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.
ST. LOUIS -- Due to continued discomfort around his left wrist, Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with what the club defined as a left wrist stress reaction and bone bruise.
Jay was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Wednesday and did not take batting practice before the game. He was to meet with the training staff later in the night to discuss the next step.
Cards agree to deal with Seijas, No. 11 on int'l prospects list
By Jenifer Langosch and Jesse Sanchez
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).
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.
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.
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).
ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia won't pitch in the team's upcoming series against the Padres, but the Cardinals remain optimistic that a left groin strain that has bugged the lefty for the last week won't necessitate a move to the disabled list.
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.
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.
ST. LOUIS -- The White Sox capped a history-making night by starter Chris Sale with an 11-inning, 2-1 win to open a two-game set against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. Tyler Flowers' two-out solo homer off reliever Miguel Socolovich in the deciding frame snapped a string of seven scoreless innings by the White Sox offense and put an end to St. Louis' six-game winning streak.
ST. LOUIS -- There was no glamour for Lance Lynn on Tuesday night, no making history like his counterpart did, just another workmanlike outing from a guy whose walkout song proclaims that he belongs to the "blue collar crowd."
ST. LOUIS -- Five days after first feeling stiffness near his right elbow and forearm, Matt Belisle was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in a move that the Cardinals hope will give the right-handed reliever the necessary time to heal from the injury. Reliever Marcus Hatley had his contract purchased from Triple-A to fill the bullpen vacancy.
Cardinals' third-round pick hits two home runs in his first game with State College
By Alex M. Smith
Less than a week after being named to the 2015 College World Series All-Tournament team, Harrison Bader is transitioning well to the pro game.
St. Louis' third-round pick was fantastic in his debut with Rookie League State College on Tuesday night, clubbing two homers as part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI performance. Alas, the Spikes couldn't muster additional offensive production in a 5-3 loss to Staten Island.
Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Waino eyes comeback before season's end
After tearing left Achilles tendon in April, Cards' ace pushes limits of return timetable
By David Cobb
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright sat at his Busch Stadium locker in full uniform on Friday before the Cardinals opened a series against the Cubs. He had some photo obligations that required him to wear a pair of white baseball pants, which clung tightly to the walking boot on his left foot.
ST. LOUIS -- With less than four days remaining for fans to vote for All-Star Game starters, third baseman Matt Carpenter and shortstop Jhonny Peralta sit atop the voting leaderboard at their respective positions, while several of their teammates make a last-minute push to join them for the July 14 All-Star Game in Cincinnati via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
David Cobb is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
La Russa: Cards 'not tarnished' by allegations
Former manager has confidence in organization as FBI investigates unauthorized access claims
By David Cobb
ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa issued a vote of confidence regarding the integrity of the Cardinals organization on Monday as the club awaits the conclusion of an FBI investigation into allegations that front-office officials gained unauthorized access into the Houston Astros' internal computer network.
Speaking to media at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Tournament, hosted by Matt Holliday, the former St. Louis manager and current Arizona chief baseball officer said "the organization is not tarnished at all."
ST. LOUIS -- After weathering two hours and 29 minutes' worth of rain delays, the Cardinals ran their winning streak to six by finishing off a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 4-1 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday night. The Cubs, who fell 11 1/2 games behind the National League Central leaders, have dropped five straight.
ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez got a groundout from Addison Russell to end the second inning, and then nearly two hours passed before he threw another pitch in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday night, bringing about a test for the St. Louis righty.
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals are a week away from learning which of their players will be selected for participation in the July 14 All-Star Game. And the club, which boasted a Major League-most 50 wins entering play Sunday night at home vs. the Cubs, is not short on candidates.
ST. LOUIS -- Though Matt Holliday is still uncertain whether his return from a quad injury will happen before or after the All-Star break, he did confirm on Sunday that if elected to the All-Star Game, he would participate at least in the peripheral activities next month in Cincinnati.
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and Cubs are rivals on the field, but at Sunday morning's St. Louis Cornhole Challenge, they were teammates in the fight against cancer thanks to the efforts of former Cardinal and current Cubs reliever Jason Motte and his wife, Caitlin.
Before reporting to Busch Stadium for the series finale, several players from both teams and a throng of fans comprising 158 cornhole teams packed Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University to raise money for the Jason Motte Foundation and the league-wide effort to "strike out cancer."
ST. LOUIS -- With their 8-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday, the Cardinals not only became the Majors' first 50-win team this season, they became the first club in a decade to reach that benchmark in its first 74 games.
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals extended their winning streak to five and became the first team since the 2005 World Series champion White Sox to win 50 of its first 74 games by rolling over the Cubs, 8-1, in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium on Saturday night. St. Louis became just the 18th team in the past 50 years to win 50 of its first 74.