Peralta, Holliday named All-Star starters

Peralta, Holliday named All-Star starters

ST. LOUIS -- After combining to make eight previous All-Star appearances as player or manager selectees, outfielder Matt Holliday and shortstop Jhonny Peralta learned on Sunday that they will represent the Cardinals in the July 14 Midsummer Classic as fan-elected starters for the first times in their respective careers.

Manager Mike Matheny informed both players before Sunday's 2-1 win that, after weeks of online fan voting, both earned starting assignments for the National League squad. The All-Star nod is the seventh of Holliday's career and the third for Peralta, whose previous two came as an American League player.

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Cards find unlikely dynamic duo in Lynn, Pham

Rookie tallies first big league homer, while starter has first multi-hit game

Cards find unlikely dynamic duo in Lynn, Pham

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn came in to Sunday's game with no runs scored on the year, and Tommy Pham entered without a Major League RBI.

Together, the ninth and first hitters in the Cardinals' lineup changed those stats and spearheaded a 3-1 win over the Padres at Busch Stadium.

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Lynn and Pham lead Cardinals over Padres

Lynn and Pham lead Cardinals over Padres

ST. LOUIS -- Behind the bats of their starting pitcher and most recent callup, the Cardinals salvaged a series split with a 3-1 victory over the Padres at Busch Stadium on Sunday. Offense was at a premium throughout the four-game series, as the two teams combined for just 18 runs.

San Diego struck first with a Matt Kemp RBI single in the third to score Yangervis Solarte, who had advanced into scoring position on Lance Lynn's errant pickoff move. But Lynn, who went on to finish seven three-hit innings, retired 11 straight beginning with Kolten Wong's web gem to end that frame.

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NL All-Star Game starters' highlight-reel plays

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Wong makes incredible diving catch

Wong makes incredible diving catch

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong injected life into Busch Stadium with a run-saving catch in the third inning of Sunday's 3-1 Cardinals win over San Diego.

With runners on first and second and the Padres leading, 1-0, Yonder Alonso lifted a shallow fly ball to center field. Wong, who was shading Alonso toward the first-base line, broke to his right and dove on the outfield grass to make the inning-ending catch.

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Cardinals place Garcia on 15-day DL

Left-handers Lyons, Cooney to start in doubleheader vs. Cubs

Cardinals place Garcia on 15-day DL

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday and placed on the 15-day disabled list after feeling renewed discomfort around his left groin following a bullpen session on Saturday.

The change in plans means the Cardinals will now send a pair of young lefties -- Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney -- to the mound in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs. Manager Mike Matheny said that he has not yet determined the order in which the two will pitch in the twin bill.

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Lackey looks to shut down rival Cubs in series opener

Lackey looks to shut down rival Cubs in series opener

The injury-battered and offensively-starved Cardinals, still nursing the best record in the Majors, begin an eight-game road trip against division rivals Chicago and Pittsburgh by facing Cubs lefty Jon Lester at Wrigley Field on Monday.

It's act four of a 10-game home stand for the Cubs, who are seeking revenge for a June 26-28 sweep at the hands of St. Louis that dropped the Cubs to 2-7 against the Cardinals.

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Matheny's shakeup pays off with Pham at top

After Wong slides to No. 6, rookie doubles for first MLB hit, instrumental in both Cardinals runs

Matheny's shakeup pays off with Pham at top

ST. LOUIS -- Not keen on a top-to-bottom shakeup of his batting order amid his club's offensive funk, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny started with a tweak. For the first time in Kolten Wong's last 37 starts, the second baseman was pulled from the leadoff spot and slotted into the sixth hole, a place where Matheny hoped Wong could see more run-producing opportunities.

There would be no subsequent spark to the middle of the lineup, but the residual effect of the move paid off in a grand way. Outfielder Tommy Pham, summoned from Triple-A on Friday as part of the Cardinals' quest for offense, slid into the top spot of the order, where he doubled and scored the tying run in the sixth and then came home as the winning run in the Cardinals' 2-1 final-at-bat win over the Padres on Saturday.

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Martinez takes baton in Cards' reliable rotation

With club struggling to score runs, starters compensating with MLB-best ERA

Martinez takes baton in Cards' reliable rotation

ST. LOUIS -- No run support, no problem. That has been the mantra this week for the Cardinals' starting pitchers, who have improved on their already gaudy numbers during a stretch of offensive weakness that continued in a 2-1 win over the Padres at Busch Stadium on Saturday.

The Cardinals have scored eight runs over their last five games, tying a season-worst stretch of offensive production for a five-game span, but their starting pitchers posted a 1.93 ERA during those games, which included a spot-start from Tim Cooney in place of the injured Jaime Garcia.

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Pham fuels Cards' skid-busting win vs. Padres

Pham fuels Cards' skid-busting win vs. Padres

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' offense didn't exactly break out on Saturday, but it did enough to snap a season-long four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Padres in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.

Recent Cardinals callup Tommy Pham scored the go-ahead run in the eighth after reaching on an Alexi Amarista error, swiping second -- his first Major League steal -- moving to third on a groundout and sliding safely into home on Jhonny Peralta's sacrifice fly. Padres reliever Brandon Maurer took the loss despite not allowing a hit in his inning of work.

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Cards recall Navy vet Harris, option G. Garcia

Club now playing with four-man bench, eight-man bullpen

Cards recall Navy vet Harris, option G. Garcia

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals added an extra arm to the bullpen on Saturday, summoning reliever Mitch Harris from Triple-A and clearing a roster spot for him by optioning infielder Greg Garcia to Memphis.

The move, which represents the Cardinals' third player transaction in as many days, leaves the club with a four-man bench and an eight-man bullpen.

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With runs scarce, Cards drop 4th straight

With runs scarce, Cards drop 4th straight

ST. LOUIS -- Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko delivered a game-tying home run and the game-winning single to send San Diego to a 2-1 win over St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium. St. Louis has now lost four straight, its longest losing streak of the season.

Gyorko took Cards starter Michael Wacha deep in the seventh for his third home run of the season and then stepped to the plate against Trevor Rosenthal after Yangervis Solarte's one-out triple in the ninth. Rosenthal, who hadn't been scored upon since May 3, served up the RBI single on the eighth pitch of the at-bat.

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FBI concludes investigation on Astros breach

Organization reportedly recommends charges against at least one Cards employee

FBI concludes investigation on Astros breach

ST. LOUIS -- The FBI's investigation into an unauthorized entry into the Houston Astros' database has concluded, and federal investigators have recommended that at least one Cardinals employee be charged, CNN reported on Friday. The report did not identify that employee.

The Cardinals have been under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for several months regarding the matter. According to The New York Times, which broke the story on June 16, evidence was found that at least one Cardinals employee illegally accessed a database that contained internal discussions of trades and scouting reports.

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Rosenthal sees scoreless streak end

Rosenthal sees scoreless streak end

ST. LOUIS -- On Friday, one night after pitching around a runner on third with one out in a tie game, reliever Trevor Rosenthal found himself needing to repeat the escape act against the Padres. The situations may have been identical, but the contrast in conclusions left the Cardinals with a 2-1 loss.

This time Rosenthal slipped, allowing Jedd Gyorko to line an elevated slider for a tie-breaking RBI single that sent the Cardinals to their fourth straight defeat. The run allowed also halted Rosenthal's 23 2/3-inning scoreless streak, which dated back to May 5 and represented the longest string of scoreless innings by a National League reliever this season.

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Cards struggling to cash in on chances

Cards struggling to cash in on chances

ST. LOUIS -- Trading two outs for a run is hardly a feat worth celebrating, but if you were looking for offensive highlights from the Cardinals' 2-1 loss to the Padres at Busch Stadium on Friday night, that was the most appealing option.

Xavier Scruggs grounded into a double play that sent home Jason Heyward in the fifth inning, and that was the only offense St. Louis could muster in its fourth straight loss.

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Cards call up Pham, boost outfield depth

Cards call up Pham, boost outfield depth

ST. LOUIS -- Down to three true outfielders with Matt Holliday and Jon Jay on the disabled list, the Cardinals fortified their outfield depth on Friday by recalling Tommy Pham from Triple-A Memphis. Manager Mike Matheny wasted no time getting Pham involved, either, starting him in center as the No. 8 hitter in the second of four games against the Padres.

"He's the hottest bat down there, and we need a spark right now, trying to get some offense going," said Matheny, whose club has scored five runs during its current three-game losing streak. "[It's] an opportunity to get Tommy in and see if he can continue doing what he's been doing."

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Cooney sent down but could return soon

Cooney sent down but could return soon

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals optioned left-hander Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis on Friday but haven't ruled out the possibility of bringing him back next week to throw in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

Cooney allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Thursday. It was his second Major League start and certainly a better showing than his first, against the Phillies on April 30, an outing that lasted just 2 1/3 innings.

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Cards follow similar script in extending skid

Cards follow similar script in extending skid

ST. LOUIS -- In a season thus far highlighted by winning streaks, the 51-win Cardinals find themselves stuck in bit of an uncharacteristic rut. For the first time this year, the club has dropped three straight home games, the most recent a 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Padres on Thursday night.

The script was similar in this one as it had been in the pair of losses to the White Sox that preceded it. Miscues on defense proved costly. And an inability to capitalize with runners in scoring position stung.

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Carpenter shows signs of returning to form

Carpenter shows signs of returning to form

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter does not need to work longer hours, his manager insists. In fact, Mike Matheny recently threatened -- jokingly, of course -- to fine Carpenter for every minute early he showed up to the ballpark.

Instead, coaxing the Cardinals third baseman back to his early season ways at the plate is a matter of Carpenter working smarter, not harder, Matheny said before Thursday's 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Padres at Busch Stadium.

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Cards struggle to plate runs in 3rd straight loss

Cards struggle to plate runs in 3rd straight loss

ST LOUIS -- The Padres opened a four-game series at Busch Stadium with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Thursday after Will Venable broke an 11-inning tie with a two-out, pinch-hit home run off reliever Carlos Villanueva.

The win snapped San Diego's three-game losing streak and sent St. Louis to a third straight home loss for the first time this year. Venable's blast came after the Padres successfully challenged Clint Barmes' drive down the right-field line that stayed in fair territory. It had initially been ruled foul.

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Cards employee dismissed for Astros data breach

Cards employee dismissed for Astros data breach

ST. LOUIS -- Scouting director Chris Correa, a member of the Cardinals' front office since 2009, was dismissed by the organization on Wednesday after he admitted to accessing the Astros' database without authorization. General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the firing, which was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday afternoon.

The Cardinals have been under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for several months regarding unauthorized entry into the Astros' computer systems. According to The New York Times, which broke the story on June 16, evidence was discovered that at least one Cardinals employee illegally accessed a database that contained internal discussions of trades and scouting reports.

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Ailing left wrist forces Jay to disabled list

Ailing left wrist forces Jay to disabled list

ST. LOUIS -- Due to continued discomfort around his left wrist, Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this year on Thursday with what the club defined as a left wrist stress reaction and bone bruise.

Jay underwent offseason surgery to address the wrist discomfort he has played with on and off for years, and the wrist is structurally sound, he said Thursday. The objective for this break is to "calm everything down," he added.

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Cards agree to deal with Seijas, No. 11 on int'l prospects list

Cards agree to deal with Seijas, No. 11 on int'l prospects list

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals signed five players on Thursday, the first day of Major League Baseball's international signing period, highlighted by right-hander Alvaro Seijas out of Venezuela. Seijas, 16, ranked No. 11 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

The organization also reached agreements with shortstop Raffy Ozuna (Dominican Republic), right-hander Anthony Trompiz (Venezuela), right-hander Brian Pirela (Venezuela) and right-hander Noel De Jesus (Dominican Republic).

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Cardinals pitching is on historic pace

By one metric, it's the best staff in 100 years

Cardinals pitching is on historic pace

The Cardinals are on pace to have the single greatest earned run prevention season of the last 100 years. There's plenty of qualifiers to that and reasons why it's not likely to keep up over the course of the entire year, but over the first three months, that's a cold hard fact. They're preventing runs in a way no one alive has ever really seen before -- and they're doing it without ace Adam Wainwright, who injured his Achilles tendon in just his fourth start of the season.

We'll get to how they're doing it, but first, let's explain how we can make that exclamatory statement. In order to compare across seasons and eras, we're using a relatively simple metric called "ERA-," read as "ERA minus," which sets league-average as 100. If you're familiar with OPS+ or ERA+, it's the exact same principle, except that excellent ERA marks are supposed to be lower, not higher. The Cardinals have a 69 ERA-, which means they're preventing earned runs 31 percent better than league average, a mark not topped since the 1909 Cubs of Three-Finger Brown and Orval Overall.

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Rain delays getting 'old' for Cardinals

Rain delays getting 'old' for Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Ponchos and umbrellas became a common sight at Busch Stadium during the wettest June and second-wettest month the city has ever seen, and the trend washed into July as the Cardinals dropped a thrice rain-delayed 7-1 decision to the White Sox on a Wednesday night that dragged into Thursday morning.

Six of the last nine scheduled St. Louis home games have been affected in some way by Mother Nature, including a June 14 game against the Royals that was washed out completely and postponed to July 23.

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Lackey, Cards fall to White Sox on rainy night

Lackey, Cards fall to White Sox on rainy night

ST. LOUIS -- After wading through a rain-delayed start and two subsequent in-game weather stoppages, the White Sox completed their two-game stop at Busch Stadium with a 7-1 victory on Wednesday to secure back-to-back wins over the Cardinals.

Melky Cabrera's leadoff homer off Cards starter John Lackey in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie and helped lift the White Sox to consecutive road wins for the first time since May. The Cardinals, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back home losses for just the second time all year.

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Cards miss chances to alter course of game

Cards miss chances to alter course of game

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals had no shortage of run-scoring opportunities on Wednesday, but they lacked the timely hit for a second straight day against a White Sox pitching staff that arrived in town with the American League's second-highest ERA (4.18).

In racing out to 51 wins over their first 75 games, the Cardinals ranked fifth in the National League with a .270 average hitting with runners in scoring position. Being opportunistic has been necessary, too, given the difficulty the offense has had in its attempt to gain traction.

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Grichuk not slowed by facing Sox ace Sale

Grichuk not slowed by facing Sox ace Sale

ST. LOUIS -- While the rest of the Cardinals' offense spent the night tied up by White Sox starter Chris Sale and swinging through a high percentage of his pitches, Randal Grichuk went up for each at-bat feeling like he had the advantage.

And apparently he did, as half of the six hits Sale scattered over his eight-inning start in Chicago's 2-1 win over the Cards on Thursday came off Grichuk's bat. Among them was a towering 448-foot homer that came to rest in the Big Mac Land section in left field. It was the longest home run hit by a Cardinals player at Busch Stadium this season.

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