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(09/27) N.L. CENTRAL CHAMPS: By virtue of the Phillies and Marlins losses and their own rain-shortened winover the C ubs, the Cardinals on Sept. 15 assured themselves of a National League Central Division co-championship and a fifth playoff appearance in six seasons since 2000...they clinched an outright division championship with a win on Sept. 17, giving them division titles in back-to-back seasons for the first time since divisional play began in 1969...St. Louis has won or shared six N.L. Central titles (1996, 2000-2002, 2004, 2005).

TRYING TO BECOME BASEBALL'S BEST: The Cardinals have assured themselves home field advantage throughout the National League portion (Division Series & League Championship Series) of the playoffs and they can lock-up baseball's best overall record for a second-straight season with any combination of four wins and/or four White Sox losses...St. Louis led the majors with 105 wins last season.

BACK-TO-BACK 100's:The Cardinals need three more wins over their final five games to post back-to-back 100 win seasons for just the second time in franchise history and for the first time since 1942-44 when they had three-straight 100-win seasons...the Cards have posted a 202-117 mark (.633 win pct.) the past two seasons...their highest two-year win total was 211 wins in 1942-43.

BACK-TO-BACK 50's: The Cardinals notched their league-high 50th road win on Sunday, giving them back-to-back 50-win seasons on the road for just the second time (1967-68) in franchise history...the Cardinals had 52 road wins last year.

(09/25) CARDS & BREWERS: The Redbirds & Brewers conclude their season series this afternoon as the Cards try to avoid the series sweep...the Cards haven't been swept in Milwaukee since April of 2002 (4 games)...the Cardinals are 10-5 versus the Brewers this season, including a 6-2 mark at Milwaukee where they have swept a pair of 3-game series (April 15-17 & August 8-10)...prior to Friday night's loss, the Cardinals had won eightstraight games at Miller Park dating back to last season...the Cards were 9-8 vs. MIL in 2004, including a 4-3 mark at Miller Park...the Cardinals hold a 72-48 all-time advantage over the Brewers and are 26-15 versus the Brewers all-time at Miller Park...the Cards best overall season record vs. the Brewers was 13-3 in 2003.

N.L. CENTRAL CHAMPS: By virtue of the Phillies and Marlins losses and their own rain-shortened win over the Cubs, the Cardinals on Sept. 15 assured themselves of a National League Central Division co-championship and a fifth playoff appearance in six seasons since 2000...they clinched an outright division championship with a win on Sept. 17, giving them division titles in back-to-back seasons for the first time since divisional play began in 1969...St. Louis has won or shared six N.L. Central titles (1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005).

TRYING TO BECOME BASEBALL'S BEST: The Cardinals have assured themselves home field advantage throughout the National League portion (Division Series & League Championship Series) of the playoffs and they can lock-up baseball's best overall record for a second-straight season with any combination of six wins and/or six White Sox losses...St. Louis led the majors with 105 wins last season.

BACK-TO-BACK 100's: The Cardinals need four more wins over their final six games to post back-to-back 100 win seasons for just the second time in franchise history and for the first time since 1942-44 when they had three-straight 100-win seasons...the Cards have posted a 201-117 mark (.632 win pct.) the past two seasons...their highest two-year win total was 211 wins in 1942-43.

(09/20) THE CARDINALS: resume their final regular season roadtrip of the season tonight, a 10-game, 11-day swing through Chicago (4 games), Cincinnati (3) and Milwaukee (3)...the Redbirds, who were off yeaterday, split a 4-game series at CHI over the weekend...they concluded a 10- game homestand last Wed. with a 5-3 loss to the Pirates and finished the stand with a 6-4 mark (1-2 vs. CHI, 3-1 vs. NY & 2-1 vs. PIT)...the Cards finished their longest road trip (13 games) of the season on Sept. 4 and went 9-4 on that trip, winning all four series...the Cardinals will play 6 of their final 11 games on the road...the Cards are 39-24 since the All-Star break (1st in N.L.) and are 47-29 at home & 48-27 on the road...the Cards are 46-23 vs. N.L. Central teams, 18-14 vs. the N.L. East, 21-14 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play...the Cards' 48 road wins are four shy of last year's road total (52) and are one less than the KC Royals win total (49) this year.

CARDS & REDS: The Cardinals & Reds are meeting this week for their fifth series meeting of the season...they'll play each other six times over the final 11 games...the Cardinals are 7-3 (4-2 at Great American Ball Park) to begin the year with the Reds...they swept a three-game series May 2-4 that included the largest 9th inning comeback win in Cardinals history...the Cardinals were 14-5 against the Reds last season, the best record vs. an N.L. Central opponent, and had a 7-2 winning mark at Busch Stadium...the two teams will face each other a total of 16 times this season...the Redbirds hold a 1,022-906 advantage all-time vs. the Reds, including a slight 117-110 mark vs. the Reds at Busch Stadium.

(09/15) THE CARDINALS: begin their final regular season road trip of the season tonight, a 10- game, 11-day swing through Chicago (4 games), Cincinnati (3) and Milwaukee (3).

The Redbirds concluded a 10-game homestand yesterday with a 5-3 loss to the Pirates and finished the stand with a 6-4 mark (1-2 vs. CHI, 3-1 vs. NY & 2-1 vs. PIT)...the Cards finished their longest road trip (13 games) of the season on Sept. 4 and went 9-4 on that trip, winning all four series...the Cardinals will play 10 of their final 15 games on the road...the Redbirds have won 24 of their last 37 games and 29 of their last 45...the Cards are 37-22 since the All-Star break (1st in N.L.) and are 47-29 at home & 46-25 on the road...the Cards are 44-20 vs. N.L. Central teams, 18-14 vs. the N.L. East, 21-14 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play...the Cards' 46 road wins are six shy of last year's road total (52) and are one shy of the KC Royals win total (47) this year.

CARDS & CUBS:The Redbirds are 4-8 vs. the Cubs this season, the only Central division opponent they have a losing record against...the two teams split a two-game set in April and St. Louis lost two-of three in July at Busch Stadium...the Cubs won three-of-four in August at Wrigley Field and two-of-three earlier this month at Busch...the Cards won the season series between the teams last season 11-8, but trail the all-time series 1,051-1,018 since 1900...the Cardinals need to win all four games of this weekend's series to avoid their first losing season series with Chicago since 2001 when they went 8-9...

CENTRAL STATE OF AFFAIRS: St. Louis is 18-12 vs. teams from the N.L. Central since the All-Star break after going 26-9 vs. the division prior to the break...Cards pitching has fashioned a 3.42 ERA with two shutouts and five complete games since the break vs. the division.

MAGIC CARDS: Prior to tonight's game against Mark Prior, the Cards' magic number for clinching the NL Central title stood at two over the Houston Astros...the Cardinals are trying to clinch a share of the NL Central title for the fifth time in six seasons. For the Record, Chicago doesn't have a magic number. :)

COMING UP: Matt Morris looks to snap his first career three-game losing streak as a starter tomorrow in his 28th start of the season...is 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA (42.0 IP / 24 ER) in his last seven starts...took the loss in a 5-2 setback to the Cubs on 9/6 at Busch, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits in 4.1 IP...will make his fourth start of the season vs. the Cubs...he's 0-3 vs. CHI this season and 11-6, 4.24 in 27 career appearances...Matt is 6-4, 5.74 in 15 career appearances (13 starts) at Wrigley Field....he's 7-4, 3.99 ERA on the road in 13 starts.

(09/14) INJURY UPDATES: The Cardinals offical website is reporting: Mark Grudzielanek (sore lower back) and Albert Pujols (strained right adductor muscle) remain day-to-day considerations for La Russa. Grudzielanek swung more aggressively in batting practice on Tuesday than on Monday. Pujols pinch-hit on Monday night, creating a powerful tactical option for the Cards.

"You do the best you can," La Russa said when asked about picking his spots with Pujols. "You can't script these games. Yesterday was there were two outs, so he didn't have to run the bases. It was the seventh inning -- there could have been a better opportunity in the ninth, but you don't know."

(09/08)CARDS VS. METS:This is the second and final meeting between the teams this season...St. Louis took two of-three games from the Mets, winning the last two, at Shea Stadium from May 13-15...the Cardinals were 5-1 vs. the Mets last season, including a three-game sweep at Busch Stadium from August 6-8...the Redbirds have won 12 of the last 15 games between the teams dating to 2003 and are 20-7 vs. NY since the beginning of the 2001 season, including 10-2 at home...St. Louis leads the all-time series 347-306...the Mets hold a slight edge in games played at this Busch Stadium with a 149-144 mark vs. the Cards...the 149 wins by the Mets at Busch are second-most all-time amongst visiting teams (PIT).

STARTERS SHINE: Cardinals starting pitchers have combined to go 8-4 with a 1.90 ERA (104.0 IP / 22 ER) with four complete games and three shutouts in their last 15 games...opponents have batted just .227 (87-383) against them during this span.

THE CARDINALS continue a 10-game homestand with the first of four games against the Mets...the cards lost two-of-three to the Cubs to begin this homestand...the Pirates will also visit Busch during this next-to-last homestand of the regular season...the Cards wrapped up their longest roadtrip (13 games) of the season Sunday with a 4-1 win at HOU and went 9-4 on the trip, winning all four series...the Cardinals will play 12 of their final 22 games at Busch...the Redbirds have won 19 of their last 30 games and 24 of their last 38...the Cards are 32-20 since the All-Star break (1st in N.L.) and are 42-27 at home & 46-25 on the road...the Cards are 42-19 vs. N.L. Central teams, 15-13 vs. the N.L. East, 21-14 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play...the Redbirds are the only N.L. team with a winning road record and their 46 road wins are two more than Kansas City's overall win total (44).

CARDS & CUBS: The Redbirds are 3-6 vs. the Cubs this season, the only Central division opponent they have a losing record against. The two teams split a two-game set in April and St. Louis lost twoof three in July at Busch Stadium and three-of-four in August at Wrigley Field. The clubs will face each other seven more times over the final days 28 days of the season with three this week in St. Louis and four in Chicago. The Cards won the season series between the teams last season 11-8, but trail the all-time series 1,049-1,017 since 1900. The Cubs have a 131-170 record at Busch Stadium.

THE CARDINALS open a 10-game homestand this Labor Day afternoon with the first of three games against the Cubs. The NY Mets & Pirates will also visit Busch during this next-to-last homestand of the regular seasson. The Cards wrapped up their longest roadtrip (13 games) of the season yesterday with a 4-1 win at HOU and went 9-4 on the trip, winning all four series. The Cardinals will play 15 of their final 25 games at Busch. The Redbirds have won 18 of their last 27 games and 23 of their last 35. The Cards are 31-18 since the All-Star break (1st in N.L.) and are 41-25 at home & 46-25 on the road. The Cards are 41-18 vs. N.L. Central teams, 15-13 vs. the N.L. East, 21-14 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play. The Redbirds are the only N.L. team with a winning road record and their 46 road wins are two more than Kansas City's overall win total (44).

CENTRAL UPDATE: The Redbirds are 41-18 vs. teams from the N.L. Central with 21 of their final 25 games against Central foes.

(09/02) CARDS & ASTROS: The Redbirds have won nine of the first 11 games against Houston this year... the Cards swept the Astros in all six games at St. Louis with three wins in April and three in July...the two clubs will play five remaining games, three this weekend and two in St. Louis 9/27-28...the two teams split the two-game series at HOU to open the season (4/5-6) and the Cards took 2-of-3 at HOU (6/3-5)...last season, St. Louis was 8-10 vs. the Astros, the only team they had a sub-.500 record against, going just 3-6 at home...the Cards lead their all-time series with Houston, 313-275...

THE CARDINALS continue a season-long 13- game road trip tonight with the first of three games vs. HOU...the Cards are 7-3 so far during this four-city, 14-day road adventure...the team won 2-of-3 games at FLA, were 2-1 in the series win at WSH and took three-of-four at PIT...are in the midst of playing 23 of their final 38 games of the season on the road...following this weekend's games at HOU, St. Louis returns home to begin a 10-game homestand vs. three teams (CHI-3, NYM-4, PIT-3) on Labor Day ...the Redbirds have won 16 of their last 24 and 21 of their last 32...the team is 29-17 since the All-Star break (1st in N.L.) and are 41-25 at home & 44-24 on the road...the Cards are 39-17 vs. N.L. Central teams, 15-13 vs. the N.L. East, 21-14 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play...the Redbirds are the only N.L. team with a winning road record.

CENTRAL UPDATE:The Redbirds are 39-17 vs. teams from the N.L. Central with 24 of their final 28 games against Central foes.

(08/28) JASON MARQUIS If the Cardinals make a move this week you can expect Jason Marquis will most likely be a part of a deal that could bring some offense to the injured riddle Cardinals.

The deadline for setting the postseason rosters is Wednesday and we expect the Cardinals to make a deal within the next 72 hours.

(08/26) THE STL CARDINALS meet the Washington Nationals for their first regular season game at Washington against this franchise...the teams met Memorial Day weekend at Busch Stadium with the Cards taking two-of-three games...St. Louis last faced a team in Washington when they played two exhibition games in D.C. on April 2-3, 1999 at RFK Stadium against Montreal...the Cardinals played the Washington entry in the N.L. (usually called the Senators) 104 times from 1892-1899 and went 46-55-3 against them, the last game of which was played on August 29, 1899 at St. Louis (13-7 WSH win)...the last game in that span at Washington was on August 15, 1899 (8-3 STL win)...against the former Montreal Expos, the Cardinals have a 267-262 all-time lead and are 2-1 vs. the Nationals.

ROAD TRIP: The Cards continue a season-long 13- game road trip tonight as they open the curtain on a three-game set at WSH...took three-of-four at PIT Mon.-Thu...are coming off a 4-2 homestand -- won two-of-three from both SF and ARI last week...the club has one off day this month, which came on Aug. 15, as they are scheduled to play 30 games in 31 days this month...are in the midst of playing 21 of 27 on the road, including a four-city, 13-game road trip from 8/22-9/4...the Redbirds have won 12 of their last 18 games and 17 of their last 26... they're 25-15 since the All- Star break and are 41-25 at home & 40-22 on the road...the Cards are 39-17 vs. N.L. Central teams, 11-11 vs. the N.L. East, 21-14 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play...the Redbirds are the only N.L. team with a winning road record.

TONY PASSES SPARKY: Tony La Russa (2,195) passed Sparky Anderson last night and now sits in sole possession of third place on baseball's all-time managerial wins list...La Russa had already passed Joe McCarthy (2,125) and Bucky Harris (2,157) this season and he's moved ahead of Whitey Herzog (822) into second place on the Cardinals all-time list with 875, trailing only Red Schoendienst (1,041).

TURNING HEADS: The Cardinals have turned 15 double plays in their last eight games...the team leads all of baseball with 161 double plays, which is seven more than the 2004 Cardinals' full season total...the Cards are on pace to turn 204 double plays this season, which would shatter the club record for double plays in a season by 12...the 1974 Cardinals turned 192 in 161 games...the major-league record for a 162-game schedule is 215 double plays by the 1966 Pirates.

STARTING POINTS: With a combined 69 wins this season, the Cardinals starting staff is the major league leader in wins by starting pitchers with the Chicago White Sox (57), Houston Astros and Florida Marlins (55), Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels (53) the closest pursuers...Cards starters have recorded 80 quality starts, ranking 2nd in the NL behind Houston (83).

(08/22) TONIGHT AT PIRATES: The Redbirds play the first game of a four-game set against Pittsburgh tonight...the Cards are 7-2 vs. PIT this season and 19-7 vs. the Bucs since the start of last season...the Cards have won 13 of the last 15 games with the Bucs...the teams split a four-game series at St. Louis from June 23-26...STL posted a three-game series sweep over Pittsburgh at Busch from May 23-25 for the first time since 2001 (9/28-30)...the Cardinals also took both games of a two-game series at PIT in April...the Cardinals trail the all-time series, 998-1,068.

CENTRAL STATE OF AFFAIRS: St. Louis is 10-7 vs. teams from the N.L. Central since the All-Star break after going 26-9 vs. the division prior to the break...Cards pitching has fashioned a 3.55 ERA with two shutouts in these 17 games vs. the division.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME?:St. Louis's 27 wins at PNC Park are the most for any opponent visiting the ballfield...Albert Pujols sports a .385 batting average (57-148) and has hit 14 home runs at PNC Park, most among any player not a Pittsburgh Pirate...Jim Edmonds also ranks among the top opponent players with eight home runs at PNC Park.

13-GAME TRIP:Tonight begins a four-city, 13-game road trip for the Cards, their longest since 2002 when they played 13 away from home from April 15-28...St. Louis went 4-9 on that trip...along with four games here in Pittsburgh, the club will also make its first trip to Washington (three games) and Florida (three) before finishing up at Houston for three...the Cards next game at Busch will be on Labor Day.

ROLEN TO HAVE SURGERY: The Cardinals and Scott Rolen announced yesterday that the Gold Glove third baseman will undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing left shoulder...the surgery will take place within the next week to 10 days and be performed by Dr. George Paletta with assistance from Dr. Timothy Kremchek...Rolen, who most recently has been on the disabled list since July 22, was injured on May 10 when he collided at first base with the Dodgers' Hee-Seop Choi...Rolen returned to the active roster on June 18 and played in 26 games before returning to the disabled list.

THE CARDINALS begin a season-long 13- game road trip tonight...are coming off a 4-2 homestand...won two-of-three from both SF and ARI last week...the club has one off day this month, which came last Monday, as they are scheduled to play 30 games in 31 days this month...are in the midst of playing 21 of 27 on the road, including a four-city, 13-game road trip from 8/22-9/4...the Redbirds have won 28 of their last 44 games... they're 22-14 since the All-Star break and are 41-25 at home & 37-21 on the road...the Cards are 36-16 vs. N.L. Central teams, 11-11 vs. the N.L. East, 21-14 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play...the Redbirds are the first team in baseball to reach 78 wins.

(08/20) LARRY WALKER The Cardinals will likely activate Larry Walker (neck) from the disabled list before the end of the weekend. It seems like the holdup is that the Cardinals want to make sure Yadier Molina is OK. No. 3 catcher Mike Mahoney will be sent down to open up a roster spot for Walker.

(08/16) THE CARDINALS begin a six-game homestand tonight with the first of three games vs. Arizona... are coming off a 4-3 road trip through MIL (3-0) and CHI (1-3)...yesterday was the Cards lone off day in August, as they are scheduled to play 30 games in 31 days this month...are in the midst of playing 21 of 27 on the road,including a four-city, 13-game road trip from 8/22-9/4...the Redbirds have won 24 of their last 38 games... they're 18-12 since the All-Star break and are 37-23 at home & 37-21 on the road...the Cards are 36-16 vs. N.L. Central teams, 11-11 vs. the N.L. East, 17-12 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play...a .500 mark the rest of this season would give the Cards a 96-66 final record.

CARDS & DIAMONDBACKS: This is the second and final series between the clubs this season...the Cards took three-out-of-four games at Arizona from July 4-7, outscoring the D-Backs 20-6...St. Louis was 5-1 vs. Arizona last season, and won two-of-three games here last September 17-19...the Cards hold a 34-20 edge in their all-time series against Arizona and are 16-9 vs. the D-Backs at Busch Stadium...the Cards have won 10 of their last 12 games vs. Arizona dating to 2003.

WEST WHISPERS: St. Louis is 17-12 vs. teams from the N.L. West and have won 10 of the last 14 games against the division...over this 14- game span, Cardinals pitchers have posted a 2.75 ERA and limited West batters to a .250 batting average 114-456)...overall, Cardinals batters are hitting .291 on the season vs. the N.L. West, their best batting average against any division.

FIRSTS FOR A FEW: The recent weekend series at Chicago produced a few firsts for Cardinals players... Mike Mahoney belted his first career home run against his former team (off of Mark Prior) on Sunday night...Skip Schumaker collected his first hit, a run-scoring single that also provided his first career RBI, on Friday at Wrigley Field...in all, four players have added their names to the Cardinals' hits ledger with their first career hits this season: Schumaker, John Gall (July 26), John Rodriguez (July 18) and Scott Seabol (May 14).

(08/11) CARDS & CUBS: The Redbirds are 2-3 vs. the Cubs this season after splitting a two-game set in April and losing two-of-three from July 22-24 at Busch Stadium...the clubs will face each other 11 times over the next 39 days with eight games in Chicago and three in St. Louis...the Cards won the season series between the teams last season 11-8 but trail the all-time series 1,046-1,016 since 1900...the Cardinals have gone 34-23 vs. Chicago over the last four seasons......

A LONG TIME VISITING: It's been 387 days since St. Louis last visited Wrigley Field..the Cardinals have played 198 games (including postseason) since the last time they were here, an 11-8 victory on July 20, 2004 in which the Redbirds rallied from a pair of sixrun deficits...the late visit to Wrigley isn't that unusual, as the Cards waited until August 14th in the 2000 season to play at the Cubs...

WRIGLEY DATA: The Cards have won two consecutive games at Wrigley Field and three of their last four...the Cards are 30-38 at Wrigley under Tony La Russa

(08/09) CARDINALS: According to the Cardinals' official site, on Wednesday, the Cardinals will recall a position player from Memphis and send Reyes back down. Depending on whether the odd man out is Gall or Seabol, the most likely candidate for a callup would be Skip Schumaker or Bo Hart. They are the only two position players on the 40-man roster who are currently at Memphis.

KEN GRIFFEY JR.: According to a report in the Chicago Sun Times, the St. Louis Cardinals are on the short list of teams that Ken Griffey Jr., would approve a trade, should he clear waivers. The other teams according to the published report include the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros.

(08/08) ANTHONY REYES: will be called up to make a spot start on Tuesday, as we earlier reported.

Reyes is the Cardinals' best pitching prospect and one of the better pitching prospects overall in the game. This will probably be a one-time start for Reyes, who will be sent back down to Triple-A afterwards.

CARDS & BREWERS: The Redbirds & Brewers open a 3-game series at Miller Park tonight, the Cardinals first visit to Milwaukee since April 15-17 when they swept a 3-game series from the Brewers...the two teams will have three games remaining against each other (Sept. 23-25 at MIL) following this week's series...the Cards have won 7 of their first 10 games the Brewers, but split a 4-game series at Busch last month (July 18-21)...the Cards were 9-8 vs. MIL in 2004 including a 4-3 mark at Miller Park...the Cardinals hold a 69-46 all-time advantage over the Brewers and are 23-13 versus the Brewers all-time at Miller Park, matching Houston (23-18) for the most wins by an opposing team.

THE CARDINALS open a seven-game roadtrip through Milwaukee and Chicago that begins tonight with a 3-game series against the Brewers at Miller Park...the Cardinals enter play tonight as the only N.L. team to possess a winning road record...they went 4-2 on their last road trip, taking 2-of-3 at both SD & LA...the Cards are scheduled to play 30 games in 31 days this month...wrapped up a 4-3 (2-2 vs. FLA, 2-1 vs. ATL) homestand yesterday with a thrilling 5-3 win over the Braves...are in the midst of playing 17 of 23 games at home (7/15-8/7), but beginning tonight, will play 21 of their next 27 on the road, including a four-city, 13-game road trip from 8/22-9/4...the Redbirds have won 20 of their last 31 games...they're 14-9 since the All- Star break and are 37-23 at home & 33-18 on the road...the Cards are 32-13 vs. N.L. Central teams, 11-11 vs. the N.L. East, 17-12 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play.

CARP STAYS SHARP: Although he took a no-decison in yesterday's 5-3 win, Chris Carpenter continued his pitching dominance...Carp is in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, which is the longest active winning streak in the N.L., and is 8-0 with a 0.97 ERA (83.2 IP / 9 ER) in his last 10 starts ... has three shutouts and four complete games during the win streak...opponents are batting just .144 (40-278) against him over this span and he has walked 13 and struck out 78...he owns a baseball-best 16 wins...Chris' 31-9 record in his first 50 starts in a Cardinals uniform is the best ever by a Cardinals pitcher thru their first 50 starts...Carp is tied for first among all pitchers with four shutouts and five complete games...the four shutouts are tied with Dontrelle Willis and the five complete game are tied with Willis, and former teammate Roy Halladay.

(08/05) CARDS & BRAVES: The National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals continue defense of their 2004 pennant today with a 3-game weekend series with the Altanta Braves...it's the second meeting between the clubs this season, with the Braves taking tow-of-three games at Turner Field from April 29- May 1...the Cardinals were 4-2 (2-1 at ATL) vs. the Braves last season, one of just two winning seasons that the Cardinals have had against Atlanta dating back to 1996...the Redbirds are 1,001-862 all-time against the Braves dating back to 1900. EAST DATA: The Cards are 9-10 against N.L. East clubs this season, including 5-5 at Busch Stadium...the 2004 Cardinals were 19-11 vs. the N.L. East., 10-5 at home.

THE CARDINALS continue a seven-game homestand tonight with the first game of a three-game set vs. ATL...split a four-game series with Florida earlier in the week...are in the middle of playing 17 of 23 games at home (7/15- 8/7), but after Sunday's game will play 21 of their next 27 on the road, including a four-city, 13-game road trip from 8/22-9/4...the Redbirds have won 18 of their last 28 games...they're 12- 8 since the All-Star break and are 35-22 at home & 33-18 on the road...the Cards are 32-13 vs. N.L. Central teams, 9-10 vs. the N.L. East, 17-12 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play.

(08/01) THE CARDINALS begin a seven-game homestand tonight with the first of four games vs. FLA...are facing the Marlins for the first time this season...Cards are coming off a 4-2 road trip (2-1 at SD & 2-1 at LA)...are in the middle of playing 17 of 23 games at home (7/15-8/7)...the Redbirds have won 16 of their last 24 games... they're 10-6 since the All-Star break and are 33- 20 at home & 33-18 on the road...the Cards are 32-13 vs. N.L. Central teams, 7-8 vs. the N.L. East, 17-12 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play.

N.L. EAST SUMMITT: All seven games of this homestand are against N.L. East foes...this is the Cardinals first matchup with a team from the N.L. East since Memorial Day weekend, when they won two-of-three games versus Washington...the Cards are 7-8 vs. N.L. East opponents, but have won five of their last eight...Cardinals' pitchers have posted a combined 4.57 ERA against teams from this division, it's highest ERA against any division in its league...the Cardinals' offense has combined to bat .248 against the N.L. East, its lowest vs. any division.

NEXT UP: LEE ARTHUR SMITH: Closer Jason Isringhausen notched his 29th save of the season by pitching a perfect 11th inning in yesterday's 7-5 win at LA...it was his 130th career save as a Cardinal, giving him sole possession of second place on the all-time Cardinals' saves list by passing Todd Worrell...his next target is Lee Smith, who holds the Cardinals all-time saves mark with 160 rescues from 1990-93.

(07/29) CARDS & DODGERS: The Cardinals open a 3-game series at Dodger Stadium tonight as they make their only visit of the year...the Cardinals hold a 3-1 advantage in the season series, winning games 1, 3 & 4 of their four-game series at Busch Stadium, May 9-12...the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1 in last year's NLDS, winning the first two games at Busch before splitting their two games in LA...St. Louis swept the Dodgers in early September ‘04 in their lone regular season series meeting at Busch Stadium in 2004 and Los Angeles took two of three when the two teams played at Dodger Stadium a week later...the Cardinals lead the all-time series between the two long-time N.L. rivals by a slim margin, 937-920 since 1900 and they are 123-132 all-time at Los Angeles.

(07/29) THE CARDINALS: continue their 6-game roadtrip (SD-3, LA-3) tonight with the series opener here at Dodger Stadium...Cards are 2-1 to begin the trip...are making their first visit to LA since last year's NLDS...the Cards posted their 31st road win yesterday...wrapped up a 10-game homestand last Sunday night, losing 8-4 to the Cubs in 10 innings...Cards went 6-4 on the homestand (3-0 vs. HOU, 2-2 vs. MIL & 1-2 vs. CHI)...are in the middle of playing 17 of 23 games at home (7/15-8/7)...the Redbirds have won 14 of their last 21 games...they're 8-5 since the All-Star break and are 33-20 at home & 31-17 on the road...the Cards are 32-13 vs. N.L. Central teams, 7-8 vs. the N.L. East, 15-11 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play.

(07/28) MATT LAWTON: the Pittsburgh Pirate, outfielder Matt Lawton, appears to be on the trading block. Lawton entered the day ranked first among National League leadoff men with a .387 on-base percentage, .470 slugging percentage and home runs (10). He ranked second in doubles (26) and RBIs (40).

The St. Louis Cardinals, seeking a corner outfielder, have inquired about Lawton, one industry source said.

The Cardinals are likely to make a deal for an outfielder by the July 31st trade deadline.

(07/27) THE REDS: It now looks like none of the Reds' four outfielders will be dealt before the trade deadline, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Those hoping that the Reds' outfield logjam would be resolved will likely be disappointed.

"Based on an overall sense of conversations to date, no, I wouldn't be surprised if nothing happens," Reds general manager Dan O'Brien said.

(07/23) THE CARDINALS: are wrapping up a 10-game homestand with the final three-game series vs. the Chicago Cubs starting last night. The Cardinals are 6-2 on the homestand to date after completing a three-game sweep over Houston to start the homestand and splitting four games with the Brewers...are in the middle of playing 17 of 23 games at home(7/15-8/7).

The Redbirds have won 12 of their last 16 games and are 33-18 at home & 29-16 on the road...won 23 of their last 32 & 25 of the last 35 at home...the Cards are 32-11 vs. N.L. Central teams, 7-8 vs. the N.L. East, 13-10 vs. N.L. West and finished 10-5 in interleague play.

(07/22) PITCHING POINTS: Cardinals starters have allowed three earned runs or less in each of their last 14 starts (9-2, 1.96 ERA) and in 16 of the last 17...with a combined 54 wins this season, the Cardinals starting staff is the major league leader in wins by starting pitchers with the Chicago White Sox (46) and Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros (41) the closest pursuers...Cards starters have recorded 60 quality starts, ranking 2nd in the NL behind Houston (64) and their 3.48 starter's ERA ranks second in the Majors behind Atlanta (3.46).

(07/21) WHAT A YEAR: Since last year's All-Star Break, St. Louis has the best record in baseball with 112 wins vs. 57 losses (.663 win pct.)...Cardinals hurlers sport the lowest ERA in the Majors during that time frame at 3.48 and the team's .275 batting average is tops among National League foes...the Atlanta Braves rank second in both record (104-66) and ERA (3.65).

(07/19) SCOTT ROLEN: underwent strength testing and an MRI exam Monday, which made him unavailable to play against the Brewers, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Although the test results were generally positive, Rolen didn't sound too optimistic. "[There is] still not good range of motion. I wasn't able to get better in rehab. I was able to go out and play. These are not the results that I'd like to have, for whatever reason. I'm not making excuses."

According to insiders within the organization, there are currently no plans to place Rolen on the DL.

(07/18) KIP WELLS: Pittsburg starter Kip Wells drew scouts from several teams including Philadelphia, Toronto, Arizona, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Detroit for his last start, but according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review he probably killed whatever trade value he had with a very poor outing.

(07/17) REGGIE SANDERS: KSDK, Channel 5 in St. Louis is reporting that Reggie Sanders will be out 4-6 weeks with a non displaced fracture.

We have confirmed these reports and we are anticipating the announcement that outfielder John Rodriguez, from AAA Memphis will be called up to take Sander's spot on the roster, Monday.

(07/17) REGGIE SANDERS: Sanders was unavailable for Saturday's game against the Astros and is doubtful for Sunday's series finale while recovering from bruised ribs and a sprained ankle, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Sanders will be replaced in left field temporarily by a platoon of John Mabry and So Taguchi.

(07/16) WALT JOCKETTY: during an interview during Saturday's game. Cardinals VP & GM Walt Jocketty said that it is unlikely that the Cardinals will make any moves before the trade deadline, barring any injuries.

(07/15) DAVID DELLUCCI: according to a report by Bob Nightengale in the USA Today, the Cardinals and Indians have talked to the Rangers about infielder/outfielder David Dellucci.

(07/15) BILLY WAGNER: The Phillies are ready to dump 1B Jim Thome and other players as well, says USA Today. Just about everyone on the team is available, the newspaper said, which could lead to a massive bidding war for closer Billy Wagner. There has been some talk and some hopes and dreams that Wagner may be coming to St. Louis, but it's highly unlikely that the Cardinals would win any bidding war for Wagner.

(07/15) CARDINALS ROUNDUP: The Cardinals begin the second half of the season with a 10-game homestand - all against N.L. Central division foes...face HOU for three games followed by MIL for four and ending with a three-game weekend vs. CHI...will play 17 of their next 23 games at home...wrapped up the first half of the season with a 5-2 road trip after winning 3-of-4 at ARI and 2-of-3 at SF... went 7-4 during an 11-game stretch against teams from the N.L. West...the Redbirds have won 31 of their last 48 games and are 27-16 at home & 29-16 on the road...won 17 of their last 24 & 19 of the last 27 at home...the Cards are 26-9 vs. N.L. Central teams, 7-8 vs. the N.L. East, 13-10 vs. N.L. West foes and finished 10-5 in interleague play.

(07/15) CARDS vs ASTROS: The Redbirds have won six of the first eight games against Houston this year with eight games remaining vs. the Astros, including three this weekend...the two teams split the two game series at HOU to open the season (4/5-6), the Cards then swept the ‘Stros in a 3-game set at Busch (4/22-24) and then took 2-of-3 at HOU (6/3-5)...last season, St. Louis was 8-10 vs. the Astros, the only team they had a sub-.500 record against, going just 3-6 at home...the Cards lead their all-time series with Houston, 310-275...the Cardinals are 142-113 versus the Astros at the current Busch Stadium and have won seven straight games vs. the Astros at Busch, including the four home wins during last year's NLCS.

(07/15) COMING UP:

Sat., July 16 vs. ASTROS: Jason Marquis (8-6, 3.89) vs. Roy Oswalt (11-7, 2.44) 3:15 p.m.#

Sun., July 17 vs. ASTROS: Chris Carpenter (13-4, 2.51) vs. Roger Clemens (7-3, 1.48) 1:15 p.m.#

Mon., July 18 vs. BREWERS: Matt Morris (10-2, 3.10) vs. Victor Santos (2-9, 3.50) 7:10 p.m.*

Tues., July 19 vs. BREWERS: Jeff Suppan (9-7, 4.21) vs. Doug Davis (9-7, 4.11) 7:10 p.m.*

Wed., July 20 vs. BREWERS: Mark Mulder (10-5, 4.34+) vs. Ben Sheets (5-6, 3.41+) 7:10 p.m.*

Thur., July 21 vs. BREWERS: Jason Marquis (8-6, 3.89+) vs. Chris Capuano (10-6, 3.63+) 7:10 p.m.*

Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KMOX Radio # WB11-TV * Fox Sports-Net/Midwest + FOX Network % ESPN @ESPN2

(07/13) MIKE STANTON: the left-hander joined the Washington Nationals today in a move the NL East leader hopes will add depth to its bullpen for the second half. There had been some rumors that Stanton might sign with the Cardinals, as we reported earlier, we expect him to sign with the Nationals.

(07/13) BILLY WAGNER: the most recent trade rumors include Billy Wagner coming to St. Louis. The official Cardinal website report: Welcoming Wags? Another left-hander, however, could conceivably be making his way to St. Louis. Former Astro Billy Wagner, now closing games for Philadelphia, is a free agent after this season and has been mentioned in possible trade scenarios.

For what it is worth the Birdhouse is against this deal for a variety of reasons, that include, Wagner's role, the cost of such a deal, and the impact it would have on the members of the current bullpen. The Cardinals have more important issues to address than working on a deal for Wagner. Brian Walton has an excellent article today "Why I Don't Want To See Billy Wagner In Cardinal Red" that goes into depth on the reasons why the Cardinals should pass on Wagner.

(07/12) MIKE STANTON: who was formally released by the Yankees on Monday, is a signed player already, the New York Daily News reports. It is believed that Stanton has agreed to terms with a National League contender, either the Nationals or Cardinals. "All I can say on this is that Mike will be pitching for a contending team on Thursday," Stanton's agent Seth Levinson told the newspaper.

(07/11) MARK MULDER: has been named the Cards starting pitcher for Fri.'s game coming out of the All-Star Break...in his 19th start of the year, Mark will be making his third start against HOU of ‘05...his start follows a 3-1 win over SF this past Friday in which he went 7.0 shutout innings and allowed just four hits...is 1-1 vs. the Astros this year that includes a CG 10-inning gem in which the Cards won 1-0 on 4/23...Mark allowed just four hits, walked none and struck out five on 101 pitches for the win...on 6/5 at HOU went 3.0 IP and gave up six runs in the 6-4 Cards loss.

(07/07) MIKE STANTON: It doesn't appear Yankees GM Brian Cashman will be able to trade Mike Stanton because of the lefty reliever's no-trade clause, The New York Post reports. When Stanton clears waivers and is released, he is expected to draw interest from Washington, Atlanta, Florida and St. Louis.

Stanton was designted for assignment by the Yankees on June 30. According to the Daily Southtown, the Cubs are one of six teams that he would like to go to, but they appear to have no interest in him.

(07/07) MATT MORRIS: Matt Morris has visions of dollar signs no doubt.

After re-signing with the Cardinals for the cut-rate price of $2.5 million (plus incentives) last winter, Matt Morris will realize a financial windfall if he maintains his resurgence, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Morris recently said he isn't willing to re-sign with the Cards at a sharply reduced price. He believes he has given the Cardinals discounts on his last two contracts, so now it's his turn.

In an ESPN report, they point out that Morris will be a free agent in a market short on starting pitching. The number of potentially attractive free-agent starting pitchers makes for a short list. The best of the prospective free agents are Morris, A.J. Burnett, Jarrod Washburn and Kevin Millwood. An extended list would include Jeff Weaver, Jamie Moyer, Brian Moehler, Jason Johnson, Esteban Loaiza, Brett Tomko, Kirk Rueter, Shawn Estes and Aaron Sele.

Clearly Matt Morris will be one of the most coveted free agent pitchers available. Desperate teams will line up to overpay him. If the Cardinals wait for Morris to hit the open market, they'll likely lose him.

The Cardinals may look to their own minor league system to replace Morris in the rotation, with an Adam Wainwright or Anthony Reyes

(07/06) IN THE STANDINGS: The Cardinals win combined with the Cub's loss yesterday stretched their lead in the N.L. Central to a season high 12.5 games, the largest among all divisions in baseball...St. Louis did not have a lead that large until August 10 of last season...the current 53- 30 record is two wins better than the teams 51-32 mark in 2004 at this point, a season in which they tied for the 2nd most wins in club history.

(07/06) ADAM DUNN: The Reds insist they are not shopping LF Adam Dunn but they could still trade him, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 25-year-old slugger is making only $4.6 million this year and is eligible for arbitration that could double his salary for 2006, a big hit for a budget-conscious organization.

The Houston Chronicle reports the Astros have denied rumors that they are close to trading for Reds slugger Adam Dunn. ... The Astros are interested in reliever Mike Stanton, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees, says the Houston Chronicle.

(07/06) TODAY'S STARTER: Chris Carpenter: Tossed 7.2 scoreless innings in his last start vs. COL on 7/1...he allowed five hits while walking two and fanning nine...will be his 18th start this season today and his first vs. Arizona. Carpenter has never lost vs. the D-backs in three career starts (2-0). In his last four starts Chris has a 0.27 ERA (1ER/33.2IP)and has a current 16.2 scoreless inning streak. He has pitched two CG shutouts in that span.

(07/05) LOFTY STATS: The Cardinals enter today's game as the National League's team ERA leader (3.53) and are first with a .274 team batting average.

JUNE RECAP: The Redbirds led the league with a .287 batting average and 146 runs scored this past month...the pitching staff finished second in June with a 3.59 ERA behind Houston (3.34).

IN THE STANDINGS: The Cardinals win combined with the Cub's loss yesterday stretched their lead in the N.L. Central to a season high 11.5 games, the largest among all divisions in baseball...St. Louis did not have a lead that large until 8/8 of last season...the current 52-30 record is two wins better than the teams 50-32 mark in 2004 at this point, a season in which they tied for the 2nd most wins in club history.

(07/04) ALL-STAR CONGRATULATIONS: St. Louis will be well represented at this year's All-Star game... six Cardinals players will be making their way to the Motor City next week to participate in Major League Baseball's Mid-Summer Classic...selected by fan voting and starting for the National League in the All- Star Game will be Cardinals SS David Eckstein (1st All-Star game), 3B Scott Rolen (4th) and CF Jim Edmonds (4th)...appearing in the All-Star game as elected by N.L. players will be 1B Albert Pujols and pitchers Chris Carpenter (1st) and Jason Isringhausen (2nd)...Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa will be managing this year's team and will bring along with him coaches Joe Pettini, Dave Duncan, George Kissell, Marty Mason and Jose Oquendo, as well as trainer Barry weinberg and batting practice pitcher John Lackey...Cardinals Media Relations Director Brian Bartow and Assistant Jim Anderson will also be in attendance.

(07/04) LUCENA & DOVE EARN ACCOLADES: The Swing of the Quad Cities saw two players earn monthly organizational awards for June...shortstop Juan Lucena batted .400 (40-100) with a home run and 22 RBI in June to earn Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month...within the month, Lucena strung a 13-game hitting streak (June 7-23), had 12 multi-hit games and fanned just twice in 102 plate appearances... the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month was Dennis Dove who went 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in five starts for the Swing...Dove tossed Quad Cities' only complete-game so far in a win last Wed. (6/29) at Wisconsin and held opponents to a .175 batting average in the month of June.

(07/04) CARDS & DIAMONDBACKS: The two clubs are meeting for the first of their two series meetings (7 games) in 2005...the two teams will play four games this week in ARI before meeting for three in St. Louis August 16-18...St. Louis was 5-1 vs. the D-Backs last season, including sweeping Arizona in three games here in Phoenix last April by a combined three-game score of 29-13...the Cards hold a 31-19 edge in their all-time series with Arizona (14-12 at ARI). (06/21) WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY: CIA Director Ray Mileur will be on assignment to the West Point Military Academy until July 4, 2005. The CIA will return on the 4th.

(06/21) MINOR LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS:

---Memphis Highlights: Chris Gissell is tops in the league with 90 strikeouts...four Memphis starters rank in the top 10 of league ERA: Gissell 3rd at 2.68, Kevin Jarvis 4th at 2.78, Anthony Reyes 7th at 2.93 and Adam Wainwright 9th at 3.34.

---Springfield Highlights: Four Cardinals will play in the Texas League All-Star Game tonight...outfielder Tyler Minges and third baseman Travis Hanson were voted in as starters...starting pitcher Randy Leek and catcher Robinson Cancel were also named to the Eastern squad...Juan Diaz has 25 RBIs in 29 games for Springfield.

---Palm Beach Highlights: Eric Haberer has allowed five earned runs in 33.0 innings, including 16.0 scoreless innings at one point, and is 3-2, 1.36 in his first five starts after being recalled from Quad Cities.

---Swing Highlights: Kevin Ool was named the Topps Player of the Month for May in the Midwest League...in May Ool made 13 apps. and was 6- 0 with two saves and a 2.76 ERA.

(06/20) CHRIS CARPENTER: Chris Carpenter: Will be making his team leading 15th start of the season today in the series opener vs the Reds. Carpenter will be seeking his sixth straight road win...he's 5-0, 1.90 ERA in six road starts thus far...tossed a CG one-hitter last Tuesday(6/14) at Toronto, fanning 10...it was the 19th one-hitter in Cards history...he's 1-1, 2.20 in four career games vs. CIN (34K/3BB) in 28.2 IP & 0-1, 1.93 career at Great American Blpk.

(06/19) ROGER CEDENO: We have heard Cedeno may return to St. Louis this week. The big question is why?

(06/19) JIM EDMONDS: the scuttlebutt is that Edmonds could return to the lineup Monday. But that seems very optimistic.

(06/18) THE CARDINALS: began their second week of interleague play on Monday when they kickedoff a 10-day, 9-game roadtrip that will take them to Toronto, Tampa Bay & Cincinnati...the Cards are playing their first-ever regular season series this week in both Toronto and Tampa Bay...the Cards are 2-2 (1-2 at TOR & 1-0 at TB) to begin the trip...they completed a 4-2 homestand last Sun. with a 5-3 win over NY Yankees...they went 2-1 against both the Red Sox and Yankees during the six-game homestand...the Cards are in the midst of a 22-game stretch during which they will have played 19 games against foes outside of the N.L. Central...the Redbirds have won 17 of the last 26 games and are 21-12 at home & 21-12 on the road...they've won 11 of their last 14 & 13 of the last 17 at home...the Cards are 21-5 vs. N.L. Central teams, 7-8 vs. the N.L. East, 6-6 vs. N.L. West foes and 8-5 in interleague play.

(06/18) HOME/ROAD: The Cardinals' N.L.-leading 42-24 mark features matching 21-12 marks both at home and on the road.

(06/15) PITCH, HIT & FIELD: The Cardinals enter tonight's game as the National League's team ERA leader with a 3.57 mark...they are ranked 5th among NL teams in batting (.271) and have scored a senior league -leading 331 runs (5.2 runs/game)...while their .983 fielding pct. is below the NL league average of .984, the Cardinals have turned 72 double plays, ranking 3rd in the loop.

(06/15) RECORD STARTS: With a 41-23 record, the 2005 Cardinals are off to their best start since the 1944 season...they were 37-27 after 64 games last season and didn't reach win No. 42 until June 23 before going on to win 105 games.

Friday's Starting Pitcher Mark Mulder: Will make his 14th start in Friday's series opener at Tampa Bay. Mark has dropped three-straight decisions since having his seven-game winning streak snapped on 5/31 in 2-1 loss at Colorado, he dropped a 5-0 decision to the Yankees & R. Johnson on Saturday (6/11), allowing 4 runs in 6.0 IP. Mulder is 6-0, 2.76 career against the Devil Rays, including a 3-0, 1.64 mark in three career starts at Tropicana Field. The Cards have scored just five runs in his last three starts (1.7 runs/game).

(06/14) THE FANTASTIC FOUR: ROCKET, BOOMER, UNIT & DOC: The Cardinals last four defeats have come against four of baseball's finest pitchers; Roger "Rocket" Clemens, David "Boomer" Wells, Randy "Big Unit" Johnson & Roy "Doc" Halladay...that foursome owns 877 combined wins, 14 Cy Young Awards and 25 All-Star game selections...the Cardinals have been shut out in two of their last four losses & have scored just five runs in the four games (1.3 runs/game), nearly four runs per game off their season average of 5.1 runs/game.

(06/14) PASS THE ROLAIDS The Cardinals relief staff is the overall Rolaids team leader with 68 points and closer Jason Isringhausen (2nd in NL with 18 saves) ranks second with 50 total points...the bullpen has allowed just 15 earned runs (17 total) over their last 59.0 innings for a 2.29 ERA covering a span of 21 games.

(06/14) NOBODY'S PERFECT: Although "Izzy" had been until blowing his first save opportunity of the season on 6/2 by allowing three 9th inning runs in an 8-7 loss at COL...Izzy was 16-for-16 in save opps. prior to the loss and had converted a career-high 21 straight dating back to his last blown save on 9/17/04 vs. ARI...Isringhausen has convereted 18 of his 19 save opps. this season.

(06/13) Interleague facts The Cardinals are 6-3 in interleague play this season and have compiled a 17-4 (.810 win pct.) mark in interleague games over the past two seasons, including an 11-1 mark last season... the Cardinals have posted 2-1 marks this season against Kansas City, Boston and the NY Yankees...St. Louis is 69-55 (.556) all-time in interleague play.

(06/13) Your Votes Count At last release, Albert Pujols was the leading overall N.L. vote-getter with 748,844 votes in the 2005 All-Star fan balloting...also leading for the Cardinals is third baseman Scott Rolen (539,087) & Jim Edmonds (2nd among outfielders with 546,739)...David Eckstein is ranked 2nd among shortstops (295,955) & Mark Grudzielanek ranks 3rd among N.L. second basemen (274,467)...Tony La Russa will serve as the N.L. manager for this year's All-Star game in Detroit July 12.

(06/13) CARDINAL NOTES The Cardinals are entering their second week of interleague play tonight, as they launch a 10-day, 9-game roadtrip that will take them to Toronto, Tampa Bay & Cincinnati...the Cards will be playing their first-ever regular season series this week in both Toronto and Tampa Bay...the Cards wrapped up a 4-2 homestand with a 5-3 win over NY Yankees yesterday...they went 2-1 against both the Red Sox and Yankees during the six-game homestand... the Cards are in the midst of a 22-game stretch during which they will have played 19 games against foes outside of the N.L. Central...the Redbirds have won 15 of the last 22 games and are 21-12 at home & 19-10 on the road...they've won 11 of their last 14 & 13 of the last 17 at home...the Cards are 21-5 vs. N.L. Central teams, 7-8 vs. the N.L. East, 6-6 vs. N.L. West foes and 6-3 in interleague play.

(06/08) INTERLEAGUE PLAY: The Cardinals have won eight straight interleague games at home and have not lost an interleague contest at Busch Stadium since June 22, 2003 vs. KC...the Redbirds next 10 games will be against A.L. East teams, including the NY Yankees, who will be making their first visit to St. Louis since the 1964 World Series...the Cardinals have road games scheduled for Toronto (June 13-15) & Tampa Bay (June 17-19)...the Cardinals are 2-0 vs. Boston and went 2-1 at Kansas City last month and have won 16 of their last 17 interleague games dating to 2003, including an 11-1 mark last season...St. Louis is 67-53 (.558) all-time in interleague play.

(06/07) THE DRAFT - the 1st day: The Cardinals selected a pair of position players in the first round of this year's draft...with the No. 28 pick the team selected high school OF Colby Rasmus out of Russell County High School in Phenix City, Ala...Rasmus batted .484 with 24 HR's, 66 RBI and 19 SB while leading his team to the state's 5-A championship...with the 30th pick SS Tyler Greene out of Georgia Tech was selected... Greene batted .373 with 72 RBI...the Cardinals had seven of the first 80 picks, including two sandwich round selections where they received RHP Mark McCormick out of Baylor Univ. at No. 43 and Tyler Herron from Wellington Community HS (Fla.) at No. 46

(06/06) SKIP SCHUMAKER It could happen, Had contract purchased from Triple-A Memphis today (Cedeno-DL)...was batting .282 (62-220) with four HRs, 14 RBI and 8 stolen bases at Memphis as its regular center fielder...had started 54 of the team's 57 games, pinch-hitting in other three.

Schumaker will be making his major league debut when he gets in a game...a 5th round selection, will be the third player from the Cards' 2001 draft class to reach majors (also Dan Haren & Kevin Correia).

Skip strung an 11-game hitting streak (.354, 17-48) from 4/8-20 and batted .315 in April.

(06/06) ROGER CEDENO It could be over, and for the good of the team. The Cardinals placed otfielder Roger Cedeno on the 15-day disabled list, Monday.

According to an AP report the team purchased the contract of outfielder Skip Schumaker from Triple-A Memphis. Schumaker, a fifth-round draft pick in 2001, was playing center field in the minors and was batting .283 with four home runs, 13 doubles and 14 RBIs.

Cedeno mired in a season long slump, was batting .158 (9-for-57

There is a very good chance that Cedeno may have played his last game for the Cardinals this season.

(06/04) On the Road The Cardinals continue their seven-game (COL-4, HOU-3) road trip today with the second of their three games here at Minute Maid Park...the Cardinals are 3-2 to begin the trip, including a split of their 4-game series vs. the Rockies at Coors Field...prior to last night's win, the Redbirds had seen their lead trimmed from 8.0 to 5.5 games since Sunday by the streaking Cubs...the Cards are in the midst of a 22-game stretch during which they will have played 19 games against foes outside of the N.L. Central... the Redbirds have won 10 of the last 14 games and 17 of their last 25...St. Louis is 17-10 at home & 18-9 on the road...they've won seven of their last eight & nine of the last 11 at home...the Cards are 20-4 vs. N.L. Central teams, 7-8 vs. the N.L. East, 6-6 vs. N.L. West foes and 2-1 in interleague play.

(06/04) Feeling A Draft Major League Baseball will conduct its First-Year Player Draft next Tue. & Wed. (June 7-8) and the Cardinals will see plenty of action since they hold seven of the first 80 picks, including two (No. 28 & 30 overall) in the first round...the Cardinals also have two sandwich round selections following round one, giving them four of the first 46 players selected...the Cardinals selected RHP Chris Lambert with their first pick last year...Lambert made his AA debut Wed. night for Springfield.

(05/16) Steve Karsay will sign with Texas and not be coming to St. Louis.

(05/15) Steve Karsay The Cardinals Official website confirms what we have been hearing from other sources over the past 72 hours, that St. Louis is interested in signing the right-handed reliever, who was recently released by the Yankees.

GM Walt Jocketty did say Sunday that he has talked with Karsay.

If a deal is made, Karsay who missed most of last season, will most likely be assigned to AAA Memphis. The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs have also expressed interest in signing Karsay.

(05/13) Roster moves The Cardinals are expected to send down reliever Kevin Jarvis and activate reliever Gabe White from Memphis.

(05/09) Bill Pulsipher The Cardinals outrighted Pulsipher to Memphis today to make room for catcher Mike Mahoney who was called up to be an insurance policy for the injured Yadier Molina.

To add insult to injury the Cardinals took Pulsipher off the 40 man roster which means it's highly unlikely that he will return to St. Louis soon.

(05/09) Benito Santiago The Pirates released Santiago on Sunday, eight days after the veteran catcher refused a minor league rehab assignment and it's hard to believe that Santiago would be signed by the Cardinals without accepting an assignment to Memphis first.

Santiago isn't ready to play, the 40-year-old Santiago went on the disabled list retroactive to April 15 because of a viral infection. He was due to return April 30, but declined when manager Lloyd McClendon asked him to work back into shape in the minors.

I don't expect the Cardinals to make a move here, unless Santiago is willing to take a big pay cut and accept a minor league assignment.

There is no reason to think the Cardinals are interested in Santiago, this is just mere speculation and response to some questions from some fans.

(05/08) Benito Santiago some fans are wondering if the Cardinals are going to go after Pittsburg Pirate catcher Benito Santiago.

Santiago was released by the Pirates this morning.

The 40 year old catcher has a $2.14 million salary, and the Pirates are responsible for all but $1 million of that.

It's highly unlikely that the Cardinals will make an offer for Santiago at this time.

(05/05) Trade Rumors " Danys Baez has heard the rumors that teams such as the Cubs, Rangers, Giants and perhaps Cardinals are interested. The Rays closer said it is not a distraction, but with with homes in Bradenton and Miami and his parents here from Cuba, he is in no hurry to leave."

Jason Isringhausen is expected to return within a week to 10 day and the Cardinals appear to have enough depth that would suggest a deal for Baez is unlikely in the works.


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