St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435 St. Louis Cardinals 2014-07-29T05:42:57Z St. Louis Cardinals Tight race has Cards weighing Trade Deadline deals General manager John Mozeliak has evaluated the options and considered the cost. Now, with less than four days remaining until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, he'll have to decide soon whether to change the complexion of his Major League club. Taveras, Piscotty headline Cards' updated Top 20 list With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams. Torre's Hall speech: Game 'part of the American soul' Joe Torre batted sixth on Sunday, delivering his Hall of Fame speech eloquently, if not briefly, to end this year's induction of the grand Class of 2014. Torre spoke about his family and his love of the game, and he detailed each of the six times the Yankees went to the World Series during his 12-year tenure as manager, winning four of them. La Russa: Support system key to Hall of Fame career Speaking without looking at his notes on Sunday in Cooperstown, Tony La Russa made it clear during his 17-minute Hall of Fame induction speech that his unease at taking credit for all those accomplishments is rooted in a deep conviction that he benefited from an uncommonly good support system. Call at second stands after Matheny challenges Matt Carpenter was called out in the third inning on a sideways slide into second base that invoked a challenge from manager Cardinals Mike Matheny. Cardinals unveil field named for La Russa Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. announced on Saturday that the team will name their next Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies field for former manager Tony La Russa. Lynn looks to pick up Cards' third straight win Lance Lynn will try to keep the Cardinals on track as he squares off against Tyson Ross and the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. Holliday's homer all Wainwright, Cards need Adam Wainwright bounced back from a shaky outing and led the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over the Cubs Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Cards' safe call stands, leads to run vs. Cubs Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged whether the Cardinals' Jon Jay was safe at third on a stolen-base attempt Saturday. Adams, new batterymates fuel Cards past Cubs A.J. Pierzynski and Shelby Miller had never formally met until Saturday. Yet for 5 2/3 innings, including three perfect frames to start the game, the two played pitch-and-catch as the Cards topped the Cubs, 6-3, at Wrigley Field. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Adams drove in four runs. La Russa admits to nerves for Hall induction Through 33 seasons, managing over 5,000 games with three different teams, Tony La Russa always seemed to be in control of his emotions. On the day before his induction into the Hall of Fame, he admitted on Saturday that he's more than a little nervous. Inductees feel nervous energy for today's enshrinement Listening to the six men who will be inducted today in the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2014, it is definitely nervous time. Nervous for the moment, nervous for the experience, nervous for the instance they must stand up before about 50,000 fans on the stage behind the Clark Sports Center and make their individual speeches. Cards add veteran catcher Pierzynski to mix The Cardinals have signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. George Kottaras, claimed by St. Louis off waivers on July 11, was designated for assignment to make room for Pierzynski. Cardinals' stolen base stands after replay Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged whether second baseman Arismendy Alcantara tagged out the Cardinals' Kolten Wong at second on a stolen-base attempt in the eighth inning Friday. After fast start, Cardinals drop fourth straight After surging into the All-Star break, the Cardinals lost their fourth straight in a back-and-forth affair against the Cubs on Friday in the series opener at Wrigley Field. As player, Matheny knew La Russa was HOF caliber Mike Matheny fielded a few questions on Friday about the man who used to occupy his post as the Cardinals' manager, Tony La Russa. Matheny, who played catcher for La Russa's Cardinals from 2000-04, said: "We knew we were in the midst of a Hall of Fame-caliber manager." Matheny sees Craig finding swing Allen Craig finds himself in a rough stretch at the plate as the Cardinals take on the Cubs this weekend, but manager Mike Matheny thinks Craig is on his way out of his July slump. Hall's Class of '14 set to take place in history The speeches are just about written and a crowd perhaps in excess of 40,000 is expected today for the induction ceremony of this memorable Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. Cards nearing potential crossroads with Taveras Nearly a month into Oscar Taveras' second big league stay, the Cardinals are beginning to re-evaluate whether keeping the outfielder on the Major League roster is best for him in both the short and long term. Success wasn't always easy for Hall's new skippers Hired to be fired. That's what we say about managers, and we say it because it's true, even for those who one day wind up in the Hall of Fame. Jay strikes out as ump loses track of count In a perplexing seventh-inning sequence during Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Rays, Jon Jay took both ball four and strike three in the same plate appearance. Cardinals' offense scuffles as Rays get sweep The Rays finished off a two-game sweep of St. Louis with a 3-0 win at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night, leaving the Cardinals with a losing home stay and even with the Pirates in the division's second spot. Miller set to return to rotation against Cubs Shelby Miller's brief transfer to the bullpen has concluded, as the Cardinals announced on Wednesday that Miller will return to the rotation on Saturday to face the Cubs. Concurrent with Miller's transition back to starting, Carlos Martinez will shift to the bullpen, where he is immediately ready for use. Greenwood impresses, but optioned to Triple-A To make room for Kevin Siegrist's activation from the disabled list, the Cardinals optioned Nick Greenwood to Triple-A Memphis, where the lefty will pitch out of the bullpen but also remain stretched out in case the club has a later need for a long reliever. Cardinals land Competitive Balance Lottery pick The Cardinals netted an extra pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft through Wednesday's Competitive Balance Lottery, which was introduced in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement as a way to give small-market and low-revenue teams the chance to earn one of 12 extra picks. Wainwright off game, chased early in defeat En route to a 7-2 victory in front of 43,623 fans at Busch Stadium, the Rays chased Wainwright during a five-run fifth in which Tampa Bay tallied only two hits. Wainwright provided the rest of the assistance, committing a fielding error, walking three and hitting one in his first outing since starting the All-Star Game. La Russa had guts to chase Hall of Fame glory If Tony La Russa ever had a motto, it's "no guts, no glory," which describes his managing career in a nutshell. They are words to live by and an apt inscription for his Hall of Fame plaque. Cards monitoring rotation options as Deadline nears With the non-waiver Trade Deadline nine days away, the Cardinals continue to zero in on starting pitchers who could potentially help fortify the rotation for a postseason push. However, general manager John Mozeliak cautioned on Tuesday that no deal is imminent. Wacha targets September return after MRI With approval from the medical staff after they read the results of Monday's MRI exam, Michael Wacha plans to increase his strength exercises over the next two weeks with the hope that he'll then be cleared to begin a throwing program. Siegrist back from rehab, on verge of activation While the Cardinals won't make the final decision until Wednesday, general manager John Mozeliak said it's "a real possibility" that left-hander Kevin Siegrist will be activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the Cardinals' series finale against the Rays. 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