Tuivailala optioned as Cards recall Socolovich

Tuivailala optioned as Cards recall Socolovich

The Cardinals optioned right-hander Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis on Friday, following Thursday's 10-6 loss to the Mets, in which he gave up two earned runs. The move cleared a roster spot for right-hander Miguel Socolovich.

This is Socolovich's second stint with the big league club. He gave up one run and struck out five over 3 2/3 innings in two outings last month. With Memphis, he is 2-6 with a 3.14 ERA and five saves in 51 1/3 innings over 45 outings. His 13 holds rank third among Pacific Coast League relievers.

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Moss belts 2 of Cards' 4 HRs in loss to Mets

Moss belts 2 of Cards' 4 HRs in loss to Mets

ST. LOUIS -- A stay in St. Louis did the Mets well, as they left town following Thursday night's 10-6 victory in better National League Wild Card position than when they arrived. Capping an evening in which Seth Lugo secured his first Major League win and the offense piled on by taking advantage of a shoddy Cardinals defense, the Mets won the series and moved to within 3 1/2 games of St. Louis in the Wild Card standings.

"This was a tough series," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They've got a good team. We came into the series knowing we had to pick up some ground, and we picked up a game. That means a lot."

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Waino's start boils over with tough 5th inning

Right-hander can't get an out at 3rd base before giving up big homer

Waino's start boils over with tough 5th inning

ST. LOUIS -- In need of a pick-me-up night amid another trying stretch in his season, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright got little of it from his defense and was unable to generate much himself in what unraveled into a 10-6 loss to the Mets on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

For the third time in five outings, Wainwright exited before the sixth, this time after having surrendered seven runs (two earned) in a start for the fourth time this season. What he described two weeks ago as the worst season of his career has only become more maddening. In five August starts, Wainwright has allowed more runs (25) than in any other month of his career.

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After review, Waino loses glove, Yo gets base

De Aza later hits 3-run homer in 5th as Mets win rubber game

After review, Waino loses glove, Yo gets base

ST. LOUIS -- With one out in the fifth inning on Thursday night, Mets first baseman James Loney popped a ball into short left field that landed just out of the reach of Greg Garcia. The ensuing play at third led to a replay review that opened the floodgates to a four-run inning that propelled the Mets to a 10-6 win over the Cardinals in the rubber game.

Yoenis Cespedes, on first base, saw the ball drop and headed to third while Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright ran over to cover the base, which was vacated by Jhonny Peralta as he also tried to make the catch.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This MiLB game was delayed by a goat

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This MiLB game was delayed by a goat

Have you ever read those strange baseball stories from the game's early days -- with players wearing straw hats and players showing up to play in fake beards and costumes-- and wished they still existed? Don't worry, they do! They're happening all the time if you just look in the right places. 

On Thursday night, that right place was in State College, Pa., when the Batavia Muckdogs (the Class A affiliate for the Marlins), took on the State College Spikes (an affiliate for the Cardinals). Because a goat managed to sneak its way onto the field following the same entrance that the team's mascot, the Nookie Monster, uses.

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Weaver eyes 1st win as Cardinals host A's

Weaver eyes 1st win as Cardinals host A's

Cardinals rookie Luke Weaver makes his third career start on Friday, taking another shot at registering his first Major League win when the A's visit Busch Stadium.

Weaver, a first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA after posting impressive Minor League numbers between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis this season. He lost to the Phillies on Saturday, giving up three runs on nine hits over five innings. He struck out six batters, but he needed 96 pitches.

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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pipeline Preview: Mayers takes the ball for Memphis

Pipeline Preview: Mayers takes the ball for Memphis

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Friday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Daniel Palka (Twins' No. 20), Rochester at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals set for HOF ceremony on Saturday

Carpener, Torre headline the inductees for the Class of 2016

Cardinals set for HOF ceremony on Saturday

ST. LOUIS -- There will be connections to eight of the franchise's 11 World Series championships when the Cardinals induct four new members into their Hall of Fame on Saturday.

That 2016 class, which was voted on earlier this year, includes former National League Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter, former MVP Joe Torre, four-time All-Star Terry Moore and Sam Breadon, who oversaw the organization win nine NL pennants during his run as president and majority owner.

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Cards may have short September callup list

Kiekhefer, Socolovich expected to be promoted for bullpen depth

Cards may have short September callup list

ST. LOUIS -- The calendar will soon flip to September, giving teams the freedom to expand their rosters for the final weeks of the regular season.

The Cardinals' class of September callups, however, likely won't be large. Players who may have been considered callup candidates -- like Sam Tuivailala, Alex Reyes and Luke Weaver -- have already arrived as injury reinforcements. In fact, most of the additions next month will be players coming off the disabled list.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez, homers carry Cards past deGrom, Mets

Martinez, homers carry Cards past deGrom, Mets

ST. LOUIS -- Grasping for ways to correct their poor and puzzling home record, the Cardinals leaned on two of their most reliable sources on Wednesday. With punches of power from the offense and another dazzling performance from budding ace Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals coasted to an 8-1 victory to even their three-game series with the Mets.

The win allowed the Cardinals, now 29-34 at Busch Stadium, to maintain their 1 1/2-game lead over the Marlins for the second National League Wild Card spot. It also created a bit of separation from the Mets. New York stands 4 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in that race.

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Grichuk freed up as part of everyday lineup

Grichuk freed up as part of everyday lineup

ST. LOUIS -- Stephen Piscotty sensed the turning point arriving in Houston, when he watched teammate Randal Grichuk declutter. All that noise that had been in Grichuk's head -- doubt about whether he belonged, frustration around broken mechanics, and anxiousness about whether his results one day would be enough to earn him a start on the next one -- had faded.

The momentum Grichuk built on that road trip has only gathered upon returning to St. Louis. He contributed another two extra-base hits -- including his second home run of the series -- on Wednesday to help propel the Cardinals to an 8-1 victory over the Mets.

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Carpenter's return to leadoff spot pays off

Carpenter's return to leadoff spot pays off

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter batted third in over half of his 15 games since his return from the disabled list as the Cardinals tried to find more production in the middle of the lineup with Matt Holliday on the DL.

While a recent stint on the DL makes it difficult to discern where his recent offensive struggles are coming from, a home run to lead off the game Wednesday in an 8-1 win over the Mets showed that Carpenter is in a better position to figure out his woes from the top spot in the order.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wacha optimistic new plan will mean '16 return

Wacha optimistic new plan will mean '16 return

ST. LOUIS -- While he awaits clearance to begin a throwing program, Michael Wacha has been seeking advice and soliciting suggestions for how best to address a right shoulder stress reaction that has now landed him on the disabled list twice in the past three seasons.

Among those he's reached out to is Brandon McCarthy, the only other established Major League pitcher known to have dealt with this specific injury. Wacha, who first talked to McCarthy in 2014, reconnected with him again this month.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards rookie Reyes soaking up big league experience

Cards rookie Reyes soaking up big league experience

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals reliever Alex Reyes has lived up to every expectation set for him so far in the Major Leagues. The 21-year-old has responded and executed his pitches in each situation that has been put before him since he was called up.

The right-hander opened his big league career with five scoreless appearances, totaling 9 1/3 innings and 13 strikeouts. Those early numbers would make it easy for any player to be overconfident. Not Reyes, who clearly still knows his place as a rookie.

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Community field named after Wainwright

Community field named after Wainwright

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright fondly recalled his childhood in Brunswick, Ga., where he and his teammates took part in an opening day parade before their Little League season began. After each game, he would race to get a snow cone.

Now children will play on a field that bears his name at Bob Russell Park in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., a community located in north St. Louis County. The field was dedicated in a ceremony Wednesday morning. Wainwright's field is the 22nd dedicated by Cardinals Care since it began in 1997, and it was the first dedication since Tony La Russa Field in May 2015.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Denton among top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Denton among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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Garcia struggles as Cards let Mets gain ground

Garcia struggles as Cards let Mets gain ground

ST. LOUIS -- Though starter Jonathon Niese lasted only 21 pitches before an achy left knee forced him to the clubhouse, the Mets, behind a pair of early home runs and an exhaustive effort from the bullpen, nabbed a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. The win cut into the Cardinals' advantage over New York for the second National League Wild Card spot, too. The Mets' deficit in that race now sits at 3 1/2 games.

"They know they're playing for something," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Each and every night, we've got to grind it out."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Adams closest of injured Cards to returning

Adams closest of injured Cards to returning

ST. LOUIS -- Eleven players still crowd the Cardinals' disabled list, though there are signs of progress that leave the club optimistic of several late returns.

Here is a rundown of injury updates offered by general manager John Mozeliak ahead of the Cardinals' six-game homestand:

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Lynn pitching in Majors this year unlikely

Cardinals right-hander working way back from offseason elbow surgery

Lynn pitching in Majors this year unlikely

ST. LOUIS -- Though he'll be throwing about 50 pitches in a rehab assignment start with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn, who is little more than nine months removed from Tommy John surgery, characterized his chances of a late-season return as "very slim."

"I won't be able to do anything really that's going to help benefit the team," Lynn said. "We're treating it as rehab and kind of like a mini Spring Training so that when I go into Spring Training next year, I will be ready. There are always maybes if everything goes well, but the plan is to get through the rehab and get ready to go for next year."

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garcia undone by mechanical issues

Cards lefty allows six runs over four innings during loss to Mets

Garcia undone by mechanical issues

ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia's mechanics betrayed him a few too many times on Tuesday, leading to a home result that looked quite different than what the Cardinals have become accustomed to seeing from their lone lefty starter.

Garcia never could settle in against the Mets, who took advantage of favorable counts and elevated pitches to race out to a quick lead en route to a 7-4 victory. They snapped Garcia's three-game winning streak in the process and snuck closer in a Wild Card race that now has three teams bunched within 3 1/2 games of the Cardinals.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2006 club reminisces at Cards Speaker Series

2006 club reminisces at Cards Speaker Series

ST. LOUIS -- It might happen on a stage, but the Cardinals Speaker Series at Busch Stadium feels more like a conversation with close friends over dinner than a moderated talk.

David Eckstein, Randy Flores and Jim Edmonds were the latest former Cardinals to join FOX Sports Midwest broadcaster Dan McLaughlin in the Redbird Club Monday night.

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Leake blanks Phils with control, versatility

Starter fans eight in seven strong innings, hits 2-run single

Leake blanks Phils with control, versatility

PHILADELPHIA -- Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake hit a two-run single to break open a game against the Phillies on Sunday. He called what he did with the bat something that is "sometimes my job."

What he did with his arm is the kind of work he would like to do every time he takes the mound.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Special presentation of 'We Are Baseball' transports viewers on Hall of Fame tour

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Nestled in the five-trailer platform that comprises the "We Are Baseball" traveling Hall of Fame tour is a mobile theater that shows an 11-minute IMAX movie, spotlighting the best of what the game provides today, and offering glimpses of where it is headed in the future.

Baseball, steeped deeply in tradition, will always connect generations and harken back to its past. But Major League Baseball has taken a deliberate and giant step forward, shifting its focus to a younger generation of fans stimulated more by what is in front of them than by what has already happened.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards crank 4 HRs in Leake's scoreless start

Cards crank 4 HRs in Leake's scoreless start

PHILADELPHIA -- The homer-happy Cardinals belted four balls out of Citizens Bank Park on Sunday and ended their road trip with an offensive outburst in a 9-0 win over the Phillies.

Brandon Moss, Stephen Piscotty, Jedd Gyorko and Jeremy Hazelbaker all went deep for St. Louis, and the team has now homered in 11 straight games -- 10 of which have been multi-homer contests. Moss and Piscotty hit leadoff homers in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, while Gyorko and Hazelbaker each hit two-run shots in a four-run eighth. Mike Leake pitched seven shutout innings for the Cardinals in the rubber match of the series.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cardinals on Sunday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Hazelbaker homers, but Weaver takes 1st loss

Hazelbaker homers, but Weaver takes 1st loss

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cardinals needed two home runs Saturday against the Phillies to set a Major League record. But it was the Phillies who used a pair of solo shots to prevail in their 4-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

Cesar Hernandez roped his first career leadoff home run into the right-field seats, and Aaron Altherr added another in the sixth.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Saturday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Matheny: Weaver trying too hard to be perfect

Young starter takes first loss after elevating pitch count in early frames

Matheny: Weaver trying too hard to be perfect

PHILADELPHIA -- Luke Weaver gets nerves before every game. But the special jitters he had before his first Major League start a week ago have subsided.

What hasn't subsided, manager Mike Matheny speculated after the Cardinals' 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Saturday, is the high regard in which Weaver holds Major League hitters. Not to be mistaken, facing big league hitters is much different than facing Minor Leaguers -- but it can force a young pitcher into trying to be too perfect.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards top Phils in 11 on Grichuk's clutch 2B

Cards top Phils in 11 on Grichuk's clutch 2B

PHILADELPHIA -- Randal Grichuk does not want to get sent back to the Minors -- and he's playing like it.

Jhonny Peralta led off the 11th inning by hammering a double into left. An out later, Grichuk followed with a two-bagger of his own, driving home Peralta and giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead that St. Louis top prospect -- per MLBPipeline.com -- Alex Reyes closed out in the bottom half of the inning on Friday at Citizens Bank Park, earning his first career save. The win was the Cardinals' fifth in a row and gave them a two-game lead over Pittsburgh for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Friday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Cards' 9th straight multi-HR game ties MLB record

Grichuk, Gyorko slug dingers in win vs. Phils to equal mark set four other times

Cards' 9th straight multi-HR game ties MLB record

PHILADELPHIA -- Jedd Gyorko's game-tying blast off Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth inning was the Cardinals' second homer of the game. Notable? Absolutely. But even more so when it marks the club's ninth straight multi-homer game.

St. Louis became the fifth team to go yard at least twice in a Major League-record nine consecutive games when Gyorko followed Randal Grichuk's second-inning solo shot in the Cardinals' 4-3, 11-inning win Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.