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39-36, 2nd in NL Cent
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Duffy strikes out eight in Royals' win over Cardinals (1:07)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals were hopeful that Aledmys Diaz would be OK, but he was scheduled to visit a Kansas City-area hospital late Monday for further tests. Diaz had swelling and discoloration above his right eye where he was struck by a foul ball that bounced off home plate in the ninth inning while batting against Joakim Soria. "In the beginning, I was a little scared because I couldn't see anything. It was a little blurry, but thank God it went down and now I'm able to see OK," Diaz said through an interpreter. "At first, I thought it hit me in the eye, but when I looked at video, I saw that it hit me in the brow." Diaz likely will undergo a concussion protocol before Tuesday's game, but he said he felt no dizziness or nausea after the game. Those are often symptoms of a concussion. Diaz, 25, is batting .316 to lead all National League shortstops.

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Cardinals' Diaz fouls a ball off his face (0:30)
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Cards SS Diaz fouls ball off plate into face, exits

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz was struck in the face by a foul ball that bounced off the plate during an at-bat Monday night at Kansas City, and he had to leave the game.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz had to leave Monday night's game in the ninth inning after a foul ball struck him in the face. Diaz lunged for a Joakim Soria breaking ball and topped it off home plate. The ball ricocheted straight up and hit Diaz in the forehead area, knocking off his batting helmet. Diaz squatted at home plate, accompanied by a trainer and manager Mike Matheny before walking off the field clutching a towel to his forehead.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Of Adam Wainwright's seven previous outings, six had been quality starts. His 0.94 WHIP in June was ninth in the NL. But his roll came to a definitive halt in Kansas City Monday night, when the Royals teed off on him for six runs on eight hits in the first two innings. Wainwright threw 40 pitches in the second inning alone.

Molina losing lead in All-Star vote

In the NL's final ballot update, Yadier Molina's lead over the Giants' Buster Posey at catcher is down to nearly 5,000 votes. No other Cardinal is relatively close to a starting spot. Voting ends June 30:

  • Yadier Molina - No. 1 catcher
  • Brandon Moss - No. 5 first baseman
  • Matt Carpenter - No. 3 third baseman
  • Stephen Piscotty - No. 10 outfielder
  • Matt Holliday - No. 12 outfielder

Cardinals drop to No. 13 in rankings

After dropping Friday's game on a walk-off home run (and previously allowing 28 hits and 21 walks in 24 innings), Trevor Rosenthal is out as the Cardinals' closer. Look for Seung-hwan Oh to take over. Power Rankings

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal addressed his demotion as the team's closer for the first time on Monday, saying he thinks he is close to regaining the form that made him one of the game's most dominant relievers last season. Rosenthal was replaced as closer on Saturday, the day after he blew a save by allowing a ninth-inning Adam Lind home run in Seattle. Command issues have been Rosenthal's demise. He has a 14.14 ERA and opponents are hitting .406 off him this month. He has walked the same number of batters, eight, as he has struck out while blowing two of his eight save chances. "It's not fun for sure," Rosenthal said. "I don't want to lose, I don't want to do bad, I don't want to let down the guys, especially a game like that in Seattle where we're kind of rolling, where [Carlos] Martinez is pitching a great game, but I'm not the first person this has happened to. I'm not going to be the last person and all these guys know I work my butt off and I try every day. It's all I can control. It's unfortunate and not something I want, but at the same time, I'm confident in myself to be able to work hard and hopefully continue to give us a chance to win."

Lineup: Cardinals (39-35) at Royals (39-35)

  • 1. Matt Carpenter, 2B (L)
  • 2. Aledmys Diaz, SS (R)
  • 3. Matt Holliday, DH (R)
  • 4. Stephen Piscotty, RF (R)
  • 5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B (R)
  • 6. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 7. Brandon Moss, LF (L)
  • 8. Jedd Gyorko, 1B (R)
  • 9. Thomas Pham, CF (R)
  • SP: Adam Wainwright, RHP
  • Daily notes

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brayan Pena's minor-league rehabilitation assignment is over. Pena met the Cardinals in Kansas City and figures to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in Kansas City. Pena has yet to make his Cardinals' debut since signing a two-year, $5 million contract to be Yadier Molina's backup. He underwent left knee surgery shortly after Opening Day. The team is hopeful that Pena's arrival will allow them to give Molina more rest. With minor-league journeyman Eric Fryer as the backup, Molina has started 67 of the team's 75 games at catcher. "Sometimes, we take our health for granted," Pena said. "I'm just excited to get back in there. You feel envy when you see these guys playing when you're not healthy."

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Oh could feel burn of ballot crunch

Seung Hwan Oh has pounded the strike zone and posted a 0.79 WHIP in his first 37 games. But the NL is full of starting pitcher candidates, along with some good closers, and the Cardinals will likely have other All-Star representatives. Olney: Potential All-Star snubs (Insider)

Stats & Info

Matt Carpenter turns it up to 50

Carpenter's ninth-inning shot off Mariners reliever Vidal Nuno -- his second homer of the game -- was the 50th of 52 HRs hit across the league on Sunday. The last time at least 50 were hit in one day was in 2009, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.

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Sunday's longest home runs

Needless to say, the ball was flying out of Coors Field on Sunday. All four Rockies batters that went deep hit longer home runs than any player on any other team, led by Mark Reynolds' 461-foot blast.

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Gyorko, Pham go back-to-back for Cardinals (0:38)
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Piscotty's sliding grab ends inning (0:20)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Good decision by Mike Matheny to finally remove Trevor Rosenthal from the closer's role, although Cards fans will say it's a week too late. He has just three blown saves, but with 28 hits and 21 walks in 24 innings, he's been one of the worst relievers in baseball, not just one of the worst closers. Matheny says he'll go closer by committee, but look for Seung Hwan Oh to eventually take over.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs3944th
Batting Average.26210th
On Base Percentage.3345th
Slugging Percentage.4524th
Earned Run Average4.0312th
Quality Starts428th
WHIP1.268th
BAA.2488th

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