Found July 07, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
The St. Louis Cardinals are unsure whether Yadier Molina will be available Sunday as they try for their first three-game home sweep of the Miami Marlins in 13 years. They could like their chances either way since starter Lance Lynn has won nine straight regular-season decisions at Busch Stadium although he pitched poorly earlier this year against Miami. Lynn (10-3, 3.75 ERA) may not have Molina as a batterymate Sunday. Molina sat out Saturday's 5-4 victory and was sent for medical tests for a knee injury that developed Friday. He told teammates he didn't believe it was anything serious, and Tony Cruz started in his place. The catcher leads the NL with a .346 average and has six homers and 45 RBIs. Manager Mike Matheny said that Molina could play Sunday if he checks out OK. "We saw some things during the game (Friday) that gave us an indication," Matheny said. "So we're going to have to wait and see what the medical staff says." The Cardinals (52-34), who last swept a three-game set at home against the Marlins from May 23-25, 2000, will see if Lynn can continue his impressive streak. He's 9-0 with a 2.51 ERA in his last 11 regular-season home appearances - 10 starts. The right-hander, however, has dropped back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. He gave up five runs over six innings in Tuesday's 5-1 defeat to the Angels. His lone career start against Miami (32-54) was a 13-7 victory June 15 when he got credit for the win despite yielding a career-high seven runs over five innings. St. Louis has taken two close games in this series, winning the opener 4-1 on Friday. One day later, the Cardinals rallied from two runs down in the seventh inning and won when Jon Jay scored the winning run from first on a single after right fielder Giancarlo Stanton's throwing error with two outs in the ninth. "We've had a lot of close games like this that we couldn't quite pull off at the end," Matheny said. "So, it doesn't matter to me. Just that we did." The Marlins entered this series winners of 10 of 13 games, but will suffer their first series loss in five. Manager Mike Redmond was ejected in the fourth inning Saturday. "You can only take so much, right?" Redmond said. "I think of those guys in the dugout and they're busting their butts. You've got to stick up for those guys, too." Stanton has played all 24 games since returning June 10 after missing 36 due to a right hamstring injury. Redmond indicated he may rest the slugger Sunday. "You can kind of tell when a guy starts to drag a little bit out there, and give him some days," Redmond told the Marlins' official website. "They have ways of letting you know they need a break." Miami starter Jose Fernandez (5-4, 2.72) won his only start versus St. Louis, allowing three runs over seven innings in a 5-4 victory June 14. That's part of an impressive six-start stretch for the rookie right-hander during which he's 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA, including eight stellar innings in Monday's 4-0 home win over San Diego. However, he's 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA on the road compared to 3-0 with a 1.47 mark in Miami.

Yadier Molina says sore knee should be better soon

ST. LOUIS Shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, a cluster of Cardinals fans walked down the sidewalk of South 8th Street toward Busch Stadium. "Have you heard anything about Yadi?" a woman asked. "Last I read, he was getting an MRI," said a second woman, whose red dress had a No. 4 and the name 'Molina' plastered across its back. That was the end of...

Molina looks to return Tuesday

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina believes a little rest is all he needs after an MRI exam on his right knee showed only inflammation. He's hopeful of being back in the lineup on Tuesday. "Everything came back negative and that's a relief," Molina said Sunday. "A couple days and I'll be ready to go." Molina, who topped NL vote-getters for...

Cardinals' Yadier Molina gets MRI on right knee Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina did not play in Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins due to irritation in his right knee. The problem started Friday night. Initial reports are that the problem is not serious, but, as's Jenifer Langosch reports, Molina left Busch Stadium before Saturday's game ended to get an MRI on his knee. Molina, bothered...

Cardinals' Yadier Molina: No structural damage, could play Tuesday

There is very good news for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina: no structural damage in his right knee. Molina sat out Saturday's game and left the stadium early to get an MRI on his right knee due to irritation he felt starting Friday night. NBC's Drew Silva reports that the results showed no structural damage -- just mild irritation that should go away...

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MLB 2013: First Half All-Defensive Team

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The success of the St. Louis Cardinals largely can be attributed to the contributions of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright, two of the team's five selections to the NL All-Star squad. Molina could return to the lineup after receiving positive news regarding his injury, and Wainwright will start one day earlier than scheduled as St. Louis hosts the Houston Astros on Tuesday night...

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Cards well-represented in All-Star Game

ST. LOUIS, Mo. MattCarpenter, Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina are in. So is AdamWainwright, with an asterisk. Don't rule out Edward Mujica, Shelby Miller,Lance Lynn or Trevor Rosenthal just yet, either.And there you go. With fiveplayers named to the National League All-Star team Saturday and a possibility anothercould be added, the Cardinals will be well represented...

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