Cardinals shut out behind shaky Garcia

Cardinals shut out behind shaky Garcia

MIAMI -- On a night the Marlins suffered a significant blow to their rotation, the offense stepped up with seven extra-base hits, including a two-run homer from Marcell Ozuna, in an 11-0 win over the Cardinals at Marlins Park on Saturday.

The Marlins were rolling along early, getting to Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia for four runs in the first inning, before concern struck in the fourth. Colin Rea, acquired from the Padres on Friday, exited in the fourth inning with a sore right elbow. David Phelps picked up the next 2 2/3 innings, and the Marlins coasted to a victory that pulled them even with the Cards for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro 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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No second-guessing, excuses for Garcia outing

Lefty allows six runs in 3 1/3 innings in first career start on three days' rest

No second-guessing, excuses for Garcia outing

MIAMI -- It was essentially a do-over for the Cardinals, a second chance to find a way to overcome the wrinkle a doubleheader added to their schedule. Differing decisions, however, led to the same outcome.

Six days after Mike Mayers bungled a spot-start opportunity in his Major League debut, the Cardinals watched another game get out of hand as Jaime Garcia struggled on short rest. He allowed a double on his first pitch and a homer on his 15th, putting the Cardinals in an instant four-run hole that the Marlins only deepened en route to an 11-0 rout at Marlins Park on Saturday.

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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.

Peralta joins Cards in Miami, shows off improved thumb

Peralta joins Cards in Miami, shows off improved thumb

MIAMI -- Infielder Jhonny Peralta rejoined the Cardinals on Saturday to pass some final tests before the club activates him from the 15-day disabled list. If all goes as planned, that transaction will be made on Tuesday, the first day Peralta is eligible to return from a ligament strain in his left thumb.

Peralta remained back in St. Louis when the club left for this 11-day, 10-game road trip on Sunday. Upon meeting the club in Miami, Peralta participated in infield drills and batting practice at Marlins Park to showcase the improved strength in his thumb.

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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.

As Deadline nears, Cardinals remain quiet -- for now

As Deadline nears, Cardinals remain quiet -- for now

MIAMI -- This has been an active date for dealing by the Cardinals, who, in each of the last three seasons, have completed a trade on July 30.

There was the Brandon Moss-for-Rob Kaminsky swap a year ago, and the acquisition of Justin Masterson for James Ramsey a season before that. In 2013, the Cardinals took Minor Leaguer Juan Herrera by sending out Marc Rzepczynski. Oddly, all three of those deals featured the Indians on the other end.

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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 set for rubber game with fellow contender

Martinez set for rubber game with fellow contender

After watching right-hander Colin Rea exit with an elbow injury on Saturday, Miami hopes to get a longer look at its other new starter on Sunday when Andrew Cashner makes his Marlins debut against the Cardinals.

Acquired from the Padres on Friday as part of a seven-player trade that also netted Rea, Cashner will get his third look at the Cards this year, and second since the All-Star break. He limited St. Louis to one run over 5 2/3 innings on July 21. Cashner's outing that night ended after he grazed Matt Holliday's nose with a pitch. Holliday exited the game as well, but did not miss any additional time.

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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.

Gomber among top prospect performers Saturday

Braves' first-rounder continues scoreless streak to begin career; Brewers' No. 1 hits three-run homer

Gomber among top prospect performers Saturday

The Braves have to be pleased with the early return on Ian Anderson.

Selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Anderson fired four more scoreless innings on Saturday for the Braves' Gulf Coast League affiliate, giving him 15 straight scoreless innings to begin his professional career. The Braves' No. 5 prospect allowed just two hits and established a new career best by striking out six hitters.

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

Fill-ins contributing in a big way while they can

Expected to lose playing time when starters come off DL, Hazelbaker, Pham, Wong driving Cards

Fill-ins contributing in a big way while they can

MIAMI -- A week from now, if the Cardinals do indeed clear the disabled list of Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta, there will be other roles fading and some altogether erased.

Among those expected to be affected are Jeremy Hazelbaker, Tommy Pham and Kolten Wong, a trio that looked entirely undeterred by the prospect of shrinking playing time as they keyed the Cardinals' 11-6 victory over the Marlins on Friday. All three reached base three times apiece, finishing a collective 6-for-11 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

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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.

Cards leapfrog Fish despite Ichiro throw

Cards leapfrog Fish despite Ichiro throw

MIAMI -- On a day in which they finalized a seven-player trade designed to boost their chances at ending a 12-year playoff drought, the Marlins watched the Cardinals elbow past them in the National League Wild Card race by battering starter Jose Urena. Buoyed by a six-run fifth that chased Urena from the game, the Cardinals captured their ninth win in 12 games on Friday with an 11-6 victory at Marlins Park.

The win positions the Cardinals one game ahead of the Marlins for the second NL Wild Card spot. The Dodgers entered the day with a two-game lead over both clubs for the first Wild Card berth.

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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.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Cards on verge of getting Moss, Peralta, Carp back

Cards on verge of getting Moss, Peralta, Carp back

MIAMI -- Regardless what the Cardinals may do leading up to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the organization is pretty certain it will make three key additions within the next week.

Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta are projected to come off the 15-day disabled list ahead of Tuesday's series opener in Cincinnati, general manager John Mozeliak said on Friday. And if all goes well with Matt Carpenter's rehab assignment, he'll likely rejoin the team three days later when it returns to St. Louis.

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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.

Cut4: Wong flashes range, avoids tumbling into stands, fan

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Cut4: Wong flashes range, avoids tumbling into stands, fan

The architectural nuances of any big league ballpark can lead to some adventures when players set out in pursuit of a foul ball. Some stadiums have miniscule foul territories, while others have cavernous expanses of real estate to cover. Some are set up in ways that make full-sprint tumbles over the wall a real possibility, too.  

Marlins Park doesn't really have a ton of extra space, but Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong needed every inch of it to make a sterling defensive play in Friday night's 11-6 win over the Marlins. Ranging far to his left and eclipsing the pace of first baseman Matt Adams, Wong arrived at the divider at the same time the ball came down. But his work wasn't done yet: Wong then had to brace himself for a collision with the wall and a nearby Marlins fan in an Ichiro Suzuki jersey.

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Cards get to Jose early, hang on to top Miami

Cards get to Jose early, hang on to top Miami

MIAMI -- Home runs by Aledmys Diaz and Matt Holliday led to a quick exit for Jose Fernandez. The Marlins rallied late behind Martin Prado's two-run shot. But in crunch time, reliever Kevin Siegrist got Christian Yelich to tap into a double play in the eighth that helped the Cardinals hold off Miami, 5-4, on Thursday at Marlins Park.

With the win, the Cardinals pulled even with the Marlins for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Michael Wacha limited Miami to three runs on four hits in six innings.
 

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro 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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Diaz bests childhood buddy Fernandez

Cards' shortstop hits homer, RBI double in first professional meeting with friend from Cuba

Diaz bests childhood buddy Fernandez

MIAMI -- Though their lives long ago intersected and their careers, in many ways, will forever be intertwined, Aledmys Diaz and Jose Fernandez, with the exception of those impromptu street ball games many years ago, had never before gone toe to toe.

That chance came Thursday, when Fernandez drew his first season start against a Cardinals club that Diaz joined in April. The elder but less-experienced Diaz went on to shine in this matchup, tagging Fernandez for a two-run homer and RBI double that keyed the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

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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.

Reyes remains atop Cards' Top 30 Prospects list

Right-hander climbs to No. 9 among Top 100

Reyes remains atop Cards' Top 30 Prospects list

MIAMI -- MLBPipeline.com unveiled the Cardinals' midseason prospect list on Thursday, and it features a familiar face in the top spot.

Right-hander Alex Reyes, 21, maintains his position as the club's top prospect despite so-so results (2-2, 5.07 ERA) in Triple-A this year. Reyes also cracked the top echelon of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, coming in at No. 9 in a ranking of the best prospects in the game. Heading into the 2016 season, Reyes was 13th on that 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.

Lynn, Pena meet with Cards to show progress

Lynn, Pena meet with Cards to show progress

MIAMI -- Right-hander Lance Lynn and catcher Brayan Pena moved their rehab work from the Cardinals' Jupiter, Fla., complex to Miami on Thursday in order to showcase their progress in front of the Major League staff.

Lynn, who underwent Tommy John surgery last November, threw a bullpen session before the team's series opener against the Marlins. He's been throwing off the mound for weeks now, some sessions extending as deep as 45 pitches. Lynn recently began incorporating offspeed pitches into that work, as well.

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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.

Yadi haunts Mets as Cards end Familia's run

Yadi haunts Mets as Cards end Familia's run

NEW YORK -- Their star pitcher had been bested. All their momentum had vanished. To beat the Mets in spite of all that on Wednesday night, the Cardinals would need to topple All-Star closer Jeurys Familia, which no team had done in the regular season in nearly a year.

It happened quickly and decisively, reducing Familia's saves streak to rubble. With two runs in the ninth, the Cardinals stole a 5-4 game and a series victory from the Mets, winning two of three in a matchup of prime National League Wild Card contenders. The win vaulted the Cardinals past the Mets in the standings and within one game of the Marlins, who currently hold the league's second Wild Card spot.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York who covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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

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Waino appreciates lift from fellow nemesis Yadi

Waino appreciates lift from fellow nemesis Yadi

NEW YORK -- Nearly 10 years later, the moment that Adam Wainwright broke Queens' heart is still ingrained in baseball's consciousness. The 12-6 curve. The home-plate umpire's punchout. Carlos Beltran's long walk from the batter's box, the reality that the Mets wouldn't reach the 2006 World Series beginning to set in.

"Every time I went on deck [Wednesday], there were a couple of Mets fans back there telling me how much they hated that moment, and how every time they see me it brings back those bad memories," Wainwright said after pitching 6 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 5-4, series-clinching win at Citi Field.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko hits a grounder with a mind of its own

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Gyorko hits a grounder with a mind of its own

Remember "Angels in the Outfield"? You know, that inspiring tale of a boy, a baseball team and a group of angels determined to win them some games via divine providence and/or serious infield shenanigans.

If so, we have good news! They've just begun production on a sequel. It's a documentary, focused on the ghosts that definitely possessed Jedd Gyorko's ground ball during Wednesday's Cardinals-Mets game.

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Jedd-i night & day: Gyorko opens, closes DH with HRs

Jedd-i night & day: Gyorko opens, closes DH with HRs

NEW YORK -- The contrast is obvious. Noah Syndergaard wields some of the best stuff in all of baseball, featuring a four-seam fastball and sinker that routinely sit above 98 mph. On the other end of the spectrum, Bartolo Colon mainly relies on one pitch, a two-seam fastball that averages around 87 mph.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals faced both Syndergaard and Colon in a doubleheader at Citi Field, and Jedd Gyorko had no problems adjusting to either. In the opening game, the infielder got St. Louis going with a two-run homer off the Mets' young flamethrower in the third inning that traveled 412 feet, according to Statcast™, helping the club pick up a 3-2 victory.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko's HR helps Cards edge Mets in DH opener

Gyorko's HR helps Cards edge Mets in DH opener

NEW YORK -- A fickle National League Wild Card race took another turn on Tuesday afternoon, when the Cardinals beat Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, 3-2, in the first game of a twinight doubleheader at Citi Field. That allowed St. Louis to leapfrog the Mets at least temporarily in the NL standings, in what was the first of six meetings between the teams this season.

Jedd Gyorko smashed a two-run homer off Syndergaard, who needed 115 pitches to complete six innings, and the Cardinals eked out another run on a pair of infield hits and a Syndergaard throwing error.

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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.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Cards held in check by Colon, split twin bill

Cards held in check by Colon, split twin bill

NEW YORK -- The sun had just set at Citi Field, but the nightcap of a Tuesday doubleheader between the Mets and Cardinals was starting to look a lot like its afternoon counterpart. Jedd Gyorko, who hit the decisive two-run homer in the Cardinals' one-run win earlier, went deep in the second inning against Bartolo Colon.

The similarities ended there in the Mets' 3-1 win. While Noah Syndergaard slogged through six innings during the day, Bartolo Colon limited St. Louis' offense to Gyorko's blast. He held the Cardinals to three hits through seven frames, the first time he'd pitched that deep in a game since June 26. Plus, he tied a season high with eight strikeouts.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Tuesday.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

St. Louis recalls reliever Kiekhefer, Tuivailala comes up as 26th man

Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

NEW YORK -- Relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation in his rotator cuff on Tuesday afternoon.

Following an appearance in the Cardinals' 9-6 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday, Rosenthal asked to have his shoulder looked at, and the right-hander was checked out on Monday.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards call up veteran Williams, option Mayers

Move bolsters taxed bullpen; Walden transferred to 60-day DL to make room

Cards call up veteran Williams, option Mayers

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals purchased the contract of right-hander Jerome Williams from Triple-A Memphis on Monday to replace righty Mike Mayers, who was optioned to Memphis.

Right-hander Jordan Walden (right shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Williams on the 40-man roster.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals cap tough stretch with travel woes

Club arrives at New York hotel at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning after mechanical issues with flight

Cardinals cap tough stretch with travel woes

NEW YORK -- The trek from St. Louis to New York could not have gotten much worse for the Cardinals. After wrapping up a three-game series against the Dodgers on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at Busch Stadium, the club headed to the airport only to have mechanical issues halt their charter flight.

The Cardinals did not land in New York until around 6 or 7 a.m. ET on Monday, and they did not reach their hotel until around 8:30 a.m. -- "Just in time for bed," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joked.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

ST. LOUIS -- Unfamiliarity was no obstacle for the Dodgers on Sunday as they ambushed a pitcher making his Major League debut en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win, highlighted by Adrian Gonzalez's fifth career grand slam, sealed a series victory for Los Angeles, which now returns home following a 5-4 road trip. The Dodgers have pulled to within three games of the Giants in the National League West standings.

The Dodgers scored a half-dozen runs off Cardinals callup Mike Mayers before the Cardinals ever came to bat. The first four trotted home when Gonzalez tattooed a 2-2 fastball 427 feet over the center-field wall. Gonzalez finished the game with three hits, the second of which preceded Howie Kendrick's home run with one out in the second.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

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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Weaver on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Weaver on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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

Mayers' tough 1st start taxes St. Louis bullpen

Mayers' tough 1st start taxes St. Louis bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- The debut that Mike Mayers scripted in his mind looked anything but like the one that played out in front of a national audience as his dream dissolved into a nightmare Sunday night.

Rocked by the Dodgers for nine runs in 1 1/3 innings, Mayers endured the shortest start by a pitcher making his Major League debut in 12 years. It may be some time before Mayers gets an opportunity for a second first impression, too, as he was headed back down to Triple-A Memphis as the Cardinals, who fell, 9-6, in the series finale, headed out of town.

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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.

Cards expect three key pieces back soon

Moss, Carpenter, Peralta could return from injury Aug. 2

Cards expect three key pieces back soon

ST. LOUIS -- While other clubs are exploring potential trade targets as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Cardinals appear poised to make their most impactful additions from within.

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny expressed optimism Sunday that three key offensive contributors -- Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta -- could return from the disabled list by Aug. 2, the day after the Trade Deadline.

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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.

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

ST. LOUIS -- Eight days away from the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak continues to canvass the market for available relievers with an eye on being opportunistic, but not desperate.

Adding another arm to help bridge games from the starters to the back end of the Cardinals' bullpen remains of interest to Mozeliak. The Cardinals do not intend to pursue either of the two elite relievers -- Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman -- believed to be available this month, but will instead look within the next tier of arms for potential help.

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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.