Cards target WC with rousing shutout of Bucs

Cards target WC with rousing shutout of Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- With an inspired start by Carlos Martinez and a flood of production against the Pirates' bullpen, the Cardinals asserted their place in the National League Wild Card race with a 7-0 victory at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the win kept pressure on the Giants, who held their one-game lead over the Cards for the second Wild Card spot after beating the Dodgers later in the evening. The Mets lead the Giants by one for the top Wild Card spot.

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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.

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Holy Holliday! Slugger hits storybook homer

After being activated from DL for final showing before St. Louis fans, Cards veteran clubs first pinch blast

Holy Holliday! Slugger hits storybook homer

ST. LOUIS -- Having informed Matt Holliday earlier this week that the organization is unlikely to exercise his $17 million option for 2017, general manager John Mozeliak announced that the Cardinals would activate Holliday from the disabled list on Friday in order to give the veteran outfielder an opportunity to salute the fans with one final appearance.

How they would script a sendoff amid a Wild Card race was unknown, but when manager Mike Matheny found the right moment, Holliday penned a storybook ending. A visibly emotional Holliday stepped to the plate amid a rousing ovation, and on reliever Zach Phillips' third pitch, blasted his 20th homer, an opposite-field shot into the Cardinals' bullpen for the first pinch homer of his career. It supplied another run in an eventual 7-0 win over the Pirates, but it was also a fitting cap to Holliday's Cardinals career if that, indeed, marked the end.

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C-Mart caps season with gem, but wants WC

After seven scoreless innings, Cards righty looking ahead to potential win-or-go-home start

C-Mart caps season with gem, but wants WC

ST. LOUIS -- His regular-season numbers complete after capping the best season of his young career with one of his most in-control starts, Carlos Martinez now turns his attention to what's next -- even if he's not yet sure what that might be.

Ready to start for the Cardinals in a win-or-go-home National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday, Martinez can only anxiously watch as the Cards try to get there. What Martinez did on Friday in pitching the Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the Pirates will help. But now he's left to hope.

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Moss snaps out of funk with big homer

Moss snaps out of funk with big homer

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny followed Brandon Moss up the tunnel after he took him out of Wednesday night's game against the Reds in the seventh inning. He didn't say anything, but he could tell Moss was "wearing it hard" after he struck out to end the seventh inning with runners on second and third.

Matheny left him with his thoughts and out of the lineup Thursday. In Friday's 7-0 victory over the Pirates, Moss proved Matheny made the right decision with a two-run home run in the sixth inning that put the game out of reach.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tiebreaker scenarios for Wild Card berths

As the 2016 season winds down, the six division winners have been decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

Here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards. Keep in mind that any regular-season games previously canceled by weather will be played if the outcome will determine postseason berths, seeding or home-field advantage.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wacha follows opener with big start for Cards

Having pitched in bullpen since Aug. 8, experienced righty could be on short leash

Wacha follows opener with big start for Cards

ST. LOUIS -- When Jaime Garcia lasted one inning and allowed two runs on four hits with two home runs Monday against the Reds, it was clear he had lost his edge and likely his spot in the Cardinals' starting rotation for the second time this season.

His loss of mechanics opened the door for a new starter Saturday. The Cards will send Michael Wacha to the mound in his first start since Aug. 8, after St. Louis' 7-0 win over the Pirates in Friday night's series opener. Trailing the Giants by one game for the second National League Wild Card spot with two games remaining, a loss combined with a Giants victory would eliminate the Cardinals and deny them a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

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Holliday homers in perhaps last Cardinals at-bat

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Holliday homers in perhaps last Cardinals at-bat

For nearly a decade, Matt Holliday has been a linchpin of the Cardinals' lineup. Since being traded by the A's to St. Louis during the 2009 season, he's made four All-Star teams and helped the club win a World Series in 2011. 

On Friday, however, the team revealed that it does not plan to exercise his option for 2017, as he's been injury-plagued the last two seasons. MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch wrote that Mike Matheny's club activated Holliday from the DL, where he's been dealing with a fractured thumb, in hopes of getting him one final at-bat in front of the Busch Stadium faithful this weekend. 

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Red alert: Matinee vs. Bucs critical for Cards

Red alert: Matinee vs. Bucs critical for Cards

After a resounding shutout victory Friday night over the Pirates, the Cardinals are still one game behind the Giants for the second National League Wild Card spot, and the Mets are a game ahead of San Francisco. Saturday will provide one of the Cards' biggest obstacles as they try to stretch their pitching staff to stay in contention.

A loss combined with a Giants victory would eliminate the Cardinals and deny them a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yadi's controversial walk-off 2B keeps Cards Wild

Yadi's controversial walk-off 2B keeps Cards Wild

ST. LOUIS -- It came with controversy, but the Cardinals, behind a walk-off RBI double by Yadier Molina, overcame their own bullpen blip to grab a critical 4-3 victory over the Reds at Busch Stadium on Thursday.

The win put pressure on the Giants, who defeated the Rockies late on Thursday to keep St. Louis a game back of the second National League Wild Card spot. The Wild Card-leading Mets, idle on Thursday, maintain the top spot with three days remaining in the regular season.

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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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Timing of request key to Reds-Cards dispute

Timing of request key to Reds-Cards dispute

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' 4-3 walk-off win over the Reds on Thursday -- a crucial victory for a Cardinals club chasing the Mets and Giants in the National League Wild Card standings -- was laced with controversy, as Yadier Molina's RBI double, by rule, should not have been a game-winning hit at all.

With Matt Carpenter at first and two out in the ninth, Molina drove a ball to deep left. It bounced on the warning track and then off a panel of signage above the left-field wall before caroming back to left fielder Adam Duvall.

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Yadi, Bengie Molina share special moment

Oldest of catching brothers calls home run of youngest on Thursday

Yadi, Bengie Molina share special moment

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals set out to celebrate Hispanic heritage on Thursday with a Spanish-language radio broadcast of their game with the Reds.

They received a controversial 4-3 walk-off win and much more -- a special moment between two brothers, members of Major League Baseball's first family of catchers.

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Matheny sits Moss in favor of Martinez

Matheny sits Moss in favor of Martinez

ST. LOUIS -- Having stuck with Brandon Moss throughout his historic September slump, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged on Thursday that it's time for a change. He pulled Moss out of the lineup, replacing the skidding slugger with Minor League journeyman Jose Martinez, making his second career big league start.

With a hitless game on Wednesday, Moss dropped to 7-for-95 with 36 strikeouts since Aug. 27. He's tallied six of those hits in September, leaving him with the fourth-worst September batting average (minimum 50 plate appearances) in Major League history, at .075. His .298 OPS this month is also the fourth-worst in MLB history for players with a minimum of 75 September plate appearances.

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Wong wants to finish season on his terms

Wong wants to finish season on his terms

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong hasn't had the season he'd hoped for, but he still wants to finish it on his terms. He feels he could start against the Pirates this weekend to help lift the Cardinals into a Wild Card spot, although he hasn't started since slipping and injuring his shoulder on the left-field grass in the first inning at Wrigley Field last Friday.

Wong, who received a cortisone shot on Monday, pinch-hit in the ninth inning on Wednesday night and came through with a triple off the wall in left field, but he remained stranded, as the Cardinals couldn't drive him in to tie the score. Despite the end result -- a 2-1 loss to the Reds -- it was still a positive outcome for Wong.

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Cards squander chances in tight contest

Offense hitless with runners in scoring position vs. Reds

Cards squander chances in tight contest

ST. LOUIS -- One night removed from an offensive explosion with five home runs, a two-run deficit with six innings to play seemed reasonably surmountable for the Cardinals. They had their opportunities in a 2-1 loss to the Reds on Wednesday night, but the offense couldn't convert when potential runs were almost gift-wrapped for them.

The Cardinals went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, capped off by Jedd Gyorko's groundout to third base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to leave Kolten Wong stranded after a leadoff triple. Greg Garcia popped out to short left field one batter earlier.

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Offense sputters as Cards slip in Wild race

Offense sputters as Cards slip in Wild race

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals may be scoreboard-watching, hoping for one of the two clubs ahead of them in the National League Wild Card standings to stumble, but no one else's results matter if they don't start tabulating victories of their own. And on Wednesday night, they couldn't, falling to the Reds, 2-1, due to a pile of missed opportunities to drop further back in a race entering its final days.

The loss leaves the Cardinals, who have four regular-season games remaining, 2 1/2 games back of the Mets in the Wild Card standings. The Giants also lost Wednesday, staying one game ahead of St. Louis for the final NL postseason spot.

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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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Oh downplays exit after notching 100th K

Matheny opts to play it safe for final out of 9th inning

Oh downplays exit after notching 100th K

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh downplayed the severity of the groin tightness that bumped him from Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds, insisting that he expects to be available for the final four games of the regular season.

Oh, who sat for seven days this month due to the groin issue, aggravated the area when he came off the mound trying to make a play. After a short conference on the mound with manager Mike Matheny, interpreter Eugene Koo and a team athletic trainer, Matheny decided to bring in lefty Zach Duke to notch the final out of the ninth inning.

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Molina raising catcher durability standard

Matheny makes case for veteran's ninth straight Gold Glove

Molina raising catcher durability standard

ST. LOUIS -- After establishing a career best with his 138th start behind the plate on Tuesday, Yadier Molina will surpass his previous high in innings caught Wednesday as he continues marching toward becoming the third catcher in franchise history to log at least 1,200 innings behind the plate in a season.

Molina's durability has been notable this season given his age (he turned 34 in July) and the fact that he underwent thumb surgery twice last offseason. He entered Wednesday leading the Majors in starts at catcher and innings caught (1,175 1/3).

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Diaz honors Jose's legacy in grand fashion

Cards shortstop hits emotional slam after spending time with Fernandez's family

Diaz honors Jose's legacy in grand fashion

ST. LOUIS -- After spending much of Monday in Miami, where he mourned the loss of Jose Fernandez alongside family and close friends, Aledmys Diaz returned to St. Louis ready to pay tribute to the childhood friend who died early Sunday in a boating accident.

He hung a No. 16 jersey in the Cardinals' dugout as a tangible sign of support for a grieving family and community. And then, carrying with him the weight of personal loss and professional expectation, Diaz produced not only one of the most poignant moments of the Cardinals' season, but also one of its biggest hits. His fourth-inning grand slam, the first of Diaz's career, helped lift the Cardinals to a 12-5 victory over the Reds and, Diaz hoped, also the spirits of so many still hurting.

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Diaz's emotional slam lifts Cards' WC hopes

St. Louis hammers 5 homers in pursuit of postseason spot

Diaz's emotional slam lifts Cards' WC hopes

ST. LOUIS -- With one mighty and emotional swing, Aledmys Diaz paid honor to a lost friend and jolted the Cardinals, who rode that spark to a rout of the Reds to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race. Diaz's grand slam, one of five homers the Cardinals hit on Tuesday, and a gutsy performance from Adam Wainwright boosted the club to a 12-5 victory at Busch Stadium.

The win kept the Cardinals one game behind the Giants for the second NL Wild Card spot. The Mets remain 1 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis, which has five games left on its regular-season schedule.

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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.

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Q&A: Mozeliak reflects on 2016, looks ahead

Cardinals GM addresses Matheny, Moss, team's defense

Q&A: Mozeliak reflects on 2016, looks ahead

ST. LOUIS -- Though the Cardinals entered Tuesday one game out of playoff positioning, an afternoon session that general manager John Mozeliak held with the media took on an end-of-year feel, as many of the questions either elicited reflection on the season or thoughts about how the team will retool for 2017.

Amid the back-and-forth, Mozeliak offered a vote of confidence in manager Mike Matheny, assured that the team's defensive makeup will be a priority this offseason and discussed where things stand regarding a possible extension for Brandon Moss.

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Molina couldn't keep from laughing at Adams' catch

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Molina couldn't keep from laughing at Adams' catch

Baseball gloves are made to make catching things easier. But sometimes those gloves act up, behaving more like the basket-like cestas in jai alai.   

Facing the Reds on Monday night, Adam Duvall popped up a ball down the first-base line. Matt Adams came racing in to make the grab. After a brief interlude when gravity appeared to give out, the ball dropped back into Adams' glove and Yadier Molina couldn't keep a straight face. 

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Cards face pitching questions in playoff race

Garcia lasts just 1 inning in loss; Saturday's starter up in air

Cards face pitching questions in playoff race

ST. LOUIS -- Just hours before the opening game of the Cardinals' final homestand went terribly awry, manager Mike Matheny laid out what he hoped would be. In order to see "a great finish here at home," he said, St. Louis, still in the thick of the National League Wild Card race, would need to play "just solid all-out baseball."

That optimism was snuffed out by what followed, as the Cardinals endured arguably their worst performance in this already uneven season. A 15-2 loss to the Reds not only precluded the Cardinals from moving into a tie for the second Wild Card spot, but it foiled an opportunity to generate momentum leading into this final week of the regular season.

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Cards' playoff hopes take hit with loss to Reds

Cards' playoff hopes take hit with loss to Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Back at Busch Stadium with a chance to pull even with the Giants and inch closer to a sixth straight playoff berth, the Cardinals instead elicited boos from the typically affable home fans with one of their ugliest performances of the season. They looked little like a team ready for postseason play in a 15-2 loss to the Reds to open a seven-game homestand on Monday night.

The Cardinals fell further back in the National League Wild Card race that the Mets still lead with six days remaining in the regular season. New York, which also lost on Monday, holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the Cardinals. The Giants, who were idle, sit one game ahead of St. Louis.

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Diaz attends service for his friend Fernandez

Cardinals shortstop grew up with late Marlins pitcher in Cuba

Diaz attends service for his friend Fernandez

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz traveled to Miami on Monday to attend a private service honoring Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sunday. Diaz returned and was on St. Louis' bench during a 15-2 loss to the Reds in the series opener.

Diaz and Fernandez grew up doors apart on Eighth Street in Cuba's Santa Clara neighborhood, where Diaz's father and uncle first encouraged Fernandez to play baseball. The two families remained close and eventually both settled in South Florida.

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Carpenter bothered by soreness in right finger

Holliday looking to continue rehab against live pitching

Carpenter bothered by soreness in right finger

ST. LOUIS -- While struggling to produce since returning from an oblique injury in early August, Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter has acknowledged, at various points, that timing issues and trust in his oblique have held him back. Perhaps, now, there is another contributing factor in play.

Manager Mike Matheny divulged on Monday that Carpenter has been bothered for "a while" by a right middle finger injury. Discomfort in that finger has hurt Carpenter's ability to finish through some of his swings and has sapped him of some grip strength. After noticing Carpenter wiggling his finger to try and get feeling back in it after an eighth-inning single on Sunday, Matheny determined that the infielder needed at least one day off.

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Cards remain 3rd in Wild Card after stalling vs. Lester

Cards remain 3rd in Wild Card after stalling vs. Lester

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester won his National League-leading 19th game and Addison Russell notched his 94th RBI but Sunday night belonged to David Ross, who was greeted by standing ovations every at-bat, and responded with a solo home run, a few tears and a tip of his cap.

Ross and Lester combined to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals to set a franchise record in home wins at Wrigley Field at 57. It also was Chicago's 99th win overall, tops in the Major Leagues.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Clock ticking on struggling Moss and Co.

Clock ticking on struggling Moss and Co.

CHICAGO -- Brandon Moss is done tabulating the moral victories. Rather, the Cardinals' first baseman sees a shrinking schedule offering him limited time to reverse the worst skid in his 10-year career.

Moss, whose hitless night on Sunday leaves him with five hits this month, may be the extreme example within an exasperating offense, but his search is also the Cardinals' collective quest. With their offense stymied by National League Cy Young Award contender Jon Lester, the Cardinals dropped their series finale at Wrigley Field, 3-1, to fall back into third place in the NL Wild Card race. They trail the Giants by a half-game, the Mets by 1 1/2. Seven games remain.

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During dugout interview, Wainwright revealed he is Godzilla

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During dugout interview, Wainwright revealed he is Godzilla

Adam Wainwright gave an in-game interview from the Cardinals' dugout during their 10-4 win over the Cubs in which he talked about his teammate Alex Reyes on the mound and then, nearing the end, revealed that he is not only the Cardinals' ace but also the giant lizard monster Godzilla.

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Hot Cards rout Cubs; 1/2-game back in WC

Hot Cards rout Cubs; 1/2-game back in WC

CHICAGO -- Just when the Cardinals needed a win to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race, it was Alex Reyes' turn to pitch. Stephen Piscotty smacked a solo home run and Yadier Molina drove in four runs to back Reyes and power the Cardinals to a 10-4 victory on Saturday at Wrigley Field over the Cubs and slow their drive for 100 wins.

"They're a really good hitting ballclub," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the Cardinals, who evened the season series at nine wins apiece with one game remaining. "They're very good offensively. They have a lot of veterans on the team. They're very formidable."

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