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Matheny takes high road after firing
(STLToday.com) Deposed Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took the high road Sunday. He threw no daggers at anyone in the organization for his abrupt dismissal after Saturday's come-from-ahead 8-2 loss here to Cincinnati.

"I've got nothing but gratitude," Matheny said, "and this goes way back. I got two new lives with this organization, first when (manager) Tony La Russa and (pitching coach) Dave Duncan and (general manager) Walt Jocketty gave me a chance to have a second life as a player to play in a ...    [ More ]
Cards trip up Reds in new skipper's 1st win
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(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- Despite spending the weekend surrendering leads and restructuring management, the Cardinals appeared rejuvenated on Sunday afternoon.

In his first game as interim manager, Mike Shildt fielded a club that fought through tough innings, made pitches in critical spots and chained together rallies in a 6-4 victory over the Reds in the series finale at Busch Stadium.



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Bader exits with hyperextension of left knee
(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader was removed from Sunday's series finale against the Reds in the second inning after sustaining a mild hyperextension of his left knee.

Bader stumbled rounding first base after hitting a two-out single following Dexter Fowler's homer off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani. Bader walked off ...    [ More ]
Carpenter ties Cards' mark with leadoff jack
(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter tied a franchise record for leadoff home runs in a season when he launched his fifth off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani in Sunday's series finale at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter's five leadoff homers matched his own mark from 2015, as well as Lou Brock in 1967 and '70, and Ray Lankford in '94.



That homer -- which traveled a projected ...    [ More ]
Cardinals dismiss manager Matheny
(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- Following an 8-2 loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium on Saturday, the Cardinals announced the firing of manager Mike Matheny. Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller were dismissed, as well.

Bench coach Mike Shildt will take over as interim manager.

"Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride, and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons," ...    [ More ]
Relief woes stifle strong start in Cards loss
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(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- Having already had his actions as a 21-year-old Major Leaguer come under the microscope this week, Jordan Hicks left Busch Stadium with another lesson to pocket on Saturday.

There will be, as he was reminded, growing pains on the field, too.



After a pair of rain delays washed away Jack Flaherty's chance to pitch deep, the Cardinals watched a two-run lead evaporate off ...    [ More ]
Extremely Cardinals Report: Mike Matheny Respects Bud Norris For ...
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(deadspin) The St. Louis Cardinals are plainly, self-evidently enduring a period of persistent, chronic dunderheadedness. Nothing makes that more plain than the fact that they're publicly feuding with one of their own players, but that's not been the only sign: Tommy Pham, who broke out last season with the Cardinals, in his age-29 season, publicly called out the organization for jerking him around prior to the start of this season; last season stalwart catcher Yadier Molina had to clap back at manager ...    [ More ]
Cardinals' bats silenced to end 9-game trip
(MLB.com) CHICAGO -- After the offense pounded out 14 runs in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday, the Cardinals were silent on Wednesday. They mustered only four hits, including just three against Chicago starter Carlos Rodon, in a 4-0 loss at Guaranteed Rate Field.

St. Louis had only one runner in scoring position over the first seven innings, when Matt Carpenter lined a sixth-inning, one-out double past a diving Charlie Tilson in right-center field. Jose Martinez and Paul DeJong contributed ...    [ More ]
It's official: Mikolas to pitch for Cards Sunday but not in All-Star Game
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(STLToday.com) CHICAGO oThe Cardinals officially announced 10-game winner Miles Mikolas as their pitcher Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The game will be the final one before the All-Star break and that means that officially, Mikolas won't be on the active roster for the National League All-Star team, a probability the Post-Dispatch first had reported on Tuesday night.

Any pitcher who starts the Sunday before the Tuesday All-Star Game is taken off the roster and replaced. ...    [ More ]
Mikolas' amazing return earns All-Star nod
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(MLB.com) SAN FRANCISCO -- Three years ago, Miles Mikolas' baseball future seemed tenuous. His career sat at a crossroads. To prolong it, Mikolas sought answers a hemisphere away.

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Flash forward to the present day, in which Mikolas is an All-Star. Major League Baseball announced Sunday that Mikolas will serve on the National League's pitching staff for the July 17 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park. There he ...    [ More ]