Norris fans a record 14 batters in win over Pirates

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Astros starter Bud Norris set a Minute Maid Park record on Saturday, striking out 14 batters over seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates

Norris is an odd talent.  He’ll show flashes of great potential, then get totally shelled next time out.  It’s partly control problems, and partly the fact that he is still learning.  Either way, the 25-year-old’s fastball is consistently clocked in the mid-90s and he has a slider that serves as a quality out pitch when it’s moving how he wants. 

Norris is averaging 9.75 strikeouts per nine innings this season and ran into an awful Pirates team.  It was a match made in heaven, and he made it work in record-breaking fashion.  Now look for him to be blown up next time out against the Mets.

St Louis Cards announcer McLaughlin arrested on DWI charge

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ST. LOUIS – Cardinals television announcer Dan McLaughlin was charged Monday as a persistent offender of driving while intoxicated, a day after he was arrested in suburban St. Louis.

Bond was set at $25,000, the Creve Coeur Police Department said.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment,” the Cardinals and Bally Sports said in a statement.

The 48-year-old McLaughlin has been a Cardinals broadcaster for more than two decades. He has also done NFL games for Fox.

Police said McLaughlin was stopped Sunday and arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.