John Lackey shines as Cardinals top Cubs in Game 1

ST. LOUIS - John Lackey lived up to his reputation as a pitcher who craves the ball in October, helping the St. Louis Cardinals cool off the upstart Chicago Cubs.Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two hits into the eighth...

Cardinals' Yadier Molina to play with splint on his thumb

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals' roster for the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs and will play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his...

Harvey fined after missing workout on Tuesday

...hasn't responded quickly enough. CARDINALS: John Lackey gets the start in Game 1 of the NL Division Series for the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.At the beginning of a two-hour workout for the NL Central champions on Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny...

NL wild-card rivals have followed same path

...the Cubs.'"The Pirates can change the subject quickly tonight in the NL wild-card game. The winner gets the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series starting Friday.The clubs that combined for 195 wins both believe they can make a run provided...

Braves blank Cardinals

...pitched six strong innings, Daniel Castro drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday night.St. Louis, which opens the postseason at home next Friday, was coming off a three-game...

Braves receive positive play from several despite rough season

...shorten games for a weak bullpen.The 24-year-old proved to be a strong return in the winter trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. He transformed his arsenal to different versions of moving fastballs to mix with his good curveball, and he cut...

Rangers win West; Astros clinch last playoff spot

...regular season.Despite having the second-best record in the major leagues, the Pirates finished second to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. Pittsburgh will play host to the wild-card game for the third consecutive year after beating...

Blue Jays clinch first division title since 1993

...wild-card berth. CARDINALS 11, PIRATES 1In Pittsburgh, Jason Heyward's third-inning grand slam powered the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pirates 11-1 in the second game of a doubleheader, giving St. Louis its third consecutive NL Central...

Cardinals top Pirates, close in on division title

...outfielders mishandled Jon Jay's single, and Mark Reynolds followed with a two-run homer to lift the banged-up St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 win on Monday night.The Cardinals saw their magic number to clinch a third consecutive NL Central drop...

Braves boast big collection of talent at instructional league

...recently as their Triple-A pitching coach. He appeared in 161 career major league games between the Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.Dan Meyer, who served in the rehab role in 2015, will remain with the Braves in a role to be announced.