Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk Thursday versus the Cardinals.
Murphy's eighth multihit game of the season raised his average to .291. However, he's still looking for his first homer after 86 at-bats. Last year, he had 13 homers in 658 at-bats for the Mets.
Yankees optioned INF Dean Anna to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Anna was sent out in order for the Yankees to add some bullpen depth. The 27-year-old made the Opening Day roster and hit .136 (3-for-22) with one home run and one double in 12 games.
Yankees transferred RHP Ivan Nova from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot for Bruce Billings on the 40-man roster. Nova has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Kolten Wong had two of the Cardinals' four hits and their only run scored before being removed in a double-switch Thursday.
It's the newcomers -- Wong and Peter Bourjos -- who have been the fall guys for the Cardinals' offensive slump. The established regulars can't be sat down with any frequency, but the younger guys can and have been; Wong's start today was just his second in five days. He's worthy of more consistent playing time, and he should get it as his bat comes around.
Allen Craig went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is without an RBI in his last eight games.
Craig's rep is that he's a stud with RISP. However, he isn't getting many opportunities there with the Cardinals in a collective slump and he hasn't capitalized when he does get a shot, going 3-for-19 with no extra-base hits. In today's loss, he led off the inning in three of his four at-bats. Fantasy leaguers should stick with him, of course, but it's been a pretty brutal start.
The Rangers are hopeful that Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) can avoid the disabled list.
Choo hasn't played since he injured his left ankle while awkwardly stepping on the first base bag on Monday, but X-rays came back negative an an MRI ruled out a high ankle sprain. He has reported some improvement since, so things are looking up. Still, it's unclear when he'll be able to return to the starting lineup.
Tony Cingrani held the Pirates to one run in six innings and struck out seven in the Reds' victory Thursday.
Cingrani isn't pitching deep into games, but that's OK; the Reds need to limit his innings a bit to keep him on the mound through September and, hopefully, into October. He's now 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA. He's fanned 30 batters in 28 1/3 innings, which is still down a bit from last year's NL-best rate.
Kevin Kouzmanoff will fly ball to Dallas to have his back examined by specialist Dr. Drew Dosset.
Kouzmanoff left Tuesday's game with back tightness and hasn't improved as much as hoped, so the Rangers want to get him checked out. The 32-year-old has a history of back issues. Fortunately for the Rangers, Adrian Beltre (quad) is expected to come off the DL on Friday.