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9/27/2016 | Diaz's emotional slam lifts Cards' WC hopes

With one mighty and emotional swing, Aledmys Diaz paid honor to a lost friend and jolted the Cardinals, who rode that spark to a rout of the Reds to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race.


9/27/2016 | Leake faces former team amid Cards' Wild chase

As their postseason hopes hang in the balance, the Cardinals could use a strong outing from Mike Leake against his former team, the Reds, on Wednesday night in St. Louis.


9/27/2016 | Diaz honors Jose's legacy in grand fashion

After spending much of Monday in Miami, where he mourned the loss of Jose Fernandez alongside family and close friends, Aledmys Diaz returned to St. Louis ready to pay tribute to the childhood friend who died Sunday in a boating accident.


9/27/2016 | Q&A: Mozeliak reflects on 2016, looks ahead

Though the Cardinals entered Tuesday one game out of playoff positioning, an afternoon session that general manager John Mozeliak held with the media took on an end-of-year feel, as many of the questions either elicited reflection on the season or thoughts about how the team will retool for 2017.


9/27/2016 | Cardinals waiting to pick Saturday starter

The Cardinals appear likely to wait until the final hours before selecting their starter for Saturday, as that decision will hinge largely upon how much work various pitchers get in the coming days.


9/27/2016 | Time short for Holliday's return this season

Though Matt Holliday has not given up on the possibility of returning this week, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak acknowledged it was difficult to envision a scenario in which the veteran left fielder contributes before the end of the regular season.


9/26/2016 | Cards face pitching questions in playoff race

A 15-2 loss to the Reds not only precluded the Cardinals from moving into a tie for the second Wild Card spot on Monday night, but it foiled an opportunity to generate momentum leading into this final week of the regular season.


9/26/2016 | Carpenter bothered by soreness in right finger

While struggling to produce since returning from an oblique injury in early August, Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter has acknowledged, at various points, that timing issues and trust in his oblique have held him back. Perhaps, now, there is another contributing factor in play.


9/26/2016 | Diaz attends service for his friend Fernandez

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz traveled to Miami on Monday to attend a private service honoring Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sunday. Diaz returned to St. Louis in time to be available off the bench for the series opener against the Reds.


9/26/2016 | Waino looking to help Cards rebound in playoff chase

Adam Wainwright has pitched numerous big games for the Cardinals, including in the postseason. On Tuesday, St. Louis will again need Wainwright's contribution to help them in their playoff chase, when the right-hander squares off against Reds rookie Robert Stephenson at Busch Stadium.


9/26/2016 | Cardinals fall back in WC race with lopsided loss

Back at Busch Stadium with a chance to pull even with the Giants and inch closer to a sixth straight playoff berth, the Cardinals instead elicited boos from the typically affable home fans with one of their ugliest performances of the season. They looked little like a team ready for postseason play in a 15-2 loss to the Reds to open a seven-game homestand on Monday night.


9/26/2016 | Clock ticking on struggling Moss and Co.

Brandon Moss is done tabulating the moral victories. Rather, the Cardinals' first baseman sees a shrinking schedule offering him limited time to reverse the worst skid in his 10-year career.


9/26/2016 | Cards enter final week with Garcia facing Reds

With their fight to get into the postseason going into the final week of the regular season, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium on Monday for a critical four-game series vs. the Reds that offers no guarantees to St. Louis despite Cincinnati being in a last place club.


9/25/2016 | Ross, Lester key Cubs' 99th win

David Ross and Jon Lester combined to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night to set a franchise record in home wins at Wrigley Field at 57. It also was Chicago's 99th win overall, tops in the Major Leagues. St. Louis remained a half-game out of the NL Wild Card picture.


9/25/2016 | Diaz mourns death of childhood friend Fernandez

They grew up just doors apart in the Cuban neighborhood of Santa Clara, where, there on Eighth Street or at the sandlot field two miles away, Aledmys Diaz and Jose Fernandez cultivated their love of baseball. The boys were childhood buddies, both taught the game by Diaz's father, Rigoberto, and uncle, Nelson, long before they defected with Major League dreams or shared a clubhouse as National League All-Stars.


9/24/2016 | Swollen thumb causes setback for Holliday

Matt Holliday has hit another snag in his push to return for the final week of the regular season, as his surgically repaired right thumb is once again swollen and sore one day after testing it against live pitching.


9/24/2016 | Big first inning sets tone for hot-hitting Cards

Still without a static batting order as the season nears its end, manager Mike Matheny produced his 140th different lineup on Saturday in an effort to jumpstart a recently unreliable offense. And that alignment struck a sweet spot, as the Cardinals scored four in the first inning in a 10-4 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.


9/24/2016 | Cubs host Cards in final home regular-season tilt

Before preparations begin for the postseason, Wrigley Field will play host to one final regular-season game with Sunday's nationally televised matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals. It will be the division rivals' last scheduled meeting of the season, but perhaps also a prelude for what might come in October.


9/23/2016 | Sloppy start downs Leake, Cardinals in opener

Friday's series-opening 5-0 loss at Wrigley Field unraveled in a first inning that saw Mike Leake throw 31 pitches and closed with the Cardinals down by four. There were mishandled plays in the field, key pitches not executed and two wild pitches. It was a sloppy start from which the Cards never recovered, despite the bullpen's scoreless performance.


9/23/2016 | Holliday impresses in live BP session

Standing in the same batters' box where he took a Mike Montgomery pitch off his right thumb six weeks ago, Matt Holliday tested that surgically repaired thumb during live batting practice on Friday.


9/23/2016 | Garcia earns back spot in Cardinals' rotation

The Cardinals have decided to make yet another September starter swap, and they will replace rookie Luke Weaver with left-hander Jaime Garcia during this next turn through the rotation.


9/23/2016 | Cards-Cubs tilt has key postseason implications

As the Cubs continue to push toward their first 100-win season since 1935, the Cardinals will attempt on Saturday to delay the seemingly inevitable while also trying to enhance their own chances of joining Chicago in the postseason.


9/23/2016 | Arrieta pushes Cards back as Cubs clinch No. 1 seed

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 over seven innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, dealing another blow to St. Louis' Wild-Card hopes while Chicago locked up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.


9/21/2016 | Waino aiming at strong finish, postseason run

Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright was smiling. He's feeling good, finally.


9/21/2016 | In new role, Garcia provides much-needed relief

Jaime Garcia's second relief appearance of the season was longer than both of his past two starts -- and considerably better. Garcia's scoreless outing over four innings was one of the few features on the Cardinals' highlight reel from the 11-1 loss to the Rockies in the finale of the three-game set.




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