Duke rehabs with goal of returning this season

Lefty reliever underwent Tommy John surgery in October

Duke rehabs with goal of returning this season

ST. LOUIS -- A look at the past and present would suggest that by late July, the Cardinals will be in the market for pitching help. It's what they've acquired in six of the seven moves made within 10 days of the non-waiver Trade Deadline since Mike Matheny became manager, and concerns about the durability of some of their current relievers hint that holes may arise.

But perhaps this time, St. Louis can find relief from within.

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All right with Wainwright in win over Giants

All right with Wainwright in win over Giants

ST. LOUIS -- Insistent that what he showed early this season was not an indication of a precipitous career decline, Adam Wainwright, in leading the Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Giants on Sunday, delivered further evidence to rebuff such assumptions on Sunday. The Cardinals' win also helped them halt a four-game losing streak and avoid being swept at Busch Stadium by San Francisco for the first time since 1998.

Once two of the most dominant right-handers in the game, Wainwright and Matt Cain each sought to build off strong starts. Only Wainwright did. Cain, stung by Randal Grichuk's bases-clearing double in the second and a two-run homer by Matt Carpenter in the fifth, let things get away early.

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Bader, DeJong combine for seven hits

Bader, DeJong combine for seven hits

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Peralta provides spark since return from DL

Veteran reaches base five times in first three games back

Peralta provides spark since return from DL

ST. LOUIS -- When Jhonny Peralta was put on the disabled list earlier this season, there were questions surrounding whether the 14-year veteran could contribute to the Cardinals going forward. Upon returning to St. Louis a month later, his performance on the field has certainly revealed reasons for optimism.

Peralta had two hits in his three at-bats in the team's 8-3 win over the Giants on Sunday, showing no signs of the illness that had plagued him in the beginning of the year.

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Lyons progressing, could return from DL soon

Lefty had a strong rehab outing Saturday for Springfield

Lyons progressing, could return from DL soon

ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Lyons threw 58 pitches in a rehab start on Saturday, but the Cardinals aren't quite ready to peg a definite return date for the rehabbing lefty reliever.

This latest rehab outing, which came with Double-A Springfield, was expected to be the last Lyons would need as he recovered from a right intercostal strain. However, manager Mike Matheny said he did not anticipate having Lyons join the team on its flight to Los Angeles on Monday. Instead, Lyons will remain behind to be monitored by the medical staff.

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Surging Cardinals take on Kershaw, Dodgers

Surging Cardinals take on Kershaw, Dodgers

Much has gone off script in the National League during the first quarter of the season, whether it be some surprise teams sustaining early success or preseason favorites faltering early. And then you have the Dodgers and Cardinals, who are mostly what everyone expected them to be -- two teams positioned to be in the postseason hunt.

They'll get to size themselves up against one another seven times over the next 10 days, beginning with a three-game series at Dodger Stadium that opens on Tuesday with a marquee matchup of Clayton Kershaw against Lance Lynn.

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Cardinals blink in 13th inning of pitching duel

Cardinals blink in 13th inning of pitching duel

ST. LOUIS -- In a game where the Giants had already outlasted Carlos Martinez, rookie third baseman Christian Arroyo capped a 12-pitch at-bat against Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist with a two-run double to help San Francisco steal a 3-1, 13-inning win at Busch Stadium on Saturday.

The Giants went 12 innings without advancing a runner into scoring position, the first team to do so since 1990. But when they finally did, they capitalized. A string of three successive one-out singles by San Francisco put Siegrist in a pickle, and he couldn't get out of it against Arroyo. The 21-year-old fouled off seven pitches before lining a changeup off the wall to plate the game's first two runs.

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Martinez dazzles with 9 shutout innings

Martinez dazzles with 9 shutout innings

ST. LOUIS -- The best start of Carlos Martinez's career finished as a footnote in the outcome -- a 3-1 loss to the Giants that extended the Cardinals' losing streak to four. As far as individual significance, however, the night lands among Martinez's career highlights.

Martinez has long eyed the chance to complete a game he started. He'll have to continue waiting for that opportunity, but he did push further than ever before with Saturday's nine-inning start against the Giants. It would have ticked off two new firsts -- a shutout and a complete game -- if only the Cardinals' offense could have mustered some support.

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Cards get prospect from Braves for Adams

Cards get prospect from Braves for Adams

ST. LOUIS -- With no place to put him in the field, the Cardinals parted ways with first baseman Matt Adams on Saturday, trading him to the Braves for Minor League infielder Juan Yepez. The Cardinals also sent the Braves cash to cover part of what's remaining of Adams' $2.8 million salary this season.

The Cardinals announced the deal about an hour before Saturday's game against the Giants. The timing of it was critical, as Adams' departure opened a roster spot for Stephen Piscotty to be activated from the 10-day disabled list.

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Sore elbow takes Wong out of game early

Sore elbow takes Wong out of game early

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong was removed from Saturday night's 3-1 Cardinals loss to the Giants due to left elbow discomfort. The St. Louis second baseman was taken out at the top of the fourth inning and replaced by Greg Garcia. His status for Sunday's series finale against San Francisco is still to be determined.

"His left forearm/elbow tightened up when he was swinging before the first at-bat in the on-deck circle," manager Mike Matheny said after the game. "Preliminary look looks all right. We'll just have to see how sore he is tomorrow."

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Gonzales excels in start for Memphis

Gonzales excels in start for Memphis

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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Cardinals' offer to prospect Robert spurned

Piscotty comes off disabled list, starts vs. Giants

Cardinals' offer to prospect Robert spurned

ST. LOUIS -- Despite an aggressive attempt to lure one of the top international prospects to St. Louis, the Cardinals fell short in their pursuit of 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, who is instead finalizing a deal with the White Sox.

General manager John Mozeliak received official word Saturday that the Cardinals were out of the mix for Robert, though Mozeliak acknowledged he had sensed for a few days that this was not going to work out for the organization.

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Cardinals can't hold on after Fowler's homer

Cardinals can't hold on after Fowler's homer

ST. LOUIS -- Eduardo Nunez ignited one rally and capped the next to help the Giants correct, at least for one night, their troubles on the road, scoring three times over the final three innings to nab a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

Despite Michael Wacha's six scoreless innings and modest pitch count (86) and the unavailability of setup man Trevor Rosenthal, the Cardinals turned the game over to their 'pen in the seventh. Things got out of hand almost immediately. Nunez opened the inning with a single, and the Giants later capitalized on an error while batting around in their order. In doing so, they flipped a two-run hole into a 3-2 lead.

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Cardinals get creative with Rosenthal out

Cardinals get creative with Rosenthal out

ST. LOUIS -- Though their final lead was lost by the reliever actually appearing in his scripted role, the Cardinals saw the late innings of Friday's 6-5 loss to the Giants complicated mightily by the unavailability of one critical reliever.

With usual eighth-inning setup man Trevor Rosenthal not cleared by the medical staff, manager Mike Matheny called upon other relievers to pitch in unfamiliar spots. He hoped that together they could carry a lead to closer Seung Hwan Oh. And though they did, there were significant hiccups along the way.

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Cardinals activate Peralta, option OF Sierra

Cardinals activate Peralta, option OF Sierra

ST. LOUIS -- Infielder Jhonny Peralta rejoined the Cardinals on Friday, but not as the fit he once was.

Replaced by Jedd Gyorko early this season when medication for an upper respiratory infection left him sluggish, Peralta returns knowing that Gyorko has earned the chance to remain the everyday third baseman. And with Aledmys Diaz entrenched at short, Peralta is now facing a future on the bench.

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How Cards reclaimed control of running game

Pitchers have been focused on moves to hold the opposition

How Cards reclaimed control of running game

St. Louis has ranked within the top five in limiting stolen bases each year since Yadier Molina's rookie season in 2004, a period of extended distinction that points to both the catcher's on-field influence and the organization's philosophy of building, and teaching, around it. So to see the Cardinals plummet all the way to 16th in that department last season sent red flags throughout the organization.

Why, in the age of base-to-base baseball (just 3,538 stolen-base attempts were made across the league in 2016, the fewest in a full season since 1973), was this happening to this team?

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Cardinals celebrate '67 championship

Cardinals celebrate '67 championship

ST. LOUIS -- Fifty years after defeating the Red Sox in seven games to capture the franchise's eighth World Series championship, members of the Cardinals' 1967 team gathered at Busch Stadium on Wednesday as part of an anniversary celebration. Mostly, though, they just wanted to share stories.

Reunions have become rare for this bunch, outside of those who remain employed by the organization or have made St. Louis their home. And so when they do get together, as 13 players from that team and manager Red Schoendienst did on Wednesday, conversation so easily turns to reminiscing.

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Gallen throws eight scoreless, fans six

Gallen throws eight scoreless, fans six

J.P. Crawford collected a season-high three hits on Wednesday, though none were bigger than the Phillies' top prospect's go-ahead two-run single in the top of the 11th inning that propelled Triple-A Lehigh Valley to its 12th straight victory.

Crawford, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 overall prospect, drove in a run with each of his three knocks, tallying RBI singles in his first two at-bats before coming through in extra innings and finishing with four RBIs (also a season-high) in the IronPigs' 11-8 win over Rochester.

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Gibson, McCarver recreate final out

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Gibson, McCarver recreate final out

Prior to Wednesday night's game against the Red Sox, the Cardinals celebrated this rare Interleague matchup with a 50th anniversary celebration of their 1967 championship. St. Louis beat Boston in a seven-game classic, with World Series MVP Bob Gibson closing out the Red Sox out by fanning George Scott to win it.

So, it was only fitting that Gibson threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday to the man who caught the ball in '67 -- Tim McCarver.

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Staked to four-run lead, Cards fall in extras

Staked to four-run lead, Cards fall in extras

ST. LOUIS -- Five innings after erasing a four-run deficit, the Red Sox capitalized on a stellar night from their bullpen by pushing across a two-out run that lifted them to a 5-4, 13-inning win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. St. Louis, which fell to 2-6 in Interleague Play, went scoreless in its final 11 innings on Wednesday.

After getting two quick outs to open the 13th, Cards reliever Sam Tuivailala allowed a pair of perfectly placed bloop hits to ignite Boston's rally. Mitch Moreland dropped in a ground-rule double that, with a 75.6 mph exit velocity and 51 degree launch angle, had a 7 percent Hit Probability, according to Statcast™. Left fielder Tommy Pham couldn't reach it in time. The same went for pinch-hitter Chris Young's single, which came off his bat at 69.6 mph. Moreland scored easily.

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Defense takes step back to slow St. Louis

Errors give way to three unearned runs against Red Sox

Defense takes step back to slow St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- It's no coincidence that the Cardinals' surge to the top of the division standings coincided with a cleanup of the fundamentals. Cleanly played games turned into a rush of wins, leaving the team's ugly start a distant memory.

For one night, though, the Cardinals lapsed back into their early-season ways. Hindered by three errors, an aggressive baserunning try gone wrong and an inability to complete a pickoff, the Cardinals fell, 6-3, to the Red Sox on Tuesday to open a two-game Interleague series.

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Cards' missteps unforgiven by Red Sox

Cards' missteps unforgiven by Red Sox

ST. LOUIS -- Local excitement about a rare two-game Interleague visit by the Red Sox wasn't exactly shared by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who acknowledged beforehand that he's still haunted by World Series losses to Boston in 2004 and '13. Tuesday's outcome, albeit in a game with far more moderate stakes, did nothing to placate those emotions, either.

Behind a quality start from Eduardo Rodriguez and a jolt from Mookie Betts, the Red Sox earned a 6-3 win to slow the surging Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Betts, in his first game since earning American League Player of the Week honors, opened the night with a homer, later tied the game with an RBI groundout and then helped preserve the lead by throwing out Matt Carpenter when he tried to turn a two-out, sixth-inning single into an extra-base hit.

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Carp ends hitless skid vs. good buddy Arrieta

Carp ends hitless skid vs. good buddy Arrieta

ST. LOUIS -- They were friends long before they were foes, which is perhaps why Jake Arrieta could occasionally get away with reminding Matt Carpenter the incredibly lopsided results of their head-to-head meetings. And for years, Carpenter had only one retort: "I'm hitting .300 against you in the postseason."

Now, he has another.

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Cards honor breast cancer survivor Darting

Honorary Bat Girl presented pink bat by Wong, throws out first pitch

Cards honor breast cancer survivor Darting

ST. LOUIS -- Breast cancer survivor Jessica Darting, selected as the Cardinals' Honorary Bat Girl for the team's Mother's Day game, was so consumed by the sights and sounds around her on Sunday that she never noticed who was sneaking up from behind.

Kolten Wong stepped away from his pregame work for a few minutes to surprise Darting in the Cardinals' dugout before the team's series finale with the Cubs. There, Wong presented her with a pink bat, posed for some photos and briefly shared his own cancer story. Wong's mother, Keala, passed away in December 2013 after her lengthy battle with cancer.

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Waino, Molina keep Cubbies quiet, in funk

Waino, Molina keep Cubbies quiet, in funk

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals turned a marquee May matchup against the reigning World Series champs into a statement series at Busch Stadium. For those who may have assumed the Cubs would coast to another division title this season, the Cardinals asserted their intentions to stick around as contenders. With a 5-0 win over Chicago on Sunday, St. Louis claimed the series victory and retained its spot atop the National League Central.

The Cubs, who fell below .500 with their seventh loss in nine games, sit 3 1/2 games back.

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Cards' plan to put pressure on Lester pays off

Cards' plan to put pressure on Lester pays off

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' game plan against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester on Saturday was obvious, intentional and perhaps summed up best after the team's 5-3 win by one of the key initiators, Tommy Pham.

"Run," Pham confirmed. "That was our approach. Get a big lead and run."

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Martinez leads charge, beats Lester, Cubs

Martinez leads charge, beats Lester, Cubs

ST. LOUIS -- Ignited by another electric outing from Carlos Martinez and intentional aggressiveness on the basepaths, the Cardinals, in front of the largest crowd (47,882) in Busch Stadium III history, knocked the Cubs back to .500 with a 5-3 win on Saturday.

Martinez was a dual threat once again, tallying both his second consecutive multi-hit game and quality start. The ending was abrupt -- Cubs No. 2 prospect Ian Happ highlighted his Major League debut by taking Martinez deep for a two-run homer in the seventh -- but the afternoon was otherwise filled with highlights by Martinez. He struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings, limited Chicago to five hits and drove in the Cardinals' first run to win a rematch of his Opening Night start against Jon Lester.

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Slide interference call sparks plenty of debate

Cubs' Happ goes past base, resulting in inning-ending, double-play call for Cards

Slide interference call sparks plenty of debate

ST. LOUIS -- When Ian Happ was called out for interference after a slide at second base in the fifth inning on Saturday, it was a game-changing play in the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the Cardinals, and a rule that manager Joe Maddon doesn't feel has any place in baseball.

Trailing 3-1, the Cubs had runners at first and third with one out. Anthony Rizzo hit a comebacker to Carlos Martinez, who threw to shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who was covering at second, to get Happ. Happ, making his Major League debut, slid under Diaz and past second base and was called out for interference.

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Cecil confident he can regain form vs. lefties

Working on mechanical issue, southpaw reliever has rebounded from slow starts in the past

Cecil confident he can regain form vs. lefties

ST. LOUIS -- Though Cardinals left-handed reliever Brett Cecil has identified a mechanical issue that could explain his early-season struggles, he acknowledged that his first impression with his new team has thus far been "embarrassing."

Cecil, who served up a homer to Tommy La Stella that proved to be the game-winner in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs, has allowed a run in four consecutive appearances for the first time as a reliever. And he's having particular trouble against left-handed hitters, who are batting a combined .464/.500/.929 with a 1.429 OPS against the 30-year-old lefty reliever.

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Weaver finally allows run for Memphis

Weaver finally allows run for Memphis

Johan Mieses' season couldn't have started much worse. The Dodgers' No. 26 prospect hit .100 in April and went from April 28 through May 8, a span of nine games and 25 at-bats, without a hit, dropping his average all the way to .068.

But then Mieses, who belted a career-high 28 homers to lead the Cal League in 2016, found his power stroke.

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