St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2014-09-17T02:32:24Z St. Louis Cardinals Motte named Cards' Clemente Award nominee Reliever Jason Motte was announced on Tuesday as the Cardinals' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to one of the 30 club finalists who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field. Cards mulling rotation plan for Lackey, Wacha The Cardinals' rotation plans for their weekend series against the Reds remain unclear, as the club plans to first see how Michael Wacha responds to throwing off the mound on Wednesday before making any firm announcement. While Wacha's status is unclear, so is John Lackey's next start date. Cards' lead in Central shrinks with extras loss Lance Lynn was denied his 16th win after Trevor Rosenthal's blown save in the ninth, while Kevin Siegrist gave up the go-ahead single in the 12th in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday night. Cards' Minor Leaguer Medina suspended 50 games St. Louis Cardinals Minor League pitcher Yeison Medina has been suspended 50 games without pay following a positive test for the stimulant heptaminol, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Fredbird to star in Cards' new #NestFlix series On Monday, the Cardinals will debut their third #NestFlix Instagram video series, which will take fans on a ride through Cards history along with team mascot Fredbird. Three keys to Cardinals taking division crown Here's a look at three factors behind the Cardinals' recent climb to the top of the National League Central and three keys in their quest to hold off the Pirates and Brewers for another two weeks. Cards making pitch in surge to postseason If it's September, it must be time for the Cardinals to assert themselves. That's what they're doing, and that's an indication that October might again be special in St. Louis. Descalso safe at first as Cards win challenge Cardinals manager Mike Matheny successfully challenged a call at first base in the eighth inning of the Cards' 4-1 win on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies. Sweep keeps Cardinals 3 1/2 up in NL Central St. Louis used the combination of strong pitching, timely power and good defense to take the first two games in the series. On Sunday, the pitching was there, Jhonny Peralta supplied the power and Peter Bourjos provided the defense as the Cardinals completed the sweep of the Rockies with a 4-1 win in front of 44,598 at sold-out Busch Stadium. Cards to skip Lackey during series vs. Brewers The Cardinals announced late Saturday that Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller will be the starters against the Brewers from Tuesday-Thursday. With the off-day Monday, all three starters will be pitching on normal rest, and John Lackey will have his scheduled start on Tuesday skipped. Replay used twice in ninth inning of Cards-Rockies Replay was used twice in the ninth inning of the Cardinals' 5-4 win against the Rockies on Saturday night at Busch Stadium. Cards hold on late to bolster lead in division Again showing confidence in an array of secondary pitches, along with bashing a key double, Shelby Miller continued his string of strong starts in a 5-4 win for St. Louis against the Rockies on Saturday night in front of 45,552 at Busch Stadium. The Rockies scored three runs in the ninth inning, but Pat Neshek got Rafael Ynoa to fly out to center to end the game. Prospect Grichuk forcing his way into lineup Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is making a case for a more prominent role in manager Mike Matheny's crowded outfield rotation. Cardinals getting boost from September crowds The Cardinals stumbled back home Friday after dropping three consecutive games in Cincinnati. But the Cards were right where they wanted to be: at home late in the season. Deep blast from Holliday drives Cards' cause The Cardinals needed a stopper on Friday night at Busch Stadium, and Adam Wainwright was up to the task, pitching St. Louis to a 5-1 win against the Rockies in front of 45,108 at Busch Stadium. Matt Holliday hit a long three-run homer in the first. Matheny reflects on HBP from playing career Giancarlo Stanton's gruesome injury after getting hit in the face with a pitch Thursday night struck a chord with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Key connections: Star-Spangled Banner, baseball forever linked The celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," is on, as Francis Scott Key's memory is honored for his poetic description of the "dawn's early light" of Sept. 14, 1814, at the height of the War of 1812. With that in mind, two centuries later, we go around the horn with nine things to know about the song that is now eternally connected to the Grand Old Game. Lynn, Cardinals fall on wrong side of pitchers' duel Reds ace Johnny Cueto outpitched Lance Lynn with the help of his defense to lift the Reds to a 1-0 win over the Cardinals in front of 21,688 at Great American Ball Park in the series finale. Cards hoping Lackey can be helped by early ejection While the Cardinals would have preferred to see John Lackey pitch deeper in Wednesday night's game, manager Mike Matheny said the club is at least hopeful that Lackey's early ejection and an extra day of rest before his next start will help refresh the right-hander, who has labored his last two times out. Cardinals, Reds honor 9/11 at pregame ceremony The Cardinals and Reds observed a moment of silence before their game at Great American Ball Park on Thursday as part of the day's efforts to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Offense quieted after early runs in Cards' loss to Reds John Lackey's two-plus innings prior to being ejected on Wednesday forced the Cardinals to dip into their bullpen earlier than they would have liked in a 4-2 loss at Great American Ball Park. Lackey ejected in third for arguing balls and strikes Cardinals right-hander John Lackey, who started Wednesday's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park, was ejected in the third inning by home-plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing balls and strikes. Matheny appreciates MLB's clarification of Rule 7.13 Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said on Wednesday that MLB's clarification of Rule 7.13 pertaining to catchers blocking home plate is a step in the right direction. Trio of September callups take part in Tuesday's action Three of the Cardinals' September callups played in Tuesday's 9-5 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Right-hander Sam Tuivailala made his Major League debut in the eighth inning. Outfielder Tommy Pham also made his big league debut, and Xavier Scruggs hit an RBI double for his first big league hit. Neshek tweets joke about NL batting race Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek tweeted on Wednesday morning about an error that was changed to a hit by Major League Baseball during St. Louis' 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Aug. 25. Pipeline Perspectives: Wong to have big impact rest of way Which prospect/rookie will have the largest impact in September and October?'s Jonathan Mayo argues that second baseman Kolten Wong is ready to play a vital role for St. Louis this fall. Wacha has rocky outing in second start off DL Michael Wacha was roughed up for six runs (five earned) over four-plus innings as the Cardinals lost, 9-5, to the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night. Regional Daily News 2014-09-17T07:32:24Z