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Ex-Canisius pitcher Axford traded to Cardinals

AxBy Mike Harrington

Former Canisius College pitcher John Axford (left) came very close to pitching in the World Series two years ago when the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Axford just got another chance today -- with the team that denied him that first opportunity.

The Cardinals have acquired Axford in a trade with the Brewers for a player to be named. Axford, 30, is 6-7 with a 4.45 ERA in 62 relief appearances this season for Milwaukee serving mostly in setup roles after losing his closer's job. He has 106 saves, second in franchise history, including a franchise-record 46 in 2011.

The Cardinals are almost certain to qualify for the postseason and are trying to maintain their hold on first place in the NL Central. They have a one-game lead on the Pittsburgh Pirates and open a three-game series tonight in Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

Here's a story I did on Axford in 2009 upon his first callup to the big leagues. The Canadian right-hander pitched for Canisius in 2006 after three years at Notre Dame while on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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