Grichuk not slowed by facing Sox ace Sale

Grichuk not slowed by facing Sox ace Sale

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.

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Cards come up short in 11-inning loss to Sox

Cards come up short in 11-inning loss to Sox

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.

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Lynn hangs tough with Sale on 'bad night'

Lynn hangs tough with Sale on 'bad night'

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."

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Belisle lands on DL; Cards call up Hatley

Belisle lands on DL; Cards call up Hatley

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.

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Hatley excited for first big league callup

Hatley excited for first big league callup

ST. LOUIS -- After spending parts of nine seasons in the Minors, right-hander Marcus Hatley received his first big league summons on Tuesday.

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Lackey matches up with Quintana as two-game set concludes

Lackey matches up with Quintana as two-game set concludes

A pair of hurlers with recent runs of quality starts face off at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night as the Major League-best Cardinals play their final Interleague home game of the season against the American League-worst White Sox.

John Lackey takes the hill for St. Louis after going seven innings or more in his last three outings. The veteran righty has held opponents to three runs or fewer in 12 of his 15 starts this year, and his 3.35 ERA would be the second-lowest of his 13-year career if he maintains it through the season's end.

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Smashing debut: Bader's power impresses

Cardinals' third-round pick hits two home runs in his first game with State College

Smashing debut: Bader's power impresses

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.

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Waino eyes comeback before season's end

After tearing left Achilles tendon in April, Cards' ace pushes limits of return timetable

Waino eyes comeback before season's end

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.

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Carpenter, Peralta lead All-Star Game voting

Fans have until 10:59 p.m. CT on Thursday to vote

Carpenter, Peralta lead All-Star Game voting

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.

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Cards reach deals with 2nd-, 3rd-round picks

10th-rounder Brown only St. Louis draftee not to sign yet among first 12 picks

Cards reach deals with 2nd-, 3rd-round picks

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals announced the signings of two more top Draft picks on Monday, with second-rounder Bryce Denton and third-rounder Harrison Bader joining the organization.

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Cards doubling their pleasure more often

Cards doubling their pleasure more often

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals tallied only eight hits in Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, but they maximized the output by turning most of them into two-baggers.

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Holliday hosts golf tourney for Pujols' foundation

Holliday hosts golf tourney for Pujols' foundation

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday doesn't want anything to do with playing golf at this point in his life.

"I just don't have time for it," the Cardinals' left fielder said. "I have four kids and enough frustration trying to hit a baseball."

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La Russa: Cards 'not tarnished' by allegations

Former manager has confidence in organization as FBI investigates unauthorized access claims

La Russa: Cards 'not tarnished' by allegations

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."

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Sweep me in St. Louis: Cards roll past Cubs

Sweep me in St. Louis: Cards roll past Cubs

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.

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Martinez doesn't allow delays to disrupt outing

Martinez doesn't allow delays to disrupt outing

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.

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Wacha, Wong among Cards' All-Star hopefuls

Wacha, Wong among Cards' All-Star hopefuls

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.

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Holliday says he'll attend ASG if elected

Holliday says he'll attend ASG if elected

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.

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Motte unites Cubs, Cards to help K cancer

Motte unites Cubs, Cards to help K cancer

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."

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Cards quickest to 50 wins in a decade

Just 17 other clubs in past five decades reached mark before losing 25th game

Cards quickest to 50 wins in a decade

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.

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Cards put on clinic vs. Cubs for 5th straight W

Cards put on clinic vs. Cubs for 5th straight W

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.

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Scruggs turning heads in latest stint with Cards

Beyond providing scouting report to teammates, first baseman collects three hits

Scruggs turning heads in latest stint with Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Xavier Scruggs had struggled against Donn Roach as a member of Triple-A Memphis this season, going 0-for-6 against the right-hander, who was called up to make his Cubs debut against the Cardinals in an 8-1 St. Louis victory at Busch Stadium on Saturday night.

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Shaky early, Wacha uses DPs to cruise late

Defense behind Cardinals right-hander helps tip scales away from Cubs

Shaky early, Wacha uses DPs to cruise late

ST. LOUIS -- A read of the final box score would suggest that Saturday's 8-1 Cardinals win over the Cubs featured few dramatics -- which was true by the end. However, the complexion of a game that eventually turned into the team's fifth straight win changed long before the Cardinals posted back-to-back four-run innings.

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Kolten Wong celebrates double with Nae Nae

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Kolten Wong celebrates double with Nae Nae

We've all been to plenty of weddings/awkward school social events in our time, so we know one thing is true. When a song gives you instructions on how to dance, you have to follow them. But on Saturday night, Kolten Wong taught us that you can interpret those instructions however you want.

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Groin cramping delays J. Garcia's next start

Lynn to start Tuesday; Cards hope lefty can face White Sox on Wednesday

Groin cramping delays J. Garcia's next start

ST. LOUIS -- Unable to throw his scheduled side session on Saturday due to continued cramping around his left groin, Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia will have his next start pushed back until at least Wednesday.

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Cards down rival Cubs on walk-off error

Cards down rival Cubs on walk-off error

ST. LOUIS -- Peter Bourjos beat an errant throw home from Cubs right fielder Mike Baxter, who had been pulled in as a fifth infielder, to lift the Cardinals to their sixth walk-off win of the season. The 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd on Friday night at Busch Stadium pushed the Cardinals' winning streak to four.

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Garcia sparks Cards with 1st MLB homer

Rookie's game-tying dinger sets up walk-off win

Garcia sparks Cards with 1st MLB homer

ST. LOUIS -- Greg Garcia felt pretty certain that by the time the Cardinals were celebrating a 3-2 win over the Cubs on Friday, his 94-year-old grandfather, Dave Garcia, Sr., had already cued up a replay of the game-tying home run Garcia hit two innings before the finish.

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Lackey keeps Cardinals in it vs. Cubs

Veteran efficient late after early tests, helps set up walk-off win

Lackey keeps Cardinals in it vs. Cubs

ST. LOUIS -- John Lackey had thrown 93 pitches in fewer than five innings of work in Friday night's eventual 3-2 win in extra innings. Three straight Cubs had singled against the St. Louis starter, and the last two had done so on full counts with two outs.

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