Bader sends Cards to walk-off rally in debut
( Tuesday was no ordinary day for Harrison Bader. After being called up just 12 hours prior, the Cardinals' No. 6 prospect?made quite the impact, notching his first Major League hit and scoring the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

Entering the ninth tied, Bader started the inning with a double down the left-field line. After moving to third on Greg Garcia's sacrifice bunt, the outfielder raced home and scored the walk-off run on Jedd Gyorko's sac fly ...    [ More ]
Cardinals place Wainwright (back) on DL
( After placing Dexter Fowler on the 10-day disabled list earlier in the day, Adam Wainwright was also put on the DL on Tuesday. A corresponding move will be announced on Wednesday.

The right-handed pitcher is dealing with mid-back tightness, with the move being retroactive to July 23, the day after Wainwright's last start. His last outing against the Cubs was one of his best of the season, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing just two runs on four hits.

Wainwright leads the ...    [ More ]
Leake, Cards' bullpen stifle Rox in opener
( The energy and sharpness that had eluded Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake reappeared during an 8-2 victory over the previously hot Rockies at Busch Stadium on Monday night.

Benefiting from the power of Randal Grichuk, whose two-run shot in the fourth gave him a four-game homer streak, Leake (7-8) held the Rockies, who had put up 73 runs while winning six of their previous seven games and began the night leading the National League Wild Card race, scoreless on four hits in seven ...    [ More ]
Piscotty not yet ready to come off DL
( The Cardinals won't have to address their overcrowded outfield situation for a little while longer, as Stephen Piscotty continues to recover from a strained right groin. Although Piscotty is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, there are still steps to be taken before that happens, and there is no timeline for his return.

"I've done some running, some agility, and [I've] really [been] making sure that lateral movement is good, because that's where the groin comes ...    [ More ]
Grichuk homers in 3rd straight game off DL
( Having returned from the disabled list on Friday unsure how quickly his timing would return, Randal Grichuk showed no sign of rust. His second-inning blast in Sunday's 5-3 loss was his third homer in as many games, making him the first Cardinals player since Albert Pujols (2011) to homer in every game of a series against the Cubs.

The surge for Grichuk, who was on the DL for a lower back strain, comes at a time when the Cardinals are trying to figure out how the 25-year-old fits for ...    [ More ]
Wacha unable to contain Cubs at Wrigley
( Welcome home, Jose Quintana.

Kyle Schwarber smacked a game-tying solo home run and Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run shot to back Quintana in his Cubs home debut, posting a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night to move the Cubs into a tie for first place in the National League Central.

The Cubs now have won eight of their nine games since the All-Star break, and the main reason has been the pitching with the starters combining for a 2.41 ERA and seven ...    [ More ]
Carpenter exits early with quad tightness
( Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter exited Sunday's series finale against the Cubs in the second inning due to right quadriceps tightness. He was replaced by rookie Luke Voit.

An inning before his departure, Carpenter was thrown out trying to score from first on Jedd Gyorko's two-out double to left-center. The relay throw by Chicago's Addison Russell beat Carpenter by several steps, leaving him to awkwardly try to slide around catcher Willson Contreras.

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Nine-run 8th powers Cards over Cubs in opener
( The Cardinals stunned the red-hot Cubs, scoring a season-high nine runs in the eighth inning to post an 11-4 come-from-behind victory on Friday afternoon to snap Chicago's winning streak at six.

St. Louis sent 14 batters to the plate in the eighth. Trailing 3-2, the Cardinals loaded the bases against Carl Edwards Jr. when Matt Carpenter doubled and both Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler walked. Hector Rondon took over and walked Jedd Gyorko to force in a run and tie the game, then served ...    [ More ]
At last minute, Molina scratched from game
( There was no indication the lineup had changed outside of Paul DeJong standing in the on-deck circle and Carson Kelly strapping on his gear, but yet here it was the first inning and no Yadier Molina.

The Cardinals' catcher was a last-minute scratch due to discomfort in his right ankle. The injury was not mentioned before the game.

The Cardinals did not have batting practice on the field, so there was added time to evaluate Molina, who did not play Thursday in New York.
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Mozeliak: Cardinals 'attitude and culture' might need a 'shake-up'
( CHICAGO o If the front office was waiting for a sign from the field about what to do at the trade deadline and whether 2017 was still a season that had a pulse, then the flub in the ninth inning Thursday that led directly to a loss offered an answer.

So, too, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said, will the response this weekend at Wrigley Field.

"I feel playing better should be what drives us," Mozeliak said Friday at high noon ...    [ More ]