4 Biggest First-Half Surprises Keeping St. Louis Cardinals in Contention

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4 Biggest First-Half Surprises Keeping St. Louis Cardinals in Contention
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With injuries spreading like chicken pox, the St. Louis Cardinals looked depleted just one month into the 2012 season.  

But halfway through the year, the Cardinals are 2.5 games out of first in the NL Central, and it's all because of unlikely players stepping up when the stakes were highest.

Here are St. Louis' four biggest surprises before the All-Star break.

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