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MLB: Game Two-Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals sweep DH with Cubs, grab share of division lead

August 5, 2022, 3:14 AM

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Tyler O'Neill hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, powering the St. Louis Cardinals past the visiting Chicago Cubs 7-2 on Thursday evening to complete a doubleheader sweep.

The Cardinals rallied for a 4-3 victory in Game 1. They have won six of their past seven games to pull into a first-place tie with the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.

Jose Quintana held the Cubs to one run on one hit in six innings, Patrick Wisdom's first-inning homer, in his Cardinals debut. He walked two batters and struck out seven. Jordan Hicks (3-5) earned the victory despite giving up one run in his lone inning.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals and Tommy Edman went 3-for-5 with a two-run double.

Cubs starter Sean Newcomb allowed two runs on five hits in three innings. He fanned one and walked none. Kervin Castro (0-1) took the loss after yielding three runs in the seventh inning.

Wisdom's first-inning homer put the Cubs up 1-0. However, the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on Paul Goldschmidt's single and Arenado's two-run homer.

Mark Leiter Jr. hit O'Neill with a pitch in the fourth inning and walked Paul DeJong, but Yadier Molina hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Cardinals threatened again in the next inning. Dylan Carlson walked, Goldschmidt reached on an error and Arenado walked before Albert Pujols grounded into an inning-ending forceout.

In the sixth inning, DeJong walked and Molina hit a single, but Lars Nootbaar flied out and Carlson grounded out.

Hicks walked Wisdom and Seiya Suzuki to open the seventh inning. After Nico Hoerner grounded into forceout, Nelson Velazquez tied the game with an RBI infield single.

Edman led off the bottom of the inning with a single and Goldschmidt walked. After Arenado grounded into a double play, Nolan Gorman walked and O'Neill hit his three-run homer to make it 5-2.

The Cardinals pushed their lead to 7-2 in the eighth inning. Nootbaar walked, Carlson hit a double and Edman followed with a two-run double.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals, Cubs to play London series in 2023

August 4, 2022, 4:31 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will square off in a two-game series in London in 2023, Major League Baseball announced Thursday in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The teams will play June 24-25 next year at London Stadium as part of the new MLB World Tour. It will be the second series played in Europe following the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series at London Stadium in June 2019.

The Cubs last played overseas in Tokyo in 2000, while the Cardinals last played internationally in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2019.

MLB and the union have committed to playing 24 regular-season games and 16 exhibition games in Asia, Mexico and Latin America, and Europe through the 2026 season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins

Cardinals RHP Drew VerHagen to have hip surgery

August 4, 2022, 3:53 PM

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St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Drew VerHagen is headed for season-ending hip surgery.

Thursday's announcement ends a rough campaign for the 31-year-old reliever, who has been on the 15-day injured since July 17 with a right hip impingement.

VerHagen spent time on the IL with the same ailment earlier this season and later missed three weeks with a sore right shoulder.

He was 3-1 with a 6.65 ERA in 19 relief appearances for St. Louis, striking out 18 batters and walking 14 in 21 2/3 innings.

VerHagen pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 2014-19, notching a 10-10 record and a 5.11 ERA in 127 games (eight starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

Jose Quintana to make team debut as Cardinals, Cubs play two

August 4, 2022, 2:37 AM

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Jose Quintana will make his St. Louis debut Thursday when the Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs in a day-night doubleheader.

The Cardinals won the series opener at Busch Stadium 6-0 Tuesday night before Wednesday night's game was rained out.

Miles Mikolas (8-8, 2.86 ERA) will take the mound in Game 1 and Quintana (3-5. 3.50) will start the nightcap for the Cardinals. The Cubs will counter with Marcus Stroman (3-5, 3.99) in Game 1 and a pitcher to be determined in Game 2.

Justin Steele, the Cubs' scheduled starter for Wednesday, will get the call Friday. which Chicago plays Miami.

The Cardinals acquired Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade-deadline deal on Monday.

"You look at his peripherals, they definitely fit this team," Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told Bally Sports Midwest. "Obviously putting him on a team that hopes to win I think is something he's really excited about."

Quintana is looking forward to rejoining the postseason race.

"That's the reason we play this game. It's pretty cool to play in the playoffs," Quintana said. "I'm really blessed to get this opportunity to come in here and I'm real excited. I've been (in the) playoffs a couple of times and I know how cool it is."

In his prior start, Quintana threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the Pirates against Philadelphia on Friday. He allowed four hits and walked two batters while striking out four.

Quintana is 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts against the Cubs this season and 0-4 with a 3.40 ERA against them in seven career starts.

After Mikolas allowed six runs at Cincinnati on July 24, he bounced back with a quality start at Washington five days later. He held the Nationals to two runs on six hits in seven innings of a 6-2 victory.

Mikolas is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Cubs this season. In his last start against them, on June 25, he limited them to one run on four hits over six frames while striking out nine batters and walking only one.

In his career Mikolas is 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 13 appearances against the Cubs, including 11 starts.

Stroman allowed nine runs on 10 hits in four innings of a 14-5 loss in his previous outing against the Cardinals June 3, then landed on the 15-day injured list with shoulder inflammation.

He came back to go 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA in four July starts. He allowed 16 hits in 20 1/3 innings during that span while striking out 17 batters and walking only six.

Stroman earned a 4-2 victory Friday over the Giants in San Francisco in his last start. He pitched six scoreless innings while allowing eight hits and one walk.

"Body feels good. Sinker's doing everything I need it to do, and everything kind of plays off that," Stroman said.

Cubs manager David Ross credited Stroman's recent success on his excellent command.

"It's consistent strikes, in and out, up and down," Ross said. "It's all quadrants all the time."

Stroman has been in sync with catcher Willson Contreras, who wasn't moved before the trade deadline.

"We've been on a roll lately, me and Willson," Stroman said. "He's been great."

The Cubs added reliever Kervin Castro to their bullpen Wednesday after claiming him on waivers from the Giants.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox

Yanks swap LHP Jordan Montgomery for Cardinals' Harrison Bader

August 2, 2022, 10:53 PM

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The New York Yankees traded left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Harrison Bader on Tuesday.

New York will also send a player to be named later or cash considerations to St. Louis to complete the deal.

Bader, a Bronxville, N.Y., native, was in his sixth season with the Cardinals after the club drafted him in the third round in 2015. He is batting .256 on the year with five home runs, 21 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 72 games.

Bader, 28, won a Gold Glove last year for his work as the Cardinals' center fielder. The Yankees re-tooled their outfield by acquiring Bader and Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals while dealing away Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers before Tuesday's MLB trade deadline.

Montgomery, 29, is in his sixth MLB season, all spent with the Yankees. In 21 starts this season, he is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 15 home runs allowed over 114 2/3 innings.

He has a lifetime 3.94 ERA and a 22-20 record in 98 games (97 starts) over six years.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

Cards acquire LHP Jose Quintana from Pirates

August 2, 2022, 3:58 AM

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Left-hander Jose Quintana was acquired by the Cardinals from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, filling a hole in the St. Louis rotation.

Reliever Chris Stratton also is joining the Cardinals, while the Pirates will receive right-hander Johan Oviedo and minor league corner infielder Malcom Nunez.

The major leagues' trade deadline is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.

Quintana, 33, figures to provide solid rotation depth at a low cost, as he is on a one-year, $2 million contract. He will be a free agent after the season.

He will take the rotation spot of Steven Matz, who tore his left MCL on July 23. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matz is unlikely to return this year.

Quintana is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts this year. He has struck out 89 and walked 31 in 103 innings. Over his past two starts, Quintana threw a combined 12 2/3 scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Quintana has pitched for the Chicago White Sox (2012-17), Chicago Cubs (2017-20), Los Angeles Angels (2021), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Pittsburgh (2022). He made his only All-Star team in 2016 when he went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA.

Stratton, 31, is 5-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 40 appearances (one start) this year. He spent time with the Giants (2016-18) and Angels (2019) before joining the Pirates in 2019.

Oviedo, 24, started the season with Triple-A Memphis but was recalled to the Cardinals in early June. He went 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 appearances (one start) with the big-league club this year.

In 85 games with Double-A Springfield this season, Nunez, 21, hit .255 with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. He has yet to appear in a major league game.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

Reports: Yankees acquire RHP Scott Effross from Cubs

August 1, 2022, 4:58 PM

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The New York Yankees are acquiring reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The 28-year-old right-hander is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA, one save and 13 holds in 47 games (one start) this season.

Effross has struck out 50 batters and walked 11 in 44 innings.

In exchange, the Cubs will receive minor league right-hander Hayden Wesneski, ranked as the Yankees' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Wesneski, 24, was a sixth-round pick by New York in 2019. He is 6-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 19 starts this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 83 batters and walking 28 in 89 2/3 innings.

Effross will join a Yankees bullpen that lost right-hander Chad Green to Tommy John surgery in May and right-hander Michael King to a broken elbow in July.

--Field Level Media

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Giants acquire INF Dixon Machado from Cubs

July 31, 2022, 8:33 PM

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The San Francisco Giants acquired infielder Dixon Machado from the Chicago Cubs on Sunday in exchange for right-hander Raynel Espinal.

Machado, 30, last appeared in a major league game in 2018 with the Detroit Tigers. He was batting .312 with two home runs and 31 RBIs in 86 games for Triple-A Iowa this season. He played the 2020 and 2021 seasons in Japan.

In 172 games with the Tigers from 2015-18, Machado batted .227 with a .579 OPS and two home runs with 37 RBIs.

Espinal, 30, has just one game of major league experience, with the Boston Red Sox last season. He is 5-5 with a 5.29 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) at Triple-A Sacramento this season.

Also, infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry reported to the Cubs after recently being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs optioned first baseman/outfielder Alfonso Rivas to Iowa.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals

Phillies acquire SS Edmundo Sosa from Cardinals

July 30, 2022, 7:46 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies acquired shortstop Edmundo Sosa from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday in exchange for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero.

The Cardinals also activated Paul DeJong off the team's taxi squad to be eligible to play in Saturday's game against the host Washington Nationals.

Sosa, 26, is batting .189 with eight RBIs and 17 runs in 53 games this season for the Cardinals.

He is a career .245 hitter with six home runs and 35 RBIs in 177 games with St. Louis.

Romero, who will report to Triple-A Memphis, has yet to record a decision in 25 career relief appearances over parts of three seasons with the Phillies. The 25-year-old has a 13.50 ERA in two appearances this season after recovering from left elbow surgery.

DeJong, who will turn 29 on Tuesday, is hitting .130 with one homer and seven RBIs in 24 games this season. He is a career .237 hitter with 97 homers and 288 RBIs in 564 games with the Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

Reports: Dodgers acquire RHP Chris Martin from Cubs

July 30, 2022, 5:55 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday.

The 36-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.31 ERA and six holds in 34 appearances out of the bullpen in 2022.

Martin has struck out 40 batters, walked four and allowed five home runs in 31 1/3 innings.

He is 6-15 with seven saves and a 4.10 ERA in 244 games (no starts) over parts of seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Cubs.

There was no immediate word on a return for the Cubs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs

RHP Matt Swarmer clears waivers, remains with Cubs

July 25, 2022, 7:16 PM

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Right-hand pitcher Matt Swarmer, who has pitched in 11 games with the Chicago Cubs this season, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.

Swarmer, 28, made his major league debut May 30 and was 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA in 11 appearances (five starts). He had a 2.89 ERA over his last six appearances, all in relief, after recording a 5.84 mark in five games as a starter.

Swarmer was designated for assignment on July 16 when left-hander Steven Brault had his contract selected by the Cubs from Iowa.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

Cardinals P Steven Matz (knee) returns to IL

July 24, 2022, 7:30 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals placed left-handed pitcher Steven Matz on the 15-day injured list on Sunday because of a left knee strain.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled right-hander James Naile from Triple-A Memphis.

Matz left his start against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night with the injury.

He was making his first appearance since coming off the injured list (left shoulder impingement) and was rolling in his return, striking out five straight batters before he misplayed a slow Joey Votto groundout with one out in the sixth.

Matz kicked the ball foul for an error and lost his balance, sliding awkwardly on his left ankle and twisting his right ankle at the same time.

He gave up two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one in his first outing since May 22.

In his first season with St. Louis, the 31-year-old Matz is 4-3 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts.

Naile, a 29-year-old rookie, made three appearances for the Cardinals earlier this season. He gave up two hits and struck out four in 4 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals

Cards' Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt to miss series vs. Jays

July 24, 2022, 5:27 PM

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All-Star infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt will be placed on Major League Baseball's restricted list ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals' upcoming two-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

John Mozeliak, the Cardinals president of baseball operations, told reporters on Sunday that the pair would sit out the games on Tuesday and Wednesday because of Canada's federal vaccine mandate for anyone entering the country.

To be eligible to play in Toronto, players are required to have one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days prior to traveling.

Catcher Austin Romine also will miss the series because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.

"I did talk to Nolan recently about this, and he noted (at this time) that he was hoping to begin a family with his wife and for him it was a personal decision, and we honor that," Mozeliak said. "With regard to Goldy, I checked in on him, but we never had a lengthy discussion on it. I spoke with him a year and a half ago about it, and of course I understood his thinking then. I never had any discussion with Mr. Romine."

Catcher Ivan Herrera, outfielder Conner Capel and infielder/outfielder Cory Spangenberg will replace the trio on the roster for the series, per Mozeliak.

Entering play on Sunday, Goldschmidt leads the National League in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.416), slugging (.603) and OPS (1.019). He also leads the team in home runs (22) and RBIs (74), while Arenado is second on the Cardinals in those categories (18, 59).

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

Cardinals LHP Steven Matz (ankle) leaves game

July 24, 2022, 1:02 AM

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St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Steven Matz left his start against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night with an apparent ankle injury.

Matz was rolling in his return from the injured list, striking out five straight batters before he misplayed a slow Joey Votto grounder to first with one out in the sixth.

Matz kicked the ball foul for an error and lost his balance, sliding awkwardly on his left ankle and twisting his right ankle at the same time.

Matz was on the ground in pain before getting up and leaving the game with training staff, favoring his left leg in the process.

Matz finished with two runs allowed on three hits and a walk, leaving with a 6-2 lead. He struck out seven.

Junior Fernandez replaced the injured Matz.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs

Cubs release LHP Daniel Norris

July 23, 2022, 11:28 PM

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The Chicago Cubs released left-hander Daniel Norris prior to Saturday night's road game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Cubs designated Norris for assignment last Sunday.

The 29-year-old was a disappointing 0-4 with a 6.90 ERA in 27 appearances (one start). He struck out 43 in 30 innings but walked 21.

The nine-year veteran was in his first season with Chicago after previously playing for the Toronto Blue Jays (2014-15), Detroit Tigers (2015-21) and Milwaukee Brewers (2021).

Norris is 20-38 with a 4.77 ERA in 194 career appearances (84 starts).

--Field Level Media