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9/26/2016 | Cards face pitching questions in playoff race

A 15-2 loss to the Reds not only precluded the Cardinals from moving into a tie for the second Wild Card spot on Monday night, but it foiled an opportunity to generate momentum leading into this final week of the regular season.

9/26/2016 | Carpenter bothered by soreness in right finger

While struggling to produce since returning from an oblique injury in early August, Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter has acknowledged, at various points, that timing issues and trust in his oblique have held him back. Perhaps, now, there is another contributing factor in play.

9/26/2016 | Diaz attends service for his friend Fernandez

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz traveled to Miami on Monday to attend a private service honoring Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sunday. Diaz returned to St. Louis in time to be available off the bench for the series opener against the Reds.

9/26/2016 | Waino looking to help Cards rebound in playoff chase

Adam Wainwright has pitched numerous big games for the Cardinals, including in the postseason. On Tuesday, St. Louis will again need Wainwright's contribution to help them in their playoff chase, when the right-hander squares off against Reds rookie Robert Stephenson at Busch Stadium.

9/26/2016 | Cardinals fall back in WC race with lopsided loss

Back at Busch Stadium with a chance to pull even with the Giants and inch closer to a sixth straight playoff berth, the Cardinals instead elicited boos from the typically affable home fans with one of their ugliest performances of the season. They looked little like a team ready for postseason play in a 15-2 loss to the Reds to open a seven-game homestand on Monday night.

9/26/2016 | Clock ticking on struggling Moss and Co.

Brandon Moss is done tabulating the moral victories. Rather, the Cardinals' first baseman sees a shrinking schedule offering him limited time to reverse the worst skid in his 10-year career.

9/26/2016 | Cards enter final week with Garcia facing Reds

With their fight to get into the postseason going into the final week of the regular season, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium on Monday for a critical four-game series vs. the Reds that offers no guarantees to St. Louis despite Cincinnati being in a last place club.

9/25/2016 | Ross, Lester key Cubs' 99th win

David Ross and Jon Lester combined to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night to set a franchise record in home wins at Wrigley Field at 57. It also was Chicago's 99th win overall, tops in the Major Leagues. St. Louis remained a half-game out of the NL Wild Card picture.

9/25/2016 | Diaz mourns death of childhood friend Fernandez

They grew up just doors apart in the Cuban neighborhood of Santa Clara, where, there on Eighth Street or at the sandlot field two miles away, Aledmys Diaz and Jose Fernandez cultivated their love of baseball. The boys were childhood buddies, both taught the game by Diaz's father, Rigoberto, and uncle, Nelson, long before they defected with Major League dreams or shared a clubhouse as National League All-Stars.

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.

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