Carpenter homers, but Cardinals fall to Reds

Carpenter homers, but Cardinals fall to Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Reds jumped on Cardinals starter John Lackey for three first-inning runs on Tuesday and made that early advantage stand up in a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals to open up a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Lackey, who had limited Cincinnati to two hits over eight innings on Wednesday, was peppered for five in his opening frame. Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd and Eugenio Suarez each had run-scoring hits in the 30-pitch inning.

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Cardinals slow down Walden's rehab assignment

Cardinals slow down Walden's rehab assignment

CINCINNATI -- The Cardinals have paused Jordan Walden's rehab assignment so that the right-hander can focus on regaining the strength he lost since landing on the disabled list in late April with a right biceps injury.

General manager John Mozeliak said that the Cardinals "need to slow him down," but did not characterize this latest change to Walden's program as a setback, even though Walden had initially been projected to return in late July. Instead of sending Walden to the team's Jupiter, Fla., complex to continue his rehab -- an option that had been discussed -- Walden will remain in St. Louis to work with the medical staff there.

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Efficiency proving to be healthy for Siegrist

Efficiency proving to be healthy for Siegrist

ST. LOUIS -- With the recent acquisition of relievers Steve Cishek and Jonathan Broxton, the Cardinals bolstered their late-inning bullpen depth in a move designed to help the club's current late-inning staples, not replace them.

Through Sunday, Cards relievers Kevin Siegrist and Seth Maness are first and second in the Majors with 54 and 53 appearances, respectively. And for Siegrist, whose 2015 resurgence has been largely dependent on his ability to remain healthy, the arrival of reinforcements should alleviate concerns of overuse.

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Martinez looks to get back on track vs. Reds

Martinez looks to get back on track vs. Reds

Right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez will look to bounce back from a rough start last time out in the second tilt of a three-game series between the Reds and Cardinals.

Martinez (11-4, 2.61 ERA) has been one of the Cardinals' top pitchers this season, but he struggled last time out against the Rockies on Thursday. Martinez was roughed up for five runs on 10 hits in five innings. The poor outing broke up a string of five consecutive starts with one earned run or fewer allowed by Martinez.

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Central in the Cards, but Bucs, Cubs won't fold

Central in the Cards, but Bucs, Cubs won't fold

The Cardinals are as efficient as a Swiss watch. They lost their ace in April but never missed a beat. Adam Wainwright had helped the Cards get off to a 12-4 start, and they have kept ticking on a pace to win 100-plus games as well as stay in range to chase the franchise record of 106 wins.

The Cardinals needed to set such a high standard. The Pirates have been almost as strong as they attempt to go to the postseason for a third consecutive year, this time as division champ. They were 18-22 on May 20 before reeling off a 21-5 stretch to drop the surprising Cubs into third place. No team has been more interesting than the one managed by Joe Maddon, which is contending for a Wild Card spot with four rookies, including All-Star Kris Bryant, in the lineup.

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Moss keeps it simple in delivering walk-off hit

New acquisition's pinch-hit single lifts Cards over Rockies on Sunday

Moss keeps it simple in delivering walk-off hit

ST. LOUIS -- When Brandon Moss came to the plate as a pinch-hitter with one out in the ninth and runners on first and third in a tie game, he knew it would be difficult to lift a ball to the outfield for a sacrifice fly against Rockies reliever Scott Oberg.

After seeing three fastballs from the hard-throwing righty, the left-handed-hitting Moss also decided that pulling the ball would be a challenge, so he took advantage of one of the few remaining options.

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Garcia tough on himself despite solid outing

Left-hander allows two hits over five-plus innings Sunday vs. Rockies

Garcia tough on himself despite solid outing

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny left Sunday's 3-2 win over the Rockies impressed with starter Jaime Garcia, who allowed just two hits in five-plus innings.

Garcia was anything but impressed with himself.

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Moss' pinch-hit, walk-of single lifts Cards

Moss' pinch-hit, walk-of single lifts Cards

ST. LOUIS -- New acquisition Brandon Moss delivered his first big hit with the Cardinals -- an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to deliver a 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Busch Stadium before 44,743.

Jason Heyward doubled to right with one out against Scott Oberg (2-2), and Randal Grichuk barely beat Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes' throw to first base to put runners at first and third. Moss' hit made a winner of reliever of Trevor Rosenthal (2-2), who struck out Drew Stubbs after Carlos Gonzalez doubled with two out in the top of the ninth. The Cards won three out of four in the series.

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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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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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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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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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