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Ortiz released

The Cardinals won't have to worry about facing old nemesis Russ Ortiz when the Astros pull into town this weekend... Or ever again, for that matter.

After getting plastered by the Cubs Thursday afternoon, Houston gave Ortiz his walking papers. He surrendered nine hits and nine runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Of course, pitching well doesn't always guarantee you a positive fate. Wee Bears starter Kevin Hill pitched his team to victory then found out that he had been traded to the Pirates.