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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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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Garcia back in what could be Leake's final Reds start

Garcia back in what could be Leake's final Reds start

Jaime Garcia makes his return to the mound for St. Louis when the Cardinals host the Reds and resurgent right-hander Mike Leake on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in a matchup of National League Central rivals.

Leake, who may be making his final start with the Reds in advance of Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, is 5-1 in his last seven starts, with a 2.74 ERA in those outings.

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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 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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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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Yadi among MLB's most popular jerseys

MadBum, Bryant debut in Nos. 1-2 spots on Most Popular rankings

Yadi among MLB's most popular jerseys

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association released the top 20 rankings on Thursday, based on sales of Majestic Athletic jerseys at the MLB.com Shop from Opening Day through last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.

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Lynn continues to pitch with no margin for error

Cards righty receiving fifth-lowest run support per nine innings of all NL starters

Lynn continues to pitch with no margin for error

CHICAGO -- The Cardinals' offense made Lance Lynn's transition to the rotation a bit smoother in 2012, staking him with the best run support average of any pitcher in the league. This year, the Cards righty is finding out what it's like to pitch without so generous a supporting cast.

Though Yadier Molina's triple took Lynn off the hook for a loss by sending the Cardinals to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the White Sox, Lynn again navigated through a start amid the slimmest of margins. The offense has averaged 2.2 runs while he's been on the mound this season, and Lynn received no help on Wednesday until he was done.

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Yadi saves 1st triple since 2011 for prime spot

Catcher's clutch, two-out, two-strike knock swings pendulum Cardinals' way in eighth

Yadi saves 1st triple since 2011 for prime spot

CHICAGO -- Of all the outcomes possible as Yadier Molina took a swing at a 2-2 pitch from David Robertson in the eighth inning on Wednesday, the one that followed may have been the most unlikely.

Molina's triple into the right-field corner -- which drove in every run the Cardinals would need in a 3-2 win over the White Sox -- ended a string of 2,071 at-bats without a three-base hit for the veteran catcher. For some perspective, Molina had earned five All-Star selections, four Gold Gloves and one World Series championship since he last legged out a triple.

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Yadi's massive triple crushes Chicago's hope

Yadi's massive triple crushes Chicago's hope

CHICAGO -- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina stunned the U.S. Cellular Field crowd on Wednesday when he delivered a two-out, two-strike, bases-clearing triple off David Robertson in the eighth to erase a two-run hole and lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the White Sox. With the win, St. Louis became the Majors' first 60-win team.

The triple was Molina's first since 2011 and accounted for the club's first hit with a runner in scoring position. After two batters reached against reliever Zach Duke with one out, White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers helped the Cardinals extend the inning by interfering on Jason Heyward's two-out swing. Robertson relieved and, five pitches later, Molina connected for his fifth game-winning RBI of the year.

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For Belisle, rest a priority in elbow rehab

With timetable unclear, Cardinals reliever making sure not to rush return

For Belisle, rest a priority in elbow rehab

CHICAGO -- While the Cardinals sent two of their injured relievers out on Minor League rehab assignments this week, another still awaits clearance to resume playing catch.

Right-hander Matt Belisle's recovery timetable remains much fuzzier than those for Mitch Harris and Jordan Walden, who are now getting some work off the mound with the organization's affiliates. But it's currently a wait-and-see approach for Belisle, who has been told that rushing back before the irritation in his elbow clears could exacerbate the problem.

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Cards unlucky in Competitive Balance Lottery

Reyes promoted to Double-A; club loses Kelly to Blue Jays on waivers

Cards unlucky in Competitive Balance Lottery

CHICAGO -- The Cardinals were shut out of Wednesday's Competitive Balance Lottery and therefore not able to snare an extra selection in the 2016 Draft.

The Cardinals were among 15 eligible teams for the lottery, which awards 12 Draft picks (six after the first round, six following the second round) to clubs that rank in baseball's bottom-third in revenue or market size. Teams that received funds through the revenue sharing plan are also eligible, though only for the six picks that come after the second round.

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