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June 27: Cubs @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (49-24, +8.0 in NL Central), Cubs (39-33, -9.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: FOX, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (LF), Xavier Scruggs (1B), Peter Bourjos (CF), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Kris Bryant (3B), Miguel Montero (C), Starlin Castro (SS), Chris Coghlan (LF), Mike Baxter (RF), Donn Roach (RHP), Addison Russell (2B)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Greg Garcia creates the memory of a lifetime with a pinch-hit home run (link)
  • John Lackey dodges trouble to keep the Cardinals within striking distance (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over the Cubs in 10 innings on Friday (link)
  • Matt Holliday nearing the next step in his rehab process back from a quad injury (link)
  • Prospect Alex Reyes sidelined with shoulder soreness; other minor league notes (link)
  • Preview for Saturday’s game against the Cubs (link)

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June 26: Cubs @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (48-24, +8.0 in NL Central), Cubs (39-32, -8.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Kris Bryant (3B), Miguel Montero (C), Chris Coghlan (LF), Starlin Castro (SS), Mike Baxter (RF), Jake Arrieta (RHP), Addison Russell (2B),

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Fresh off the disabled list, Lance Lynn tosses six scoreless innings in Thursday’s win (link)
  • A late addition to the lineup, Pete Kozma records three hits to lead the Cardinals to a sweep (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-1 in over the Marlins (link)
  • Pitching prospect Alex Reyes to represent the Cardinals in next month’s All-Star Futures Game (link)
  • Jaime Garcia reports improvement after exiting Wednesday’s game with a cramp (link)
  • Preview of Friday’s series opener against the Cubs (link)

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June 16: Twins @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (42-21, +6.0 in NL Central), Twins (34-29, -2.5 in AL Central)

First pitch: 12:45 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Peter Bourjos (CF), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Twins lineup: Brian Dozier (2B), Torii Hunter (RF), Joe Mauer (1B), Trevor Plouffe (3B), Eduardo Nunez (SS), Kurt Suzuki (C), Shane Robinson (LF), Kyle Gibson (RHP), Byron Buxton (CF)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • According to the New York Times, the Cardinals are being investigated by the FBI for hacking the Astros (link)
  • Yadier Molina ends his home run drought after 354 days (link)
  • With Trevor Rosenthal unavailable due to tightness, Kevin Siegrist notched the save (link)
  • Cardinals sign 16 Draft picks, including both of their first-rounders (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the Twins (link)
  • Mike Matheny, Paul Molitor meet once again (link)
  • Cardinals, Royals makeup game scheduled for July 23 (link)
  • Preview of the Cardinals’ series finale against the Twins (link)
  • Double-A third baseman Patrick Wisdom posts a five-RBI day for Springfield (link)

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June 15: Twins @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (41-21, +6.0 in NL Central), Twins (34-28, -1.5 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Twins lineup: Brian Dozier (2B), Eddie Rosario (LF), Joe Mauer (1B), Trevor Plouffe (3B), Torii Hunter (RF), Kurt Suzuki (C), Eduardo Escobar (SS), Trevor May (RHP), Byron Buxton (CF)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Series finale between Cardinals, Royals washed out by rain (link)
  • Mark Reynolds trading power for OBP points this season (link)
  • Preview for Monday’s series opener against the Twins (link)

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June 14: Royals @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (41-21, +6.5 in NL Central), Royals (34-25, +2.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Royals lineup: Alcides Escobar (SS), Mike Moustakas (3B), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Alex Gordon (LF), Omar Infante (2B), Jarrod Dyson (RF), Chris Young (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Jason Heyward makes a game-saving catch on a ball he never saw (link)
  • For the first time in more than two years, Tyler Lyons notched a Major League win (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the Royals on Saturday (link)
  • Matt Carpenter hasn’t looked like himself at the plate lately (link)
  • Cardinals pitchers finding ways to be more productive at the plate this season (link)
  • Preview of the Cardinals’ series finale against the Royals on Sunday (link)

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June 13: Royals @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (40-21, +6.5 in NL Central), Royals (34-24, +2.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 3:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), Tyler Lyons (LHP)

Royals lineup: Alcides Escobar (SS), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Alex Rios (RF), Kendrys Morales (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Alex Gordon (LF), Christian Colon (3B), Omar Infante (2B), Jeremy Guthrie (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Jaime Garcia lets his pitching do the talking — all of it (link)
  • Lance Lynn lands on the DL with a forearm strain, will miss at least two starts (link)
  • Jordan Walden, Marco Gonzales making progress in their rehab work (link)
  • Sans Matt Holliday, the outfielders stepped up to lead the offense on Friday (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-0 win over the Royals (link)
  • Tyler Lyons returns to the Major League rotation as Saturday’s spot starter (link)

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June 12: Royals @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (39-21, +6.0 in NL Central); Royals (34-23, +2.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest. 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kong Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Royals lineup: Alcides Escobar (SS), Mike Moustakas (3B), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Alex Gordon (LF), Alex Rios (RF), Omar Infante (2B), Yordano Ventura (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals placed Lance Lynn on the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Tyler Lyons, who will start Saturday’s game.

Reading material:

  • A look into Trevor Rosenthal’s sensational start to the season (link)
  • Wrapping up the Draft by looking at what the Cardinals prioritized and how they plan to spend (link)
  • The future was on display Thursday as Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky dominated for high-A Palm Beach (link)
  • Columnist Tracy Ringolsby writes about the heightened Cards-Royals rivalry (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s series opener against the Royals (link)

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Cards take OF Nick Plummer with 23rd overall pick

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

After three straight years of using their top pick in the First-Year Player Draft to nab an advanced college pitcher, the Cardinals returned to the high school ranks on Monday to take outfielder Nick Plummer out of Brother Rice High School (MI) with the 23rd overall pick.

The left-handed hitting Plummer, ranked as the 27th-best prospect available in this Draft class by MLB.com, has a college commitment to the University of Kentucky that the Cardinals will try to lure him away from. The pick comes with a bonus slot value of $2.1244 million, though the Cardinals are not required to offer Plummer that exact amount.

Plummer, 18, becomes the first high school player to become the Cardinals’ top selection since Shelby Miller was taken 19th overall in 2009. The last high school position player the club used its top pick on was Pete Kozma, two years before that. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound center fielder is also the first Michigan prep position player to go in the first three rounds of the amateur Draft since Billy Killian in 2004.

Plummer’s high school team was eliminated from Michigan’s high school postseason tournament over the weekend. Entering his final high school game, Plummer has batted .520 with 68 runs, 32 stolen bases, 23 RBIs and 22 doubles in 41 games.

According to MLB.com’s Draft report on Plummer, he has a chance to be a plus hitter for both power and average and already showcases a mature approach at the plate. There have been questions about whether he has the speed to stick in center field or whether he might profile long term as a corner outfielder.

Plummer was the first of three players the Cardinals will pick on Monday, the first day of the three-day amateur draft. The Cardinals also received the 39th overall pick through the Competitive Balance Lottery and have a second-round selection at No. 66 overall.

The Draft will continue on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 11:30 p.m. CT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 12 p.m. CT.

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June 7: Cardinals @ Dodgers

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (37-19, +6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (32-24, +0.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:07 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jon Jay (CF), Tony Cruz (C), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Joc Pederson (CF), Yasiel Puig (RF), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Justin Turner (3B), Andre Ethier (LF), Yasmani Grandal (C), Kike Hernandez (2B), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Zack Greinke (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • The only thing lacking since Jaime Garcia’s return from the DL is run support (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 2-0 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday (link)
  • Matt Carpenter takes a pitch just above the elbow, avoids serious injury (link)
  • This was a better Clayton Kershaw than the Cardinals saw last October (link)
  • Mike Matheny would be OK with the Cardinals drafting his son, Tate, later this week (link)
  • Preview for Sunday’s nationally televised series finale in Los Angeles (link)

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June 6: Cardinals @ Dodgers

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (37-18, +6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (31-24, +0.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 9:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Peter Bourjos (CF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Randal Grichuk (RF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Pete Kozma (2B), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Dodgers lineup: Joc Pederson (CF), Chris Heisey (LF), Yasiel Puig (RF), Justin Turner (1B), Kike Hernandez (2B), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Alberto Callaspo (3B), A.J. Ellis (C), Clayton Kershaw (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • How a visit from his pitching coach turned around Carlos Martinez’s night (link)
  • The anatomy of an eighth-inning rally that helped St. Louis steal a win (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Friday (link)
  • Cardinals activate outfielder Tommy Pham from the 60-day DL, option him to Triple-A (link)
  • Cards preparing Draft board, readying for Busch Stadium workout in advance of Draft (link)
  • Preview for Saturday’s Clayton Kershaw-Jaime Garcia matchup (link)

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