Cardinals turn rally into romp, end losing streak

Cardinals turn rally into romp, end losing streak

PITTSBURGH -- After four innings Thursday night at PNC Park, the Cardinals trailed by three runs. Then came the rain and the runs. The Cards rallied for two runs before 72-minute rain delay, scored three more in the seventh inning and added four more in the ninth, sailing to an 11-7 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

The offensive outburst marked the fourth time in 11 games that the Cardinals scored in double digits. They had previously done so just seven times in 110 games. 

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Pham hits moonshot to top of PNC rotunda

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Pham hits moonshot to top of PNC rotunda

The Cardinals and Pirates endured an hour-long rain delay in the middle of their game on Thursday night. When they returned, though, Tommy Pham made it a memorable contest with one of the most jaw-dropping home runs in PNC Park history.

Leading off the top of the ninth with his club already leading, 8-5, Pham added a key insurance run by squaring up a Wade LeBlanc pitch that ended up right in his wheelhouse. He connected, and the ball nearly vanished in the night sky.

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Wainwright to have arm examined in St. Louis

Cards righty could land on DL after feeling 'pinching sensation' during 3-inning start

Wainwright to have arm examined in St. Louis

PITTSBURGH -- Unable to will his arm to loosen enough to allow the pitches to come freely and the velocity to rise, Adam Wainwright endured another early exit in Thursday's 11-7 win over the Pirates and now awaits a coming exam that will determine when he may throw his next meaningful pitch.

Wainwright will return to St. Louis on Friday to be examined by the Cardinals' medical staff.

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'Tsunami' excited to don Players Weekend gear

Martinez, Cardinals will be among 1st to sport jerseys in Williamsport, Pa.

'Tsunami' excited to don Players Weekend gear

ST. LOUIS -- Making waves is something Carlos Martinez has done since he started playing professional baseball, which makes his "Tsunami" nickname fitting.

When Martinez learned that he could choose a moniker for the back of his jersey, made by Majestic Athletic, for the inaugural Players Weekend on Aug. 25-27, the decision to wear "Tsunami" was instantaneous.

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Excitement builds for 1st Little League Classic

Sunday's Cards-Bucs game in Williamsport, Pa., to celebrate youth baseball

Excitement builds for 1st Little League Classic

The home of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., will host its first MLB regular-season game when the Pirates take on the Cardinals on Sunday at Historic Bowman Field.

The MLB Little League Classic is the latest initiative in MLB's youth outreach. The partnership between MLB and Little League aims to foster interest in youth baseball and softball activities. The partnership will yield a full weekend of events culminating in Sunday's game, which will be broadcast on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at 7 p.m. ET.

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Rosenthal placed on DL with elbow irritation

Cards' closer being re-examined in St. Louis; Weaver recalled

Rosenthal placed on DL with elbow irritation

PITTSBURGH -- Having sent Trevor Rosenthal back to St. Louis on Thursday for additional examination on his ailing right elbow, the Cardinals are awaiting word on the severity of an injury that has complicated what had been a settling bullpen.

Rosenthal threw eight pitches in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox before being pulled because of what he described as tightness in his pitching arm. On Thursday, the Cardinals placed Rosenthal on the disabled list and described the issue as irritation in the right elbow, around the area of the ulnar collateral ligament.

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Getting off to good start key for C-Mart at PNC

Getting off to good start key for C-Mart at PNC

The Cardinals and Pirates will continue jostling for improved positioning in the National League Central on Friday, when they meet at PNC Park for the second game of a four-game series.

After winning the opener, the Cardinals snapped their three-game losing streak and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the National League Central-leading Cubs. The Pirates lost their fifth straight, falling five games under .500 and 5 1/2 back in the division race.

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Retired Carpenter visits Cards in Pittsburgh

Club Hall of Famer spending time with players this weekend; Matheny awaits MLB word on ejection

Retired Carpenter visits Cards in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- With Cardinals gear back on, Chris Carpenter seemingly blended in as he walked around the visitors' clubhouse and accompanied pitchers onto the field for pregame work at PNC Park on Thursday.

No, the Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher and two-time World Series champion is not making a comeback -- though president of baseball operations John Mozeliak did facetiously ask if he were interested in a bullpen role. Rather, Carpenter reached out to manager Mike Matheny asking if he could join the club on the road to spend time with the current roster of players.

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Wild 9th spoils Cardinals' finale at Fenway

Wild 9th spoils Cardinals' finale at Fenway

BOSTON -- In what is shaping up as an August to remember for the red-hot Red Sox, Mookie Betts belted a two-out, two-strike, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to cap a wild 5-4 win that stunned the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The low liner off the Green Monster was the capper of a three-run surge, giving the Red Sox their ninth walk-off win of the season, and fourth in their last nine home victories.

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LL alum Mozeliak embraces Williamsport event

LL alum Mozeliak embraces Williamsport event

BOSTON -- As a former Little League player and advocate for using Major League Baseball's platform to grow the game, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak was one of the first within the organization to embrace the idea of having the Redbirds play in a game tied to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

It's an idea that was first brought to Mozeliak by Pirates president Frank Coonelly late last year and one that served as the foundation for what will be Sunday's Little League Classic between the two National League Central teams. They'll play at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field (6 p.m. CT) to cap a day that will also include visits with teams participating in the Little League World Series.

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Grichuk excited for return to Williamsport

Right fielder played in two Little League World Series

Grichuk excited for return to Williamsport

BOSTON -- The Cardinals' Sunday stop in Williamsport, Pa., where they'll visit the Little League World Series Complex before facing the Pirates in a nationally televised game from nearby Bowman Field, will be a return visit for outfielder Randal Grichuk, who, along with pitcher Lance Lynn, appeared in the LLWS on his way to the Major Leagues.

Grichuk was a member of the Lamar National League Little League team from Richmond, Texas, that advanced to the LLWS in 2003 and '04.

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Cardinals struggle in return to Fenway

Cardinals struggle in return to Fenway

BOSTON -- A triple play, an eight-run rally and a strong pitching performance by Rick Porcello made for a satisfying Tuesday night for the Fenway faithful, as the Red Sox rolled to a 10-4 victory over the the Cardinals in the opener of a two-game series between two of the game's most historic franchises.

It was the 11th win in the last 13 games for the Red Sox, who maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East. The Cardinals have lost two straight on the heels of an eight-game winning streak that briefly thrust them to the top of the National League Central but still trail the Cubs by only 1 1/2 games.

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Questions loom about Cardinals' rotation

Leake surrenders eight runs in 4 1/3-inning performance

Questions loom about Cardinals' rotation

BOSTON -- Though their recent eight-game winning streak was buoyed by an offense that averaged 8.5 runs per game during the stretch, the Cardinals' ability to remain locked in a tightly contested National League Central race has been largely the doing of a formidable rotation.

But the stumbles have been a bit more frequent for that rotation lately, and, in Tuesday's 10-4 loss to the Red Sox, the Cardinals didn't have nearly enough offense to keep Mike Leake's shortened start from being exposed.

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Yadi hits into 5-4-3 triple play vs. Red Sox

Yadi hits into 5-4-3 triple play vs. Red Sox

BOSTON -- As soon as the ground ball left the bat of Yadier Molina and bounded toward third base in the top of the fourth, there was anticipatory excitement in the Red Sox's dugout.

Moments later, the deafening roar from the Fenway Park crowd was in salute of the Red Sox turning their first triple play in five years in an eventual 10-4 victory over the Cardinals.

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Diaz showing off versatility at Triple-A

Diaz showing off versatility at Triple-A

BOSTON -- Seeing his path back to the Majors as a shortstop blocked by Paul DeJong, Aledmys Diaz decided it best to try and carve out a new one.

Diaz recently requested of the Cardinals an opportunity to tap into the versatility that he hadn't needed since his days playing in Cuba. The Cardinals agreed, and they will now have Diaz split his time among second, third and short. Diaz has started at third for Triple-A Memphis each of the past three days.

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Gomber spins a gem for Springfield

Gomber spins a gem for Springfield

The hits just keep coming for Jahmai Jones.

The Angels' No. 2 prospect extended his hitting streak to 18 games on Tuesday with a leadoff double in Class A Advanced Inland Empire's 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He also hit a single and walked once in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

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Rivals trying to dethrone Cubs in NL Central

Rivals trying to dethrone Cubs in NL Central

The Cubs won the National League Central by 17 1/2 games last year, then they won the World Series. So pardon us if we weren't expecting a scintillating battle for supremacy in this particular division in 2017.

Well, here we are in the throes of August, and the Central is still very much up for grabs. The Cubs are in first, but only by a 1 1/2-game margin. They haven't come together as advertised, and even the good vibes of the midseason acquisitions of Jose Quintana and others have been offset in some measure by the recent loss of rising star Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Ladies Day' connected women to baseball

Tradition began as early as 1883 to create better fan atmosphere

'Ladies Day' connected women to baseball

Through the end of the 2017 season, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will feature a special "Women in Baseball" exhibit to highlight women who have made contributions to St. Louis baseball and the game at large. In conjunction with this exhibit, MLB.com will be telling the stories of some of those women over the course of the next few months. We continue this series by taking at look at an early approach used to attract female fans -- Ladies Day.

ST. LOUIS -- Every time the Cardinals step onto the field at Busch Stadium III, thousands of seats are filled by a melting pot of people who have come together to take in a ballgame. Early in baseball's history, however, a diversity of spectators attending a game was extremely rare.

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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards 1 game behind Cubs after streak ends

Cards 1 game behind Cubs after streak ends

ST. LOUIS -- The Braves put an end to their five-game skid and the Cardinals' eight-game winning streak on Sunday, as R.A. Dickey silenced a St. Louis offense that had scored at least six runs in its last seven games to take a 6-3 victory at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals staged a comeback attempt in the eighth, loading the bases, but ultimately came up just short.

"They came out with a very clear approach against me today," Dickey said. "They were going to make me throw strikes. I was able to attack the strike zone early. The first two times through the lineup, they gave me strike one a lot with my fastball. ... I knew that once I got through that lineup once by stealing strikes, they were going to turn a little bit more aggressive, and they did. It was nice to have a plan and to execute it. That's when the game becomes fun."

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Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Braves on Sunday.

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Grichuk's new approach paying dividends

Grichuk's new approach paying dividends

ST. LOUIS -- Prior to the All-Star break, the Cardinals' outfield situation was murky. With an overflow of players for the three positions, there were questions about how the group would look as the team moved forward.

But with the re-emergence of Randal Grichuk as a consistent offensive weapon alongside a healthy Dexter Fowler and a still surging Tommy Pham, the outfield is no longer surrounded by question marks. Grichuk put together his fifth two-hit day in the last six games in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Braves and has earned his starting role.

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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals catch Cubs, win eighth straight

Cardinals catch Cubs, win eighth straight

ST. LOUIS -- Games back: none.

Led by a surging offense and a solid outing by Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals made it eight in a row on Saturday night with a 6-5 victory over the Braves at Busch Stadium. With the win and the Cubs' 6-2 loss to the D-backs, the Cardinals are in a virtual tie for first place in the NL Central with Chicago after being 5 1/2 games back less than two weeks ago.

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1987 NL Championship squad reunites

Stars such as Ozzie, McGee, Clark on hand for 30-year anniversary

1987 NL Championship squad reunites

ST. LOUIS -- Amid the celebrations of the Cardinals' recent string of success, St. Louis took time to look back on one of the franchise's most memorable seasons.

The Cardinals' 1987 National League Championship team has reunited for this weekend's series against the Braves to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The present-day team's recent winning ways provided the perfect backdrop for former players and coaches to look back on a terrific season, in which they defied expectations.

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Rookie DeJong continues to reach new heights

Rookie DeJong continues to reach new heights

ST. LOUIS -- In Paul DeJong's first Major League at-bat on May 28, he hit a home run.

Sixty-three games and 243 at-bats later, DeJong has added 16 more homers to his Cardinals' resume and now leads the team, including what proved to be a game-deciding solo shot in the seventh inning of Saturday's 6-5 win over the Braves.

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Cardinals excited to open Players Weekend

St. Louis faces Pittsburgh Aug. 20 in MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa.

Cardinals excited to open Players Weekend

Paul DeJong had it all set. He was going to have the nickname "Paulie D" stitched to the back of his Cardinals jersey when St. Louis takes on the Pirates on Aug. 20 during the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa. As the opening act of the inaugural Players Weekend on Aug. 25-27, the clubs have the opportunity to showcase colorful, non-traditional uniforms.

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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Cards jump ahead, hold on for 7th straight W

Cards jump ahead, hold on for 7th straight W

ST. LOUIS -- Different opponent, same outcome.

The Cardinals kept their winning ways alive on Friday night with an 8-5 victory over the Braves at Busch Stadium to extend their streak to a season-best seven games. They have recorded eight or more runs in six consecutive wins, the first team to do so since the 2006 Braves. Meanwhile, Atlanta has lost 14 of its past 18 games.

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Rally Cat safe and sound, according to Cards

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Rally Cat safe and sound, according to Cards

For those of you who were worried, like us, regarding the whereabouts of Rally Cat, it appears the feline is safe and sound thanks to the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. And don't worry ... it's not feral.

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Even at less than 100 percent, Waino delivers

Throwing pitches in the 60-mph range, Cards vet guts out 5 innings for 12th win

Even at less than 100 percent, Waino delivers

ST. LOUIS -- If you look at the box score alone, Adam Wainwright had a solid, relatively normal start Friday night at Busch Stadium.

He gave up just one run on four hits in five innings en route to the Cardinals' 8-5 victory over the Braves and his 12th win of the season.

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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adams warmly received in return to St. Louis

Braves 1B/OF fondly recalls Cards tenure, happy in new home

Adams warmly received in return to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams was greeted by many familiar faces when he returned to Busch Stadium on Friday, with former Cardinals teammates, coaches, media members and stadium workers among those welcoming the Braves outfielder/first baseman.

Adams, a 23rd-round Draft pick by the Cardinals in 2009 as a catcher before moving to first base and the outfield, was traded to the Braves in late May in exchange for Minor Leaguer Juan Yepez after Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman landed on the disabled list with his wrist fracture.

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Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Braves on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.