Cards unable to conjure up comeback magic

Cards unable to conjure up comeback magic

ST. LOUIS -- A sense of "Here we go again" permeated the dugout, players acknowledged afterward, as Mark Reynolds came to bat in the ninth inning on Wednesday. Having already rallied to pull within one run an inning earlier, the Cardinals positioned themselves for another dramatic finish as Peter Bourjos sped his way to third on the first out of the ninth.

But for the first time in a long time, this one would end absent of a St. Louis celebration.

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Cards show fight vs. Cubs but see streak end

Cards show fight vs. Cubs but see streak end

ST. LOUIS -- A nuisance to Cards starter Lance Lynn all night, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo drove in three runs to support starter Jon Lester and help the Cubs snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-5 win at Busch Stadium on Wednesday. The Cubs' win halted the Cardinals attempt to collect a ninth consecutive victory, which would have been the team's longest winning streak since 2004.

After stealing come-from-behind wins in the first two games of the series, the Cardinals couldn't catch up after falling into a two-run, first-inning hole. Run-scoring hits by Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro helped Chicago to the early lead. Rizzo later padded the lead with a homer (his fifth of the year) and two-run double. It was his first three-RBI game of the season.

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Lynn bemoans inability to make big pitch

Lynn bemoans inability to make big pitch

ST. LOUIS -- Having won 10 games before the All-Star break in each of his first three seasons as a full-time starter, Lance Lynn has fallen far from that pace to open this year. Lack of run support has been an issue a handful of times, but in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Cubs, it was Lynn's struggles to get shutdown innings that hurt the Cardinals' comeback attempts.

Twice, Lynn watched his offense peck away to pull within one and then immediately gave up a run in the following half-inning.

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Walden likely out until after All-Star break

Cardinals may keep eight in taxed bullpen

Walden likely out until after All-Star break

ST. LOUIS -- Diagnosed with a right shoulder strain on Wednesday, right-hander Jordan Walden will be shut down for the next 6 to 10 weeks and unavailable to the Cardinals for even longer as he allows his shoulder to heal.

General manager John Mozeliak announced the results of a second MRI reading and noted that the injury must be allowed to heal with rest before Walden can resume a throwing program. That timeline suggests a very real possibility that Walden might be missing from the Cardinals' bullpen until after the All-Star break.

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Cards' Garcia ready for Triple-A rehab stint

Cards' Garcia ready for Triple-A rehab stint

ST. LOUIS -- Encouraged by how well lefty Jaime Garcia bounced back from a 70-pitch live-batting-practice session on Tuesday, general manager John Mozeliak announced that Garcia will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday with a start for Triple-A Memphis.

Garcia, who had to rebuild arm strength following a shutdown late in Spring Training, will be on a pitch count of between 70-80 in that outing. The Cardinals have the flexibility to extend that rehab assignment to 30 days, though the club hopes not to need a maximum stay. Garcia has had no setbacks since resuming a throwing program in early April.

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Lackey, Arrieta set to match up in series finale

Lackey, Arrieta set to match up in series finale

ST. LOUIS -- Joe Maddon had only seen the Cardinals briefly in Interleague action while he was leading the Rays, but as manager of the Cubs, he will now have to deal with St. Louis quite a bit in the National League Central. What's impressed him so far?

"They're baseball players," Maddon said. "There's some guys with one outstanding tool or maybe two tools, but for the most part, they do come from the liberal arts school of baseball. They play the whole game. I see a team rather than a bunch of individuals."

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Harris becomes first Navy grad to earn MLB win

Harris becomes first Navy grad to earn MLB win

ST. LOUIS -- Having already joined Nemo Gaines as the only graduates of the United States Naval Academy to ever throw a big league pitch, Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris accomplished what Gaines never did in his time with the Washington Senators some 94 years ago: That is, earn a Major League win.

Lieutenant Harris, whose professional baseball career was preceded by a five-year service commitment in the US Navy, pitched a scoreless sixth in relief on Tuesday and then watched from the dugout as the Cardinals broke a tie game with two runs in the bottom half of the frame. The club held on for a 7-4 win over the Cubs, leaving Harris a line of handshakes and a game ball that he plans to display in his home.

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#ASGWorthy: Carpenter building strong resume

#ASGWorthy: Carpenter building strong resume

The Cardinals are the hottest team in baseball, and they've got several players vying to prove that they're #ASGWorthy. Third baseman Matt Carpenter sparked the Cards to their eighth straight win on Tuesday night, when he crushed a tying three-run homer in a 7-4 victory over the Cubs.

Carpenter, an All-Star in each of the past two seasons, hit .346 with a .412 on-base percentage in his first 26 games, delivering a .644 slugging mark. Of Carpenter's first 36 hits, 20 went for extra bases as he makes an excellent case to make the Midsummer Classic again.

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Reynolds, bench fueling streaking Cardinals

Veteran hits pinch-hit go-ahead double one day after hitting big grand slam

Reynolds, bench fueling streaking Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' offseason pursuit of Mark Reynolds, though initiated by the organization's desire to find a right-handed-hitting complement for Matt Adams, also had much to do about changing the complexion of the bench. The club was looking for the pinch-hit threat it has lacked since Adams filled the mold two seasons ago.

As that fit, Reynolds came through again on Tuesday, delivering a tie-breaking, pinch-hit double to help lift the Cardinals to a 7-4 win over Chicago. The hit followed a series-opening performance that saw Reynolds, making his sixth start of the season, spark a come-from-behind win with a grand slam.

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Cardinals extend streak to 8 with win No. 20

Cardinals extend streak to 8 with win No. 20

ST. LOUIS -- Off to their best start (through 26 games) in modern franchise history, the Cardinals scored another come-from-behind victory -- this one a 7-4 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium -- to run their winning streak to eight on Tuesday. It's the longest winning streak by the club since July 2010.

After erasing deficits of five and four runs in a series-opening win, the Cardinals climbed out of a three-run hole to bump the Cubs 6 1/2 games back in the division and become the first team since the 2003 Yankees to open a season with 20 wins in its first 26 games. It hasn't happened in the National League since '00 (Braves).

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Rotation questions remain after Lyons is so-so

Lefty fans seven but can't make it out of fifth inning in spot start vs. Cubs

Rotation questions remain after Lyons is so-so

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals are now 2-0 behind spot starters auditioning for a starting job, though the club isn't necessarily any closer to finding a long-term fit in Adam Wainwright's absence.

Tim Cooney came and went after a brief Major League debut. Another lefty, Tyler Lyons, drew the assignment on Tuesday but was chased with one out in the fifth of what later ended as a 7-4 win over the Cubs.

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Matheny would prefer Cards don't draft son

Manager doesn't want to overshadow oldest child, Tate

Matheny would prefer Cards don't draft son

ST. LOUIS -- On a day when his son, Tate, was playing just a few miles west of Busch Stadium against Saint Louis University's baseball team, manager Mike Matheny reiterated his preference that the Cardinals not select the oldest of his five children in next month's First-Year Player Draft.

Since being a 23rd-round Draft pick by the Cardinals in 2012, Tate Matheny has increased his Draft stock with three standout seasons at Missouri State University. In MLBPipeline.com's latest list of Top 100 Draft prospects, Tate Matheny is listed at No. 95.

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Rehabbing starters Garcia, Gonzales progressing

Recovering arms could become Cardinals rotation candidates shortly

Rehabbing starters Garcia, Gonzales progressing

ST. LOUIS -- While the Cardinals continued with their rolling auditions for a new fifth starter on Tuesday, a pair of lefties who could fit into that mix soon are making progress in their respective rehab programs.

Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation) threw 70 pitches in an extended spring camp live batting practice on Tuesday, general manager John Mozeliak reported. Garcia was initially supposed to get his work in a game setting, but threatening weather necessitated a change in plans.

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Cards off to best start in modern franchise history

Cards off to best start in modern franchise history

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Reynolds thought he was merely volunteering for a one-day duty a week ago when he assisted manager Mike Matheny by bringing the lineup card to the home-plate umpire. Seven days later, it's now a part of his job description.

The Cardinals scored 11 times to beat the Phillies that evening, leaving Reynolds to be hunted each pregame since to make the walk to home plate. The club hasn't lost under his lineup watch, stringing together its longest winning streak since 2010 and racing out to an early 5 1/2-game cushion in the National League Central.

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Lyons gets crack at filling in for Wainwright

Lyons gets crack at filling in for Wainwright

ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Lyons arrived in St. Louis on Monday in preparation for making his first big league start of 2015. On Tuesday, his recall became official, with right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala being sent down to make room for him.

Lyons becomes the second spot starter to fill Adam Wainwright's place in the rotation. Tim Cooney tried unsuccessfully last week before being sent back to Triple-A.

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No Waino, no problem for determined Cardinals

Off to its best start in modern era, St. Louis proves it's built for success

No Waino, no problem for determined Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have their best start in the modern era. And they are doing this without their recognized ace.

The Cards are 19-6, but they are also 8-2 since Adam Wainwright went down for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon.

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Wild 1st sets tone as Cards win 7th straight

Wild 1st sets tone as Cards win 7th straight

ST. LOUIS -- Following a trio of walk-off wins over the weekend, the Cardinals rolled their winning streak to seven by erasing an early five-run deficit and snatching a 10-9 victory from the Cubs in Monday's series opener at Busch Stadium. The win improved the Cardinals to 19-6, marking their best start through 25 games in modern franchise history.

"If any team had the right to maybe shut down after this weekend and how everything played out, this team could have, and that wasn't at all what it was," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I think I said yesterday that 'wow' was my explanation. I don't even know what to give you today because, to me, that's just a sign of a tough team, a mentally tough team that is going to be relentless. I hope that's something that we never lose."

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Cards hope Martinez learns from rough start

Young righty allows seven runs in 3 2/3 innings

Cards hope Martinez learns from rough start

ST. LOUIS -- After opening the season with four quality starts, in which he displayed a matured repertoire and composed presence on the mound, Carlos Martinez suffered what manager Mike Matheny later described as a "relapse" in Monday's tumultuous start against the Cubs.

Martinez's worst start of the season -- one in which he allowed seven runs, nine hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings -- required quite the bailout from the rest of the club in order to salvage a 10-9 win. Martinez had gone at least six innings deep in each of his previous four starts.

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Matheny pieces together overworked bullpen

Matheny pieces together overworked bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- On paper, the Cardinals played with a nine-man bullpen on Monday, the surplus of relievers a result of roster finagling while a rotation opening remains in flux. In reality, however, manager Mike Matheny had an available unit of only four.

An abbreviated start by Tim Cooney last week and the three extra-inning games that followed exhausted a Cardinals 'pen that has been stellar (1.52 ERA) but also overworked due to the number of tight games the team has played over the season's first month.

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Cardinals name 2015 Hall of Fame class

Forsch, Simmons, Flood, Kissell selected for induction in August

Cardinals name 2015 Hall of Fame class

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' Hall of Fame will grow by four this summer as the organization announced on Monday that pitcher Bob Forsch, catcher Ted Simmons, outfielder Curt Flood and longtime instructor George Kissell have been selected for induction on Aug. 15.

Those four Cardinals will join the 26 already recognized with plaques outside the Cardinals' Museum in Ballpark Village. The organization opened its Hall of Fame last spring and held its first induction ceremony last August.

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Wong's walk-off homer caps thrilling series

Solo shot in 14th inning gives Cards third straight extra-inning walk-off win

Wong's walk-off homer caps thrilling series

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong may have experienced a little déjà vu while rounding the bases in the bottom of the 14th against the Pirates on Sunday.

Wong's second home run of the season, a 421-foot blast deep into the right-field bleachers over the bullpen, gave the Cardinals their third consecutive walk-off win against the Pirates -- the latest by a 3-2 score. It was Wong's second career walk-off homer in the regular season, and both have come against the Bucs.

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Cards walk off, sweep Bucs with Wong's homer

Cards walk off, sweep Bucs with Wong's homer

ST. LOUIS -- Kolten Wong's home run with one out in the 14th inning Sunday gave the Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Pirates and extended to six a winning streak half-comprised of pulsating, extra-inning walk-off wins over Pittsburgh.

Wong's smash off Radhames Liz into the right-field seats above the Cardinals' bullpen punctuated an astonishingly well-pitched series in which St. Louis starters and relievers performed up to their National League-best ranking. Sunday's win followed 2-1 wins in 10 innings on Friday and in 11 innings on Saturday for St. Louis.

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Cards' pitching impressive in series vs. Bucs

Despite 'pen's scoreless streak ending, it only allows two runs; starters combine for 0.92 ERA

Cards' pitching impressive in series vs. Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- The scoreless streak put together by the Cardinals' bullpen may have been snapped at 21 1/3 innings, but nobody in the home clubhouse was complaining after Sunday's game against the Pirates.

In fact, a suddenly taxed Cardinals bullpen gave up a pair of runs in the series finale against the Bucs, but it wasn't enough for Pittsburgh as the Cardinals prevailed, 3-2, in 14 innings for their third consecutive walk-off win to sweep the series.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Walden placed on 15-day DL; Tuivailala recalled

Walden placed on 15-day DL; Tuivailala recalled

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals placed relief pitcher Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Pirates and have recalled fellow righty Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.

Walden complained of biceps discomfort earlier this week and was held out of the past few games. The decision to put Walden on the DL came after he tried unsuccessfully to get ready for Saturday's game.

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Cards notch another walk-off win vs. Bucs

Cards notch another walk-off win vs. Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- October baseball in early May? That's how it felt Saturday, when the Pirates and the Cardinals got into it for 11 more tense innings before Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly off Jared Hughes with one out in the 11th gave St. Louis another 2-1 win. Their second consecutive extra-inning win over the Bucs by that score extended the Redbirds' winning streak to five.

Reverting to the last 2014 meeting of the teams, this was the Cardinals' third straight walk-off win over the Pirates, and fifth of their last eight home wins over Pittsburgh. The Pirates left 18 men on base -- 10 in scoring position -- and went 1-for-13 with RISP.

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