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Michael Wacha allowed just one (unearned) run over seven innings Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Royals.

Wacha scattered five singles and two walks over his seven dominant frames while striking out four. It was exactly the kinda outing the Cardinals needed after losing three straight and the first two games of the weekend series against their cross-state rival. Wacha now has a brilliant 1.87 ERA in 57 2/3 innings this season, and St. Louis is 9-0 in his nine starts. The 23-year-old ace will try to keep it all working next time out against the Dodgers.
May 24 - 4:54 PM

Matt Carpenter slugged a two-run homer in the Cardinals' win over the Royals on Sunday.

It was a sixth-inning shot to right-center off Royals starter Yordano Ventura that lifted the Cardinals' lead from 2-1 to 4-1 and helped prevent a three-game sweep in Kansas City. Carpenter went 6-for-11 in the weekend set at Kauffman Stadium and he's now batting .323/.391/.595 with eight home runs, 27 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 39 games this season.
May 24 - 4:52 PM

Matt Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a left arm contusion.

Holliday was hit on the arm by a pitch during Saturday's game and evidently is still sore. Pete Kozma entered the lineup at shortstop in Holliday's place, with Jhonny Peralta sliding into the designated hitter spot and Mark Reynolds moving to left field.
May 24 - 2:08 PM

Marco Gonzales will travel to St. Louis to be examined after feeling renewed tightness around his left pectoral muscle while playing catch Saturday.

It was reported previously that Gonzales would be scratched from Monday's outing at Triple-A Memphis, and now we have a few more details. The Cardinals are expected to have more on the left-hander's status Wednesday.
May 24 - 2:02 PM

Marco Gonzales will not make his next scheduled start for Triple-A Memphis due to renewed discomfort in his pectoral/shoulder area.

Gonzales whiffed seven over six innings of one-run ball in his last outing, but he's evidently felt more discomfort since then. It's not clear at this point how big of a setback it might be or if he might be set to undergo an MRI. Gonzales first began feeling soreness in mid-April.
May 24 - 1:11 PM

Jason Heyward (hip) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

He's now sat out two straight contests with tightness in his left hip. Heyward is considered day-to-day. Randal Grichuk is getting another start in right field.
May 24 - 12:26 PM

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in a rain-shortened loss to the Royals on Saturday.

Carpenter lofted his run-scoring single to shallow center in the fifth inning. It would be the last run either team scored before the rains began to fall. Despite hitting .323/.385/.581 with seven homers and 25 RBI, it appears that not even Carpenter can control the weather as of yet. Something to work on in the off-season.
May 23 - 10:29 PM

John Lackey surrendered three runs over five innings in a rain-shortened loss to the Royals on Saturday.

The tarp was rolled out onto the field in the middle of the sixth inning, at which point Lackey had thrown 68 pitches. He likely would have been able to last another inning or two if the game hadn't been called. As is, he struck out two and walked two while allowing six hits over his five innings. Alex Gordon burned him for a two-run homer in the second inning. The other run came in the form of an RBI single by Salvador Perez in the fourth. Lackey's pitched very well for the Cardinals this season and boasts a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 38/16 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings, numbers which he'll take into a (hopefully dry) series with the Dodgers in his next start.
May 23 - 10:19 PM

Jason Heyward (hip) is not in the Cardinals lineup Saturday.

He started feeling tightness in his hip late in Friday's 5-0 loss to Kansas City. Manager Mike Matheny said Heyward is available off the bench and should be back in the lineup on Sunday. Randal Grichuk is getting the start in right field.
May 23 - 7:13 PM

Lance Lynn yielded five runs in six innings in a loss to the Royals on Friday.

Lynn tied a season-high by giving up 10 hits, but Kendrys Morales did most of the damage with a pair of home runs. The right-hander struck out four and walked one to fall to 3-4 on the year. He'll look to get back into win column with a start against the Diamondbacks next week at home.
May 23 - 1:02 AM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a walk Friday against the Royals.

Carpenter had two singles and a double. The 29-year-old had 19 two-hit games this season coming into Friday's action, but this was his first three-hit game of the year.
May 23 - 12:59 AM

Jason Heyward went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

Heyward's one strikeout was actually on the nice side of things, as all five of his teammates hitting above him whiffed at least twice. The 0-for-3 continued a disappointing season for Heyward in his new home, as the outfielder is hitting just .245/.300/.388 with four homers, 12 RBI and 23 runs scored. We hope for an upswing as the season rolls along, though we've tempered our expectations.
May 21 - 3:59 PM

Kolten Wong collected one of the Cardinals' two hits in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

Wong finished the game 1-for-2. The only other hit in the game for the Cardinals came via a Matt Carpenter single, as Jacob deGrom completely shut down the best team in baseball. This season, Wong's slashing a rock-solid .309/.355/.467 with five homers, 22 RBI, 23 runs scored and three steals.
May 21 - 3:54 PM

Jaime Garcia had control issues but still managed to work seven innings against the Mets on Thursday, walking five and allowing two runs in the 5-0 loss.

Garcia had been on the shelf with a shoulder injury for the first month and a half. The rust showed against the Mets, as he threw just 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes and walked five. While he only struck out two, there were definitely positives to take away from the game. Even with the five walks, Garcia still managed to gut out seven innings. And it's not like the Mets were batting him around the yard, as Garcia limited them to five hits and pulled off a nice Houdini act when he escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth allowing just one run. All in all, not bad. Garcia holds a 3.50 ERA for his career over 594 2/3 innings and should have value and potential upside in mixed-league formats. Just know that continued health is far from a given here. He hasn't made more than 20 starts in a season since 2011.
May 21 - 3:42 PM

Yadier Molina is getting a day off Thursday.

Tony Cruz will get a rare start behind the plate for the Cardinals, who are wrapping up a series at Citi Field with a matinee game against the Mets' Jacob deGrom.
May 21 - 11:16 AM

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