Probabes: LAD-Derek Lowe RHP (8-9, 3.70) vs. STL-Joel Pineiro RHP (3-5, 5.04)
Birds’ Perch: The Cub and Brewers both won yesterday, the Cardinals keeping pace in the NL Central with their 11-inning win last night. The Cubs keep a firm grip on first place, the Brewers 5.0 games behind in second place; the Cardinals 5.5 games out and a 1/2-game behind the Brew-Crew.
Wainwright’s finger: Rehabbing Adam Wainwright threw a bullpen session at Busch Stadium yesterday, about 30 pitches. He may pitch one or two rehab starts, and most likely, will throw for the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate, Saturday.
Phelps’ accolade: Class AAA Memphis Redbirds’ Josh Phelps continues to impress, named the Pacific Coast Leagues’ Batter of the Week.
Kozma to Palm Beach: Peter Kozma has been promoted to the Cardinals’ High-A affiliate, Palm Beach Cardinals.
Tummy taking longer: Rick Ankiel’s abdominal strain has kept him out of the regular lineup a little longer than expected. He will continue to be available for pinch-hitting duties versus the Dodgers in their current series, but is under orders not to lay on the after-burners when it comes to running.
Lopez the Nat now Lopez the Card: The Cardinals have signed Felipe Lopez, who was recently released from the Washington Nationals. Lopez was an All-Star in 2005, and has plenty of major league experience. He plays middle infield, mostly second base.
Ryan down: In order to make room on the roster for recent pickup Felipe Lopez, the Cardinals have optioned infielder Brendan Ryan to Triple-A Memphis.
Whatcha done for me lately? These minor leaguers in the Cards’ system have done something lately, in fact, yesterday.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie League)–Jose Mateo went 5-for-6, scoring one run and tabbing one RBI.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie League)–Osvaldo Morales went 1-for-4, scoring four runs, hitting a home run and collecting two RBIs.
Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A)–Brett Wallace went 3-for-4, scored one run, hit one double, and notched one RBI.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA)–Tyler Greene went 1-for-4, scoring one run, hitting one double, and grabbing one RBI.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA)–Josh Phelps went 1-for-4, scoring two runs and hitting one double.
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Memphis Redbirds (AAA): Mike Parisi boosted his record to 8-2 with a 1-0 AAA-Redbirds win last night at Autozone Park.
The visiting Portland Sea Dogs were unable to score upon Parisi, nor middle relievers Jason Motte and Chris Perez, each earning a hold. Mark Worrell was credited with the save for his work as closer.
David Freese supplied what would turn out to be the game-winning hit early, in the second inning, after Josh Phelps led off with a double.
Brian Barden went 2-for-4.
Day of rest over: After a day off yesterday, the Cards will begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first game of the three-game series with the Phillies.
Probables: STL-Joel Pineiro RHP (2-4, 4.52) vs. PHL-Cole Hamels LHP (9-5, 3.22)
Adam Wainwright was cleared by medical staff to begin throwing sessions. He had sustained a finger injury and had been on the DL.
Matt Clement has been cleared to throw and was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Chris Carpenter threw in a brief simulated game as part of his rehab assignment. He has not thrown in the major league since 2007.
Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A): The Quad-City Times reported a lot of offense in the Bandits 8-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs. As for the college newcomers, Aaron Luna (9th round) marked his first professional hit after an 0-for-6 start; a home run.
Brett Wallace (1st round) tallied a couple of doubles. Ryan Kulik (8th round), a righthanded pitcher, notched his first win.
Tommy Pham executed a squeeze bunt to score a Bandits’ run. Adton Chambers tripled. Paul Vazquez homered.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA): According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Redbirds pounded the Zephyrs 11-4, on the road in Louisiana. Of note: David Freese hit his 14th home run; Nick Stavihoha went 4-for-6 with 2 RBIs; Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI; Josh Phelps went 3-for-5 with 1 RBI.
Pitcher John Wasdin recorded the win, improving to 6-6.
Today’s Redbirds’ start is slated for Clayton Mortensen RHP (4-1, 2.70).
Tomorrow’s probables: STL-Joel PIneiro RHP (2-4, 4.52) vs. PHL-Cole Hamels LHP (9-5, 3.22). PIneiro is coming off a tough outing versus the Mets. Hamels has never lost to the Cards.
Yadier Molina has extended his hitting streak to 14 games after a single in yesterday’s game with the Chicago Cubs.
Road trip: The Cards will finish up on the road before the All-Star break with three-game sets, one versus the Phillies and one versus the Pirates.
Lefty City: If all the probable match-ups hold for the upcoming road trip, the Cardinals will face nothing but lefthanded starters.
Card-Stars: Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols have been named to the 2008 MLB NL All-Star team.
Memphis Redbirds: The Triple-A affiliate nipped the Omaha Royals yesterday, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Josh Phelps hit a two-run homer late in the game to bring the Redbirds within reach. In the ninth, Phelps doubled home Nick Stavinoha with what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Jaime Garcia started and was chased early. Jason Motte notched the victory with one inning of work. Kelven Jimenez earned a save, his eighth this season.
Brewers obtain CC: One of the Cardinals main competitors, the Milwaukee Brewers, completed a trade yesterday, dealing several minor leaguers to the Cleveland Indians, for former AL Cy Young Award winner, C.C. Sabathia.
In return for Sabathia, the Indians will acquire Matt LaPorta, Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and a player to be named later.
The Milwaukee Brewers will be in St. Louis later this month for a four-game series.