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  1. Lance Berkman nearing return from knee surgery

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman AP

    Lance Berkman will not be activated from the disabled list for the start of the second half tomorrow, but his return from knee surgery isn’t far off. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berkman will travel with the Cardinals to Cincinnati after successfully lobbying that a minor league rehab assignment will not…

  2. Kyle McClellan undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Kyle McLellan throwing

    Kyle McClellan has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a strained elbow, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals right-hander recently underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. As recently as six weeks ago doctors told McClellan that he could avoid elbow surgery…

  3. NL dominates in first All-Star shutout since 1996

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    National League All-Star Cabrera holds out a hand to American League All-Star Cano after hitting a two run home run at the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City

    It was all National League, right from the start. Pablo Sandoval and company jumped on Justin Verlander to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and cruised from there on the way to an 8-0 victory for the NL in the 83rd All-Star Game, the third straight win for the Senior Circuit.…

  4. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  5. Prince Fielder wins his second Home Run Derby crown

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder Getty

    We made it, you guys. Another Home Run Derby is in the rear view mirror, as Prince Fielder defeated Jose Bautista in the finals tonight to take home this year’s crown. It was Fielder’s second Home Run Derby win, the other coming back in 2009 in St. Louis. Ken Griffey, Jr., who won in 1994, 1998 and…

  6. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Have you seen George Brett around?”

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    downtown fountain

    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. The Royals haven’t won a division title since 1985 and have finished with a winning record just three times since since 1992, which has translated into over 20 years of bad attendance totals at…

  7. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  8. All-Star Game starting pitcher (Loaiza, Mulholland, Penny, Nagy) isn’t always big name

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    terry mulholland

    This year’s All-Star Game starting pitchers, Justin Verlander and Matt Cain, are certainly both big names with excellent track records, but it’s interesting to note that the honor of starting an All-Star Game doesn’t always go to elite pitchers. Obviously any pitcher who starts an All-Star Game is by definition having an excellent season at…

  9. Mark Trumbo is your Home Run Derby favorite

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    With Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium serving as the battleground, Monday’s Home Run Derby figured to yield fewer souveniers than usual. Kauffman is one of the game’s tough home run parks. Using Stats Inc. park factors, only Minnesota’s Target Field played tougher on home runs for AL parks  from 2009-11 and that only slightly. It’s played…

  10. Tony La Russa adds Carlos Gonzalez to National League All-Star lineup with voted-in starters

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Tony La Russa officially named Matt Cain his All-Star starter at this afternoon’s press conference and also unveiled the National League lineup, with Carlos Gonzalez as the designated hitter/leadoff man and the past two MVPs, Ryan Braun and Joey Votto, batting third and fourth: 1. Carlos Gonzalez, DH 2. Melky Cabrera, CF 3. Ryan Braun,…

  11. All-Star David Freese scratched with bruised leg

    Jul 8, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    David Freese

    Great news for the Marlins: there’s still a chance Greg Dobbs could go the All-Star Game after all. David Freese was hit by two pitches Saturday and one left him with a bruised left leg, causing him to be scratched from Sunday’s lineup. As of right now, he’s still a go for Kansas City on…

  12. Andrew McCutchen gets Home Run Derby call

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Andrew McCutchen is going up against the big boys. The Pirates center fielder, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, was named as Giancarlo Stanton‘s replacement in Monday’s Home Run Derby. McCutchen is tied for sixth in the National League with 16 homers this season, putting him on pace to smash his previous high…

  13. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    There’s no doubt who has been the National League’s best hitter to date, what with Joey Votto leading the circuit in both on-base percentage and slugging. As for the best player, that’s still a difficult question. Here’s the top 10 in OPS: 1.082 – Joey Votto (1B Cin): .345/.464/.619, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 4 SB…

  14. All-Star starter Dan Uggla now hitting seventh for Braves

    Jul 6, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    There’s been a lot of hostility directed Tony La Russa’s way for all of the NL All-Star snubs this week. Really, though, it’s the fans as a whole that made things more difficult than they needed to be by voting Dan Uggla, Rafael Furcal and Pablo Sandoval into the starting lineup. The Braves tonight dropped…

  15. Cardinals put Yadier Molina on bereavement list, Matt Holliday named All-Star replacement

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    UPDATE: Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Molina will miss the All-Star game and Cardinals teammate Matt Holliday has already been named as his replacement, leaving the NL with two catchers. ========== St. Louis will be without Yadier Molina for the final series of the first half, as the Cardinals placed the All-Star catcher on…

  16. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets manager Collins congratulates Wright on hitting a walk off single to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in their MLB National League baseball game at Citi Field in New York

    Mets 6, Phillies 5: The R.A. Dickey vs. Cole Hamels matchup didn’t pan out as some expected, but David Wright took care of things, going 3 for 5 with four RBI including the game winner. Cardinals 6, Rockies 2: Lance Lynn had been skidding but the Rockies cured his ills. The Rockies cure everyone’s ills.…

  17. 2012 midseason awards: NL Cy Young

    Jul 5, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    It was easy coming up with pitcher snubs from the NL All-Star team because there are a whole bunch of NL pitchers with great numbers right now. One does stand out above the rest, but there’s an excellent field of Cy Young candidates to choose from at the midway point. Here’s the top 15, according…

  18. Cardinals turn to Matt Carpenter at second base, where he hasn’t played since age 13

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Earlier this week I wondered if the Cardinals might use Allen Craig at second base once Lance Berkman returns from knee surgery, but Berkman isn’t even back yet and manager Mike Matheny is doing something even more surprising. Matt Carpenter is starting at second base tonight despite the fact that he’s never played the position…

  19. Yu Darvish and David Freese win The Final Vote, and now baseball needs to fix the All-Star Game

    Jul 5, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The suspense was killing you, I’m sure: And the #FinalVote winners are … Yu Darvish and David Freese! Watch them in the #ASG on FOX on July 10. And thanks again for voting! — MLB (@MLB) July 5, 2012 Good for them. Even better for Bryce Harper when, inevitably, a member of the NL squad…

  20. Adam Wainwright is looking like his old, pre-surgery self

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Adam Wainwright‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery got off to a rough start, as he allowed 15 runs in his first 14 innings after missing all of last season. Those early struggles have kept Wainwright’s overall numbers looking mediocre, but a closer look reveals that he’s been pretty close to his usual, top-of-the-rotation self…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:48 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Lee points towards a pop out by New York Mets Nickeas during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Phillies 9, Mets 2: Cliff Lee stood to lose yet another one, as he and the Phillies were down 2-0 entering the seventh, but three runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings saved his bacon. First win of the year for Lee. Marlins 7, Brewers 6: On Tuesday Milwaukee beat Miami in…

  22. Yu Darvish will be skipped from his final first-half start

    Jul 4, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    yu darvish reuters

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com provides the scoop: The Rangers have decided to not pitch Yu Darvish until after the All-Star break. The Rangers have decided that Martin Perez will pitch on Friday and Derek Holland will pitch on Saturday against the Twins. Holland will be activated off the disabled list. The Rangers haven’t decided their…

  23. Yu Darvish, David Freese lead “Final Vote” balloting

    Jul 4, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    With one day remaining in the “Final Vote” contest for All-Star spots Rangers starter Yu Darvish leads the AL balloting and Cardinals third baseman David Freese leads the NL balloting. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been leading in the NL, but yesterday he was removed from the “Final Vote” ballot after being named the…

  24. Chipper Jones replaces Matt Kemp on NL All-Star team

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    It’s a case of very unusual timing, what with Chipper Jones currently leading the NL Final Vote, but the National League announced Tuesday that Jones would replace the injured Matt Kemp on the All-Star team. The most recent reports had Chipper holding a slim lead in the Final Vote balloting over Cardinals third baseman David…

  25. What will the Cardinals do with Allen Craig when Lance Berkman returns?

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    It seems crazy to think about considering how wrecked by injuries the Cardinals have been all season, but they could be on the verge of having too many quality hitters to fit into the lineup. Lance Berkman is nearing a return from knee surgery and looks likely to come off the disabled list shortly after…

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