The Hall of Fame Tour will take root in the parking lot at Ballpark Village from Friday through Sept. 11 on one of six stops this year as the experience of Cooperstown is brought to the fans. The traveling showcase includes five mobile exhibit galleries containing artifacts such as Jackie Robinson's cap from the 1955 World Series and Babe Ruth's 714th home run ball.
During his visit to a hand specialist on Monday, Aledmys Diaz received the go-ahead to increase his swing work and prepare for a rehab assignment that will get him ready to return to the Cardinals in September.
Matt Carpenter has now spent 23 days off the disabled list since returning from a strained oblique injury that sidelined him for most of July. While he hasn't returned to his pre-injury form, Sunday's 7-4 loss to the A's offered the first glimpse that he might be getting close.
The Cardinals finished Interleague play with a thud on Sunday, watching as the A's blasted a pair of early home runs and held on for a 7-4 victory that earned starter Andrew Triggs the first win of his big league career. For the Cardinals, the loss allowed the Pirates to creep to within a half-game of their hold on the National League's second Wild Card spot.
What, on paper, seemed like an available opportunity for the Cardinals to cement their position in the National League Wild Card race by knocking around a skidding A's team instead finished as more of the same. It would be Oakland, not St. Louis, that swiped the series win with a 7-4 victory in Sunday's rubber game of a three-game Interleague set.
Injuries to Aledmys Diaz and Jhonny Peralta have put utility man Greg Garcia into the Cardinals' starting lineup 30 times since the beginning of July, with 17 coming at home. As the summer months have worn on and Garcia earns more starts, his hands get sweaty with the St. Louis humidity.
The A's scored twice in the eighth inning, pushing past the Cardinals for a one-run win on Saturday. Pitcher Zach Neal allowed one earned run in six innings and Brett Eibner's sac fly in the eighth gave the A's the lead for good. Randal Grichuk had a home run for the Cardinals, and top prospect Alex Reyes allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings.
Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter and MVP Joe Torre returned to St. Louis on Saturday to accept their Hall of Fame red jackets and plaques during an afternoon ceremony as part of their induction into the Cardinals' Hall of Fame. The other two inductees, former owner/president Sam Breadon and center fielder Terry Moore, were represented by members of their family.
After two weeks of occupying a spot on the Cardinals' roster, Luke Weaver finally got his chance on Friday to impress the home crowd. And quite the impression did he make, allowing one run in six innings for his first big league win.
Top prospect Alex Reyes will make his first Major League start on Saturday when he fills in for Mike Leake, who has been diagnosed with shingles. Manager Mike Matheny announced the starter switch after the Cardinals' 3-1 victory over Oakland on Friday.
Rookie Luke Weaver allowed one run over six innings Friday to pick up his first Major League victory. Jedd Gyorko slugged a two-run home run off A's starter Ross Detwiler, who allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Yonder Alonso had two hits for Oakland, including a home run.
On Friday, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright held his fourth annual fantasy football fundraiser for charity at Busch Stadium. Teammates Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty and Lance Lynn also participated.
The Cardinals optioned right-hander Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis on Friday, following Thursday's 10-6 loss to the Mets, in which he gave up two earned runs. The move cleared a roster spot for right-hander Miguel Socolovich.
A stay in St. Louis did the Mets well, as they left town following Thursday night's 10-6 victory in better National League Wild Card position than when they arrived. Capping an evening in which Seth Lugo secured his first Major League win and the offense piled on by taking advantage of a shoddy Cardinals defense, the Mets won the series and moved to within 3 1/2 games of St. Louis in the Wild Card standings.
In need of a pick-me-up night amid another trying stretch in his season, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright got little of it from his defense and was unable to generate much himself in what unraveled into a 10-6 loss to the Mets on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
With one out in the fifth inning on Thursday, Mets first baseman James Loney popped a ball into short left field that landed just out of the reach of Greg Garcia. The ensuing play at third led to a replay review that opened the floodgates to a four-run inning that put the Mets ahead, 7-0.
Grasping for ways to correct their poor and puzzling home record, the Cardinals leaned on two of their most reliable sources on Wednesday. With punches of power from the offense and another dazzling performance from budding ace Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals coasted to an 8-1 victory to even their three-game series with the Mets.
Stephen Piscotty sensed the turning point arriving in Houston, when he watched teammate Randal Grichuk declutter. All that noise that had been in Grichuk's head -- doubt about whether he belonged, frustration around broken mechanics, and anxiousness about whether his results one day would be enough to earn him a start on the next one -- had faded.
Matt Carpenter batted third in over half of his 15 games since his return from the disabled list as the Cardinals tried to find more production in the middle of the lineup with Matt Holliday on the DL.
While he awaits clearance to begin a throwing program, Michael Wacha has been seeking advice and soliciting suggestions for how best to address a right shoulder stress reaction that has now landed him on the disabled list twice in the last three seasons.
Cardinals reliever Alex Reyes has lived up to every expectation set for him so far in the Major Leagues. The 21-year-old has responded and executed his pitches in each situation that has been put before him since he was called up.
Now children will play on a field that bears Adam Wainwright's name at Bob Russell Park in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., a community located in north St. Louis County. The field was dedicated in a ceremony Wednesday morning. Wainwright's field is the 22nd dedicated by Cardinals Care since it began in 1997, and it was the first dedication since Tony La Russa Field in May 2015.
Though starter Jonathon Niese lasted only 21 pitches before an achy left knee forced him to the clubhouse, the Mets, behind a pair of early home runs and an exhaustive effort from the bullpen, nabbed a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. The win cut into the Cardinals' advantage over New York for the second National League Wild Card spot, too. The Mets' deficit in that race now sits at 3 1/2 games.
Though he'll be throwing about 50 pitches in a rehab assignment start with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn, who is little more than nine months removed from Tommy John surgery, characterized his chances of a late-season return as "very slim."
Jaime Garcia's mechanics betrayed him a few too many times on Tuesday, leading to a home result that looked quite different than what the Cardinals have become accustomed to seeing from their lone lefty starter.
Nestled in the five-trailer platform that comprises the "We Are Baseball" traveling Hall of Fame tour is a mobile theater that shows an 11-minute IMAX movie, spotlighting the best of what the game provides today, and offering glimpses of where it is headed in the future.
Luke Weaver gets nerves before every game. But the special jitters he had before his first Major League start a week ago have subsided. What hasn't, manager Mike Matheny speculated after the Cardinals' 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Saturday, are the high regards in which Weaver holds Major League hitters.
Randal Grichuk does not want to get sent back to the Minors -- and he's playing like it. Jhonny Peralta led off the 11th inning by hammering a double into left. An out later, Grichuk followed with a two-bagger of his own, driving home Peralta and giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead that Alex Reyes closed out in the bottom half of the inning on Friday at Citizens Bank Park, earning his first career save.
Jedd Gyorko's game-tying blast off Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth inning was the Cardinals' second homer of the game. Notable? Absolutely. But even more so when it marks the club's ninth straight multi-homer game.
Seth Maness' surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament Thursday went well, in two aspects. It was a successful operation -- and it wasn't Tommy John surgery, as had originally been scheduled. Rather than replacing Maness's injured ligament with another -- the Tommy John procedure -- doctors only repaired the existing one, drastically reducing his recovery time.
Behind a dominant outing on the mound from Carlos Martinez and an offensive onslaught featuring 12 hits and home runs from Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brandon Moss, the Cardinals won their fourth in a row, beating the Astros, 8-2, at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Manager Mike Matheny looked around the room in Spring Training and boldly asserted that this group would be "scoring some serious runs." Some six months later, the Cardinals boast one of the league's most prolific offenses, which was again in their fourth straight victory, an 8-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday.
On a night when home runs came early and often, the Cardinals used a pair of dingers to take one from the Astros, 8-5, on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. It was St. Louis' first win against its old National League foe this season.
Matt Holliday will undergo surgery in St. Louis on Wednesday to repair a bone that was fractured by a 94-mph pitch last Thursday. Having the procedure does not guarantee a return in 2016, but it at least allows for the possibility.
Already willing to lean on a pair of rookie pitchers during a pennant race, the Cardinals also appear ready to recommit to another young player who hopes a flourish at the finish can salvage some positive from an uneven season.