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The Cardinals optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis on Friday and recalled outfielder Shane Robinson from the same club. St. Louis also added newly acquired pitchers John Lackey and Justin Masterson to its 25-man active roster.
Focused on improving their rotation before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cardinals completed their work by dealing for Red Sox righty John Lackey less than 24 hours after adding starter Justin Masterson.
The Cardinals parted with Allen Craig and Joe Kelly, two players drafted and developed by the organization and both quite popular among their now-former teammates. It left those in the clubhouse who were preparing for a day game against the Padres subdued and shocked.
Though GM John Mozeliak was insistent that Thursday's trade to acquire John Lackey was not made to solve the logjam in right field, it nevertheless paves the way for top prospect Oscar Taveras to get the regular playing time that he has lacked since his second callup. Outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig was sent to the Red Sox as part of the deal.
The Cardinals expect to welcome starters Justin Masterson and John Lackey at Busch Stadium on Friday, at which time the organization will announce its rotation order for the homestand.
Oscar Taveras hit a two-run home run and Shelby Miller settled down after a rough start as the Cardinals were dominant on Thursday afternoon in a 6-2 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.
The Cardinals' bats were handled by Padres rookie Jesse Hahn, who threw seven innings of four-hit ball in what became a late 12-1 rout Wednesday night in San Diego.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny won a challenge on Wednesday night to help reliever Carlos Martinez close the sixth inning with a double play.
In acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians on Wednesday, the Cardinals succeeded in their search to add to their rotation depth. But does the addition actually mean the Cardinals are done dealing before the non-waiver Trade Deadline?
Though the Cardinals' primary objective was to add a starting pitcher in advance of Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager John Mozeliak also has considered all sorts of creative ways to improve the offense.
Shopping metaphors are in strong supply at the moment in my line of work, so let's call Justin Masterson the pair of designer shorts with a $150 price tag when the weather first warmed, now substantially discounted as the summer season wanes.
When it comes to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, most general managers listen to plenty of trade proposals. But when the Cleveland and St. Louis front offices talk, they listen closely. Since 2002, the Cardinals and Indians have pulled off 10 midseason deals, including Wednesday's. They've been big and small -- five coming within a week of the Deadline -- but the two teams clearly enjoy working together on the trade front.
The Cardinals worked out a deal with the Indians that sent Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson to St. Louis in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey.
The Brewers earned their 60th win of the season on Wednesday against the Rays, securing an outright lead of the National League Central heading into a pivotal three-game series against the Cardinals beginning Friday at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals, unable to capitalize on a slew of early free passes, were later sunk by a pair Lance Lynn issued in a laborious sixth inning that boosted the Padres to a 3-1 win in front of 33,521 fans at Petco Park on Tuesday night.
At manager Mike Matheny's urging, crew chief Brian Gorman reviewed a fifth-inning play at the plate on Tuesday night before confirming that there was no violation for Rule 7.13, which requires a catcher to provide a lane to home plate if he does not have possession of the ball.
General manager John Mozeliak has evaluated the options and considered the cost. Now, with less than four days remaining until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, he'll have to decide soon whether to change the complexion of his Major League club.
With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.
Joe Torre batted sixth on Sunday, delivering his Hall of Fame speech eloquently, if not briefly, to end this year's induction of the grand Class of 2014. Torre spoke about his family and his love of the game, and he detailed each of the six times the Yankees went to the World Series during his 12-year tenure as manager, winning four of them.
Speaking without looking at his notes on Sunday in Cooperstown, Tony La Russa made it clear during his 17-minute Hall of Fame induction speech that his unease at taking credit for all those accomplishments is rooted in a deep conviction that he benefited from an uncommonly good support system.
Matt Carpenter was called out in the third inning on a sideways slide into second base that invoked a challenge from manager Cardinals Mike Matheny.
Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. announced on Saturday that the team will name their next Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies field for former manager Tony La Russa.
Adam Wainwright bounced back from a shaky outing and led the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over the Cubs Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged whether the Cardinals' Jon Jay was safe at third on a stolen-base attempt Saturday.
A.J. Pierzynski and Shelby Miller had never formally met until Saturday. Yet for 5 2/3 innings, including three perfect frames to start the game, the two played pitch-and-catch as the Cards topped the Cubs, 6-3, at Wrigley Field. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Adams drove in four runs.
Through 33 seasons, managing over 5,000 games with three different teams, Tony La Russa always seemed to be in control of his emotions. On the day before his induction into the Hall of Fame, he admitted on Saturday that he's more than a little nervous.
The Cardinals have signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. George Kottaras, claimed by St. Louis off waivers on July 11, was designated for assignment to make room for Pierzynski.
After surging into the All-Star break, the Cardinals lost their fourth straight in a back-and-forth affair against the Cubs on Friday in the series opener at Wrigley Field.
Hired to be fired. That's what we say about managers, and we say it because it's true, even for those who one day wind up in the Hall of Fame.
If Tony La Russa ever had a motto, it's "no guts, no glory," which describes his managing career in a nutshell. They are words to live by and an apt inscription for his Hall of Fame plaque.
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