St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435 St. Louis Cardinals 2014-07-24T08:34:48Z St. Louis Cardinals Cards nearing potential crossroads with Taveras Nearly a month into Oscar Taveras' second big league stay, the Cardinals are beginning to re-evaluate whether keeping the outfielder on the Major League roster is best for him in both the short and long term. Jay strikes out as ump loses track of count In a perplexing seventh-inning sequence during Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Rays, Jon Jay took both ball four and strike three in the same plate appearance. Kelly looks to continue mastery of Cubs as division race heats up The Cardinals begin a three-game weekend series with Joe Kelly taking the mound against the Chicago Cubs and Travis Wood on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Cardinals' offense scuffles as Rays get sweep The Rays finished off a two-game sweep of St. Louis with a 3-0 win at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night, leaving the Cardinals with a losing home stay and even with the Pirates in the division's second spot. Miller set to return to rotation against Cubs Shelby Miller's brief transfer to the bullpen has concluded, as the Cardinals announced on Wednesday that Miller will return to the rotation on Saturday to face the Cubs. Concurrent with Miller's transition back to starting, Carlos Martinez will shift to the bullpen, where he is immediately ready for use. Greenwood impresses, but optioned to Triple-A To make room for Kevin Siegrist's activation from the disabled list, the Cardinals optioned Nick Greenwood to Triple-A Memphis, where the lefty will pitch out of the bullpen but also remain stretched out in case the club has a later need for a long reliever. Cardinals land Competitive Balance Lottery pick The Cardinals netted an extra pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft through Wednesday's Competitive Balance Lottery, which was introduced in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement as a way to give small-market and low-revenue teams the chance to earn one of 12 extra picks. Wainwright off game, chased early in defeat En route to a 7-2 victory in front of 43,623 fans at Busch Stadium, the Rays chased Wainwright during a five-run fifth in which Tampa Bay tallied only two hits. Wainwright provided the rest of the assistance, committing a fielding error, walking three and hitting one in his first outing since starting the All-Star Game. Cardinals lose challenge, but benefit after all A challenge not won by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny worked in the Cards' favor on Tuesday night, when Matt Holliday followed a contested foul ball in the sixth inning with a 424-foot solo homer to pull the Cardinals to within four runs of the Rays. Maddon: Early ejection a misunderstanding Rays manager Joe Maddon's night came to an end quickly Tuesday, when he was ejected during the third inning of the Rays' 7-2 win over the Cardinals in unique fashion. La Russa had guts to chase Hall of Fame glory 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. Cards monitoring rotation options as Deadline nears With the non-waiver Trade Deadline nine days away, the Cardinals continue to zero in on starting pitchers who could potentially help fortify the rotation for a postseason push. However, general manager John Mozeliak cautioned on Tuesday that no deal is imminent. Wacha targets September return after MRI With approval from the medical staff after they read the results of Monday's MRI exam, Michael Wacha plans to increase his strength exercises over the next two weeks with the hope that he'll then be cleared to begin a throwing program. Siegrist back from rehab, on verge of activation While the Cardinals won't make the final decision until Wednesday, general manager John Mozeliak said it's "a real possibility" that left-hander Kevin Siegrist will be activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the Cardinals' series finale against the Rays. Carpenter Cards' Heart and Hustle recipient For the second straight season, Matt Carpenter has been named the Cardinals' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, presented annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to honor players "who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." Cardinals among most defensively improved teams Much of general manager John Mozeliak's work last offseason was done with an eye on defense, and while a final grade can't be handed out 99 games into the 2014 season, the Cardinals have already distinguished themselves among the most defensively improved teams in the Majors. Bourjos seeing results from adjustments Though he's only made two starts this month, Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos has quietly been piecing together his best stretch of the season. Emotions stoked after Hanley hit twice; X-rays negative Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had to leave Sunday night's game at Busch Stadium in the ninth inning after being hit by a Trevor Rosenthal pitch on the left hand. Cards decked by Adrian's ninth-inning single Trevor Rosenthal allowed a two-out, RBI single to the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth inning Sunday night to deal the Cardinals a 4-3 loss. Peter Bourjos hit a two-run homer off of Clayton Kershaw. Lynn to start Wednesday against Rays Following Sunday night's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed that the club will start Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn, in that order, during the team's upcoming series against the Rays. Along with Crawford, Holliday to enter AFL Hall The Arizona Fall League announced on Sunday that it will induct Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony in November. Joining Holliday in the 2014 induction class is Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford. Tests show no concussion for Holliday in collision Tests for a possible concussion came back negative on Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, who exited Saturday's 4-2 win in the fifth inning, four innings after he collided with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez while scampering back to second base. Holliday is day to day. Kelly alters mechanics, stifles LA with 'electric power' The Cardinals positioned themselves for a possible sweep of the Dodgers and a move into first place with Saturday's 4-2 win in which they scored all of their runs within a four-batter sequence to open the game against Zack Greinke. The victory was anchored by Joe Kelly, who earned his first win since coming back from a hamstring injury. Shoulder feeling good, Wong thriving in No. 2 spot The four-day All-Star break came at an opportune time for Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, who said the time away from the field gave his left shoulder additional opportunity to heal. On big night, Holliday notches pair of milestones In the course of contributing to every run the Cardinals scored in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Friday, Matt Holliday pushed a pair of career offensive totals to notable round numbers. Cards to rest Wainwright, move Miller to 'pen With the flexibility to reset their rotation after the All-Star break, the Cardinals will give ace Adam Wainwright an extended period of rest and move Shelby Miller to the bullpen for an undetermined period while employing a four-man rotation. Wainwright plans to be more careful with his words Back from his All-Star stay in Minneapolis, Adam Wainwright conceded on Friday that the uproar created after he described a pitch to Derek Jeter as a "pipe shot" did mar the overall experience. Signing deadline for '14 Draft picks passes quietly The signing deadline for players taken in this summer's First-Year Player Draft came and went with little fanfare for the Cardinals late Friday afternoon, but only because the organization had wrapped up the bulk of its work last month. Holliday's bat backs Lynn's strong arm against LA Behind Matt Holliday's power and Lance Lynn's power arm, the Cardinals, playing in front of 45,010 at Busch Stadium, returned to play with a 3-2 victory Friday night over the Dodgers, who entered the night with a National League-leading 54 wins. Cardinals look to continue surge in second half The tenor of the Cardinals' first half changed dramatically in its final days, as the club's closing speed, coupled with a Milwaukee collapse, erased almost all of the division lead that the Brewers had spent three months building. Down 6 1/2 games at the start of July, the Cards begin the second half trailing by just one. Regional Daily News 2014-07-25T01:34:48Z http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435