Cards can't dig out of early hole vs. Rockies

Cards can't dig out of early hole vs. Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- A Cardinals team that exploded to life with 28 hits and 15 runs in the first two games of the series struggled on Saturday against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who threw 6 2/3 innings and lifted the free-swinging Rockies to a 6-2 victory in front of 45,216 at Busch Stadium at Saturday night.

"We always feel good handing Jorge the ball, especially after a tough loss or when the bullpen is taxed," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss, who had to exhaust his bullpen when Kyle Kendrick suffered right shoulder inflammation and left after one inning of Friday night's 7-0 loss. "He almost always rises to the occasion."

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Grichuk gets redemption with HR-robbing leap

Center fielder takes homer away from Colorado's McKenry in Saturday's loss

Grichuk gets redemption with HR-robbing leap

ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuk pushed Wednesday's memory away. In the game of baseball, you can't dwell on the negative, he realized.

But in Saturday night's 6-2 loss to the Rockies at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals' center fielder got a nice piece of redemption for a play that he felt like he should have made in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Reds.

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Broxton looking to fit in with contending Cards

Club acquired right-hander from Milwaukee on Friday

Broxton looking to fit in with contending Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Jonathan Broxton made his Major League debut against the Cardinals on July 29, 2005. Now, a little more than 10 years later, the two-time All-Star reliever is getting a chance to pitch for them.

St. Louis acquired the 31-year-old right-hander from Milwaukee on Friday, hours before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and he made his first appearance in the clubhouse before Saturday's game against the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

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Command issues sink Lynn against Rockies

Right-hander allows four runs, fans five over five-plus innings Saturday

Command issues sink Lynn against Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn sailed through the heart of the Rockies' order in the fifth inning, appearing to find a rhythm, which prompted manager Mike Matheny to issue a vote of confidence in his starting pitcher.

When the dust settled on a 6-2 loss to the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Saturday night, Matheny was left wondering about how a different decision may have altered the outcome of the game.

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Garcia gets nod in series finale against Rockies

Garcia gets nod in series finale against Rockies

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has dealt with pain, having started the season late while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and spending 20 recent games on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

When healthy, Garcia (3-4, 2.00 ERA) has been hurt by low run support -- 17 runs in the eight games he has pitched.

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Refined mechanics help Wacha bounce back

Right-hander fans seven over seven shutout innings Friday vs. Rockies

Refined mechanics help Wacha bounce back

ST. LOUIS -- It can be easy to forget just how young Michael Wacha is, his manager, Mike Matheny, said after the 24-year-old right-hander picked up his career-high 12th win in the Cardinals' 7-0 victory over the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

Considering that Wacha debuted in the Majors in 2013, made the All-Star team this year and became the second 12-game winner in the National League on Friday, it's not hard to see why he bears the expectations of a proven veteran on his wiry 6-foot-6 frame.

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Piscotty rewards Matheny's faith in big sixth inning

Rookie delivers two-out, two-run double in Friday's win over Rockies

Piscotty rewards Matheny's faith in big sixth inning

ST. LOUIS -- Having already twice watched Stephen Piscotty end an inning by taking a called third strike with runners in scoring position, bench coach David Bell and manager Mike Matheny looked on as Piscotty headed to the plate with yet another run-scoring opportunity at his fingertips.

What they saw was a picture of poise, a rookie outfielder seemingly unfazed by his earlier inability to come through. Bell turned to Matheny with a bold assertion: "I have all the faith in the world that he's going to come through big on this next one."

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Wacha, Cards power past Rockies

Wacha, Cards power past Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- Behind blasts from Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta, as well as a bounceback start by Michael Wacha, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-0 win over the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Friday night. The win improved the Cardinals to 39-15 at home, while Colorado has dropped 18 of its last 23 road games.

Carpenter sparked the offense for a second straight night by leading off the first with his third home run in five at-bats. Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed another first-inning run before exiting the game with right shoulder inflammation.

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Broxton acquisition caps Cards' work at Deadline

St. Louis gets reliever from Brewers for Minor League outfielder Collymore

Broxton acquisition caps Cards' work at Deadline

ST. LOUIS -- In adding two veteran relievers to help an overworked back end of the bullpen and a left-handed power hitting outfielder/first baseman, general manager John Mozeliak swung three trades in the week leading up to Friday's Trade Deadline to address specific needs, even if none were necessarily the big splash that some yearned for.

That's not how Mozeliak has operated at this time of the year in recent seasons and was, in his eyes, unnecessary again for a team that enters Friday with a Major-League best 65-37 record.

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No timeframe for Holliday's return from quad injury

Club placed All-Star outfielder on DL Thursday

No timeframe for Holliday's return from quad injury

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday suspects that he'll be playing again "soon," but the Cardinals' veteran left fielder could not specify a timeframe for his return while speaking to the media on Friday, two days after injuring his right quad for the second time this year.

"It's one of those deals [where] you know when you know, and right now I don't have any idea," Holliday said.

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Socolovich optioned to Triple-A

Hatley designated for assignment to make room for Broxton

Socolovich optioned to Triple-A

ST. LOUIS -- The move to bring in veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton cost Miguel Socolovich his place in the Cardinals' bullpen and Marcus Hatley's his spot on the 40-man roster.

Hatley, who made two appearances for the Cardinals earlier this summer, was designated for assignment on Friday. Socolovich was optioned to Triple-A Memphis, as the Cardinals decided to stick with a seven-man bullpen for now.

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Garcia, Cards walk past Rockies in ninth

Garcia, Cards walk past Rockies in ninth

ST. LOUIS -- In a game that featured six lead changes, the Cardinals snagged the final one, stunning the Rockies with a three-run ninth to steal a 9-8 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday night. Greg Garcia, who had been called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, gave the Cardinals their seventh walk-off win of the year by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

The Rockies went ahead, 8-6, in the eighth by capitalizing on a pair of Kevin Siegrist throwing errors. That lead was handed over to slumping closer John Axford, who retired just one of the six batters he faced. Entering after Matt Carpenter's leadoff double, Axford walked Randal Grichuk and allowed a single to Kolten Wong before Jhonny Peralta laced a game-tying single. Three batters later, with the bases full, Garcia worked the count to 3-2 before laying off a pitch high and outside to end the game.

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Carpenter's return to top of lineup pays off

Infielder collects first career multi-HR game in win over Rockies

Carpenter's return to top of lineup pays off

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter could feel an outbreak coming, and his manager, Mike Matheny, had also seen signs that Carpenter might be returning to form.

All it took were some less-than-ideal circumstances to expedite the process in the Cardinals' 9-8 win over the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Thursday night.

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Martinez apologizes for flare-up with Rockies

Teams trade HBPs, young starter flashes gesture toward Colorado dugout

Martinez apologizes for flare-up with Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- Having channeled his energy and intensity quite well through the first months of the season, Carlos Martinez admitted he let his emotions get the best of him on Thursday night and apologized afterward for the way his five-inning outing ended.

Martinez didn't factor into the Cardinals' 9-8 victory over the Rockies, but his demeanor was a prominent topic in both clubhouses afterward. The two sides offered various explanations as to why things went awry, but there was mutual agreement that Martinez crossed a line when, after securing an inning-ending double play, he threw his glove to the ground and flashed an obscene gesture toward the Rockies' dugout.

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Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

Cleveland acquires Kaminsky, ranked 10th among LHP prospects

Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

ST. LOUIS -- On the heels of consecutive shutouts that underscored the club's need for an offensive jolt, general manager John Mozeliak swung a player swap with Cleveland early Thursday morning to bring Brandon Moss and his power potential to St. Louis.

The cost for Moss was heavy, as the Cardinals parted with 20-year-old Rob Kaminsky, who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 10th-best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. The lefty starter and 28th overall selection in the MLB Draft had a 2.15 ERA through his first 43 professional appearances. This year, Kaminsky posted a 2.09 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Palm Beach.

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Cardinals shuffle roster, Holliday placed on DL

Club optimistic All-Star outfielder will return before end of season

Cardinals shuffle roster, Holliday placed on DL

ST. LOUIS -- An MRI taken just hours after Matt Holliday hobbled off the field for the second time this summer showed that the left fielder suffered a Grade 2 quad strain while trying to beat out a double play in the first inning of Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Reds.

The Cardinals subsequently placed Holliday on the 15-day disabled list, though general manager John Mozeliak said he's "optimistic" that Holliday will return before the end of the season. He did not provide anything more specific regarding an expected timetable for return.

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Cardinals sign new 15-year TV rights deal

Cardinals sign new 15-year TV rights deal

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and FOX Sports Midwest announced a new 15-year television rights agreement on Thursday that, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, will net the Cardinals more than $1 billion. The agreement will begin in 2018, which is when the current deal expires.

With television rights deals exploding in other markets, the Cardinals had been seeking to make theirs more lucrative so they, too, could enjoy an influx of extra profits to use toward payroll increases or other organizational endeavors.

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Cards' bats lacking for Lackey in loss to Reds

Cards' bats lacking for Lackey in loss to Reds

ST. LOUIS -- With one Jay Bruce swing providing all the support starter Anthony DeSclafani needed, the Reds snapped a skid of nine consecutive losing series at Busch Stadium with a 1-0, series-clinching victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Bruce's home run to lead off the second against John Lackey would be one of just two hits the Reds tallied off the Cardinals' right-hander. It landed just out of the reach of leaping center fielder Randal Grichuk, who made his return to the field after sitting two days with a groin strain.

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Matheny: Lackey's start 'thing of beauty'

Matheny: Lackey's start 'thing of beauty'

ST. LOUIS -- At the end of what he surmised to be his best start of the season, in a game that ended with the Cardinals taking a 1-0 loss to the Reds, John Lackey had plenty left in the tank.

Had the 36-year-old right-hander been pitching in an American League ballpark with fences a few feet deeper, he may still be on the mound.

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Cards optimistic about Adams' return schedule

Cards optimistic about Adams' return schedule

ST. LOUIS -- Two months removed from sending Matt Adams to undergo surgery to repair a torn right quadriceps muscle, the Cardinals are bullish that the first baseman's recovery timetable won't be as long as initially expected.

Once the severity of Adams' injury was determined during May 29 surgery, the Cardinals announced that he would likely need four months to recover. That timetable jeopardized at least the rest of the regular season for Adams, who was the team's starting first baseman and usual cleanup hitter at the time he went down.

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Garcia bemoans Leake hit after loss to Reds

Garcia bemoans Leake hit after loss to Reds

ST. LOUIS -- One night after one swing proved to be all the Cardinals needed for a win, one swing doomed them to defeat and dampened an otherwise impressive return to the rotation for Jaime Garcia in the Cardinals' 4-0 loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

It wasn't the 91-mph fastball that Joey Votto hit an estimated 418 feet to put the Reds ahead, 3-0, in the sixth inning that left Garcia seething, though.

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Garcia outdueled by Leake as Cards fall

Garcia outdueled by Leake as Cards fall

ST. LOUIS -- Making what may have been his final start for the Reds, Mike Leake dazzled in front of a collection of scouts on hand for one more evaluation before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Backed by Joey Votto three-run blast, Leake threw eight scoreless innings to help the Reds even a series at Busch Stadium with a 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Amid rumors that he might be headed elsewhere before the end of the week, Leake continued a string of sensational starts. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning on Tuesday and gave up only four in all. Over his last four outings, Leake is 4-0 with an 0.60 ERA (two runs/30 innings).

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Tuivailala optioned to make room for Garcia

Tuivailala optioned to make room for Garcia

ST. LOUIS -- Needing to open up a roster spot for Tuesday night's starter, Jaime Garcia, the Cardinals optioned reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A before the club's game against the Reds.

Tuivailala was squeezed out of a roster spot not due to performance, but rather as a result of an innings logjam. With Steve Cishek joining the club over the weekend and Jordan Walden nearing his return, the Cardinals were running out of opportunities for Tuivailala. And with the 22-year-old still developing a new pitch and fine-tuning command of his others, the Cardinals prioritized placing him where he could pitch.

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Cishek named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Cishek named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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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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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 dominating 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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