Wacha aims to rebound against Reds

Wacha aims to rebound against Reds

Brandon Finnegan will make his first start since April 15 when the Reds play the division-rival Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Monday afternoon. The game is a makeup of a rainout on April 29.

Finnegan (1-0) suffered a shoulder injury that put him on the DL for over two months. He has a career 3.76 ERA, and he notched a 2.70 ERA in his three starts to begin the season. In three Minor League starts this month, the left-hander recorded a 3.00 ERA. He'll look to snap Cincinnati's starting pitching woes as the team's bullpen has logged the most innings in the Major Leagues.

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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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STL native Voit welcomed to bigs with HBP

'It was awesome,' Lafayette HS grad says after callup, debut

STL native Voit welcomed to bigs with HBP

ST. LOUIS -- Luke Voit headed home on Sunday with more than just a baseball. The impact of his Major League debut was also imprinted on his back.

Voit became the fifth player in Cardinals history to be plunked by a pitch in his Major League debut and the first since at least 1918 to have it happen in his first plate appearance. An ovation that started when Voit stepped in as a pinch-hitter in the Cardinals' eventual 8-4 win continued as he jogged to first.

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Grichuk HR, 4-run 7th send Cards past Bucs

Grichuk HR, 4-run 7th send Cards past Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- With a chance to notch their first three-game series sweep in St. Louis in 26 seasons, the Pirates instead endured a seventh-inning meltdown that aided the Cardinals' comeback on Sunday. With key hits from Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong, the Cardinals scored four runs in the frame to surge to an 8-4 win that halted their home losing streak at five games.

The Pirates couldn't overcome their own generosity, as free bases and extra outs put them in precarious position with the game tied at 4-4. Reliever Juan Nicasio walked the first two batters, and Molina, who went 3-for-4 in his return from nagging knee soreness, pushed across the go-ahead run with a single. From there, the floodgates opened.

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Grichuk returns, slugs record-setting homer

478-foot shot longest by Cards player at Busch III

Grichuk returns, slugs record-setting homer

ST. LOUIS -- With renewed confidence and a fixed swing, Randal Grichuk returned to St. Louis on Sunday and immediately showed it all off.

One of three players called up from Triple-A Memphis before the game, Grichuk slotted into the cleanup spot, where he started a two-run second inning with a single and then crushed a 478-foot home run to help lift the Cardinals to an 8-4 win over the Pirates. The homer, which came off Grichuk's bat with an exit velocity of 109.3 mph, according to Statcast™, was the longest by a Cardinals player in the 12-year history of Busch Stadium III.

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Fowler (heel), Siegrist (spine) placed on DL

Players to undergo testing to determine severity of chronic injuries

Fowler (heel), Siegrist (spine) placed on DL

ST. LOUIS -- After placing Dexter Fowler (right heel spur) and Kevin Siegrist (cervical spine sprain) on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, the Cardinals scheduled medical studies for both players in order to determine the severity of their chronic injuries. Fowler will visit a podiatrist on Monday. Siegrist left Busch Stadium on Sunday afternoon for his appointment.

Fowler has said he's dealt with heel discomfort "off and on forever," and he aggravated the injury chasing after a ball in Saturday's loss. After the game, he told the Cardinals, "I don't have a leg to stand on."

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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, and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fan uses purse to catch a foul ball

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Fan uses purse to catch a foul ball

Typically, you see a fan in the crowd with a baseball glove ready to catch any ball that comes his or her way.

In this case, it was a purse that was used to catch a foul ball --- yes, a purse.

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Wacha challenges The Freeze to a race

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Wacha challenges The Freeze to a race

Could you beat the Freeze? Many have gone head-to-head with the Braves' in-game track and field hero, but few have actually emerged victorious (and without falling flat on their face).

However, much in the way classic arcade game consoles would flash the "Here Comes A New Challenger" message when somebody wanted to throw themselves into the proverbial ring, so, too, has Michael Wacha of the Cardinals. As Adam Wainright shared on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, Wacha -- looking resplendent in his TCU uniform -- is up to the challenge. 

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Cards go quietly after Carp's leadoff homer

Cards go quietly after Carp's leadoff homer

ST. LOUIS -- A dominant six-inning performance by Gerrit Cole, assisted by six two-out runs, led the Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday night and their first series victory at Busch Stadium since July 2016. They entered the series having lost seven in a row in St. Louis.

Cole gave up five hits over six innings and allowed one run, Matt Carpenter's first leadoff homer of the season, to earn his third consecutive win.

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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Saturday.

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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With Lynn in a rut, Cards stuck in neutral

Righty allows 7 runs for 2nd straight game as club falls 7 games under .500

With Lynn in a rut, Cards stuck in neutral

ST. LOUIS -- Sixteen days ago, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak stood at a podium and asserted that the next four to six weeks would not only determine his outlook for the rest of the season, but also shape his approach leading into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

A change in trajectory has not yet followed.

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Diaz testing out special glasses during drills

Wearable technology is designed to increase focus, decrease panic during activity

Diaz testing out special glasses during drills

ST. LOUIS -- In an effort to help himself gain an edge defensively, Aledmys Diaz, for about the last month, has been testing out wearable technology that has previously helped NBA player Stephen Curry with his shooting and Bryce Harper with his hitting.

Several times a week, Diaz dons a pair of strobe glasses when he takes his place on the infield for pregame work. The glasses, which were introduced to him by first-base/infield coach Oliver Marmol, have the capability of taking visual information away from an athlete at varied increments in order to increase focus and decrease panic during activity.

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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, and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans skip their wedding reception for game

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Fans skip their wedding reception for game

There are plenty of ways to show just how much you love your favorite team. You could adopt a hand puppet. You could get a whole new haircut. You could even willingly dress up as a giraffe. 

But there is perhaps no greater testament to fandom than what two Cardinals fans did on Saturday night: To take in St. Louis' game against the Pirates, they skipped their own wedding ... reception.

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Cards fall despite Waino's gem, DeJong's HR

Cards fall despite Waino's gem, DeJong's HR

ST. LOUIS -- One inning after David Freese added another game-tying, two-out hit to his Busch Stadium resume, John Jaso capped the Pirates' comeback with a solo homer that stood as the difference in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win.

The back-and-forth affair was nothing new for these two teams; they played a trio of one-run games at Busch Stadium earlier this year. The difference, however, was who won this one. With their victory Friday, the Pirates snapped their seven-game losing streak 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.

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A little self-reflection gets Waino back on track

A little self-reflection gets Waino back on track

ST. LOUIS -- With only a brief detour to cue up video that he hoped would reveal the source of his struggles, Adam Wainwright went from the mound to the mirror last Saturday in Baltimore. And after hours of repetition, he eventually discovered his old self staring back.

Wainwright turned the worst statistical start of his career into five days of work and reflection, all of which served as an important backstory to the performance he then delivered on Friday. Shaking off three troublesome starts, Wainwright held the Pirates to two hits over seven innings while settling for a no-decision in the team's 4-3 loss.

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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.

Wong hoping to return before All-Star break

Second baseman progressing well; Fowler, Molina out of lineup

Wong hoping to return before All-Star break

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong, who has been on the disabled list with a right triceps strain since June 15, remains optimistic that he'll be ready to rejoin the Cardinals sometime in the week leading into the All-Star break, the second baseman said on Friday.

Wong increased his baseball activities to include swinging and throwing while the team was on the road. If his rehab work continues without interruption, Wong could be ready to begin a Minor League rehab assignment in about a week.

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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 see a lot to be excited about in DeJong

Consistency key for young infielder, but Matheny admires how he 'plays the game the right way'

Cards see a lot to be excited about in DeJong

PHILADELPHIA -- Even before the Cardinals drafted Paul DeJong in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, he was already a Redbird -- an Illinois State Redbird, that is.

In his first Minor League season, DeJong -- coming off two red-hot seasons at Illinois State -- knew his time in the big leagues could be looming closer than some expected. He was promoted to the Class A Peoria Chiefs from Rookie-level ball in his first pro season.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Cardinals on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards can't get going, fall to Phils in finale

Cards can't get going, fall to Phils in finale

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second straight game, the Phillies jumped out to a multi-run lead against the Cardinals. They held onto it Thursday.

Behind 7 1/3 strong innings from Aaron Nola and a pair of solo homers from Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph, the Phillies topped the Cardinals, 5-1, to snap a five-game losing streak. It was just the second win in the past 15 games for the Phillies, who squandered a 5-0 lead Wednesday night.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Phillies on Thursday.

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Hudson goes eight strong for Springfield

Hudson goes eight strong for Springfield

After a long wait to begin his professional career, Brandon Marsh is showing just what all the hype was about.

The Angels' No. 3 prospect continued his torrid start on Thursday as he connected on his first pro homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 effort for Rookie-level Orem. He tallied four RBIs and scored three runs in the contest, a 13-8 victory over Ogden.

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Matheny recalls Kile's impact, encouragement

Thursday marks 15 years since death of former Cardinals pitcher

Matheny recalls Kile's impact, encouragement

PHILADELPHIA -- Thursday marked 15 years since the death of former Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile. Cards manager Mike Matheny's first three years in St. Louis overlapped with Kile's only three seasons in the organization.

Kile passed away from a heart attack at the age of 33.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Cardinals on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards rally again against reeling Phillies

Cards rally again against reeling Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Thank Tommy Pham and countless Phillies mistakes for the Cardinals' 7-6 victory in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Pham hit two home runs, including a game-tying homer in the ninth, and threw out the game-winning run at home plate in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings. The Phillies handed St. Louis the game in the 10th, and the Cardinals have won eight times in June, with five of those wins coming against the Phillies.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Pham sparks Cards' win with bat and arm

Pham sparks Cards' win with bat and arm

PHILADELPHIA -- For Tommy Pham, fresh off a homer in the 11th inning of Tuesday's win over the Phillies, Wednesday was a repeat showing of sorts.

Plus a special feature.

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Cards ride 7-run 11th inning to rout of Phillies

Cards ride 7-run 11th inning to rout of Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cardinals wouldn't mind seeing a few more games against the Phillies on their schedule.

Stephen Piscotty, Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham came up with big hits during a seven-run 11th inning Tuesday night in an 8-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The Cardinals have won seven games this month, and four have come against the Phillies. They lost five of their past seven games before winning the series opener Tuesday. Before that stretch, they swept the Phillies in a three-game series June 9-11 at Busch Stadium. That sweep followed a seven-game losing streak.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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One-two punch: Carpenter, Fowler clicking

With players locked in respectively atop order, Cards feeling rejuvenated effects

One-two punch: Carpenter, Fowler clicking

PHILADELPHIA -- When discussing the various machinations of his batting order before Tuesday night's 8-1, 11-inning win over the Phillies, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny corrected a reporter who noted that Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler seem to have settled nicely into their new roles as one- and two-hitters.

"There's two ones," Matheny said, proud that he has the luxury to begin every game, and every trip through the order, with two leadoff-caliber hitters.

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Piscotty proving ability as regular No. 3 man

With 2 HRs Sunday and a decisive 2-run double Tuesday, OF key to Cards' offensive resurgence

Piscotty proving ability as regular No. 3 man

PHILADELPHIA -- Stephen Piscotty's go-ahead two-run double that sparked a seven-run 11th inning and an 8-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night was the latest proof that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has found his three-hole hitter.

"It was just nice to see Stephen in that situation. ... He took a great approach, ended up driving it to right-center. Just a nice swing from him," Matheny said.

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Inbox: Will Cards buy or sell at Trade Deadline?

Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Cards buy or sell at Trade Deadline?

ST. LOUIS -- There are no shortage of questions and concerns surrounding the Cardinals, after they tumbled back to six games under .500 with a series loss in Baltimore. Here are my answers to a few of them:

Submit a question to the Cardinals Inbox

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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, and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trio of Cards chasing NL All-Star starting spot

Trio of Cards chasing NL All-Star starting spot

ST. LOUIS -- Seven-time All-Star Yadier Molina remains locked in a tight race to make the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and will need some help to avoid being left off of the team for a second consecutive year.

Two Cardinals, Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler, join the catcher in the top five of their respective positions on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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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 announce signing of 13 Draft picks

Group includes Day 2 selections Kruczynski, Seeburger

Cardinals announce signing of 13 Draft picks

ST. LOUIS -- Day 2 selectees Evan Kruczynski and Brett Seeburger highlight a group of 13 players who have agreed to terms and passed physicals since being drafted by the Cardinals last week.

Kruczynski and Seeburger, both college seniors, were taken in the MLB Draft's ninth and 10th rounds, respectively. None of the six players the Cardinals selected ahead of them have reached an agreement with the organization. That includes top two picks Scott Hurst (Cal State Fullerton) and Kramer Robertson (Louisiana State University), both of whom are participating in the College World Series. They cannot sign with the club until their college season ends.

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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, and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

1st female owner Britton blazed trail with Cards

Revolutionary overcame obstacles to pioneer changes within game

1st female owner Britton blazed trail with Cards

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 to 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 begin this series with an introduction to trailblazer Helene Britton.

ST. LOUIS -- A family walked onto the field at Busch Stadium before the Cardinals game on June 10. Char, Candy, Crystal and Chad Barone hadn't been to a game together for 30 years, but they met on the diamond in honor of an extraordinary woman.

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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.