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CHICAGO (AP) -- St. Louis rookie Joe Kelly is piling up plenty of positive impressions, just not a lot of wins.
Kelly wound up on the losing end again Saturday after pinch hitter Reed Johnson drove in the go-ahead with a bunt single in the seventh inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a 3-2 victory and ending the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.
Despite the loss, Kelly (1-4) recorded his seventh straight quality start.
After giving up a two-run triple to Alfonso Soriano, Kelly set down the next 14 batters, including four straight strikeouts at one point. He struck out a career-best six.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was asked if he envisioned Kelly finishing the season in the rotation.
"To me, we are in that scenario right now. He's pitched great for us. We just keep going," he said.
"We are very content with what we got. If your starters are going out and giving quality starts, which he has given just as many as anyone lately, that's all you can ask,...
BEST OF MAXIM
CHICAGO With Tuesday's trade deadline fast approaching, the St. Louis Cardinals must decide whether or not upgrades are needed to either their starting rotation or bullpen. Or both.
And for rookie starter Joe Kelly, he finds himself right in the middle of it.
If the Cardinals acquire a starter, the former college closer could be moved back to the bullpen to make way for the...
CHICAGO -- Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup for a second straight day Friday as manager Mike Matheny tries to get him going at the plate.
Beltran, who is hitting just .197 in July, has not started in four of the 14 games since the All-Star break.
"When I saw him two days ago, he was really fighting and I knew that one day probably wasn't going...
The Chicago Cubs are 40-57, 17.5 games out of first place, and are paying over $25 million to players not even on their roster anymore. With a team that appears to be years away from contending, the Cubs have some players that have gathered interest among many teams. Yet, recent developments are indicating that their deadline might not result in *any* of their trade chips getting...
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza won't pitch again before Tuesday's trade deadline after an MRI revealed a slight fluid buildup in his right triceps area.
Garza left his last start after three innings at St. Louis on Saturday when he experienced cramps. The Cubs decided to give Garza an extra couple of days rest before he underwent the MRI.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the...
CHICAGO -- The Oakland Athletics felt enough of Brian Fuentes that they decided they'd rather pay him the remaining portion of his 5 million salary to pitch for someone else.
And the Cardinals hope to take full advantage of it.
Looking to repair a struggling bullpen, the Cardinals took a chance on the veteran left-hander and added him to the big league roster on Wednesday following...
An MRI on Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza’s elbow revealed no damage, however, there is fluid in the injured area and Garza is not expected to make another start until next week.
MLB.com beat writer Carrie Muskat reports that Garza is feeling better, but will not be able to start another game for at least a week.
Garza, a seven year veteran that has been speculated in...
CHICAGO Two steps forward and one step back. It's been that kind of season for the puzzling St. Louis Cardinals.
Armed with one of the best offensives in the league and a pitching staff that has the lowest ERA in the major leagues in July, the Cardinals somehow find themselves a season-worst 7.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central.
The Dodgers and Cubs have been working diligently on a trade for Ryan Dempster. Talks have been going for over a month now, that of course has led to what now is a major impasse. We’ve heard the dialogue between the two teams has come to almost a complete halt, though both sides still hope they can come to a deal.
The Dodgers have talked multiple scenarios with the Cubs, involving...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning Sunday that lifted the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
Starlin Castro led off the 10th with a single against Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) and Rizzo followed with his seventh homer.
James Russell (5-0) worked an inning for the win. The Cubs are 12-3 in their last 15 home games.
A struggling Carlos Beltran...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Reed Johnson saw only one pitch in the game, and that was all he needed to have a big impact with a little hit.
Pinch hitting in the seventh inning, Johnson drove in the go-ahead with a bunt single and the Chicago Cubs got past St. Louis 3-2 Saturday, ending the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.
Johnson caught the Cardinals by surprise when he squared up...
Pinch hitter Reed Johnson drove in the go-ahead with a bunt single in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs got past St. Louis 3-2 Saturday, ending the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.
The Cubs had lost five in a row to St. Louis. Chicago has won nine of its last 11 overall at Wrigley Field.
Johnson caught the Cardinals by surprise when he squared up on the first pitch...