Wednesday's Blue Jays-Cards game postponed

Rescheduled for Thursday as back end of split doubleheader

Wednesday's Blue Jays-Cards game postponed

ST. LOUIS -- With severe weather expected in the St. Louis area throughout the evening, the Cardinals decided to make an early call to postpone Wednesday's scheduled 7:15 p.m. CT game against the Blue Jays.

Because Toronto does not return to Busch Stadium this year, the postponed contest will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Thursday. The two teams will play their originally scheduled 12:45 p.m. CT game before taking the field again at 6:15 p.m. Tickets to Wednesday's rainout can be used for the doubleheader nightcap.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Poor defense continues to cost Cardinals

Team commits season-high four errors against Blue Jays

Poor defense continues to cost Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- The look the Cardinals sought to leave behind in 2016 has instead trailed them into this season, as they continue to get hurt by poor fundamental play and a lack of execution.

The same sort of sloppy defense that hampered the club last year has shown up again, with Tuesday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Blue Jays serving as one of the most glaring episodes yet. The Cardinals committed a season-high four errors, including two that led to unearned runs.

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Martinez, Wainwright start in doubleheader

Martinez, Wainwright start in doubleheader

The Cardinals and Blue Jays will play a day-night doubleheader on Thursday after inclement weather forced Wednesday night's game to be postponed.

St. Louis first baseman Matt Carpenter will return from his one-game suspension for this pair of games, and it might be as part of a new-look Cardinals lineup.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wacha solid, but Cards fall to Blue Jays in 11

Wacha solid, but Cards fall to Blue Jays in 11

ST. LOUIS -- A back-and-forth Interleague affair that featured aerial acrobatics and the most unexpected of contributors ended after 11 innings on Tuesday, when the Blue Jays capitalized on the Cardinals' fourth error of the night. After squandering away three leads, the Blue Jays wouldn't lose another, as Ryan Tepera stranded the potential tying run in scoring position to cap off a 6-5 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals' sloppy play led to unearned runs in the ninth and 11th, the latter of which scored when first baseman Jose Martinez couldn't corral a wide throw from shortstop Aledmys Diaz. A pinch-hit, one-out double by starting pitcher Marcus Stroman set up Toronto's game-winning rally, as he later scored on Diaz's errant throw on Steve Pearce's two-out ground ball.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Cards rookie Martinez hits first career homer

Cards rookie Martinez hits first career homer

ST. LOUIS -- Despite not entering Tuesday's series opener until the seventh inning, Jose Martinez experienced a gamut of emotions over the final frames of the Cardinals' 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Blue Jays

Martinez hit a game-tying, two-run home run, the first of his Major League career, in the seventh. The euphoria he felt during that trip around the bases, however, was overtaken by the frustration of a ball not caught in the decisive 11th inning.

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Carpenter serves 1-game suspension in opener

First baseman made contact with umpire in Sunday's game

Carpenter serves 1-game suspension in opener

ST. LOUIS -- First baseman Matt Carpenter served a one-game suspension during Tuesday's series opener with the Blue Jays as punishment from Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire John Tumpane during the Cardinals' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Carpenter was ejected by Tumpane after arguing a pair of called strikes in the seventh inning. As the argument turned heated, the top of Carpenter's helmet scraped the bottom of Tumpane's hat. Any contact with an umpire automatically triggers a suspension. Carpenter will also pay a fine.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Cards be buyers at Deadline?

Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch answers questions from St. Louis fans

Inbox: Will Cards be buyers at Deadline?

The difference a week makes, huh? The public panic from a 3-9 start has largely dissolved after a week in which the Cardinals won six of seven. Certainly there are still areas to clean up -- what's with all the baserunning blunders? -- but there is also plenty to like.

So before the Cardinals open a 10-game homestand on Tuesday, let's take another look at what topics are generating the most interest with you. Remember to include your name and hometown when making submission for future Inbox consideration.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leake does it all in win for Cardinals

Leake does it all in win for Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Leake grabbed a bat and did his best Adam Wainwright impersonation, while Jimmy Nelson remained 0-for-St. Louis.

Leake, who entered the day as the National League's ERA leader, surrendered multiple runs for the first time this season, but made up for it by hitting a go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth, capping a three-run Cardinals rally in their 6-4 win over Nelson and the Brewers at Miller Park on Sunday. The Brewers mounted a valiant effort in the bottom of the ninth but fell for the fifth time in six games, while the Cardinals have won six of their last seven.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Wong's bat comes alive in Milwaukee

Second baseman went 5-for-13 with 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored in series

Wong's bat comes alive in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Kolten Wong has provided enough flashes his all-around game that the Cardinals have continued to give him chances to put it all together.

The second baseman showed what he is capable of doing over the weekend in Milwaukee, capping a four-game series by reaching base four times and driving in a run with a double in a 6-4 victory over the Brewers on Sunday.

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Diaz's homer looms large as Cards edge Crew

Diaz's homer looms large as Cards edge Crew

MILWAUKEE -- A banged-up Aledmys Diaz did not start for the Cardinals on Saturday, but he made his presence felt with one big swing off the bench.

Diaz, sitting out the start after he tweaked his back and shoulder the night before, delivered a pinch-hit, tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning to back starter Lance Lynn, and the Cardinals held off a Brewers rally in the eighth on the way to a 4-1 win over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast

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Lynn finds pre-surgery form -- or better

Coming off TJ surgery, righty using secondary pitches more wisely

Lynn finds pre-surgery form -- or better

MILWAUKEE -- Entering the season, questions surrounded the Cardinals' starting rotation, a majority of which had something to prove.

Could Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha bounce back from down seasons and return to form? What could St. Louis expect from Lance Lynn coming off a missed season following Tommy John surgery?

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Wainwright does it all in win over Brewers

Wainwright does it all in win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Here's one way for the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright to get back on track: start mashing.

Struggling on the mound to start this season, Wainwright took matters into his own hands at the plate on Friday by driving in four runs including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast

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'Lucky bat' comes through for Wainwright

'Lucky bat' comes through for Wainwright

MILWAUKEE -- Adam Wainwright's lucky bat contributed two final blows in the Cardinals' 6-3 win Friday before suffering a happy death.

Two pitches after he hit a soft grounder down the third-base line that would have been an easy out but was foul by a few inches, Wainwright turned around a 96 mph fastball from Wily Peralta for a two-run home run into the second deck in left field to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the third inning.

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Waino reminds us he's a #PitcherWhoRakes

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Waino reminds us he's a #PitcherWhoRakes

With a runner on third and one out in the top of the third of Friday's Brewers-Cardinals game, Adam Wainwright stepped to the plate. Surely thinking, "He's the pitcher -- how hard could he possibly hit the ball?" Craig Counsell instructed his infielders to move in. 

What the skipper should have done was move the outfielders back -- so far back that they were in the stands. Because that's where Wainwright deposited Wily Peralta's sixth pitch of the at-bat. 

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Villar's movement in Piscotty AB causes delay

Villar's movement in Piscotty AB causes delay

MILWAUKEE -- Defensive shifts have had a great impact on Major League Baseball in recent years, at times providing unique situations with fielders moved all over the diamond.

Such an instance took place Thursday at Miller Park. The Brewers employed a shift with right-handed-hitting Stephen Piscotty at the plate with a runner on third and two outs in the top of the first inning.

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Carpenter, Gyorko homer in loss to Brewers

Carpenter, Gyorko homer in loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Move over, Harvey's Wallbangers. Milwaukee has a new slugging crew.

The Brewers padded their Major League-leading home run tally by launching three more on Thursday, when Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Jett Bandy each went deep with runners on base to account for all of Milwaukee's runs in a 7-5 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Cardinals on Thursday.

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Martinez struggling with fastball command

Cardinals right-hander has walked 11 over last three starts

Martinez struggling with fastball command

MILWAUKEE -- Pitchers fight inconsistency all the time, but Carlos Martinez has taken it to an extreme over his last two outings.

Similar to his last start, in which he walked eight and struck out 11 in a loss to the Yankees, Martinez struggled with command but also had stretches where everything clicked during the Cardinals' 7-5 loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

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Peralta placed on DL with respiratory issue

Lyons activated to 25-man roster in place of Cards' third baseman

Peralta placed on DL with respiratory issue

MILWAUKEE -- Jhonny Peralta is going to be afforded the time necessary to recover from an upper respiratory illness that has ailed him since Spring Training.

The Cardinals placed the veteran third baseman on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday, activating left-hander Tyler Lyons in a corresponding move.

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Cards sweep Pirates behind Fowler's 2 HRs

Cards sweep Pirates behind Fowler's 2 HRs

ST. LOUIS -- The sting of a slow start felt a little less severe on Wednesday, as the Cardinals wrapped up a series sweep of the Pirates with a boost from Dexter Fowler's bat and another strong starting pitching performance. All three games in this series ended with a 2-1 score.

Fowler provided all the necessary offense with his first multi-homer game since 2013. His solo shots off Pirates' starter Gerrit Cole in the third and fifth innings were his first home runs with the club. The second was recognized with a curtain call, Fowler's first at Busch Stadium.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

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Starters keeping Cardinals in games

After sweep, Matheny lauds rotation's consistency

Starters keeping Cardinals in games

ST. LOUIS -- The eighth question lobbed at manager Mike Matheny following the Cardinals' third successive 2-1 win over the Pirates was related to the contributions of the rotation, to which Matheny quipped: "That's probably where we should start this thing every day."

Indeed, the rotation was the foundation on which all of these one-run wins was built, as it took three stingy starts to help the Cardinals rebound from a rough road trip with a sweep of a division rival. The Cardinals' starters in this series -- Lance Lynn, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha -- each pitched into the seventh and combined to allow two runs over 20 innings.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fernandez brilliant for Palm Beach

Fernandez brilliant for Palm Beach

Class A Advanced Palm Beach right-hander Junior Fernandez put his tough start to the season behind him in a truly dominant manner on Wednesday night, retiring the first 19 batters he faced en route to tossing eight scoreless innings to pace the Cardinals in a 7-0 shutout of Tampa.

The win was the first of the season for the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect, who allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out six and generating nine ground-ball outs.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fowler breaks out of rut with two homers

Veteran working his way through mechanical issues sees results

Fowler breaks out of rut with two homers

ST. LOUIS -- The results caught up to the process for Dexter Fowler on Wednesday, as days of grinding through mechanical issues with his swing and enjoying little luck on balls put in play were mostly forgotten with two successive swings.

Fowler became the first player in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game won with two runs scored. Each of his solo shots off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole gave the Cardinals a lead in what finished as a 2-1 victory.  

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diaz trying to recapture success of 2016

Diaz trying to recapture success of 2016

ST. LOUIS -- Given Wednesday off amid an 0-for-18 skid, shortstop Aledmys Diaz used the extra time to plant himself in the video room and seek out solutions. Specifically, Diaz cued up video of 2016 to review what had worked in a season where he posted a .300/.369/.510 slash line.

"Sometimes it's better taking a day off in the cage and look at old videos for a little bit," he said. "Right now, I don't feel really good at the plate. But I'll be better."

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leake, Cards 'pen get timely outs, beat Bucs

Leake, Cards 'pen get timely outs, beat Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Leake's renaissance was on display again Tuesday, as he pitched the Cardinals to their first back-to-back wins of the season with a second straight 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Busch Stadium.

Though his scoreless innings streak came to an end at 14 1/3, Leake's dominance continued. He scattered seven hits, including two by outfielder Andrew McCutchen, but limited the Pirates to one run over 6 1/3 innings. Along the way, Leake induced 13 groundball outs.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Bowman extends scoreless streak in key spot

Bowman extends scoreless streak in key spot

ST. LOUIS -- A Rule 5 pick a year ago, Matt Bowman is now emerging as one of the most reliable arms in a Cardinals bullpen beset by early inconsistency.

Though manager Mike Matheny had his pick of relievers, it was Bowman who he summoned to hold a one-run lead in the eighth inning Tuesday. Bowman responded by pushing his scoreless innings streak to 17 1/3, which set up the Cardinals to close out a 2-1 victory over the Pirates. That scoreless streak, which dates back to Sept. 6, 2016, doesn't include the 12 shutout innings Bowman threw in Spring Training to earn his place back on the roster, either.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jones throws six scoreless for Palm Beach

Jones throws six scoreless for Palm Beach

Any lingering concerns regarding Lewis Brinson's health were quashed by his performance on Tuesday night. Playing in just his fifth game since returning from a dislocated pinky finger, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect recorded four hits, including his second home run, and five RBIs to pace Triple-A Colorado Springs in a 14-4 win over Memphis.

Brinson, ranked 16th on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, flied out in his first at-bat before giving the Sky Sox the lead with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the second inning. He connected on a three-run home run to left field off of Redbirds right-hander Chris Ellis (Cardinals' No. 28 prospect) in the following frame and then tacked on a pair of singles in the seventh and eighth innings to finish 4-for-6 at the plate.

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Impressive Rosenthal an option for setup role

Righty's command, velocity are back; Carpenter nearing return

Impressive Rosenthal an option for setup role

ST. LOUIS -- What was an uncertain fit for Trevor Rosenthal in Spring Training has evolved into a familiar one. So impressed by Rosenthal's improved command and effectiveness, the Cardinals have transitioned from viewing Rosenthal as a multiple-inning or middle reliever to seeing him as a viable late-inning option.

Rosenthal collected his second hold of the season by pitching a perfect eighth inning in Monday's 2-1 win. And with others in the 'pen struggling -- including setup men Kevin Siegrist, Brett Cecil and Jonathan Broxton -- Rosenthal, a former closer, is a natural choice to plug into that spot.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards display capability in complete victory

Club sharp in all facets as it tries to turn around disappointing start

Cards display capability in complete victory

ST. LOUIS -- One game does not change a season trajectory, but Monday's 2-1 victory over the Pirates can serve as a blueprint for a Cardinals team yearning to turn things around.

A team that stumbled to a 3-9 start and looked unsound in most areas used one of its most complete games of the season to snap a three-game losing streak. The starting pitching was stellar, with Lance Lynn covering seven scoreless innings. And the bullpen, even with a ninth-inning hiccup, was sturdier than it's been.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.