Shutout puts spotlight on Cards acquiring bat

Shutout puts spotlight on Cards acquiring bat

ST. LOUIS -- Three days before baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cardinals watched another quality start go to waste because of an absence of offense to support it.

Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Reds served as another reminder as to why the organization continues to peruse the market for a potential lineup jolt. It was the seventh time the Cards have been shut out during a season in which they've actually scored three or fewer runs in half of the 100 games already played.

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Garcia outdueled by Leake as Cards fall

Garcia outdueled by Leake as Cards fall

ST. LOUIS -- Making what may have been his final start for the Reds, Mike Leake dazzled in front of a collection of scouts on hand for one more evaluation before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Backed by Joey Votto's three-run blast, Leake threw eight scoreless innings to help the Reds even a series at Busch Stadium with a 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Amid rumors that he might be headed elsewhere before the end of the week, Leake continued a string of sensational starts. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning on Tuesday and gave up only four in all. Over his last four outings, Leake is 4-0 with an 0.60 ERA (two runs/30 innings).

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Garcia bemoans Leake hit after loss to Reds

Garcia bemoans Leake hit after loss to Reds

ST. LOUIS -- One night after one swing proved to be all the Cardinals needed for a win, one swing doomed them to defeat and dampened an otherwise impressive return to the rotation for Jaime Garcia in the Cardinals' 4-0 loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

It wasn't the 91-mph fastball that Joey Votto hit an estimated 418 feet to put the Reds ahead, 3-0, in the sixth inning that left Garcia seething, though.

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Walden's rehab moves to Triple-A Memphis

Walden's rehab moves to Triple-A Memphis

ST. LOUIS -- After a stop in St. Louis on Monday to be evaluated by the Cardinals' medical staff, rehabbing right-hander Jordan Walden headed for Memphis, where he was to continue his rehab assignment with the Triple-A club.

Walden, who landed on the disabled list on April 30 with right biceps inflammation, threw two scoreless innings for Double-A Springfield before making the move to the higher affiliate. The Cardinals anticipate Walden returning to their bullpen within the next week.

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Tuivailala optioned to make room for Garcia

Tuivailala optioned to make room for Garcia

ST. LOUIS -- Needing to open up a roster spot for Tuesday night's starter, Jaime Garcia, the Cardinals optioned reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A before the club's game against the Reds.

Tuivailala was squeezed out of a roster spot not due to performance, but rather as a result of an innings logjam. With Steve Cishek joining the club over the weekend and Jordan Walden nearing his return, the Cardinals were running out of opportunities for Tuivailala. And with the 22-year-old still developing a new pitch and fine-tuning command of his others, the Cardinals prioritized placing him where he could pitch.

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Lackey looks to keep rolling in series finale vs. Reds

Lackey looks to keep rolling in series finale vs. Reds

Veteran hurler John Lackey will be on the hunt for his ninth straight quality start when his Cardinals conclude a three-game set against the Reds and rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.

Lackey has only allowed more than three runs on three occasions in his 20 starts this year, one of them coming on Opening Day, when the Reds touched him for four runs in six innings.

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Cishek named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Cishek named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Wong's penchant for big hits increasing

Wong's penchant for big hits increasing

ST. LOUIS -- An inning after his aggressive approach backfired as he swung at three pitches outside the strike zone, Kolten Wong was reminded that there is also payoff with the power he packs into his compact swing.

Determined to make Reds starter Raisel Iglesias throw something over the inside part of the plate, Wong worked a six-pitch at-bat until he found a fastball to feast on. He lined the 3-2 pitch into the Cardinals' bullpen for a grand slam (the second of his career), which turned out to be all the Cardinals got or needed in a 4-1 win over the Reds on Monday.

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Cards, Lynn ride Wong's slam to win vs. Reds

Cards, Lynn ride Wong's slam to win vs. Reds

ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals' third grand slam of the season, second baseman Kolten Wong powered his club to a 4-1 win on Monday to open a three-game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium.

A Jay Bruce sacrifice fly gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who entered the night averaging just 2.72 runs of support per game. Wong gave him more than that with one swing, helping the Cards capitalize in an inning they opened with consecutive hits off Reds starter Raisel Iglesias.

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Wacha, Heyward, Martinez among Top 25-and-Unders

Wacha, Heyward, Martinez among Top 25-and-Unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Yadi exits vs. Reds due to queasy stomach

Yadi exits vs. Reds due to queasy stomach

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina left Monday night's 4-1 Cardinals win over the Reds in the fifth inning with a queasy stomach, crediting a first-inning foul ball from the Reds' Todd Frazier that hit Molina squarely in his facemask as the culprit for his symptoms.

"Nothing about the heat," Molina said on a day when an excessive heat warning was in effect for eastern Missouri. "Just a foul ball. Sometimes when you're a catcher, those foul balls are going to get you, and this one was one of those."

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Cards don't expect Grichuk to miss much time

Cards don't expect Grichuk to miss much time

ST. LOUIS -- Though Randal Grichuk was out of the Cardinals' lineup on Monday, the club does not anticipate the outfielder missing much time due to a right groin injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game.

Grichuk underwent an MRI scan on Monday to help determine the severity of the injury. Manager Mike Matheny said "everything came back good" from the exam, though Grichuk said another doctor was scheduled to read the MRI and confer with him later in the afternoon.

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Reynolds' left hand 'a little sore' after HBP

Reynolds' left hand 'a little sore' after HBP

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Reynolds, who took a fastball off the side of the bottom of his left hand on Saturday, had that hand wrapped much of the morning on Sunday. Manager Mike Matheny described his first baseman as "a little sore," which led Matheny to insert Stephen Piscotty into the lineup for his first-base debut.

Matheny expected that Reynolds would be available off the bench, if needed.

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Wacha labors, but Matheny offers benefit of doubt

Wacha labors, but Matheny offers benefit of doubt

ST. LOUIS -- Though Michael Wacha battled inefficiency and shaky fastball command early in his outing on Sunday, manager Mike Matheny, after the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Braves, downplayed the presence of any concerning trends in a month where Wacha has endured his first extended hiccup of the year.

With three runs allowed over six innings, Wacha has now given up 13 runs over his last three starts (17 innings). An escalating pitch count was of concern for Wacha early, as it took him 51 pitches to navigate the first two innings. By the time he did, the Braves had jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

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Cardinals settle for series win as streak ends

Cardinals settle for series win as streak ends

ST. LOUIS -- A go-ahead home run by Adonis Garcia helped the Braves halt the Cardinals' five-game winning streak and avoid a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday.

Having lost an early two-run lead, the Braves got a jolt when Garcia connected for his first home run in his fourth career game. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (11-4) served up the blast in the final inning of his six-inning start.

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Grichuk exits early with groin injury

Move considered precautionary, but outfielder will meet with doctors to determine severity

Grichuk exits early with groin injury

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk left Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Braves after six innings due to a groin injury, the severity of which was not immediately known.

Manager Mike Matheny described the midgame move as "precautionary" and added that the injury was "probably one of those things you could have played through." In fact, Matheny wasn't even aware Grichuk was feeling any discomfort until after reliever Sam Tuivailala had entered the game to throw his warmup pitches prior to the top of the seventh.

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Cardinals option Cooney; Garcia to start next week

Fresh off first win, rookie sent down to make room for Cishek on roster, lefty in rotation

Cardinals option Cooney; Garcia to start next week

ST. LOUIS -- In order to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for newly acquired reliever Steve Cishek and pave the way for Jaime Garcia's return to the rotation, the Cardinals optioned lefty Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday. The move came a day after Cooney earned his first Major League win.

Cooney, 24, had the best start of his young career in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Braves. He threw a career-high seven innings and allowed two runs while walking none and striking out five. He posted a 2.48 ERA in five starts this month while filling in for an injured Garcia.

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Cardinals strike late after Martinez-Miller duel

Cardinals strike late after Martinez-Miller duel

ST. LOUIS -- With an eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Braves reliever Luis Avilan, rookie Stephen Piscotty interrupted a pitchers' duel between former teammates and lifted the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over Atlanta. The victory, which came in front of a Saturday night sellout of 45,862 at Busch Stadium, gave the Cards their sixth five-game winning streak of the season.

Returning to St. Louis for the first time since being traded away last November, Shelby Miller matched Carlos Martinez through seven scoreless innings. The Cardinals finally broke through in the eighth, which opened with a Yadier Molina single and a walk to Randal Grichuk. With one out, Piscotty delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to give the Cardinals their 11th final at-bat win of the year.

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Martinez outduels man he replaced in rotation

While Miller has been sharp, Cardinals have no regrets giving job to 11-game winner

Martinez outduels man he replaced in rotation

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals fielded many calls over the last few years from teams interested in their young pitching talent -- in particular Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez -- before ultimately deciding last November that they'd be willing to part with Miller in a trade that helped the club fill other holes.

Though his record with the Braves is not indicative of it, Miller has shined since his departure, and he reminded the Cardinals the talent they lost while dominating over most of his 7 1/3-inning start in St. Louis' 1-0 win over Atlanta on Saturday night. Martinez, all the while, had been equally as good, leaving the Cards no room for regret about their decision to hang onto him instead.

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Matheny pushes right buttons late in win

Cardinals manager uses three bench players in pivotal eighth, then goes with matchups in ninth

Matheny pushes right buttons late in win

ST. LOUIS -- Through seven brisk and scoreless innings, manager Mike Matheny had little to do but watch a pair of rising right-handers -- both of whom were groomed in the Cardinals' farm system -- trade efficient innings.

Matheny got busy in the eighth, however, and over the final inning, a series of decisions navigated the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over the Braves that rolled their winning streak to five.

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Cishek traded to 'best situation possible'

Newly acquired reliever reunites with Choate, friends from Spring Training in Jupiter, Fla.

Cishek traded to 'best situation possible'

ST. LOUIS -- Reliever Steve Cishek was unaware that his name had been circulating in the trade rumor mill until Thursday, when Miami manager Dan Jennings pulled him aside before the Marlins' game in San Diego.

Jennings, the team's general manager until a May move into the dugout, was candid with Cishek, telling the right-hander that his name had come up in trade discussions with a handful of teams. Cishek was told the Cardinals were among the most interested clubs.

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'He has it all:' Grichuk's all-around play impressive

'He has it all:' Grichuk's all-around play impressive

ST. LOUIS -- It's unlikely that Randal Grichuk will end up receiving strong consideration for the National League Rookie of the Year Award, not in a season when the likes of Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson have ascended to the Majors. An absence of national consideration, however, should not overshadow the local punch he's providing.

Grichuk blasted another homer -- his 11th of the season, and second in as many nights -- and showcased several other facets of his dynamic game in leading the Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.

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Cooney wins first as Grichuk, Cardinals top Braves

Cooney wins first as Grichuk, Cardinals top Braves

ST. LOUIS -- After opening his career with five no-decisions, lefty Tim Cooney notched his first Major League win while throwing a career-high seven innings in the Cardinals' 4-2 victory over the Braves at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

Cooney received most of his support from center fielder Randal Grichuk, who connected for a two-run homer and scored twice against Braves starter Manny Banuelos. Three of the four runs Banuelos allowed over five-plus innings came with two out.

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Cardinals bolster 'pen with ex-Fish closer Cishek

St. Louis sends Double-A pitcher Barraclough to Miami for righty, who's trending in positive direction

Cardinals bolster 'pen with ex-Fish closer Cishek

ST. LOUIS -- Though their bullpen boasts the Majors' second-lowest ERA (2.37), the Cardinals had enough growing concern over the heavy usage of their three late-inning relievers to pounce a week before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and acquire right-hander Steve Cishek from the Marlins.

To finalize the deal, the Cardinals sent Double-A reliever Kyle Barraclough to Miami and agreed to pay the remainder of Cishek's $6.65 million salary this year. Cishek will be arbitration-eligible again after the season.

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Back in St. Louis, Miller reflects on trade

Back in St. Louis, Miller reflects on trade

ST. LOUIS -- Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha were spending the offseason as neighbors in Houston, working out at the same facility and preparing for another season as examples of the success the Cardinals find in developing young pitchers into stalwarts.

Then, on Nov. 17, everything changed.

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Cards' homers back Lackey in win over Royals

Cards' homers back Lackey in win over Royals

ST. LOUIS -- In a makeup game featuring teams with the two best records in baseball, the Cardinals held on for a 4-3 win over the Royals on Thursday night behind a pair of two-run homers and a great escape by closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Randal Grichuk tied the game with his second-inning blast, and Matt Carpenter followed with a homer in the third to stake the Cards to a two-run lead that held until the ninth. Rosenthal allowed the Royals to get one of those runs back with consecutive hits to lead off the inning before he nailed down his 30th save with three straight outs as the potential tying run loomed at third.

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Rosenthal coaxes Matheny for save chance

Rosenthal coaxes Matheny for save chance

ST. LOUIS -- The masterful maneuver Trevor Rosenthal made to deflect disaster and secure the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Royals on Thursday night had as much to do with what happened in the 24 hours leading up to the moment as it did the final 16 pitches he threw.

Hours before Rosenthal found himself freezing the potential tying run at third, he first had to convince manager Mike Matheny to even give him that chance. With growing concerns about Rosenthal's workload, Matheny had arrived at Busch Stadium with little interest in having his closer pitch a third straight day.

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Carpenter hoping homer is start of big things

Carpenter hoping homer is start of big things

CHICAGO -- With one swing and a subsequent trot around the bases on Thursday night, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter finally felt the result catch up to the process.

Mired in an offensive skid that dates to his early May bout with extreme fatigue, Carpenter connected for a two-run homer that stood as the decisive hit in a 4-3 win over the Royals. It was Carpenter's 10th home run of the season, but just his second over a 50-game stretch in which he's endured a drought of extra-base hits and a batting average that doesn't quite reach the Mendoza line.

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