Jedd-i night & day: Gyorko opens, closes DH with HRs

Jedd-i night & day: Gyorko opens, closes DH with HRs

NEW YORK -- The contrast is obvious. Noah Syndergaard wields some of the best stuff in all of baseball, featuring a four-seam fastball and sinker that routinely sit above 98 mph. On the other end of the spectrum, Bartolo Colon mainly relies on one pitch, a two-seam fastball that averages around 87 mph.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals faced both Syndergaard and Colon in a doubleheader at Citi Field, and Jedd Gyorko had no problems adjusting to either. In the opening game, the infielder got St. Louis going with a two-run homer off the Mets' young flamethrower in the third inning that traveled 412 feet, according to Statcast™, helping the club pick up a 3-2 victory.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko's HR helps Cards edge Mets in DH opener

Gyorko's HR helps Cards edge Mets in DH opener

NEW YORK -- A fickle National League Wild Card race took another turn on Tuesday afternoon, when the Cardinals beat Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, 3-2, in the first game of a twinight doubleheader at Citi Field. That allowed St. Louis to leapfrog the Mets at least temporarily in the NL standings, in what was the first of six meetings between the teams this season.

Jedd Gyorko smashed a two-run homer off Syndergaard, who needed 115 pitches to complete six innings, and the Cardinals eked out another run on a pair of infield hits and a Syndergaard throwing error.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Prospect Reyes could be option to start Saturday

Prospect Reyes could be option to start Saturday

NEW YORK -- Right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes, the Cardinals' top prospect and the No. 11 overall prospect in the Major Leagues according to MLBPipeline.com, was pulled from his start for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday after tossing only 57 pitches over three innings.

Due to Monday's rainout at Citi Field, St. Louis may be in need of a spot starter on Saturday when the club faces the Marlins. Reyes' sudden departure could indicate he's a candidate to make his MLB debut in Miami.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wainwright looks to give Cards series win in NY

Wainwright looks to give Cards series win in NY

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has insisted the club will likely not trade for a starting pitcher, meaning Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14 ERA) will remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The right-hander starts Wednesday night against Cardinals righty Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09 ERA), who has rebounded from a rough start to his season.

The teams split a doubleheader Tuesday after Monday's scheduled opener was rained out.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards held in check by Colon, split twin bill

Cards held in check by Colon, split twin bill

NEW YORK -- The sun had just set at Citi Field, but the nightcap of a Tuesday doubleheader between the Mets and Cardinals was starting to look a lot like its afternoon counterpart. Jedd Gyorko, who hit the decisive two-run homer in the Cardinals' one-run win earlier, went deep in the second inning against Bartolo Colon.

The similarities ended there in the Mets' 3-1 win. While Noah Syndergaard slogged through six innings during the day, Bartolo Colon limited St. Louis' offense to Gyorko's blast. He held the Cardinals to three hits through seven frames, the first time he'd pitched that deep in a game since June 26. Plus, he tied a season high with eight strikeouts.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Tuesday.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

St. Louis recalls reliever Kiekhefer, Tuivailala comes up as 26th man

Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

NEW YORK -- Relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation in his rotator cuff on Tuesday afternoon.

Following an appearance in the Cardinals' 9-6 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday, Rosenthal asked to have his shoulder looked at, and the right-hander was checked out on Monday.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards call up veteran Williams, option Mayers

Move bolsters taxed bullpen; Walden transferred to 60-day DL to make room

Cards call up veteran Williams, option Mayers

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals purchased the contract of right-hander Jerome Williams from Triple-A Memphis on Monday to replace righty Mike Mayers, who was optioned to Memphis.

Right-hander Jordan Walden (right shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Williams on the 40-man roster.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals cap tough stretch with travel woes

Club arrives at New York hotel at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning after mechanical issues with flight

Cardinals cap tough stretch with travel woes

NEW YORK -- The trek from St. Louis to New York could not have gotten much worse for the Cardinals. After wrapping up a three-game series against the Dodgers on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at Busch Stadium, the club headed to the airport only to have mechanical issues halt their charter flight.

The Cardinals did not land in New York until around 6 or 7 a.m. ET on Monday, and they did not reach their hotel until around 8:30 a.m. -- "Just in time for bed," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joked.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

ST. LOUIS -- Unfamiliarity was no obstacle for the Dodgers on Sunday as they ambushed a pitcher making his Major League debut en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win, highlighted by Adrian Gonzalez's fifth career grand slam, sealed a series victory for Los Angeles, which now returns home following a 5-4 road trip. The Dodgers have pulled to within three games of the Giants in the National League West standings.

The Dodgers scored a half-dozen runs off Cardinals callup Mike Mayers before the Cardinals ever came to bat. The first four trotted home when Gonzalez tattooed a 2-2 fastball 427 feet over the center-field wall. Gonzalez finished the game with three hits, the second of which preceded Howie Kendrick's home run with one out in the second.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

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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Weaver on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Weaver on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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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.

Mayers' tough 1st start taxes St. Louis bullpen

Mayers' tough 1st start taxes St. Louis bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- The debut that Mike Mayers scripted in his mind looked anything but like the one that played out in front of a national audience as his dream dissolved into a nightmare Sunday night.

Rocked by the Dodgers for nine runs in 1 1/3 innings, Mayers endured the shortest start by a pitcher making his Major League debut in 12 years. It may be some time before Mayers gets an opportunity for a second first impression, too, as he was headed back down to Triple-A Memphis as the Cardinals, who fell, 9-6, in the series finale, headed out of town.

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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 expect three key pieces back soon

Moss, Carpenter, Peralta could return from injury Aug. 2

Cards expect three key pieces back soon

ST. LOUIS -- While other clubs are exploring potential trade targets as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Cardinals appear poised to make their most impactful additions from within.

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny expressed optimism Sunday that three key offensive contributors -- Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta -- could return from the disabled list by Aug. 2, the day after the Trade Deadline.

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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.

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

ST. LOUIS -- Eight days away from the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak continues to canvass the market for available relievers with an eye on being opportunistic, but not desperate.

Adding another arm to help bridge games from the starters to the back end of the Cardinals' bullpen remains of interest to Mozeliak. The Cardinals do not intend to pursue either of the two elite relievers -- Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman -- believed to be available this month, but will instead look within the next tier of arms for potential help.

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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 give Dodgers too many chances

Cards give Dodgers too many chances

ST. LOUIS -- One night after letting a plethora of scoring chances go untapped, the Dodgers capitalized against Mike Leake early on Saturday and then coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. The win kept the Dodgers ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race and halted St. Louis' winning streak at five.

The Dodgers recovered from an exhausting, 16-inning loss quickly enough to even the three-game series at Busch Stadium. All nine players in L.A.'s starting lineup had at least one hit off Leake, who allowed a career-high 12 over his six innings. Five of those came in the third, when the Dodgers utilized three infield hits to generate some momentum before Justin Turner punctuated the four-run frame with a two-run double.

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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.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leake's struggles follow familiar pattern

Leake's struggles follow familiar pattern

ST. LOUIS -- In what is becoming an all-to-frequent trend with Mike Leake on the mound, the veteran right-hander watched innings unravel behind him on Saturday night because both he and the defense weren't sharper.

This time, plays not made and pitches not executed left the Cardinals with a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers that sapped any momentum building from a five-game winning streak and a 16-inning victory one night earlier. The sequence of events was familiar, too, as Leake endured a pair of big innings complicated by defensive miscues and strings of hits.

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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.

Dra-Matt-ic finish! Cards top LA in 16

Dra-Matt-ic finish! Cards top LA in 16

ST. LOUIS -- On a night when the Dodgers squandered repeated chances with runners in scoring position, the Cardinals made a little go a long way to outlast Los Angeles, 4-3, in 16 innings Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Jedd Gyorko denied Kenley Jansen his 29th save with a two-out, game-tying homer in the ninth, and Matt Adams sealed the team's second walk-off victory in as many nights hours later with a one-out homer in the 16th. The victory extended the Cardinals' winning streak to five and boosted the club a season-best eight games above .500.

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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.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday.

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Lyons saves 'pen with extra-long relief

Cards lefty holds Dodgers to 1 hit over 4 2/3 innings

Lyons saves 'pen with extra-long relief

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals were readying to hand Sunday's spot start to long reliever Tyler Lyons, though not yet prepared to commit to it ahead of the club's series opener against the Dodgers. Mike Matheny wanted to first see how Friday played out.

And indeed, circumstances changed. Instead of stepping in to fill a rotation void this weekend, Lyons stepped up to lift the Cardinals to their fifth straight win by covering the bulk of the extra frames in the team's 4-3, 16-inning victory over the Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Lyons twirled 4 2/3 sensational innings of relief to lead into Matt Adams' game-winning home run.

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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.

Holliday back in lineup after pitch hits nose

Matheny grants slugger's request day after bloody incident

Holliday back in lineup after pitch hits nose

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday didn't need to sleep on it before he reached out to Mike Matheny with the request late Thursday night. Hours after being hit in the nose by a pitch, Holliday asked his manager to reconsider his lineup plans for Friday.

Holliday wanted back in.

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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.

Greg Garcia thought he had struck out, but he hadn't

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Greg Garcia thought he had struck out, but he hadn't

Marathon, extra-innings games can wear on the mind. As the seconds turn to minutes and the minutes turn to hours, things can get fuzzy as #WEIRDBASEBALL approaches.

Friday night's contest between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Busch Stadium was a perfect example of this. After the Cards tied things at 3-3 in the ninth, the game went on for seven more frames, ending in the 16th on a Matt Adams walkoff homer

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Barry M. Bloom

The Wizard back in shape, leading annual clinic

Hall of Fame shortstop's 'Play Ball with Ozzie' kicks off Induction Weekend

The Wizard back in shape, leading annual clinic

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- This was the 15th consecutive year that Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith led his "Play Ball with Ozzie" clinic.

The fundraiser that included a group of 42 kids began bright and early Friday morning on an all-dirt Little League-sized infield behind the Clark Sports Center.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Consistent approach paying off for Aledmys

Consistent approach paying off for Aledmys

ST. LOUIS -- Nine days ago, rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz struck out looking against Astros closer Will Harris as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game. He let the bat sit on his shoulder with the bases loaded, watching a 3-2 pitch cross the plate for strike three.

He wasn't about to let that happen again on Thursday night, when he lined a walk-off single to left field off Carlos Villanueva to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres.

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Nick Krueger 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 walk off with win, four-game sweep

Cards walk off with win, four-game sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz hit a rocket to left field, and the Cardinals walked off with a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

After loading the bases with one out, Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva ran the count full before Diaz turned around a fastball, smacking a single to left for the Cardinals' fourth walk-off win of the season. Tommy Pham ignited the rally with a leadoff single before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, sandwiched by two intentional walks.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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Holliday's nose bloodied but not broken by pitch

Holliday's nose bloodied but not broken by pitch

ST.LOUIS -- Matt Holliday's nose was grazed by a pitch from Andrew Cashner in the sixth inning of Thursday night's series finale against the Padres. St. Louis trailed, 2-1, at the time but came back to win, 6-5, on a walk-off single from Aledmys Diaz.

The nose wasn't fractured, and Holliday is considered day to day.

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Nick Krueger 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.

Gyorko Show: Two-HR night fuels twin-bill sweep

Gyorko Show: Two-HR night fuels twin-bill sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Since he was traded in December, Jedd Gyorko has done nothing but rake against his former team, and his mastery of the Padres continued on Wednesday.

The Cardinals third baseman launched a pair of homers and drove in all three runs in a 3-2 victory over San Diego, as St. Louis completed a doubleheader sweep. Gyorko, who also homered in Game 1, has now gone deep in five straight games against the Padres -- joining an elite group consisting of Barry Bonds, Chipper Jones, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Gritty Martinez, trio of HRs key Cards' win

Gritty Martinez, trio of HRs key Cards' win

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez's afternoon got off to a shaky start, but the Cardinals right-hander picked himself up -- quite literally -- and bounced back with seven strong innings in Game 1 of Wednesday's twin bill -- a 4-2 St. Louis victory at Busch Stadium.

In the top of the second, Martinez suffered a nosebleed and spent about 10 minutes on the grass behind the pitcher's mound while being tended to by team trainers. But he stayed in the game and allowed just one hit to the final 22 batters he faced.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger 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.

Manfred: Investigation ongoing in data breach

Commissioner says no timetable set for possible discipline of Cardinals

Manfred: Investigation ongoing in data breach

ST. LOUIS -- Commissioner Rob Manfred, in his first comment on the issue since former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced on Monday, said Major League Baseball's investigation is ongoing and that there is no timetable for any potential discipline.

"It's difficult to discipline either players or clubs," Manfred said to assembled media at Joe Torre's Safe At Home Foundation Golf and Tennis Classic on Thursday in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. "We've had situations where that is necessary. We're going to get to the bottom of the Houston-St. Louis situation, and we'll take appropriate action when we have all of the facts."

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. MLB.com enterprise editor Mark Newman contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko homers in 5th straight meeting with Padres

Cardinals' offseason acquisition burns ex-club in twin bill

Gyorko homers in 5th straight meeting with Padres

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko looked tired Wednesday night. The heat or humidity seemed like it had taken its toll during a doubleheader, and he had to face the media for the third time in the past two days.

He didn't seem to mind, because he knew the reason for the extra attention. Gyorko was responsible for all three Cardinals' runs Wednesday night with two homers in a 3-2 win, carrying St. Louis to a twin-bill sweep. It was his latest impressive performance against the Padres since a trade last offseason sent him from San Diego to St. Louis for center fielder Jon Jay.

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