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24-24, 3rd in NL Cent

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals hottest hitter, Matt Adams, had to leave Thursday night's game in Washington with what the team described as mid-back stiffness. He will be re-evaluated on Friday. Adams is batting .383 with a .700 slugging percentage since April 28 and essentially seized the everyday job at first base in a competition with Brandon Moss.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time infielder Greg Garcia got optioned to Triple-A, he was batting .600 -- albeit in 10 at-bats -- so he knows there are no guarantees when you have options on a team in which few players do. In fact, the Cardinals told him he likely will be headed back to re-join their Memphis affiliate when Matt Carpenter comes off the paternity list before Saturday's game. Though it required a long flight from Salt Lake City for two days in the nation's capital, Garcia will take it. "Any time you're called to the big leagues, you're not going to complain," he said.

Lineup: Cardinals (24-23) at Nationals (28-19)

  • 1. Jeremy Hazelbaker, CF (L)
  • 2. Aledmys Diaz, SS (R)
  • 3. Matt Adams, 1B (L)
  • 4. Stephen Piscotty, RF (R)
  • 5. Brandon Moss, LF (L)
  • 6. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 7. Kolten Wong, 2B (L)
  • 8. Greg Garcia, 3B (L)
  • 9. Mike Leake, RHP (R)
  • Daily notes

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Carpenter has the right to miss three games on the paternity list, but Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said he likely will return in time to play at Washington Saturday, a day early.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The return of Jhonny Peralta from the disabled list is at least several days away, which will put off a difficult series of lineup and roster decisions for the Cardinals. Many people think Aledmys Diaz will move to third base when Peralta gets back and Matt Carpenter will move to the right side of the infield. But Kolten Wong is playing well and first baseman Matt Adams has been the Cardinals' hottest hitter. Adams belted his fifth home run in his last 19 games Wednesday and is batting .373 with 18 RBIs in that span.

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Bryant pads Cubs lead with three-run homer (0:24)
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Cardinals' pinch hitting is off the charts

Loading up their bench with power bats has helped the Cardinals record nine pinch-hit home runs and a whopping 1.217 OPS this season.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals acquired outfielder Jose Martinez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Martinez was assigned to the Triple-A Memphis roster. To make room for him on the club's 40-man roster, the Cardinals transferred right-hander Mitch Harris (right elbow) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Martinez, 27, was batting .298 with three home runs and 18 RBIs this season and he won the PCL batting title last season, batting .384.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

You never know who you're going to run into outside a Cubs-Cardinals game, even the ghost of a guy who died more than 90 years ago.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Accuweather says, "There are showers and thunderstorms developing this morning to the west and south of St. Louis and some of these will reach the metro area this afternoon. There is a pretty good chance the game will get completed today, but there is a chance of a delay. These showers and storms will be fairly slow moving and a 60 to 90 minute rainfall is a possibility. Gusty winds and heavy rainfall can accompany the strongest storms. The temperature at first pitch will be 78 degrees with a rise to around 84 degrees by the end of the game. It will be humid with AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures in the middle 80s during much of the game. The wind will blow toward the left field corner at around 10 mph throughout the game."

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Cardinals pitching not living up to expectations (1:04)
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Cubs pound Wacha, Cardinals (0:56)
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Holliday: I might have lost my 2013 NLCS ring (1:55)
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WATCH: Cubs (29-14) at Cardinals (24-21)

Despite losing six of their last eight games, the Cubs (29-14) still have the best record in baseball as they look to get back in the win column when they take on Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's son, Jake, was named the Gatorade Missouri player of the year on Tuesday. Jake Matheny, a 6-foot-3 catcher like his dad, batted .411 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs at Westminster Christian Academy in the St. Louis suburbs. He is committed to Indiana, but Mike Matheny said that could change after next month's draft. "A large catcher who hits with power, I know there are some scouts who like that," Mike Matheny said. "I would typically say most kids need college. He's probably a disciplined enough kid who could probably figure out how to do it on-line."

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry even divides families in some of the nearby states, including Arkansas:

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs2582nd
Batting Average.2686th
On Base Percentage.3414th
Slugging Percentage.4612nd
Earned Run Average4.2720th
Quality Starts22Tied-14th
WHIP1.3014th
BAA.25015th

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