Lynn looks to maintain success vs. Bucs

Lynn looks to maintain success vs. Bucs

Following a troubling four-game stretch, Gerrit Cole has rebounded his past two starts and appears to be back in form. The Pirates right-hander (5-6, 4.28 ERA) will look to maintain his success and extend his winning streak to three games Saturday against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

In Cole's four starts from May 22 through June 8, he gave up 23 runs in 19 1/3 innings, elevating his ERA to 4.83. But he has been solid since then, giving up just three hits and one run in seven innings in both of his past two outings. And even including the rough four-start stretch, he has given up more than two earned runs in just six starts this season.

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Cards fall despite Waino's gem, DeJong's HR

Cards fall despite Waino's gem, DeJong's HR

ST. LOUIS -- One inning after David Freese added another game-tying, two-out hit to his Busch Stadium resume, John Jaso capped the Pirates' comeback with a solo homer that stood as the difference in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win.

The back-and-forth affair was nothing new for these two teams; they played a trio of one-run games at Busch Stadium earlier this year. The difference, however, was who won this one. With their victory Friday, the Pirates snapped their seven-game losing streak at Busch Stadium.

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A little self-reflection gets Waino back on track

A little self-reflection gets Waino back on track

ST. LOUIS -- With only a brief detour to cue up video that he hoped would reveal the source of his struggles, Adam Wainwright went from the mound to the mirror last Saturday in Baltimore. And after hours of repetition, he eventually discovered his old self staring back.

Wainwright turned the worst statistical start of his career into five days of work and reflection, all of which served as an important backstory to the performance he then delivered on Friday. Shaking off three troublesome starts, Wainwright held the Pirates to two hits over seven innings while settling for a no-decision in the team's 4-3 loss.

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Wong hoping to return before All-Star break

Second baseman progressing well; Fowler, Molina out of lineup

Wong hoping to return before All-Star break

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong, who has been on the disabled list with a right triceps strain since June 15, remains optimistic that he'll be ready to rejoin the Cardinals sometime in the week leading into the All-Star break, the second baseman said on Friday.

Wong increased his baseball activities to include swinging and throwing while the team was on the road. If his rehab work continues without interruption, Wong could be ready to begin a Minor League rehab assignment in about a week.

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Cards see a lot to be excited about in DeJong

Consistency key for young infielder, but Matheny admires how he 'plays the game the right way'

Cards see a lot to be excited about in DeJong

PHILADELPHIA -- Even before the Cardinals drafted Paul DeJong in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, he was already a Redbird -- an Illinois State Redbird, that is.

In his first Minor League season, DeJong -- coming off two red-hot seasons at Illinois State -- knew his time in the big leagues could be looming closer than some expected. He was promoted to the Class A Peoria Chiefs from Rookie-level ball in his first pro season.

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Cards can't get going, fall to Phils in finale

Cards can't get going, fall to Phils in finale

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second straight game, the Phillies jumped out to a multi-run lead against the Cardinals. They held onto it Thursday.

Behind 7 1/3 strong innings from Aaron Nola and a pair of solo homers from Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph, the Phillies topped the Cardinals, 5-1, to snap a five-game losing streak. It was just the second win in the past 15 games for the Phillies, who squandered a 5-0 lead Wednesday night.

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Hudson goes eight strong for Springfield

Hudson goes eight strong for Springfield

After a long wait to begin his professional career, Brandon Marsh is showing just what all the hype was about.

The Angels' No. 3 prospect continued his torrid start on Thursday as he connected on his first pro homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 effort for Rookie-level Orem. He tallied four RBIs and scored three runs in the contest, a 13-8 victory over Ogden.

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Cardinals cautious with Fowler's tight quad

CF out of lineup Thursday, but injury not considered serious

Cardinals cautious with Fowler's tight quad

PHILADELPHIA -- Dexter Fowler was out of the lineup for Thursday's 5-1 loss in the series finale against the Phillies after he was removed late into Wednesday's extra-inning game with left quad tightness.

The move was precautionary, and the injury is not thought to be serious.

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Matheny recalls Kile's impact, encouragement

Thursday marks 15 years since death of former Cardinals pitcher

Matheny recalls Kile's impact, encouragement

PHILADELPHIA -- Thursday marked 15 years since the death of former Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile. Cards manager Mike Matheny's first three years in St. Louis overlapped with Kile's only three seasons in the organization.

Kile passed away from a heart attack at the age of 33.

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Cards rally again against reeling Phillies

Cards rally again against reeling Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Thank Tommy Pham and countless Phillies mistakes for the Cardinals' 7-6 victory in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Pham hit two home runs, including a game-tying homer in the ninth, and threw out the game-winning run at home plate in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings. The Phillies handed St. Louis the game in the 10th, and the Cardinals have won eight times in June, with five of those wins coming against the Phillies.

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Pham sparks Cards' win with bat and arm

Pham sparks Cards' win with bat and arm

PHILADELPHIA -- For Tommy Pham, fresh off a homer in the 11th inning of Tuesday's win over the Phillies, Wednesday was a repeat showing of sorts.

Plus a special feature.

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Cards ride 7-run 11th inning to rout of Phillies

Cards ride 7-run 11th inning to rout of Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cardinals wouldn't mind seeing a few more games against the Phillies on their schedule.

Stephen Piscotty, Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham came up with big hits during a seven-run 11th inning Tuesday night in an 8-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The Cardinals have won seven games this month, and four have come against the Phillies. They lost five of their past seven games before winning the series opener Tuesday. Before that stretch, they swept the Phillies in a three-game series June 9-11 at Busch Stadium. That sweep followed a seven-game losing streak.

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One-two punch: Carpenter, Fowler clicking

With players locked in respectively atop order, Cards feeling rejuvenated effects

One-two punch: Carpenter, Fowler clicking

PHILADELPHIA -- When discussing the various machinations of his batting order before Tuesday night's 8-1, 11-inning win over the Phillies, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny corrected a reporter who noted that Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler seem to have settled nicely into their new roles as one- and two-hitters.

"There's two ones," Matheny said, proud that he has the luxury to begin every game, and every trip through the order, with two leadoff-caliber hitters.

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Piscotty proving ability as regular No. 3 man

With 2 HRs Sunday and a decisive 2-run double Tuesday, OF key to Cards' offensive resurgence

Piscotty proving ability as regular No. 3 man

PHILADELPHIA -- Stephen Piscotty's go-ahead two-run double that sparked a seven-run 11th inning and an 8-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night was the latest proof that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has found his three-hole hitter.

"It was just nice to see Stephen in that situation. ... He took a great approach, ended up driving it to right-center. Just a nice swing from him," Matheny said.

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Inbox: Will Cards buy or sell at Trade Deadline?

Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Cards buy or sell at Trade Deadline?

ST. LOUIS -- There are no shortage of questions and concerns surrounding the Cardinals, after they tumbled back to six games under .500 with a series loss in Baltimore. Here are my answers to a few of them:

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Trio of Cards chasing NL All-Star starting spot

Trio of Cards chasing NL All-Star starting spot

ST. LOUIS -- Seven-time All-Star Yadier Molina remains locked in a tight race to make the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and will need some help to avoid being left off of the team for a second consecutive year.

Two Cardinals, Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler, join the catcher in the top five of their respective positions on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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Cardinals announce signing of 13 Draft picks

Group includes Day 2 selections Kruczynski, Seeburger

Cardinals announce signing of 13 Draft picks

ST. LOUIS -- Day 2 selectees Evan Kruczynski and Brett Seeburger highlight a group of 13 players who have agreed to terms and passed physicals since being drafted by the Cardinals last week.

Kruczynski and Seeburger, both college seniors, were taken in the MLB Draft's ninth and 10th rounds, respectively. None of the six players the Cardinals selected ahead of them have reached an agreement with the organization. That includes top two picks Scott Hurst (Cal State Fullerton) and Kramer Robertson (Louisiana State University), both of whom are participating in the College World Series. They cannot sign with the club until their college season ends.

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1st female owner Britton blazed trail with Cards

Revolutionary overcame obstacles to pioneer changes within game

1st female owner Britton blazed trail with Cards

Through the end of the 2017 season, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will feature a special 'Women in Baseball' exhibit to highlight women who have made to contributions to St. Louis baseball and the game at large. In conjunction with this exhibit, MLB.com will be telling the stories of some of those women over the course of the next few months. We begin this series with an introduction to trailblazer Helene Britton.

ST. LOUIS -- A family walked onto the field at Busch Stadium before the Cardinals game on June 10. Char, Candy, Crystal and Chad Barone hadn't been to a game together for 30 years, but they met on the diamond in honor of an extraordinary woman.

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Woodford spins a gem for Palm Beach

Woodford spins a gem for Palm Beach

The powerful bat of Rhys Hoskins backed Mark Appel's career-best effort on the mound on Monday as Triple-A Lehigh Valley shut out Pawtucket, 5-0.

Hoskins, the Phillies' No. 13 prospect, hit a pair of solo homers in the victory, going deep in the second inning and once more in the seventh before finishing 2-for-3.

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Piscotty, Cards flex muscles, but fall short

Piscotty, Cards flex muscles, but fall short

BALTIMORE -- Completing a three-game series in which the two clubs combined for 22 home runs, the Orioles slugged their way to an 8-5 victory on Father's Day to steal an Interleague series win from the Cardinals.

Fittingly, the O's opened the afternoon with a homer -- Seth Smith's third leadoff blast this year -- and then chased Cardinals starter Lance Lynn from the game with two more homers in the fifth. Baltimore would have had another, too, if not for Dexter Fowler's catch to rob Jonathan Schoop.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Fowler's power surge a pleasant surprise

After homering Sunday, Cards OF four shy of career high

Fowler's power surge a pleasant surprise

BALTIMORE -- With homers in four straight games for the first time in his career, Dexter Fowler finished Sunday with six home runs this month and 13 on the season, matching Matt Carpenter for the team lead. Fowler's overall production has surged as of late, but the power has been a particular surprise given his career numbers.

Fowler entered the season having averaged one home run every 48 at-bats in his career. This year, he's gone deep, on average, once every 18 at-bats. Fowler has already matched his home run total from 2016, and he's four away from tying his career high of 17, set over 690 plate appearances in 2015.

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Wainwright, Cards can't contain O's in defeat

Wainwright, Cards can't contain O's in defeat

BALTIMORE -- Led by a four-hit, two-homer afternoon by Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles went deep five times to bash their way to a 15-7, series-evening win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo went back-to-back in the first inning off Cards starter Adam Wainwright, while Manny Machado added a two-run blast off the righty in the Orioles' seven-run second inning.

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A forgettable first outing vs. O's for Waino

A forgettable first outing vs. O's for Waino

BALTIMORE -- A first eroded into a worst for Adam Wainwright, whose first career outing against the Orioles collapsed with a thud on Saturday.

A game the Cardinals went on to lose, 15-7, went awry under Wainwright's watch almost immediately. He lost the feel for his sinker three batters into the afternoon and never found anything trusty enough to take its place. The results, under those circumstances in a homer-happy park, were predictable.

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Leake supports father after tragic accident

Father of Cardinals starter paralyzed after fall in 2013

Leake supports father after tragic accident

ST. LOUIS -- The log cabin sits unfinished on a Montana lot. Chris Leake hasn't been back to see it in two years. He never plans to again.

The scars from that summer day four years ago -- when Chris, working atop the roof of a home that was supposed to be his retirement retreat, suffered a catastrophic fall -- are permanent. At times, the struggle to get through each day seems so, too.

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Cards wear blue for Father's Day initiatives

Cards wear blue for Father's Day initiatives

BALTIMORE -- The Cardinals are donning powder blue hats and uniforms with the same powder blue script for both of their games this weekend as part of Major League Baseball's league-wide effort to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The initiative was timed to coincide with Father's Day weekend.

Several other items of blue apparel and equipment are being spotted at ballparks across the country this weekend. Players are wearing blue ribbons, blue wristbands and one of two variations of blue-infused socks. Blue compression sleeves, batting gloves, footwear, wrist/elbow/leg guards and catcher's equipment are also featured.

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Cards hit 5 clouts, crush O's, end road skid

Cards hit 5 clouts, crush O's, end road skid

BALTIMORE -- The Cardinals used five home runs and a stellar six innings from Carlos Martinez to break their road hex and cruise to an 11-2 series-opening win over the struggling Orioles on Friday night.

The victory snaps an eight-game skid for the Cards away from Busch Stadium -- their longest road losing streak since 2007 -- and marks the Orioles' eighth loss in nine games. After a hot start, Baltimore (32-34) has fallen to last place in the American League East.

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Redbirds' offense started from the bottom

Nos. 7-9 hitters Pham, Martinez, DeJong score 7 runs, capitalize on chances

Redbirds' offense started from the bottom

BALTIMORE -- On a night when the Cardinals' offense feasted against the Orioles, the bottom-third of the order shined especially bright. Tommy Pham, Jose Martinez and Paul DeJong provided a critical portion of the production in Friday's 11-2 rout.

It was an unlikely trio to score seven runs, drive in five and connect for a pair of two-run homers. Two of the three opened the season in Triple-A, and the other as a St. Louis bench player, but injuries and ineffectiveness have created chances for each.

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