberts said. “I got no problem bearing the brunt of that.”
“When you see your manager getting that excited and that fired up, it feeds into what everyone else is doing,” Mikolas said. “It’s hard not to get amped up when you got the guy who is kind of leading your team getting super amped up. It’s contagious.”

Mikolas, an All-Star in 2018, went 9-4 with a 4.16 ERA this season. He appeared in two games of the NLDS against the Braves, allowing one run in six innings, once as a starter and once in relief. Sánchez, less heralded than rotation mates Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg or Patrick Corbin, was 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 2019, then gave up one run in five innings in his lone appearance of the NLDS against the Cheap Minnesota Twins Jerseys
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Nationals manager Dave Martinez said he had not yet decided how he would line up the rest of his starting staff after Sánchez.

Shildt said Adam Wainwright will start Game 2, followed by Jack Flaherty, then Dakota Hudson, who will be available out of the bullpen at the beginning of the series.

Notes: Martinez said X-rays showed nothing broken on the hand of C Kurt Suzuki, who was hit by a pitch in Washington’s 7-3 victory in 10 innings at LA in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Suzuki was going to go through concussion protocol once the Nationals arrived in St. Louis. … CF Victor Robles, who missed the last two games of the series against the Dodgers with a strained right hamstring, will be checked out Friday before the game to determine his status.

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