August 15: Marlins @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (74-41, +6.0 in NL Central), Marlins (46-69, -16.5 in NL East)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

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

Marlins lineup: Dee Gordon (2B), Ichiro Suzuki (RF), Martin Prado (3B), Justin Bour (1B), Marcell Ozuna (CF), Cole Gillespie (LF), J.T. Realmuto (C), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Brad Hand (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • With a bunt and a blast, Matt Carpenter led the way offensively on Friday (link)
  • Healthy again, Jaime Garcia reminding of how dominant he can be (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Marlins on Friday (link)
  • Top prospect Alex Reyes turns in sensational Double-A start on Friday (link)
  • Cardinals holding induction ceremony for 2015 Hall of Fame class on Saturday (link)
  • Steve Cishek ready to use familiarity to his advantage as he faces former teammates (link)
  • Preview for Saturday’s game against the Marlins (link)

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August 14: Marlins @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (73-41, +6.0 in NL Central), Marlins (46-68, -14.5 in NL East)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

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

Marlins lineup: Dee Gordon (2B), Martin Prado (3B), Derek Dietrich (LF), Casey McGehee (1B), Cole Gillespie (CF), J.T. Realmuto (C), Ichiro Suzuki (RF), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Tom Koehler (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Lance Lynn endures the shortest — and worst — start of his career (link)
  • Tyler Lyons stepped up to provide the Cardinals with 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday (link)
  • Brandon Moss stuck around long after everyone else on Wednesday night to fix his swing (link)
  • Stephen Piscotty got another look at first base on Thursday (link)
  • Preview of the Cardinals’ series opener against the Marlins on Friday (link)

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August 13: Pirates @ Cardinals

Records: Cardinals (73-40, +7.0 in NL Central), Pirates (65-46, -7.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

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

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Stephen Piscotty (1B), Peter Bourjos (CF), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Gregory Polanco (RF), Neil Walker (2B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Jung Ho Kang (SS), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Travis Ishikawa (LF), Sean Rodriguez (3B), Francisco Liriano (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • A double, steal of third and game-winning RBI triple — all in a night’s work for Yadier Molina (link)
  • Randal Grichuk, on his outfield misplay and nagging foot injury (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday (link)
  • Trevor Rosenthal’s work against the Pirates this week has gone much more smoothly than his last (link)
  • Preview of Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates (link)

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August 12: Pirates @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (72-40, +6.0 in NL Central), Pirates (65-45, -6.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Brandon Moss (1B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Gregory Polanco (RF), Starling Marte (LF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Jung Ho Kang (SS), Neil Walker (2B), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Gerrit Cole (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Pirates on Tuesday (link)
  • Carlos Martinez is free of any workload constraints… for now, at least (link)
  • Jason Heyward had quite an eventful night on the field Tuesday (link)
  • MLB.com columnist Tracy Ringolsby, on how the Cards turn the ordinary into the extraordinary (link)
  • Medical report, with injury updates on the six rehabbing Cardinals (link)
  • Preview for Wednesday’s dynamite matchup between Gerrit Cole and Michael Wacha (link)

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August 11: Pirates @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (71-40, +5.0 in NL Central), Pirates (65-44, -5.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

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

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Pirates lineup: Gregory Polanco (RF), Starling Marte (LF), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Jung Ho Kang (SS), Neil Walker (2B), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jeff Locke (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Move to the leadoff spot has reignited Matt Carpenter (link)
  • Preview of key series between the Cards and Pirates at Busch Stadium this week (link)
  • How is this year’s team stacking up with the 105-win Cardinals club of 2004? (link)

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August 6: Cardinals @ Reds

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Records: Cardinals (68-39, +5.5 in NL Central), Reds (48-57, -19.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 11:35 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Kolten Wong (2B), Brandon Moss (1B), Tony Cruz (C), Greg Garcia (SS), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Reds lineup: Brandon Phillips (2B), Jason Bourgeois (CF), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Jay Bruce (RF), Marlon Byrd (LF), Eduardo Suarez (SS), Tucker Barnhart (C), Michael Lorenzen (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Randal Grichuk didn’t get the game-tying homer he wanted, but he did even better in the 13th (link)
  • The Cardinals received eight scoreless innings from six relievers to set up Wednesday’s win (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Reds on Wednesday (link)
  • Manager Mike Matheny continues to search for an optimal lineup (link)
  • Former first-round pick Luke Weaver continues to dominate in high-A (link)
  • Preview for Thursday’s series finale in Cincinnati (link)

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August 5: Cardinals @ Reds

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Records: Cardinals (67-39, +5.5 in NL Central), Reds (48-56, -18.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jason Heyward (RF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (1B), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Reds lineup: Brandon Phillips (2B), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Jay Bruce (RF), Marlon Byrd (LF), Brayan Pena (C), Eugenio Suarez (SS), David Holmberg (LHP), Billy Hamilton (CF)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • With another scoreless appearance on Tuesday, Aroldis Chapman has still not allowed a run to the Cardinals since 2011 (link)
  • John Lackey notched his 10th straight quality start, but he couldn’t overcome a first-inning blip (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 los to the Reds on Tuesday (link)
  • Cards press pause on Jordan Walden’s rehab assignment (link)
  • Preview for Wednesday’s game against the Reds (link)

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Calling all St. Louis-area runners/walkers

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The subhead for this blog notes that content can range anywhere from Cardinals to baseball to anything of consequence. Consider this an entry that fits into the latter.

In a few weeks, the nearby town of Kimmswick will be hosting a 5K and 1-mile walk and fun run to raise money for the ALS Foundation and the Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund. I realize there are races in this area all the time, most of which are formed to help various reputable charities. But I have a personal connection to this one, and I wanted to use any reach I have to bring some attention to this particular race.

One of my MLB.com colleagues, Jason Ratliff, began this now-annual race five summers ago. His mother, Nancy, was diagnosed with ALS (more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2009, and their family has been dealing with escalating medical costs since. You won’t read Jason’s byline anywhere on MLB.com, but his handprints are all over what we do. Jason does most of the behind-the-scenes work with our prospect pages and Minor League content. He is an invaluable part of our team.

Whether you’re an avid runner, a sometimes walker or someone who would like to give running a try for the first time, I hope you will consider participating in this race. Here are all the details:

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 a.m. CT
WHERE: The Blue Owl Bakery and Restaurant in Kimmswick, Mo.

Click here to visit the race website for additional details and/or to register. If interested, you can also set up a fundraising page in order to increase your contribution. There is information on the website, too, about the myriad prizes and giveaways you will enjoy at the event. You can also anticipate a visit from Fredbird in Kimmswick that day.

Now I realize not everyone gets exited about the opportunity to wake up on a Saturday morning to run. If you fall in that category, you can still help by making a donation to the ALS Foundation/Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund. I have set up a fundraising page (click here) through which you can make a donation.

If you have any additional questions on the event, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide an answer. Thank you for reading.

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August 4: Cardinals @ Reds

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Records: Cardinals (67-38, +5.5 in NL Central), Reds (47-56, -19.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Jason Heyward (RF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Brandon Moss (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Randal Grichuk (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Reds lineup: Brandon Phillips (2B), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Jay Bruce (RF), Marlon Byrd (LF), Brayan Pena (C), Eugenio Suarez (SS), Anthony DeSclafani (RHP), Billy Hamilton (CF)

Transactions: The Cardinals have outrighted 1B Dan Johnson and RHP Marcus Hatley to Triple-A Memphis. Both cleared waivers after being recently designated for assignment

Reading material:

  • With his final article for Cardinals.com this summer, associate reporter David Cobb dives into what is behind Kevin Siegrist’s emergence as one of the league’s best set-up men (link)
  • Columnist Phil Rogers examines the NL Central landscape now that only two months remain in the season (link)
  • Preview of Tuesday’s series opener in Cincinnati (link)

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July 31: Rockies @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (65-37, +5.5 in NL Central), Rockies (43-57, -13.0 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: FOX Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Rockies lineup: Charlie Blackmon (CF), Jose Reyes (SS), Carlos Gonzalez (RF), Nolan Arenado (3B), D.J. LeMahieu (2B), Ben Paulson (1B), Nick Hundley (C), Brandon Barnes (LF), Kyle Kendrick (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals acquired RHP Jonathan Broxton and cash considerations from the Brewers in exchange for minor league outfielder Malik Collymore. The Cardinals optioned RHP Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Memphis and designated RHP Marcus Hatley for assignment.

Reading material:

  • Cards acquire another arm for the bullpen in landing Jonathan Broxton (link)
  • Brandon Moss talks about his season, joining the Cardinals (link)
  • Matt Holliday diagnosed with a Grade 2 quad strain but not necessarily out for the season (link)
  • Cardinals sign a lucrative 15-year TV rights extension with Fox Sports Midwest (link)
  • Carlos Martinez apologizes for mannerisms, gesture in Thursday’s start (link)
  • Matt Carpenter returns to the leadoff spot and produces first multi-homer game. Coincidence or correlation? (link)
  • Game recap of the Cardinals’ 9-8, walk-off win over the Rockies on Thursday (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s game against the Rockies (link)

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