Ryan quandary: Ryan continues to impress, which could make him enticing trade bait come July or give the Yankees a big decision with Francisco Cervelli in the mix. Ryan has minor league options left. Cervelli does not.
Three more: Ellsbury is starting to pick it up. In the fourth, he added a two-run single. It was set up by a Kelly Johnson single and a Brian Roberts double.
Brian McCann added an RBI single. McCann has looked better at the plate lately.
McFirstbaseman: McCann's first major-league start at first base was pretty uneventful. He made a pretty nice play in the fourth, when, after a Ryan diving stop, the throw bounced in front of him. McCann didn't have to scoop the ball, but he did have to adjust. Jon Jay was safe anyway.
Standing O for Jeter: Before the seventh inning, the Cardinals showed Derek Jeter in the dugout on the Busch Stadium scoreboard. The fans and the Cardinals gave Jeter a standing ovation. He eventually stepped out of the dugout and tipped his cap. He also pointed to the Cards' bench.
Hiro OK:Hiroki Kuroda pitched well enough. In his 5 2/3 innings, he allowed nine hits but just three runs (all earned).
Jammed: In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals loaded the bases against Kuroda. Kuroda escaped by forcing Yadier Molina to pop out to end the inning.
One Pitch Wonder: With the lead cut to four and runners on first and third in the sixth, Joe Girardi turned to Dellin Betances. Betances needed just one pitch -- a slurve -- to force Matt Holliday to end the inning with a flyout.
Four closer outs:David Robertson didn't pick up the save, but he did come in during the eighth with two outs. He relieved Adam Warren. Robertson allowed an inherited runner to score on a Kolten Wong comebacker that nearly took off Robertson's head. Robertson struck out Holliday to end the inning.
Defensive Whiz?: Ryan made a fielding error in the second on a routine grounder. It did not cost the Yankees. While he has very good range, Ryan has been a bit inconsistent with the relatively easy ones.
What's next: The Yankees have a day off Thursday before starting a seven-game homestand that will see the returns of Phil Hughes and Robinson Cano. The Yankees face the Twins on Friday. The starting pitchers will be: