Cleveland acquires Kaminsky, ranked 10th among LHP prospects
By Jenifer Langosch
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' search for offensive help took them to Cleveland, where they have made a deal with the Indians that will bring over Brandon Moss in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky. The trade was announced Thursday morning.
A year after an All-Star season, Moss has not put up the sort of offensive numbers the Indians hoped for when acquiring him from the A's in December. He has hit .217/.288/.407 through 94 games, though his 15 home runs will immediately make him the Cardinals' team leader. He has driven in 48, one fewer than St. Louis team-leader Jhonny Peralta.
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, immediately after the current deal expires.
With television rights deals skyrocketing in other markets, the Cardinals had been seeking to make theirs more lucrative so they could enjoy an influx of extra profits to use toward payroll increases or other organizational endeavors.
ST. LOUIS -- With less than two days remaining until baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cardinals' interest in adding to the offense took on added urgency with the now uncertain status of Matt Holliday's season.
Holliday hobbled off the field and then collapsed on the floor of the Cardinals' dugout Wednesday during the club's 1-0 loss to the Reds after reinjuring his right quad while trying to beat out a first-inning double play. The Cardinals rushed Holliday to have an MRI later in the evening so the club could get quick word on the severity of the injury.
The Cardinals' Carlos Martinez will look to continue his ascension into the upper level of National League pitchers when he faces the Rockies on Thursday night at Busch Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
In his last start, Martinez threw eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts, six hits and one walk as the Cards beat former teammate Shelby Miller and the Braves, 1-0. Over his last six appearances, Martinez has a 1.38 ERA with 36 strikeouts.
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.
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.
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.
ST. LOUIS -- Three days before baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cardinals watched another quality start go to waste because of an absence of offense to support it.
Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Reds served as another reminder as to why the organization continues to peruse the market for a potential lineup jolt. It was the seventh time the Cards have been shut out during a season in which they've actually scored three or fewer runs in half of the 100 games already played.
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).
ST. LOUIS -- After a stop in St. Louis on Monday to be evaluated by the Cardinals' medical staff, rehabbing right-hander Jordan Walden headed for Memphis, where he was to continue his rehab assignment with the Triple-A club.
Walden, who landed on the disabled list on April 30 with right biceps inflammation, threw two scoreless innings for Double-A Springfield before making the move to the higher affiliate. The Cardinals anticipate Walden returning to their bullpen within the next week.
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.
Cishek named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee
By Andrew Simon
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.
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.
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.
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.
ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina left Monday night's 4-1 Cardinals win over the Reds in the fifth inning with a queasy stomach, crediting a first-inning foul ball from the Reds' Todd Frazier that hit Molina squarely in his facemask as the culprit for his symptoms.
"Nothing about the heat," Molina said on a day when an excessive heat warning was in effect for eastern Missouri. "Just a foul ball. Sometimes when you're a catcher, those foul balls are going to get you, and this one was one of those."
ST. LOUIS -- Though Randal Grichuk was out of the Cardinals' lineup on Monday, the club does not anticipate the outfielder missing much time due to a right groin injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game.
Grichuk underwent an MRI scan on Monday to help determine the severity of the injury. Manager Mike Matheny said "everything came back good" from the exam, though Grichuk said another doctor was scheduled to read the MRI and confer with him later in the afternoon.
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.
ST. LOUIS -- Though Michael Wacha battled inefficiency and shaky fastball command early in his outing on Sunday, manager Mike Matheny, after the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Braves, downplayed the presence of any concerning trends in a month where Wacha has endured his first extended hiccup of the year.
With three runs allowed over six innings, Wacha has now given up 13 runs over his last three starts (17 innings). An escalating pitch count was of concern for Wacha early, as it took him 51 pitches to navigate the first two innings. By the time he did, the Braves had jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
By Jenifer Langosch and David Cobb
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ST. LOUIS -- A go-ahead home run by Adonis Garcia helped the Braves halt the Cardinals' five-game winning streak and avoid a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
Having lost an early two-run lead, the Braves got a jolt when Garcia connected for his first home run in his fourth career game. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (11-4) served up the blast in the final inning of his six-inning start.
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk left Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Braves after six innings due to a groin injury, the severity of which was not immediately known.
Manager Mike Matheny described the midgame move as "precautionary" and added that the injury was "probably one of those things you could have played through." In fact, Matheny wasn't even aware Grichuk was feeling any discomfort until after reliever Sam Tuivailala had entered the game to throw his warmup pitches prior to the top of the seventh.
ST. LOUIS -- In order to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for newly acquired reliever Steve Cishek and pave the way for Jaime Garcia's return to the rotation, the Cardinals optioned lefty Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday. The move came a day after Cooney earned his first Major League win.
Cooney, 24, had the best start of his young career in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Braves. He threw a career-high seven innings and allowed two runs while walking none and striking out five. He posted a 2.48 ERA in five starts this month while filling in for an injured Garcia.
By Jenifer Langosch and David Cobb
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ST. LOUIS -- With an eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Braves reliever Luis Avilan, rookie Stephen Piscotty interrupted a pitchers' duel between former teammates and lifted the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over Atlanta. The victory, which came in front of a Saturday night sellout of 45,862 at Busch Stadium, gave the Cards their sixth five-game winning streak of the season.
Returning to St. Louis for the first time since being traded away last November, Shelby Miller matched Carlos Martinez through seven scoreless innings. The Cardinals finally broke through in the eighth, which opened with a Yadier Molina single and a walk to Randal Grichuk. With one out, Piscotty delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to give the Cardinals their 11th final at-bat win of the year.
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals fielded many calls over the last few years from teams interested in their young pitching talent -- in particular Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez -- before ultimately deciding last November that they'd be willing to part with Miller in a trade that helped the club fill other holes.
Though his record with the Braves is not indicative of it, Miller has shined since his departure, and he reminded the Cardinals the talent they lost while dominating over most of his 7 1/3-inning start in St. Louis' 1-0 win over Atlanta on Saturday night. Martinez, all the while, had been equally as good, leaving the Cards no room for regret about their decision to hang onto him instead.
ST. LOUIS -- Through seven brisk and scoreless innings, manager Mike Matheny had little to do but watch a pair of rising right-handers -- both of whom were groomed in the Cardinals' farm system -- trade efficient innings.
Matheny got busy in the eighth, however, and over the final inning, a series of decisions navigated the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over the Braves that rolled their winning streak to five.
ST. LOUIS -- Reliever Steve Cishek was unaware that his name had been circulating in the trade rumor mill until Thursday, when Miami manager Dan Jennings pulled him aside before the Marlins' game in San Diego.
Jennings, the team's general manager until a May move into the dugout, was candid with Cishek, telling the right-hander that his name had come up in trade discussions with a handful of teams. Cishek was told the Cardinals were among the most interested clubs.
ST. LOUIS -- It's unlikely that Randal Grichuk will end up receiving strong consideration for the National League Rookie of the Year Award, not in a season when the likes of Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson have ascended to the Majors. An absence of national consideration, however, should not overshadow the local punch he's providing.
Grichuk blasted another homer -- his 11th of the season, and second in as many nights -- and showcased several other facets of his dynamic game in leading the Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.