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Cardinals clinch

The Cardinals on Friday won their first National League Central Division title since 2009 the way you'd want them to win it -- on the field with their boots on.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, beat the Cincinnati Reds to keep the Cardinals from clinching the division crown by default. But the Redbirds took care of business on their own with a dominating win over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.

Not only was it sweet to win over Chicago. But the Cardinals added a cherry or two to the top of their sundae by getting a dominating performance from Lance Lynn who struck out eight of the first nine hitters he retired and a strong show from the offense which put seven runs on the board.

Not only did Matt Holliday hit his 21st homer -- the 250th of his career -- but David Freese cranked one of his own, hopefully an indication that his bat is finally starting to get hot.

The Cardinals' only remining business is to try to secure the home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs by topping the Braves in the standings. But I don't even really care about that. If teams split the first two games of a seven-game set, the home field advantage is lost anyway.