Refined mechanics help Wacha bounce back

Right-hander fans seven over seven shutout innings Friday vs. Rockies

Refined mechanics help Wacha bounce back

ST. LOUIS -- It can be easy to forget just how young Michael Wacha is, his manager, Mike Matheny, said after the 24-year-old right-hander picked up his career-high 12th win in the Cardinals' 7-0 victory over the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

Considering that Wacha debuted in the Majors in 2013, made the All-Star team this year and became the second 12-game winner in the National League on Friday, it's not hard to see why he bears the expectations of a proven veteran on his wiry 6-foot-6 frame.

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Piscotty rewards Matheny's faith in big sixth inning

Rookie delivers two-out, two-run double in Friday's win over Rockies

Piscotty rewards Matheny's faith in big sixth inning

ST. LOUIS -- Having already twice watched Stephen Piscotty end an inning by taking a called third strike with runners in scoring position, bench coach David Bell and manager Mike Matheny looked on as Piscotty headed to the plate with yet another run-scoring opportunity at his fingertips.

What they saw was a picture of poise, a rookie outfielder seemingly unfazed by his earlier inability to come through. Bell turned to Matheny with a bold assertion: "I have all the faith in the world that he's going to come through big on this next one."

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Wacha, Cards power past Rockies

Wacha, Cards power past Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- Behind blasts from Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta, as well as a bounceback start by Michael Wacha, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-0 win over the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Friday night. The win improved the Cardinals to 39-15 at home, while Colorado has dropped 18 of its last 23 road games.

Carpenter sparked the offense for a second straight night by leading off the first with his third home run in five at-bats. Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed another first-inning run before exiting the game with right shoulder inflammation.

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Broxton acquisition caps Cards' work at Deadline

St. Louis gets reliever from Brewers for Minor League outfielder Collymore

Broxton acquisition caps Cards' work at Deadline

ST. LOUIS -- In adding two veteran relievers to help an overworked back end of the bullpen and a left-handed power hitting outfielder/first baseman, general manager John Mozeliak swung three trades in the week leading up to Friday's Trade Deadline to address specific needs, even if none were necessarily the big splash that some yearned for.

That's not how Mozeliak has operated at this time of the year in recent seasons and was, in his eyes, unnecessary again for a team that enters Friday with a Major-League best 65-37 record.

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No timeframe for Holliday's return from quad injury

Club placed All-Star outfielder on DL Thursday

No timeframe for Holliday's return from quad injury

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday suspects that he'll be playing again "soon," but the Cardinals' veteran left fielder could not specify a timeframe for his return while speaking to the media on Friday, two days after injuring his right quad for the second time this year.

"It's one of those deals [where] you know when you know, and right now I don't have any idea," Holliday said.

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Lynn faces Rockies seeking 9th victory

Lynn faces Rockies seeking 9th victory

Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will be tasked with slowing the Cardinals' emerging offense when St. Louis and Colorado meet in the third game of a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Saturday night.

The Cardinals have backed starting pitcher Lance Lynn with three runs or fewer in 12 of his 19 starts, but the hard-throwing right-hander will hope to benefit from some lineup tweaks that helped the club post 14 hits in each of the first two games of this series.

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Socolovich optioned to Triple-A

Hatley designated for assignment to make room for Broxton

Socolovich optioned to Triple-A

ST. LOUIS -- The move to bring in veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton cost Miguel Socolovich his place in the Cardinals' bullpen and Marcus Hatley's his spot on the 40-man roster.

Hatley, who made two appearances for the Cardinals earlier this summer, was designated for assignment on Friday. Socolovich was optioned to Triple-A Memphis, as the Cardinals decided to stick with a seven-man bullpen for now.

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Garcia, Cards walk past Rockies in ninth

Garcia, Cards walk past Rockies in ninth

ST. LOUIS -- In a game that featured six lead changes, the Cardinals snagged the final one, stunning the Rockies with a three-run ninth to steal a 9-8 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday night. Greg Garcia, who had been called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, gave the Cardinals their seventh walk-off win of the year by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

The Rockies went ahead, 8-6, in the eighth by capitalizing on a pair of Kevin Siegrist throwing errors. That lead was handed over to slumping closer John Axford, who retired just one of the six batters he faced. Entering after Matt Carpenter's leadoff double, Axford walked Randal Grichuk and allowed a single to Kolten Wong before Jhonny Peralta laced a game-tying single. Three batters later, with the bases full, Garcia worked the count to 3-2 before laying off a pitch high and outside to end the game.

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Carpenter's return to top of lineup pays off

Infielder collects first career multi-HR game in win over Rockies

Carpenter's return to top of lineup pays off

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter could feel an outbreak coming, and his manager, Mike Matheny, had also seen signs that Carpenter might be returning to form.

All it took were some less-than-ideal circumstances to expedite the process in the Cardinals' 9-8 win over the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Thursday night.

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Martinez apologizes for flare-up with Rockies

Teams trade HBPs, young starter flashes gesture toward Colorado dugout

Martinez apologizes for flare-up with Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- Having channeled his energy and intensity quite well through the first months of the season, Carlos Martinez admitted he let his emotions get the best of him on Thursday night and apologized afterward for the way his five-inning outing ended.

Martinez didn't factor into the Cardinals' 9-8 victory over the Rockies, but his demeanor was a prominent topic in both clubhouses afterward. The two sides offered various explanations as to why things went awry, but there was mutual agreement that Martinez crossed a line when, after securing an inning-ending double play, he threw his glove to the ground and flashed an obscene gesture toward the Rockies' dugout.

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Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

Cleveland acquires Kaminsky, ranked 10th among LHP prospects

Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

ST. LOUIS -- On the heels of consecutive shutouts that underscored the club's need for an offensive jolt, general manager John Mozeliak swung a player swap with Cleveland early Thursday morning to bring Brandon Moss and his power potential to St. Louis.

The cost for Moss was heavy, as the Cardinals parted with 20-year-old Rob Kaminsky, who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 10th-best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. The lefty starter and 28th overall selection in the MLB Draft had a 2.15 ERA through his first 43 professional appearances. This year, Kaminsky posted a 2.09 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Palm Beach.

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Cardinals shuffle roster, Holliday placed on DL

Club optimistic All-Star outfielder will return before end of season

Cardinals shuffle roster, Holliday placed on DL

ST. LOUIS -- An MRI taken just hours after Matt Holliday hobbled off the field for the second time this summer showed that the left fielder suffered a Grade 2 quad strain while trying to beat out a double play in the first inning of Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Reds.

The Cardinals subsequently placed Holliday on the 15-day disabled list, though general manager John Mozeliak said he's "optimistic" that Holliday will return before the end of the season. He did not provide anything more specific regarding an expected timetable for return.

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Cardinals sign new 15-year TV rights deal

Cardinals sign new 15-year TV rights deal

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and FOX Sports Midwest announced a new 15-year television rights agreement on Thursday that, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, will net the Cardinals more than $1 billion. The agreement will begin in 2018, which is when the current deal expires.

With television rights deals exploding in other markets, the Cardinals had been seeking to make theirs more lucrative so they, too, could enjoy an influx of extra profits to use toward payroll increases or other organizational endeavors.

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Cards' bats lacking for Lackey in loss to Reds

Cards' bats lacking for Lackey in loss to Reds

ST. LOUIS -- With one Jay Bruce swing providing all the support starter Anthony DeSclafani needed, the Reds snapped a skid of nine consecutive losing series at Busch Stadium with a 1-0, series-clinching victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Bruce's home run to lead off the second against John Lackey would be one of just two hits the Reds tallied off the Cardinals' right-hander. It landed just out of the reach of leaping center fielder Randal Grichuk, who made his return to the field after sitting two days with a groin strain.

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Matheny: Lackey's start 'thing of beauty'

Matheny: Lackey's start 'thing of beauty'

ST. LOUIS -- At the end of what he surmised to be his best start of the season, in a game that ended with the Cardinals taking a 1-0 loss to the Reds, John Lackey had plenty left in the tank.

Had the 36-year-old right-hander been pitching in an American League ballpark with fences a few feet deeper, he may still be on the mound.

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Cards optimistic about Adams' return schedule

Cards optimistic about Adams' return schedule

ST. LOUIS -- Two months removed from sending Matt Adams to undergo surgery to repair a torn right quadriceps muscle, the Cardinals are bullish that the first baseman's recovery timetable won't be as long as initially expected.

Once the severity of Adams' injury was determined during May 29 surgery, the Cardinals announced that he would likely need four months to recover. That timetable jeopardized at least the rest of the regular season for Adams, who was the team's starting first baseman and usual cleanup hitter at the time he went down.

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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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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 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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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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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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Anthony Castrovince

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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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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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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