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Vroom broom: Sweep keeps Cards in race
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(MLB.com) Even given scant odds of making the postseason following a sweep by the first-place Cubs last weekend, the Cardinals did exactly what they needed to do in three games vs. the Reds win.

An 8-5 St. Louis victory over Cincinnati completed the series sweep at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night. Carlos Martinez rebounded from allowing a career-high-tying seven runs at Chicago in his previous start and pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win, while Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler ...    [ More ]
Cubs complete sweep of Cardinals, send rivals reeling from division race
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CHICAGO o It took a crowded plate and a replay to effectively shove the Cardinals out of the division race.

Anthony Rizzo was clipped by a pitch to lead off the seventh inning and, after a replay challenged confirmed he was breezed by the baseball, a rally was put in motion that took four more Cubs, involved one more Cardinals reliever, and turned a game that was a must-win for the Cardinals into a just lost.
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Wong uncertain for rest of season with persisting back pain
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CHICAGO o The pain that locked his lower back as he rounded third and headed home with the Cardinals' second run Friday was enough to do more than knock Kolten Wong from the game.

"Make one weird move," he said, "and it takes your breath away."

Unable to play pain free for more than a week and unable to play at all in the second half of Friday's loss, Wong is uncertain what persisting back trouble means ...    [ More ]
Miscues sting Cardinals in decisive 6th inning
(MLB.com) Any momentum bottled from a fortuitous turn of events in the fifth came gushing out one inning later when, with a series of lapses in the field, the Cardinals paved a path for the Cubs to surge ahead and ultimately coast to an 8-2 win on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The loss cost the Cardinals precious ground in the standings, where they now trail the division-leading Cubs by four games and the Rockies by three in the National League Wild Card race, pending Colorado's game vs. ...    [ More ]
Pham becomes 6th Card to log 20 HRs, 20 SBs
(MLB.com) It seems fitting that a year in which Tommy Pham finally found a fix for his chronic vision problems will now also feature on-field success defined by the same figure: 20/20.

Pham became the sixth player in franchise history and first since Reggie Sanders in 2004 to steal 20 bases and hit 20 homers in a single season. And Pham actually reached both milestones within the same afternoon, helping the Cardinals build a 4-1 lead over the Reds along the way on Thursday at Busch ...    [ More ]
Waino, Fowler among Cards close to returning
(MLB.com) Though the Cardinals did not take batting practice before Thursday's series finale against the Reds, Busch Stadium was buzzing with on-field activity. Several rehabbing players, including Adam Wainwright and Dexter Fowler, went out early for work that pushed them closer to a return.

Wainwright threw his second bullpen session in three days, estimating afterward that he delivered between 20-35 pitches with manager Mike Matheny serving as his catcher. Wainwright is expected to throw ...    [ More ]
Cards roll past Reds, stay two back of Cubs
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(MLB.com) The race for a National League Central title continues to inch closer to a climax, and Tuesday brought no added separation among the three teams jostling for the top spot. The Cardinals kept pace with the victorious Cubs and Brewers by pounding the Reds, 13-4, to open a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals remain two games behind the Cubs in the NL Central and a half-game ahead of the Brewers.

o National League standings

The Cardinals jumped all ...    [ More ]
Cardinals announce 2018 season schedule
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(MLB.com) With their Opening Day game against the Mets scheduled for March 29, the Cardinals are slated to begin the 2018 regular season earlier than ever before.

o Cardinals' 2018 season schedule 

It will mark the first time the Cardinals have opened the season at Citi Field, and the team's first opener in New York since 1996, when the Mets still played at Shea Stadium. MLB pushed up the start of the 2018 season in order to accommodate the addition of four extra off-days during the ...    [ More ]
Wacha impresses to lead Cards' shutout win
(MLB.com) No matter how right things looked earlier this year, Michael Wacha knew that others were going to define his season not by how it started, but rather in the way he finished it.

But those persistent questions about durability and strength have been buried as Wacha confidently marches toward the second 30-start season of his career. Since debuting with the Cardinals in 2013, Wacha has rarely been better than he was on Sunday while lifting the Cardinals to a 7-0 victory over the Pirates ...    [ More ]
Cards keep pace in WC with comeback win
AP
(MLB.com) In a back-and-forth affair, it took a ground-rule double and a groundout for the Cardinals to break through in the eighth and take a much-needed 4-3 win from the Pirates on Saturday night.

With the win, the Cardinals were able to keep pace in the postseason race. They are now three games behind the Cubs in the National League Central, tied with the Brewers, and two and a half games back in the Wild Card chase.

Cards shortstop Paul DeJong led off the eighth inning with a ...    [ More ]