Cardinals waste stellar outing by Martinez
Still questing for the first shutout of his career, Cardinals righthander Carlos Martinez dazzled Saturday night with "best start of his career" and nine exceptional, scoreless innings.

The game, however, was not complete.

Martinez and San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija's captivating duel proved to be a scoreless prologue for a game decided after it outlasted a rain delay and landed in the lap of the ...    [ More ]
Cards pop open vintage Wain, blank Cubs
( The Cardinals turned a marquee May matchup against the reigning World Series champs into a statement series at Busch Stadium. For those who may have assumed the Cubs would coast to another division title this season, the Cardinals asserted their intentions to stick around as contenders. With a 5-0 win over Chicago on Sunday, St. Louis claimed the series victory and retained its spot atop the National League Central.

The Cubs, who fell below .500 with their seventh loss in nine games, ...    [ More ]
Cards fall to Cubs as win streak ends at six
( With Eddie Butler looking much better than a typical fill-in fifth starter, the Cubs inched closer to the first-place Cardinals and snapped their rival's winning streak with a 3-2 win at Busch Stadium on Friday. Three homers including two from Willson Contreras provided all the necessary support for a pitcher who entered the day with a career 6.50 ERA.

The Cubs, now 1 1/2 games back of the Cardinals in the National League Central, acquired Butler in a February trade with the ...    [ More ]
Redbirds rally past Fish for 6th straight win
( Another four-run deficit, another comeback victory at Marlins Park. The Cardinals on Wednesday were unfazed trailing by sizeable margins early and were able to rally for the second straight night.

Dexter Fowler's pinch-hit two-run triple plated Magneuris Sierra and Tommy Pham and highlighted a three-run sixth inning, and the Cardinals held on for a 7-5 win over the Marlins, extending their winning streak to six games.

On Tuesday the Cardinals trailed by four runs in the ...    [ More ]
With baseball watching, Maness set to return to majors
( Less than nine months after he had elbow surgery -- and several months earlier than if he had the Tommy John reconstruction -- former Cardinals reliever Seth Maness could return to the majors as early as Wednesday.

Maness, now with the Kansas City Royals, is joining the team in Tampa, Fla., a source described, and a corresponding roster move is expected.

To many medical officials and baseball operations execs in the game, his return is a significant step. Maness represents ...    [ More ]
After making history, Navy officer Harris receives release from Cardinals
ST. LOUIS o Mitch Harris, who has made a professional baseball career out of defying odds, arrived at the Cardinals' facility Tuesday expecting to step up on the mound.

Instead, he heard he was no longer a part of the organization.

Moments before the righthanded reliever was supposed to take a stride back toward an active roster, the Cardinals released Harris on Tuesday morning from the Class AAA roster, ...    [ More ]
Red Schoendienst recovering after heart procedure
( Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst is said to be recovering well at home after a procedure in which a stent was put in after he had a minor heart attack.

Schoendienst, 94, who managed the 1967 World Series champion Cardinals, is expected to be on hand next Wednesday at Busch Stadium when the Cardinals honor that club before a game with Boston.

Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock, who is being treated for multiple myeloma, also is hopeful of ...    [ More ]
Dex-tra special: Fowler's pinch-RBI leads Cards
( Battling back has become common for the Cardinals, who erased a four-run deficit in the eighth inning and rallied past the Marlins, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Dexter Fowler's pinch-hit RBI single off A.J. Ramos in the ninth inning scored Magneuris Sierra from second, capping the late-inning comeback to secure St. Louis' fifth straight win. The run was unearned because Ramos' throwing error allowed Sierra, who had an infield single, to advance to second. After opening the ...    [ More ]
Cardinals notes: Fowler's status for Tuesday is iffy
MIAMI o The latest on Dexter Fowler? "I'm going to play tomorrow," Fowler said Monday night before he went through some throwing and running paces during batting practice.

The workout was reasonably good, although afterward Fowler wasn't sure about playing Tuesday: "You'll have to ask Skip (manager Mike Matheny). I don't know."

Matheny said Fowler had made progress. "He felt better," said Matheny. ...    [ More ]
Cards ride C-Mart's 4 RBIs to 4th straight win
( Carlos Martinez may have pitched only six innings on Monday night, but in a way, the hard-throwing right-hander turned in a complete game. Not in the technical sense of finishing on the mound, but he contributed two hits and drove in four runs in the Cardinals' 9-4 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

On the mound, Martinez was pretty effective, striking out seven and allowing three runs on five hits. The real damage against him was Marcell Ozuna's two home runs, one a two-run ...    [ More ]