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Surprise NL Champs Have Home-Field Advantage
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- That chant of "Happy Flight! Happy Flight!'' has been exceptionally joyful lately for the St. Louis Cardinals.

They celebrated in Philadelphia after knocking off the favored Phillies in the National League division series, then hushed a packed crowd in Milwaukee and sprayed champagne in the visitor's clubhouse after winning the franchise's 18th pennant.

The clinching blowout victory over the Brewers on Sunday night was the 15th consecutive time the Cardinals had won before heading for the airport, a run they'll risk against the American League champion Texas Rangers.

The wild-card Cardinals have the home-field advantage for the first time, thanks to Prince Fielder's three-run homer in the National League's All-Star victory.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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