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  • Cardinals Win Game One

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  • Cardinals Win Game Two

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  • Cardinals Win Game Three

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    Cardinals (51-47) at Pirates (51-45) July 22-24

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    51-47 ||...Cardinals...||...at...||...Pirates...|| 51-45


    PNC Park


    Cardinals Matchups MLB.com

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    Friday, July 22, 6:05 PM CT


    TV: FSN | Radio: KMOX 1120

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    ........Chris Carpentervs. Paul Maholm

    136.2.......IP.......126.2
    5-7.......W-L.......6-9
    3.69......ERA.....3.06
    103.........K's.........78
    34........BB's........43
    56........ER........43
    1.32........WHIP........1.21
    11-2, 2.09........Vs. Opp. Team........4-4, 3.33
    22.0 IP, 2-0, 2.05........Last 3 starts........18.2 IP, 2-0, 2.41

    The Cardinals have won Carpenter's last five starts, and he has a 1.66 ERA in that span. He gets the ball in the opener of a pivotal series in a park where he's had considerable success.

    Maholm continues to be a rock the Bucs' rotation. He has allowed more than two earned runs in just two of his last eight starts and has a 1.93 in 11 season starts at PNC Park. The lefty has not faced the Cardinals yet this season.
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    Saturday, July 23, 6:05 PM CT


    TV: ESPN | Radio: KMOX 1120

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    ........Jaime Garciavs. Kevin Correia

    124.1.......IP.......122.2
    9-4.......W-L.......11-7
    3.11......ERA.....4.04
    106.........K's.........63
    32........BB's........27
    43........ER........55
    1.23........WHIP........1.26
    0-1, 0.96........Vs. Opp. Team........2-2, 2.79
    19.0 IP, 1-2, 1.89........Last 3 starts........15.2 IP, 1-1, 5.74

    Garcia came out of the gate strong after the break, and most encouragingly he did it on the road. He's been much more effective at home, but Sunday against a good offense in a tough park showed he can be effective anywhere.

    Correia's ERA has steadily climbed since mid-June, but the right-hander is, for the most part, still pitching deep. He has lasted six innings in five of his last seven outings. Just two of Correia's wins have come at home.
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    Sunday, July 24, 12:35 CT

    TV: FSN | Radio: KMOX 1120

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    ........Kyle Lohsevs. Charlie Morton

    127.2.......IP.......102.0
    8-7.......W-L.......8-5
    3.45......ERA.....3.62
    64.........K's.........60
    25........BB's........40
    49........ER........41
    1.11........WHIP........1.47
    5-2, 3.59........Vs. Opp. Team........2-3, 6.43
    17.2 IP, 0-3, 7.64........Last 3 starts........16.0 IP, 1-1, 2.81

    Lohse has been in a bit of a funk lately, allowing at least four runs in each of his three July starts. He's also looking to reverse a recent trend of having a great deal of trouble against the Pirates.

    Morton had no help from the weather, but he still pulled off a win in his first post-break outing. Enduring an 83-minute rain delay in the middle of his first inning, Morton returned to finish five frames and throw 87 pitches.

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    2011 Regular Season Rankings
    Runs 450 5th overall
    BA .267 3rd overall
    OBP .338 3rd overall
    Slugging .414 8th overall
    ERA 3.95 18th overall
    Quality Starts 48 25th overall
    WHIP 1.31 21st overall
    BAA .260 24th overall
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    2011 REGULAR SEASON TEAM LEADERS
    ERA	J. Garcia	3.11
    BA	M. Holliday	.318
    HR	L. Berkman	26
    RBI	L. Berkman	66
    R	L. Berkman	58
    OPS	L. Berkman	.992
    W	J. Garcia	9
    SO	J. Garcia	106
    SV	F. Salas	17
    WHIP	K. Lohse	1.11
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    CENTRAL	W	L	PCT	GB	HOME	ROAD	RS	RA	DIFF	STRK	L10
    Pittsburgh	51	45	.531	-	25-23	26-22	373	360	+13	Lost 1	6-4
    Milwaukee	53	47	.530	-	33-14	20-33	436	444	-8	Lost 1	5-5
    St. Louis	51	47	.520	1	25-21	26-26	456	429	+27	Won 1	4-6
    Cincinnati	48	50	.490	4	25-22	23-28	450	422	+28	Won 1	4-6
    Chicago Cubs	39	60	.394	13.5	22-31	17-29	397	500	-103	Lost 2	3-7
    Houston	33	65	.337	19	17-36	16-29	381	492	-111	Won 2	3-7
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    NATIONAL	W	L	PCT	GB	HOME	ROAD	RS	RA	DIFF	STRK	L10
    Atlanta	58	41	.586	-	30-19	28-22	408	351	+57	Won 1	5-5
    Arizona	53	46	.535	5	27-22	26-24	439	432	+7	Won 1	5-5
    Pittsburgh*	51	45	.531	5.5	25-23	26-22	373	360	+13	Lost 1	6-4
    Milwaukee*	53	47	.530	5.5	33-14	20-33	436	444	-8	Lost 1	5-5
    St. Louis	51	47	.520	6.5	25-21	26-26	456	429	+27	Won 1	4-6
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    Kyle Lohse
    Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse left the team Thursday morning to return to St. Louis and have a finger on his pitching hand examined by the team's physician.
    Manager Tony La Russa called it "a finger issue," but added that he wasn't sure of the specific details of the injury. A club official described the condition as inflammation in his middle finger.
    General manager John Mozeliak said the team would have a better understanding of the pitcher's discomfort on Friday morning, after the doctor is given time to examine the hand. Lohse is scheduled to start Sunday for the Cardinals in Pittsburgh.
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    Nick Punto
    Cardinals infielder Nick Punto was, in his words, so "emotionally distraught" Sunday about his uncooperative elbow and potentially a third trip to the disabled list that he did what his father suggested. He sneaked down into the batting cage at Cincinnati and channeled all that frustration into one violent throw.
    Punto went through a battery of infield work a few hours before the Cardinals' game against the New York Mets to prove to the coaches and trainers that he was fit to remain on the active roster. He had already proven it to himself Sunday by surviving that throw and feeling a release of pain and discomfort. Punto said it's his opinion the aggressive throw broke up scar tissue inside the elbow.
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    Brian Tallet
    Had Cardinals lefty Brian Tallet not sneezed so violently that he strained a rib cage muscle he might not have discovered he has kidney disease.
    To determine the severity of the strained intercostal muscle, Tallet had a CT scan taken last week of his rib cage, and while doctors peered at the results they saw past the ribs and found cysts clinging to Tallet's kidneys. Tallet said he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, and that has interrupted his rehab while on the disabled list.
    Tallet went on the 15-day DL on Tuesday because of the strained intercostal. He started throwing a bit over the weekend, but he was taking anti-inflammatory medicine to tame the discomfort.
    Because that medication could aggravate the condition of his kidneys, he has been instructed not to take any more. Tallet will spend the break resting and won't throw.
    He said the move away from the medication could prolong his recovery. He'll be re-evaluated after the break on when he can begin a throwing program.
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    Eduardo Sanchez
    The prognosis for reliever Eduardo Sanchez is not good for the remainder of this year. A recent MRI of Sanchez' right shoulder did not reveal significant damage of the right rotator cuff but did find wear in the broadest muscle in the upper back. The Cardinals have said Sanchez will be re-evaluated after six weeks without throwing. Sanchez's availability for the rest of the season is in doubt. ...
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    Allen Craig
    Outfielder Allen Craig reported Friday to Triple-A Memphis but will not resume game competition until next week, according to La Russa.
    Craig has not played since fracturing his right patella June 7 in Houston. Though the injury appears to have healed, he continues to strengthen a right quadriceps that atrophied because of inactivity following the fracture.
    Craig is the lone offensive player on the disabled list. The club has regained first baseman Albert Pujols, catcher Gerald Laird, infielder Nick Punto and third baseman David Freese in the past several weeks. Craig was initially expected back by mid-July, but his muscle condition proved a complicating factor.
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    CINCINNATI -- Outfielder Allen Craig is about two weeks away from coming back to the Majors, manager Tony La Russa said Friday. Craig is currently working out with Triple-A Memphis, but he has not yet begun playing games.
    "I don't think it's smart to rush him," La Russa said. "If he does this for a week, and he starts doing the rehab stuff more seriously a week from now ... that's 10 days: Aug. 1."
    MLB.com


    Adam Wainwright
    Status: 60-Day DL
    Out for the year with Tommy John
    Injured St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will take a significant step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery Monday when he throws a baseball for the first time since spring training.
    Wainwright, who underwent surgery Feb. 28, is expected to make between 25 and 30 tosses on flat ground. He has been throwing with small, weighted balls.
    Wainwright said his recovery has been smoother and moved along with more rapidity than he ever could have envisioned.
    Wainwright said his goal is to recover soon enough to be on the postseason roster should the Cardinals qualify for the playoffs. That, however, is a far-fetched notion.
    "I asked Dr. (George) Paletta, 'Is there any theory or chance that I could pitch this year?'" Wainwright said. "He said, 'In theory, yes. In reality, probably not.' I said, 'I don't want to hear the second part. I heard the in-theory part and I'm going to work for that.'
    Belleville News-Democrat


    MEDICAL WATCH:

    —INF Nick Punto (sore right elbow) left the July 16 game, and he might be placed on the disabled list. He pinch-hit July 17 but didn't play July 18-19. Punto missed the season's first 16 games after having abdominal surgery in February, then missed 36 games from mid-May to late June due to a right forearm strain. Punto decided to throw hard and see what happened, and broke loose some scar tissue. He has felt fine since and was scheduled to start at second base July 21.

    —LHP Brian Tallet (strained right intercostal muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4. He was injured while sneezing.

    —RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 7 but had renewed soreness soon after and was shut down until late August or early September.

    —OF Allen Craig (broken right kneecap) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8. He might return in late July.

    —RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season.
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    Expecting the cards to take 2 here at the least and wouldn't be shocked to see a sweep. In the next couple weeks, this will be a 2 house race in the central with the brewers and cards. good luck guys.

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    Cards need to flex their muscles and show the pirates what its like to play with contenders. They need to sweep this series. I love the first 2 match ups, I'm worried about Lohse. I have more confidence in Lohse than most people but I hope his finger doesn't cause problems.

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    Cards

    SS Ryan Theriot

    CF Jon Jay

    1B Albert Pujols

    LF Matt Holliday

    RF Lance Berkman

    3B David Freese

    C Yadier Molina

    2B Nick Punto

    P Chris Carpenter

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    4-2 Cardinals.

    The crowd looks good at Pittsburgh.
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    We're about to give up the lead here. Augh.

    EDIT: Got out of it, fortunately.
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    I can't remember the last time I saw yadi hit one out to straight away center. That was beautiful

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    great game

    loved to see PNC sell out as well

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    Rasmus only played 3 of 8 since all star break. He's not gonna hit better if he can't play

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    @CardsInsider St. Louis Cardinals
    Players will wear St. Louis Stars Negro League unis tonight
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    Not a big fan of wearing Negro league stuff, We were never the St.Louis Stars, We should only be wearing St.Louis Cardinals stuff. Just my oppinion.

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    Apparently Jay and Descalso are roommates in St. Louis. Good to see that the players seem to get along pretty well.
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    Babe Berkman strikes again.

    and now molina! mickey molina?

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    Chris Duncan was on the post-game. He seems to be pretty good at it. He'll be on there again tomorrow.
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    Joe Strauss taking about something. He's stirred up stuff before, though, and nothing has come of it. So make of it what you will.

    It would be irresponsible for me to go public w/what I just heard. But if it goes down ... WOW!
    http://twitter.com/#!/JoeStrauss/sta...21449273442304

    I'm hearing Mo' will not be able to accomplish trade goal w/o subtracting from major-league roster. Developing.
    http://twitter.com/#!/JoeStrauss/sta...82555929030656

    Asked source if Cards hours, days or a week from deal. Response: it can't be a week.
    http://twitter.com/#!/JoeStrauss/sta...83709895303168

    @JoeStrauss If upper management is in denial mode, it means something is likely imminent. #NixonWhiteHouse
    http://twitter.com/#!/miklasz/status/94984218249134081


    I just hope Mo doesn't do something stupid.
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