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  • 02 Aug
    导出博客文章Nigel Clough has hailed Burtons remarkable promotion to the Sky Bet Championship
    after drawing 0-0 with Doncaster on the final day on the season. The Brewers
    needed at least a point to seal an instant jump into Englands second tier, and
    managed to see out the game despite their rivals Walsall thrashing Port Vale
    5-0. Clough originally joined the club when they were playing non-league
    football during the 1998/99 season as a player-manager and returned earlier this
    year after the departure of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to QPR. The former striker
    has now lead the club he made over 200 appearances for over ten years into the
    Championship for the first time in their history.When I was here before, we were
    in the Southern League Premier Division, going to Weymouth and Dorchester and
    having a bacon sandwich at 8am on a Saturday morning and all of a sudden, were
    in the Championship. It is truly, truly remarkable, Clough told Sky Sports.
    Burton players celebrate promotion to the Sky Bet Championship We saw the other
    result coming through and we thought that we could afford to concede and its
    fitting with all the clean sheets weve had that we secure it with a 0-0.We knew
    we could get a clean sheet today and it would be enough. The lads have got
    belief and thats what they can do. The previous two managers Gary Rowett and
    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have instilled that into them and thats what you saw
    today.We were concerned about the winless run earlier in the season in some ways
    but we kept grinding it out and those points are very important. I just said to
    Tyler Walker, he got us a 93rd minute equaliser against Bury and that could have
    been the goal that got us up. Highlights from Doncasters 0-0 draw with Burton
    from Sky Bet League One which was enough to guarantee the Brewers promotion.
    Burton go up to the Sky Bet Championship with a final tally of 85 points - two
    behind eventual champions Wigan - and will be playing the likes of Aston Villa,
    Leeds and Cloughs former side Nottingham Forest. But he isnt quite looking
    forward to life in a new division just yet, with the staff and players set for a
    celebration on Sunday evening.I havent even thought about next season, Clough
    added. Were going to have one of the biggest parties in Burton tonight I think
    its ever seen and were not even thinking about the Championship yet. Also See:
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    surgery on his left knee. ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have activated
    Kevin Siegrist from the 15-day disabled list, adding a left-handed reliever to
    the mix for the first series after the All-Star break.They havent ruled out
    adding top prospect Alex Reyes, whose hit 101 mph while striking out four in two
    innings starting for Team World in the Futures Game.General manager John
    Mozeliak said Friday that the 21-year-old Reyes, who is at Triple-A Memphis,
    will likely be a starter in the majors. The GM said its possible the Cardinals
    could add Reyes for bullpen help or as part of a six-man rotation, or even to
    provide a break for one of the other members of the rotation.Bullpen is a need
    for the team heading into the Aug. 1 trade deadline.At some point Reyes could
    come up here and work out of the bullpen or at some point we could decide to
    give him a start or two, Mozeliak said. I think we just want to be open-minded
    as we approach the next couple weeks.Mozeliak thought it might be more difficult
    to make deals this year because its tough to determine which spot would benefit
    from an upgrade.I think it might be a little bit harder than some years where
    its just very glaring what we need to do, the GM said.The Cardinals will be
    without All-Star Matt Carpenter, one of the top leadoff men in the majors, for
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    baseman-outfielder Brandon Moss (sprained ankle) is still wearing a boot so hes
    likely not close to returning.Both Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny remained
    bullish on the Cardinals chances of contending for a playoff spot. They led the
    majors with 100 wins last year and have been to the postseason five consecutive
    years.You think I changed my mind at the All-Star break? Matheny joked. No, I
    wont back off what I think of this club and who we are. Nothings going to change
    my mind on that, and nothing should change their minds.Right-handed reliever Sam
    Tuivailala was optioned to Memphis.Siegrist, who turns 27 Wednesday, has been
    out since June 30 with mononucleosis. He was 5-2, tied for the National League
    lead in victories by a reliever.Siegrist had a 2.78 ERA and one save in 35
    appearances covering 32 1/3 innings with 34 strikeouts.The 23-year-old
    Tuivailala played in three games from July 3-6, allowing three runs in two
    innings. ' ' '