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7/30/2014 | Cards rooting for burst of brilliance from Masterson

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.

7/30/2014 | Cards, Indians familiar trade partners

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.

7/30/2014 | Cards trade for Masterson to bolster rotation

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.

7/30/2014 | Padres look to sweep away Cards in matinee

Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne will be looking to bounce back from his first subpar outing of his rookie campaign Thursday afternoon, when he squares off with the Cardinals' Shelby Miller at Petco Park.

7/30/2014 | Lynn's solid effort unrewarded on sloppy night

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.

7/29/2014 | Umpires' review confirms no violation of collision rule

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.

7/29/2014 | Kelly eyes bounce-back outing against Padres

St. Louis right-hander Joe Kelly, who has bookended one outstanding start with two subpar outings, looks to right the ship against the light-hitting Padres on Wednesday night. But the offense may be at a premium for the Cardinals as well. They'll face rookie phenom Jesse Hahn, who has won six of his past seven starts.

7/29/2014 | Mozeliak, Cards continue to mull pitching market

General manager John Mozeliak and several of his baseball operations lieutenants traveled to San Diego, where they spent much of Monday bunkered in the team hotel continuing to discuss and debate potential moves prior to Thursday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

7/29/2014 | Decision looming for Cards' rotation opening

The Cardinals took advantage of a recent cluster of off-days to utilize a four-man rotation out of the All-Star break. That will have to end Saturday, however, when the Cardinals will once again need a fifth starter.

7/28/2014 | Tight race has Cards weighing Trade Deadline deals

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.

7/27/2014 | Taveras, Piscotty headline Cards' updated Top 20 list

With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.

7/27/2014 | Torre's Hall speech: Game 'part of the American soul'

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.

7/27/2014 | La Russa: Support system key to Hall of Fame career

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.

7/27/2014 | Call at second stands after Matheny challenges

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.

7/27/2014 | Cardinals unveil field named for La Russa

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.

7/27/2014 | Class of 2014 takes its place among game's legends

The big day finally arrived on Sunday for a memorable Hall of Fame Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. The Big Six were inducted during the annual ceremony held on a stage behind the Clark Sports Center before a crowd of approximately 48,000.

7/27/2014 | Lynn looks to pick up Cards' third straight win

Lance Lynn will try to keep the Cardinals on track as he squares off against Tyson Ross and the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego.

7/27/2014 | Holliday's homer all Wainwright, Cards need

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.

7/26/2014 | Cards' safe call stands, leads to run vs. Cubs

Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged whether the Cardinals' Jon Jay was safe at third on a stolen-base attempt Saturday.

7/26/2014 | Adams, new batterymates fuel Cards past Cubs

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.

7/26/2014 | Cards vet, Cubs rookie set to clash in rubber match

The Cardinals will look to their ace, Adam Wainwright, in the rubber match against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday. Chicago will counter with rookie Kyle Hendricks, making his third Major League start.

7/26/2014 | La Russa admits to nerves for today's Hall induction

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.

7/26/2014 | Inductees feel nervous energy for today's enshrinement

Listening to the six men who will be inducted today in the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2014, it is definitely nervous time. Nervous for the moment, nervous for the experience, nervous for the instance they must stand up before about 50,000 fans on the stage behind the Clark Sports Center and make their individual speeches.

7/26/2014 | MLBPipeline set to unveil new Top Prospects lists

The 2014 season is more than half over, and much has happened since released its Top 100 Prospects list in January. With change being inevitable, it's time for a new set of rankings. Fans can see just how much difference a few months make when the new Top 100 is unveiled on Sunday night. prospect expert Jim Callis breaks down the top 50 players during an hour-long special at 9 p.m. ET on MLB Network and

7/25/2014 | Cards add veteran catcher Pierzynski to mix

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.

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