Fowler says he's good after leg 'tightened up;' Cards want to be sure
PHILADELPHIA o With their center fielder's past history of leg soreness and foot injuries, the Cardinals intend to be additionally conservative when it comes to throwing Dexter Fowler back into the lineup.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he knew immediately Wednesday night that Fowler would not be available Thursday.

The team's hope is to avoid using Fowler during Thursday's series finale at Citizens ...    [ More ]
Pham sparks Cards' win with bat and arm
( For Tommy Pham, fresh off a homer in the 11th inning of Tuesday's win over the Phillies, Wednesday was a repeat showing of sorts.

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Pham bashed two homers in the 7-6 win on Wednesday night. The first, a solo homer, got the Cards on the board in the fifth, their first step back after trailing, 5-0. His second cleared the fence in center and tied the score at 5 in the ninth off Phillies closer Hector Neris.

Entering that extra-inning at-bat ...    [ More ]
Cards beat Phillies with explosion in 11th
PHILADELPHIA o As he sat at his locker this past weekend in Camden Yards, Stephen Piscotty, who has dabbled in a little economics and stock market talk before, described the trickle-down effect from having Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler increase their gross production atop the lineup.

"It helps guys all the way through the lineup if you have (the pitcher) on his heels right out of the gate," Piscotty said. ...    [ More ]
Wainwright, Cards can't contain O's in defeat
( Led by a four-hit, two-homer afternoon by Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles went deep five times to bash their way to a 15-7, series-evening win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo went back-to-back in the first inning off Cards starter Adam Wainwright, while Manny Machado added a two-run blast off the righty in the Orioles' seven-run second inning. Wainwright matched a career high in earned runs (nine) and home runs allowed over his 1 2/3 innings, the shortest ...    [ More ]
Fowler's HR not enough as Cards fall in finale
( The Brewers' four-game series against the Cardinals felt even longer with Tuesday's day-night doubleheader and Wednesday's pair of rain delays. But by late Thursday night, the Crew had notched another series win at Busch Stadium with a 6-4 victory, delivered by a go-ahead home run from Eric Thames in the ninth inning.

Thames' two-run homer off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh (1-3) in the top of the ninth just cleared the right-field wall. After going three years without a series win ...    [ More ]
Diaz's rain-making HR isn't enough vs. Crew
( Eric Thames snapped out of his offensive funk with his 17th homer and three RBIs to lead way as the Brewers weathered a Cardinals comeback and two rain delays for their second straight win over St. Louis, 7-6, on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

Thames, who entered the night hitting just .108 in June, blasted a two-run home run in the first and added an RBI double in the second as the National League Central leaders built a 6-0 lead after an inning and a half.

The Brewers ...    [ More ]
Cards blank Crew behind Martinez's 2 homers
( Jose Martinez had two home runs and three RBIs to back Lance Lynn's strong start as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 6-0, on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Busch Stadium.

Martinez opened the scoring with a solo homer, his second of the season, off Brewers surprise starter Brent Suter in the fifth. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and another solo home run in the eighth.

The offensive outburst backed a 95-pitch start on a steamy ...    [ More ]
Cards blank Dodgers behind Waino's arm, bat
( Adam Wainwright hit a two-run homer in the second inning and pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Cardinals to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers at Busch Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, evening the series and giving St. Louis its first back-to-back wins since May 13-14.

In yet another strong outing, Wainwright (6-3) gave up four hits and two walks and struck out six on 101 pitches. The right-hander also extended his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings, which is the longest by a ...    [ More ]
Gyorko will miss two weekend games; Sierra likely to return
Another Cardinals roster move will be forthcoming Friday when Jedd Gyorko -- whose wife, Karley, presented him with baby daughter Brooklyn Ellee at 7:46 Tuesday night -- takes two days of the three allowed him by Major League Baseball for paternity leave.

Gyorko played Wednesday night and will play in Thursday's 12:45 p.m. game against the Dodgers at Busch Stadium. But he will be absent Friday and Saturday in ...    [ More ]
Dexter's dinger a 'shot in the arm' for Cards
( Dexter Fowler saw the pitch once. It was a slider, just over 88 mph, that finished in the middle of the zone.

When Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling threw that same pitch again down to almost the exact same placement and speed Fowler wasn't missing. He turned on the ball and smashed it deep over the wall in right-center, giving the Cardinals a late lead and the eventual win, 2-1, over the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

"He's just such a great addition to ...    [ More ]