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8/23/2016 | Mets strike early, often to gain on Cardinals

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.

8/23/2016 | Lynn pitching in Majors this year unlikely

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."

8/23/2016 | Adams closest of injured Cards to returning

Eleven players still crowd the Cardinals' disabled list, though there are signs of progress that leave the club optimistic of several late returns.

8/23/2016 | 2006 club reminisces at Cards Speaker Series

It might happen on a stage, but the Cardinals Speaker Series at Busch Stadium feels more like a conversation with close friends over dinner than a moderated talk.

8/21/2016 | Leake blanks Phils with control, versatility

Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake hit a two-run single to break open a game against the Phillies on Sunday. He called what he did with the bat something that is "sometimes my job."

8/21/2016 | Garcia, Cards open three-game set vs. Niese, Mets

The Cardinals will try to increase their lead in the race for the National League's second Wild Card spot, while the Mets are hoping to close that gap when the two teams open a three-game set in St. Louis on Tuesday.

8/20/2016 | Matheny: Weaver trying too hard to be perfect

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.

8/20/2016 | Hellickson, Hernandez lead Phils over Cards

The Cardinals needed two home runs Saturday against the Phillies to set a Major League record. But it was the Phillies who used a pair of solo shots to prevail in their 4-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

8/20/2016 | Velasquez, Leake to battle in series finale

Vince Velasquez and Mike Leake will have a lot on their plates in the rubber game between the Phillies and Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals' Major League-record-tying streak of nine straight multi-homer games ended Saturday. The Phillies, meanwhile, have homered -- just once -- in 14 straight games.

8/19/2016 | Cards' 9th straight multi-HR game ties MLB record

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.

8/19/2016 | Cards top Phils in 11 on Grichuk's clutch 2B

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.

8/19/2016 | Maness has UCL, not Tommy John, surgery

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.

8/18/2016 | Inbox: Will Cards call up Minor Leaguers?

With 42 games left on the Cardinals' schedule and a Wild Card berth up for grabs, it seems like a good time to tackle another batch of fan questions.

8/17/2016 | Cards living up to Matheny's bold prediction

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.

8/17/2016 | Waino seeks return to form against Phillies

As they meet in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, both the Cardinals and the Phillies are expected to feature starters seeking bounce-back performances.

8/17/2016 | Cardinals, Astros wrap up quick two-game series

Fresh off a franchise milestone, Jose Altuve will lead Doug Fister and the Astros into the finale of a quick two-game homestand against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT.

8/17/2016 | Gyorko proving invaluable to Cardinals

Once a player without a position, Jedd Gyorko has not only wiggled his way into everyday opportunities, he has left the Cardinals wondering where they would be without him.

8/17/2016 | Sheffield, Hansen among top prospect performers Tuesday

Yankees No. 7 prospect Justus Sheffield and White Sox No. 8 prospect Alec Hansen were among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Tuesday.

8/16/2016 | Wild Cards: Two homers topple Astros

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.

8/16/2016 | Aiming for return, Holliday opts for surgery

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.

8/16/2016 | Maness to undergo Tommy John surgery

Seth Maness, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list ahead of the Cardinals' series opener in Houston, will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

8/15/2016 | Lynn scoreless in first rehab start after TJ surgery

Nine months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow that was expected to wipe away his 2016 season, Lance Lynn is ready to compete.

8/15/2016 | Grichuk can still be 'big piece' for Cardinals

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.

8/15/2016 | No matter what, never count out Cardinals

According to the National League Central standings, the Cardinals are 12 games behind the Cubs. Yet you can't help but wonder: Do they have the league right where they want it? There are teams you can write off when they're beat up and things aren't going well. Then there are the Cardinals.

8/15/2016 | Pinch-hit, power combo key to Cards' success

The two most reliable offensive catalysts this season -- pinch-hitting and power -- came through again on Sunday for a Cardinals club that was well aware of who was looming. Three outs away from meeting Aroldis Chapman, the Cardinals, boosted by their bench and two blasts, toppled Chicago's pursuit of a series win with a five-run eighth that secured a 6-4 win.

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