July 24: Dodgers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (52-45, -6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (55-44, -4.0 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:08 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Randal Grichuk (LF), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (1B), Jedd Gyorko (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Tommy Pham (CF), Kolten Wong (2B), Mike Mayers (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Chase Utley (2B), Corey Seager (SS), Justin Turner (3B), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Howie Kendrick (LF), Yasmani Grandal (C), Andrew Toles (RF), Joc Pederson (CF), Scott Kazmir (LHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Mike Mayers and optioned RHP Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Memphis

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-2 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday (link)
  • Mike Mayers set to make his Major League debut in Sunday’s series finale (link)
  • Defense once again complicates things for Mike Leake (link)

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July 22: Dodgers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (51-44, -6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (54-43, -4.0 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Tommy Pham (CF), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jedd Gyorko (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Chase Utley (2B), Corey Seager (SS), Justin Turner (3B), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Howie Kendrick (LF), Yasmani Grandal (C), Joc Pederson (CF), Scott Van Slyke (RF), Brandon McCarthy (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-5, walk-off win on Thursday (link)
  • Consistent approach pays of for Aledmys Diaz, who delivered his first career walk-off hit to wrap up sweep of Padres (link)
  • Matt Holliday’s nose bloodied, but not broken, after being hit by a pitch (link)
  • Ozzie Smith leads a baseball clinic in Cooperstown as part of the Hall of Fame weekend (link)
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred, on MLB’s investigation of the Cardinals’ hacking scandal (link)

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July 7: Pirates @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (43-41, -9.0 in NL Central), Pirates (44-41, -8.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 12:45 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Greg Garcia (3B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Kolten Wong (2B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Pirates lineup: John Jaso (1B), Gregory Polanco (RF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Jung Ho Kang (3B), Matt Joyce (LF), Josh Harrison (2B), Jordy Mercer (SS), Eric Fryer (C), Tyler Glasnow (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals have placed second baseman Matt Carpenter on the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of catcher Michael McKenry.

Reading material:

  • Cardinals lose Matt Carpenter to a right oblique injury (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-5 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday (link)
  • Randal Grichuk returns to the big leagues with a changed swing and clear mind (link)
  • MLB.com columnist Mike Bauman wonders where the Cardinals’ usual resilience has been (link)
  • Catcher Brayan Pena heads back to the DL with more knee issues; Alberto Rosario earns his first Major League call-up (link)
  • As evidenced on Wednesday, the Cardinals still haven’t sorted out roles in the bullpen (link)
  • Cards hope to have Jhonny Peralta (left thumb) back in the lineup before the end of the week (link)

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July 6: Pirates @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (43-40, -9.0 in NL Central), Pirates (43-41, -9.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jedd Gyorko (1B), Greg Garcia (3B), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Pirates lineup: Jordy Mercer (SS), David Freese (1B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Jung Ho Kang (3B), Starling Marte (LF), Josh Harrison (2B), Sean Rodriguez (RF), Erik Kratz (C), Jeff Locke (LHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals have placed catcher Brayan Pena on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation and purchased the contract of catcher Alberto Rosario

Reading material:

  • Matt Carpenter earns his third All-Star Game selection (link)
  • Jhonny Peralta exited Tuesday’s game with left thumb discomfort, though the Cardinals don’t believe it’s related to his prior surgery (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-2 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday (link)
  • Columnist Mike Bauman wonders if the Cardinals can move past their see-saw first half (link)
  • Brayan Pena plans to work with the Army Reserves over the offseason as a way to give back to his adopted country (link)
  • Cardinals place Brandon Moss on the disabled list, recall Randal Grichuk (link)

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July 4: Pirates @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (43-38, -8.0 in NL Central), Pirates (41-41, -10.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (CF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (RF), Jedd Gyorko (1B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Pirates lineup: John Jaso (1B), Gregory Polanco (RF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Starling Marte (LF), David Freese (3B), Josh Harrison (2B), Jordy Mercer (SS), Erik Kratz (C), Jonathan Niese (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • How the Cardinals outlasted the weather en route to outlasting the Brewers (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ crazy 9-8 victory over Milwaukee (link)
  • Kolten Wong sees an eventual return to second base in his future (link)
  • Cardinals aggressive on the first day of the international signing period, sign 13 players (link)
  • Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris attends Sunday’s MLB game at Fort Bragg (link)

July 3: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (42-38, -9.0 in NL Central), Brewers (35-45, -16.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Brandon Moss (1B), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Tommy Pham (CF), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (SS), Scooter Gennett (2B), Ryan Braun (LF), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Chris Carter (1B), Aaron Hill (3B), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF), Ramon Flores (RF), Chase Anderson (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-0 win over the Brewers on Saturday (link)
  • Yadier Molina becomes the 34th catcher in MLB history to collect his 1,500th hit (link)
  • After collecting 357 saves in Korea/Japan, Seung Hwan Oh got his first in the Majors on Saturday (link)
  • Cardinals agree to terms with several international prospects on the first day of the international signing period (link)
  • Sam Tuivailala returns to the big-league club with more confidence in his cutter (link)

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July 2: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (41-38, -10.0 in NL Central), Brewers (35-44, -16.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Tommy Pham (CF), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Brandon Moss (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Greg Garcia (3B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (SS), Scooter Gennett (2B), Ryan Braun (LF), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Chris Carter (1B), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF), Hernan Perez (3B), Ramon Flores (RF), Jimmy Nelson (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • The international signing period opened on Saturday, and the Cardinals have already agreed to deals with several top prospects (link)
  • Jaime Garcia is learning what it’s like to pitch healthy again — and he’s making some adjustments as a result (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-1 win over the Brewers on Friday (link)
  • Aledmys Diaz returns from an eye injury and shines during a busy night at short on Friday (link)
  • The Cardinals have placed Kevin Siegrist on the DL with mononucleosis and recalled Sam Tuivailala to take his place in the ‘pen (link)

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July 1: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (40-38, -11.0 in NL Central), Brewers (35-43, -16.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Brandon Moss (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Tommy Pham (CF), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonatha Villar (SS), Aaron Hill (3B), Ryan Braun (LF), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Chris Carter (1B), Hernan Perez (RF), Scooter Gennett (2B), Keon Broxton (CF), Matt Garza (RHP)

Transactions: LHP Kevin Siegrist has been placed on the 15-day DL with mononucleosis; RHP Sam Tuivailala has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis

Reading material:

  • Ragged play extends the Cardinals’ home losing streak to seven games, seals losing month (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-2 loss to the Royals on Thursday (link)
  • Mike Matheny loses his cool after an overturned replay review (link)
  • Stephen Piscotty, Aledmys Diaz on the mend (link)

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June 30: Royals @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (40-37, -11. in NL Central), Royals (41-36, -6.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Kolten Wong (CF), Matt Holliday (LF), Brandon Moss (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Brayan Pena (C), Greg Garcia (SS), Mike Leake (RHP)

Royals lineup: Alex Gordon (LF), Whit Merrifield (2B), Kendrys Morales (RF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Christian Colon (3B), Alcides Escobar (SS), Jarrod Dyson (CF), Chris Young (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Royals on Wednesday (link)
  • Stephen Piscotty nurses a bruised left ankle after getting hit on it twice in Wednesday’s game (link)
  • Yadier Molina looking for a late push in the All-Star Game voting (link)
  • Cardinals bullpen still trying to settle as various roles are in flux (link)
  • Yadier Molina unveils clothing line, which will  be sold at Busch Stadium (link)

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June 28: Cardinals @ Royals

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Records: Cardinals (39-36, -10 in NL Central), Royals (40-35, -5.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Brandon Moss (LF), Matt Holliday (DH), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (CF), Greg Garcia (SS)

Royals lineup: Whit Merrifield (LF), Alcides Escobar (SS), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Kendrys Morales (DH), Paulo Orlando (RF), Cheslor Cuthbert (3B), Christian Colon (2B), Drew Butera (C)

Transactions: The Cardinals have designated catcher Eric Fryer for assignment and activated catcher Brayan Pena from the disabled list

Reading material:

  • Aledmys Diaz appears to have avoided a major injury after fouling a ball off his face (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-2 loss to the Royals on Monday (link)
  • Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal made scoreless relief appearances as both continue to work their way to bigger ‘pen roles (link)
  • Brayan Pena rejoins the club after a 20-day rehab assignment (link)
  • Yadier Molina’s lead in the All-Star Game voting is down to 5,000 votes (link)
  • Adam Wainwright nearly Randy Johnson’ed a bird last night (link)

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