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BenFred: Baserunning statistics not in Carpenter's favor

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:40:00 -0500

Cardinals' leadoff man should rethink his approach, and not just because Jackie Bradley Jr. put him on the wrong side of a highlight

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Who should own Rally Cat? Vote right meow!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0500

The cat — who scampered to fame after running across the Busch Stadium outfield last week — is being cared for by St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. But the Cardinals are claiming custody of the feline, whom the outreach center…

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Minor league report: Piscotty smacks fourth homer in six games

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:51:00 -0500

Stephen Piscotty has at least one extra-base hit, including four home runs, in each of the six games he's played since being optioned to Class AAA Memphis.

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Cardinals still cautious with Duke

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:45:00 -0500

While Zach Duke’s recovery from elbow surgery has been nothing short of a revelation for a Cardinals team looking for a lefty like him, there has still been some reservation about when and how often to use him.

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Series preview: Cardinals at Pirates

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:35:00 -0500

The Cardinals will play three games in Pittsburgh and one at the Little League World Series in Williamsport against the division rival Pirates.

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Cardinals come unglued as Boston rallies for upsetting win

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:45:00 -0500

BOSTON • It took almost as many meetings on the mound during the ninth inning as it did pitchers and outs for the Cardinals to find a way to escape Fenway Park with something new, something different.

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Minor league report: Gomber continues hot streak with one-hit outing

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0500

Class AA Springfield lefty Austin allowed just one hit in six innings Tuesday, extending his streak of consecutive starts in which he has allowed one or fewer earned runs to four.

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Memphis shuttle tough on players like Tuivailala

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0500

Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala has been optioned from St. Louis to Memphis 13 times in the last three seasons.

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Minor league report: O'Neill hits home run in second straight game

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:50:00 -0500

Class AAA slugger Tyler O'Neill hit his second home run in as many games and his 25th of the season in Memphis' 3-1 win Monday.

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Gordo: Is it possible Cards had too much job competition?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:50:00 -0500

All the roster turnover and shuffling of roles spoiled team chemistry and led to maddeningly inconsistent play. That’s why veteran leaders recently stepped up to urge team unity while Matheny kept searching for the right fits.

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Young stars from Cards' last visit to Fenway return as leaders

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:55:00 -0500

The last time the Cardinals played in Boston, in the 2013 World Series, the team was led by a group of young, hard throwing pitchers. As the Cardinals look to make another postseason push, the experience of those pitchers will…

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BenFred: Can these new-look Cardinals stick around?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:45:00 -0500

For the first time this season, the team the Cardinals said they could be showed up for more than a few games. The division is within reach — if this new style sticks.

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Matheny enjoys Fenway, but has some bad memories there

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:15:00 -0500

Red Sox swept St. Louis in the 2004 World Series, when Matheny was the Cards' starting catcher. In 2013, with Matheny managing the Cards, Red Sox clinched another World Series title at Fenway.

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Ortiz: Cardinals' unity can inspire us to work together

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:10:00 -0500

Those who seek to divide would rather we focus on our differences at a time when the ugliness in Charlottesville, Va., reminds us of the evil that still persists long after Jim Crow.

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Series preview: Cardinals at Red Sox

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:45:00 -0500

The Cardinals will travel to Fenway Park for the first time since the 2013 World Series for two games against the Red Sox, who have won 10 of their last 11.

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Minor league report: Helsley throws six no-hit innings

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:30:00 -0500

Class AA pitcher Ryan Helsley didn't allow a hit in six innings Friday, but he also walked five batters, resulting in a high pitch count and an early exit.

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Hochman: Cardinals season has been bizarre but fun

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:30:00 -0500

Let’s enjoy the ride — above-.500 baseball! — but remember that the Cards, for much of the season, have been flawed offensively.

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Mistake-prone Cards knuckle under to Braves

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:45:00 -0500

Yadier Molina, who started each of the eight games in the just ended winning streak, was out of the Cardinals’ lineup for an obvious reason Sunday. Coupled with Monday’s scheduled off day, it would give him two days off in…

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Pham miffed by suggestion he could be 'fourth outfielder' in 2018

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:20:00 -0500

Outfielder Tommy Pham, whose intensity and consistently strong play have helped keep the Cardinals alive in the past three months, spoke in clipped tones, if at all, after Sunday’s game.

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Ortiz: Veterans laid down the law, altered Cards' season

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 02:45:00 -0500

Tired of sputtering along, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright moved to re-establish order. On the Cardinals last road trip, they summoned their teammates to The Precinct, a high-end steakhouse.

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Despite gaudy numbers, rookie DeJong stays grounded

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:55:00 -0500

Paul DeJong's offensive performance this season has been well-documented, but DeJong refuses to get caught up in what he's accomplished.

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Grichuk caps big week with another two-hit game

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:50:00 -0500

Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk topped off his birthday weekend (he turned 26 Sunday), with his third consecutive two-hit game against the Atlanta Braves. He was six for 12, hitting for the cycle.

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What a wild ride the Cardinals took in 1987

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:40:00 -0500

The 1987 season was a historic one for the Cardinals. Things happened that year that never had happened on a Cardinals club — or for any other team.

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Class AA catcher Knizner just keeps getting better

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:30:00 -0500

Last year's seventh-round draft pick Andrew Knizner was promoted from Low-A Peoria to Class AA Springfield this season. Since the move, he's seen his work ethic and attitude lead to improvements defensively and at the plate.

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Cardinals' lineup confounded by Dickey, win streak ends at eight

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:30:00 -0500

The Cardinals' lineup, which had scored 58 runs in the team's eight-game win streak entering Sunday, couldn't figure out Braves starter R.A. Dickey and couldn't complete a late rally in the team's 6-3 loss.

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Lyons continues to impress, regardless of his role

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Despite being brought into increasingly high-leverage situations, left-handed reliever Tyler Lyons hasn't given up a hit in the month of August.

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Adams returns to Busch Stadium as a regular

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:30:00 -0500

Although Matt Adams finds himself back in left field, learning the position he briefly toyed with as a Cardinal, the route he took back to the corner reveals the difference a new team can make.

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Hummel: Division win would be one for Cards' record book

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:05:00 -0500

If they would win the National League Central Division this year, the Cardinals, who were under .500 as recently as Aug. 6, would accomplish something they never have done: No Cardinals league, division, or wild-card champion has ever been below…

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Cardinals hold on for eighth straight win

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:14:00 -0500

The Cardinals scored six runs and Trevor Rosenthal held on after giving up two runs in the ninth for the team's eighth straight win.

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Doesn't matter how slow Waino throws — Cards still win 7th in a row

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Bothered by irritation in his pitching arm, Adam Wainwright dropped as low as 61.8 mph with his curveball, but some were so slow they didn’t even register on the radar.

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Duke overcomes past struggles, delivers clutch outs for Cardinals

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0500

Cardinals reliever Zach Duke had only gotten Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman out once in six his tries in his career prior to Friday. When he was called upon to face Freeman, Duke struck him out.

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Fast start, late insurance lead Cardinals to seventh straight win

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 22:25:00 -0500

Adam Wainwright battled his way through five innings and the Cardinals' lineup scored eight runs for the sixth straight game.

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Ortiz: Lynn shows grit, resilience after head shot

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:40:00 -0500

It was the type of shot that would have immediately sent most mortals to the trainer’s room if not the emergency room for further observation. Lance Lynn merely rubbed at the right side of his head and checked for blood.

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Minor league report: Piscotty homers, Memphis walks off another win

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:55:00 -0500

In his first at bat since being optioned, Stephen Piscotty hit a home run in Class AAA Memphis' 3-2 victory Thursday.

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Head injuries inspire Cards relievers to wear cap inserts

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:15:00 -0500

As if the handful of Cardinals relievers needed a reminder why they’ve started wearing a protective insert in their hats, they got one in the third inning Thursday.

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Gordo: Rasmus left colorful legacy after exiting baseball

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:15:00 -0500

Colby Rasmus walked away from baseball in his athletic prime, offering no public explanation. The sport is less colorful in his absence.

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Doesn't matter the spot, Fowler delivers

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

In the Cardinals' sweep of the Royals, the former leadoff man hit six-for-13 in the fourth and sixth spots in the lineup.

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Cards to open 2018 season on Thursday March 29 in New York

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:45:00 -0500

To open the 2018 season, the Cardinals will head back on the road for their sixth opening day away from home in the past seven seasons.

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Hochman: Cards' Cat Whisperer speaks! Q-&-A with kitten retriever

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:40:00 -0500

Lucas Hackmann, the Cardinals grounds crew member who got the cat off the field, shares his story with The Post-Dispatch.

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Series preview: Cardinals vs. Braves

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:10:00 -0500

The Cardinals will look to continue their recent hot streak with a three-game series against the Braves, whom they swept earlier this season.

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Fowler's grand slam leads another Cardinals rally, completes sweep of Royals

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:54:00 -0500

Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam to break a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning and lead the Cardinals to their sixth straight win Thursday.

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Ortiz: Big Dogs give Cardinals reason to believe again

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:30:00 -0500

The Cardinals are starting to believe. You might want to buy in as well as they surge toward the top of the National League Central.

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Yadi is the cat's meow — his slam wins game, sends kitty into Cardinals lore

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:15:00 -0500

After rally cat is corralled on the field at Busch Stadium, Molina delivers grand slam on the next pitch, sending Cards to an 8-5 win over the Royals.

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Minor league report: Gomber turns in another seven-inning gem

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Class AA Springfield pitcher Austin Gomber said earlier this season he's focused on long-term success. That success might be coming sooner than he realized.

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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Given chance by Cardinals, Jose Martinez is seizing it

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Traded away by Royals in 2016, his home run gave Cardinals a brief lead in Wednesday's 8-5 victory over KC

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Fowler moves again, this time to cleanup

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:45:00 -0500

As manager Mike Matheny aims to maintain this suddenly kinetic offense and welcome back the man the Cardinals spent millions on to spark it, the idea of having Dexter Fowler atop the lineup has been replaced by just having Fowler…

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Cards prospects (and minor-league managers) fill up annual 'tools' survey

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:50:00 -0500

Martinez's fastball gets praise, but it's farmhands that shine in Baseball America's annual look at the best individual skills in baseball.

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10 years ago, Rick Ankiel made a dramatic return to the majors

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:25:00 -0500

Here is the original story that was published in the Post-Dispatch on Aug. 10, 2007, the day after Rick Ankiel made a dramatic return to the majors.

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Ortiz: Matheny focuses on team, not his critics

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:40:00 -0500

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is so focused on trying to win a division, he doesn’t have time to worry about the critical pieces or even the supportive articles these days.

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Scoring binge makes Cardinals look more like contenders

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:45:00 -0500

Their 10-3 shellacking of the Royals shoved the Cardinals above the .500 level for the first time since June 1 and for the first time in a long time, there is a definite bounce to their step.

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Minor league report: Santos delivers gem in second start of the season

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:17:00 -0500

High-A Palm Beach pitcher Ramon Santos was recently moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation and delivered seven shutout innings Tuesday.

What a difference a year makes with Cardinals lineup

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Cards putting up double-digit run totals with Diaz and Piscotty at Memphis and Gyorko in a major slump.

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Ortiz: Cards prospect Alcantara patiently learning his craft

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:30:00 -0500

The 6-4, 170-pound righthander is finally dominating Texas League hitters after a difficult adjustment in his first season at Class AA.

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65 days later, Cards return to .500 with rout of Royals

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:45:00 -0500

Matt Carpenter’s three-run homer, his first home run since June 24, capped a six-run fourth inning before a spirited, bipartisan, sellout crowd in Kansas City.

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Minor league report: Johnson City scores 16; Weaver rocked in Memphis start

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:25:00 -0500

Rookie affiliate Johnson City scored 16 runs in a six-inning game Monday, while in Memphis, Luke Weaver gave up his most runs as a pro.

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Piscotty departs quietly for Memphis after surprise demotion

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:55:00 -0500

Mozeliak noted that Pham's emergence as a regular and the need to get Jose Martinez more at-bats in light of his recent slugging had cut into Piscotty's playing time.

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Where to find Tuesday's Cards-Royals telecast

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:35:00 -0500

FS1, the primary cable television branch of Fox Sports, is set to televise Tuesday night's Cardinals-Royals game nationally. FS1 has exclusive rights, so the contest will not be shown on normal Cardinals outlet Fox Sports Midwest.

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Cardinals option Piscotty to Memphis

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:51:00 -0500

Right fielder has been hampered by injuries, and by concern for his mother's health condition. Dexter Fowler was activated from the disabled list to replace him.

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Goold: Change is in the air for Cards, even if it takes until offseason

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0500

While the Cardinals voluntarily put themselves in the non-committal position of playing all sides of the trade deadline — buyer, seller, investor, tinkerer … spectator — the real bind they find themselves in now and for the foreseeable future is…

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Minor league report: Trosclair hits for cycle in Peoria's 22-hit outburst

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Low-A Peoria first baseman Stefan Trosclair hit a triple, double and single in his last three at bats to accomplish the cycle and spark Peoria to a 13-10 win Friday.

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Siegrist goes on DL; Gyorko sits; Fowler stymied

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:15:00 -0500

Kevin Siegrist, who has become less of an option in the Cardinals’ late-inning rotation lately, was placed on the 10-day disabled with left forearm tendinitis.

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Series preview: Cardinals vs. Royals

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:10:00 -0500

The Cardinals will play two games in Kansas City and two games in St. Louis in their annual interleague series against the Royals.

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Ortiz: Piscotty finds solace during difficult year

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:10:00 -0500

Over time, it’s easy for some fans to forget that the men they cheer are not immune to the daily worries that affect the folks in the stands at Busch Stadium.

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Hochman: Dreams really do come true on Iowa ballfield

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:05:00 -0500

DYERSVILLE, Iowa • If “baseball heaven” had a heaven, it’s this, hovering above St. Louis like ballpark lights in the sky.

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J. Martinez, Cardinals slam Reds with 9-run inning

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 18:05:00 -0500

Wainwright out after throwing 88 pitches in three innings but Cecil has three scoreless frames to gain victory.

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Lynn helps Cards finally get a win in Cincy

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 08:51:00 -0500

CINCINNATI • Free-agent-to-be Lance Lynn is pitching not only to tempt 29 other teams in the majors but to intrigue the Cardinals enough into keeping him around after this season.

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No big home-run numbers, but balance on Cards

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 02:00:00 -0500

CINCINNATI • There is little disputing that the Cardinals’ lineup has balance. They have seven players with 12 to 15 homers and four players between 46 and 52 runs batted in.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Although the teams that call the National League Central home spent most of the season wriggling and squirming around each other in the standings, the July 31 trade deadline offered a definitive moment of demarcation. Some of their records may…