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9/24/2016 | Swollen thumb causes setback for Holliday

Matt Holliday has hit another snag in his push to return for the final week of the regular season, as his surgically repaired right thumb is once again swollen and sore one day after testing it against live pitching.

9/24/2016 | Big first inning sets tone for hot-hitting Cards

Still without a static batting order as the season nears its end, manager Mike Matheny produced his 140th different lineup on Saturday in an effort to jumpstart a recently unreliable offense. And that alignment struck a sweet spot, as the Cardinals scored four in the first inning in a 10-4 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

9/24/2016 | Cubs host Cards in final home regular-season tilt

Before preparations begin for the postseason, Wrigley Field will play host to one final regular-season game with Sunday's nationally televised matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals. It will be the division rivals' last scheduled meeting of the season, but perhaps also a prelude for what might come in October.

9/23/2016 | Sloppy start downs Leake, Cardinals in opener

Friday's series-opening 5-0 loss at Wrigley Field unraveled in a first inning that saw Mike Leake throw 31 pitches and closed with the Cardinals down by four. There were mishandled plays in the field, key pitches not executed and two wild pitches. It was a sloppy start from which the Cards never recovered, despite the bullpen's scoreless performance.

9/23/2016 | Holliday impresses in live BP session

Standing in the same batters' box where he took a Mike Montgomery pitch off his right thumb six weeks ago, Matt Holliday tested that surgically repaired thumb during live batting practice on Friday.

9/23/2016 | Garcia earns back spot in Cardinals' rotation

The Cardinals have decided to make yet another September starter swap, and they will replace rookie Luke Weaver with left-hander Jaime Garcia during this next turn through the rotation.

9/23/2016 | Cards-Cubs tilt has key postseason implications

As the Cubs continue to push toward their first 100-win season since 1935, the Cardinals will attempt on Saturday to delay the seemingly inevitable while also trying to enhance their own chances of joining Chicago in the postseason.

9/23/2016 | Arrieta pushes Cards back as Cubs clinch No. 1 seed

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 over seven innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, dealing another blow to St. Louis' Wild-Card hopes while Chicago locked up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

9/21/2016 | Waino aiming at strong finish, postseason run

Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright was smiling. He's feeling good, finally.

9/21/2016 | In new role, Garcia provides much-needed relief

Jaime Garcia's second relief appearance of the season was longer than both of his past two starts -- and considerably better. Garcia's scoreless outing over four innings was one of the few features on the Cardinals' highlight reel from the 11-1 loss to the Rockies in the finale of the three-game set.

9/21/2016 | Holliday close to return after successful BP

Matt Holliday may be on the verge of returning to action with the Cardinals after missing more than a month due to a right thumb fracture. He's been taking batting practice during the Cards' three-game series at Coors Field, and all reports have been good.

9/21/2016 | Cards overpowered by Rox, can't gain WC edge

German Marquez was exceptional in his first Major League start, and Nolan Arenado's grand slam powered the Rockies past the Cardinals, 11-1, at Coors Field on Wednesday. The loss kept the Cardinals tied with the Giants and Mets for the two National League Wild Card spots.

9/20/2016 | Cards see the best of Waino against Rockies

Making use of the best curveball he's thrown all season, Adam Wainwright earned his 12th victory on a career night offensively in a 10-5 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

9/20/2016 | Cardinals want Diaz to rest his throwing arm

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz's stellar rookie season hit a bit of a speed bump in his return from the disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Rockies.

9/20/2016 | Cardinals looking to hold top Wild Card spot with sweep

The Cardinals will be looking for a three-game sweep of the Rockies and to remain in the top Wild Card spot with right-hander Luke Weaver on the mound on Wednesday at Coors Field.

9/20/2016 | Waino's 4 RBIs help Cardinals tie for top Wild Card

Behind a career-high four RBIs from Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals held on to a National League Wild Card spot with a 10-4 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

9/20/2016 | Despite challenges, Cards still in playoff hunt

So here are the St. Louis Cardinals with a starting lineup on Monday night against the Rockies that included five players who have spent time on the disabled list this year and a DL that still includes left fielder Matt Holliday, who hit third on Opening Day.

9/20/2016 | Bottom of order comes up big for Cards

Sometimes runs can come from unexpected places, but for the Cardinals, the bottom of their order is still potent. The Nos. 7-8-9 hitters -- second baseman Jedd Gyorko, center fielder Randal Grichuk and starter Carlos Martinez -- led the way offensively in the Cards' 5-3 win over the Rockies on Monday, scoring all five runs.

9/19/2016 | Waino, Cards continue WC chase at Coors

Adam Wainwright, who will start Tuesday night in the middle game of a three-game set against the Rockies and lefty Jorge De La Rosa, looks to return his dominant form to keep the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card chase.

9/19/2016 | Cards hold off Rox, tie for 2nd Wild Card

Carlos Martinez powered himself to his career-high 15th win with a fourth-inning double, as the Cardinals topped the Rockies, 5-3, at Coors Field on Monday and moved into a tie for the second National League Wild Card spot.

9/19/2016 | Matheny enjoys managing at Coors Field

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny knows that managing at Coors Field can be a challenge. No stadium is more hitter-friendly, which can make managing a pitching staff interesting.

9/18/2016 | Reyes shows veteran poise in shutting down Giants

Thrust into a Major League rotation at the heart of the Cardinals' playoff push, rookie Alex Reyes responded Sunday by matching the magnitude of the moment with the biggest performance of his career. His seven shutout innings served as the backbone for a 3-0 win that pulled the Cardinals to within one game of the Giants in the Wild Card race.

9/18/2016 | Cards blank Giants, shuffle Wild Card standings

The conclusion of a four-game set at AT&T Park on Sunday may have ushered in the final fortnight of the regular season, but it did nothing to separate a pair of Wild Card contenders standing precisely as they were when the series began. On the heels of an emotional, come-from-behind win, the Cardinals sealed a series split with Sunday's 3-0 victory, one highlighted by a spectacular start from rookie Alex Reyes.

9/18/2016 | Umpire exits game in SF after foul strikes mask

The Giants and Cardinals' series finale was delayed Sunday after a foul tip hit home-plate umpire Brian O'Nora's facemask.

9/18/2016 | Martinez looks to continue Cards' Wild Card surge

The Cardinals will relocate their playoff push to Denver on Monday, where they'll open a three-game series against a Rockies team that continues to try to fend off its own mathematical elimination in the National League Wild Card race.

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