CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 24: Manager Mike Matheny #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals (R) takes out relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski #34 as he stands on the mound with catcher Yadier Molina #4 during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals Avoid Sweep With 5-1 Win Over Chicago Cubs

The St. Louis Cardinals avoided their first sweep of 2012 with a victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Final Score: St. Louis Wins 5-1

The St. Louis Cardinals avoided their first sweep of the 2012 season by beating the Chicago Cubs, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon. After a short rain delay kept both teams off the field temporarily, the Cardinals were treated to another gem of a performance by starting pitcher Lance Lynn.

In place of the injured Chris Carpenter, Lynn has been a revelation so far in St. Louis. He was superb once again on Wednesday, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks over eight innings. Kyle McClellan finished off the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

David Freese led the Cards with a double and a homer, knocking in three men on the day. Carlos Beltran added a walk and the go-ahead RBI double, plus Shane Robinson had three singles while playing center field.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. News and notes from around Major League Baseball can be found on Baseball Nation.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs: Rain Delays Wednesday's Game

Let's hope that we don't all have to wait too long, but the Chicago Cubs recently announced that Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field is being delayed due to rain. The scheduled start time for the game was 1:20 p.m. CST, but that's just not happening now.

The Cardinals have Lance Lynn going on the mound as they try to avoid their first sweep of the 2012 season, one that would especially sting considering that St. Louis hasn't been swept by Chicago since September 2010. Lynn has been fantastic as Chris Carpenter's replacement, though, posting a 1.42 ERA over 17 innings in his first three starts this year.

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Cardinals-Cubs Lineups: Core Starters On Field For Rubber Match

St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny has shown early this season that he's willing to give his starters ample rest, but with the Cards dropping the first two games in Wrigley Field vs. the Chicago Cubs this week, the core of the Cardinals' line up will play in this afternoon's game.

The Cubs, looking for their first sweep of the 2012 season, are doing much of the same. Here are today's line ups for both squads:

Cardinals

  1. Rafael Furcal, SS
  2. Matt Carpenter, 1B
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Carlos Beltran, RF
  5. David Freese, 3B
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Daniel Descalso, 2B
  8. Shane Robinson, CF
  9. Lance Lynn, P

Cubs

  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Tony Campana, CF
  3. Starlin Castro, SS
  4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
  5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  6. Ian Stewart, 3B
  7. Steve Clevenger, C
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Chris Volstad, P

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Preview: St. Louis Looks To Avoid Sweep At Wrigley

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost two games to the Chicago Cubs in dramatic fashion at Wrigley Field the last two days. On Wednesday, they'll turn to starter Lance Lynn to stop the bleeding. Chris Volstad is slated to start for Chicago.

Lynn enters with sparkling numbers. The 24-year old righty is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 0.74 WHIP. He's beaten the Cubs once already this year. on April 14, Lynn struck out five Cubs and allowed one run in 5.1 innings during a 5-1 St. Louis victory at Busch Stadium.

Volstad has struggled for Chicago. He's 0-2 with an 6.19 ERA.

Date / Time: 1:20 PM CT, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

TV: FS-M

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Steals Another Win, This Time In 10 Innings

The St. Louis Cardinals suffered another heart-breaker today at Wrigley Field. Up 2-1 in the ninth inning against the rival Cubs, Chicago first baseman Bryan LaHair hit a solo homer to send the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Alfonso Soriano ripped a shot at Tyler Greene that the Cardinals second baseman couldn't corral to score Tony Campana. And thus: Cubs win 3-2. St. Louis will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow at Wrigley.

St. Louis only scored in the eight inning. Down 1-0 and with shortstop Rafael Furcal on base, outfielder Matt Holliday blasted a two-run homer to put St. Louis on top.

Reliever Marc Rzepczynski would blow the win upon giving up the dinger to LaHair. Fernando Salas was given the loss after surroundering the game-winning hit to Soriano.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Score Update: Chicago Leads 1-0 After 5 Innings

After giving up two runs in the ninth inning to lose Monday's series opener, the St. Louis Cardinals turned to starter Adam Wainwright to get St. Louis back to its winning ways. Through five innings at Wrigley on Tuesday night, Wainwright has been good, but he hasn't gotten any help from his offense. The Cubs lead 1-0 heading into the top of the sixth.

The game's lone run came in the bottom of the first when Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score teammate David DeJesus.

Both Wainwright and Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija have been excellent. Samardzija has allowed just two hits and one walk for Chicago while striking out six. Wainwright who six strikeouts to go with six hits allowed, one walk and the first inning run.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. News and notes from around Major League Baseball can be found on Baseball Nation.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Lineups: Carpenter Hopes To Stay Against Chicago

The St. Louis Cardinals (11-6) take on the Chicago Cubs (5-12) on Tuesday evening for the second game of their first series at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

1B Matt Carpenter will start once again at first base as Lance Berkman continues to work back from his recent calf injury. Carpenter has played well in Berkman's place, hitting a strong .346 weighted on base average to go with one home run.

Here is a look at the Cardinals lineup for Tuesday's game:

And the Cubs lineup:

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Preview: Adam Wainwright Still Trying To Get Back On Track

The Chicago Cubs (5-12) pulled off a dramatic 3-2 win on Monday night thanks to a two-RBI single by Joe Mather in the ninth inning, so now it's up to Adam Wainwright to keep the Cardinals away from a losing streak against their rivals. Wainwright has been ineffective so far this season. Although he has a respectable 14:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio, a .310 batting average allowed and a 1.61 WHIP have given way to 15 runs over 13.2 innings and an unsightly 9.88 ERA.

Wainwright hasn't come anywhere near the form he flashed back in 2010 -- when he was the runner-up for the NL Cy Young award -- but that doesn't mean there has been no positive impact from his end. Viva El Birdos explored the success of reliever Mitchell Boggs so far in 2012, and Wainwright's name came up as a positive influence:

It was reported by several sources that Boggs was working on a split-finger fastball to complement his fastball-slider combination. Jennifer Langosch wrote for stlcardinals.com that Boggs had resurrected his changeup, a pitch the righty has used sparingly since his move to the bullpen. In Langosch's excellent piece, she explains that Boggs altered his changeup grip on the advice of Adam Wainwright so that the pitch now has "more depth." Boggs shared with Langosch that he hopes to use his slider and changeup more to keep opposing batsmen off his fastball.

Here is some information to help you find Game 2 of the series on Tuesday:

Date / Time: 7:05 PM CT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Starting Pitchers: Adam Wainwright (0-3, 9.88 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 5.71 ERA)

TV: CSN-Chicago

Radio: AM 720

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. News and notes from around Major League Baseball can be found on Baseball Nation.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Final Score: Joe Mather Lifts Chicago In The 9th

The St. Louis Cardinals took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning on Monday night at Wrigley Field, but Joe Mather of the Chicago Cubs roped a two RBI single to center to score Bryan LaHair and Geovani Soto to give the Cubs the win.

St. Louis starter Jamie Garcia pitched well in the loss. The 25-year old lefty went 7.2 innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out four.

Chicago got on the board first when Alfonso Soriano drove in Darwin Barney on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. St. Louis did all its scoring in the fourth. Carlos Beltran tied the game 1-1 when Skip Schumaker scored on a ground out to the second baseman. Yadier Molina drove in the go-ahead run later in the inning when his sacrifice fly to center scored Matt Holliday.

Chicago improves to 5-12, while St. Louis drops to 11-6.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. News and notes from around Major League Baseball can be found on Baseball Nation.

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Jon Jay Injury: MRI Reveals No Damage To Right Shoulder; Outfielder Will Not Play On Monday

St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Jon Jay sprained his right shoulder in a collision with the wall last Thursday and while an MRI revealed no serious damage to the shoulder, Jay is going to sit out Monday night's game against the Cubs.

Related: A Look At The Early Success of St. Louis Cardinals Reliever Mitchell Boggs

In 12 games this season, Jay is hitting .349/.391/.535 with two home runs and four RBI. Monday's game will be the fourth consecutive game the outfielder has had to miss while resting his shoulder.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. News and notes from around Major League Baseball can be found on Baseball Nation.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Preview: St. Louis Travels To Chicago For 3-Game Series

The Cardinals are off to Chicago to face the rival Cubs.

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