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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

In an odds-defying minor injury, Stephen Piscotty inadvertently kicked Alcides Escobar's bloop double down the line in the same spot on his left ankle where he had fouled a ball off earlier Wednesday night. As a result, Piscotty is out of the Cardinals' lineup Thursday. He has been getting treatment since 1 p.m. and is hoping to be able to pinch hit.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here was Sandy Alderson's sobering language with respect to the trade deadline: "What I've said before is that there is no single acquisition, at least that I can see, that's going to change what's transpired over the last two months. It's going to have to come from within. There may be things that we can do that can improve the team. We've done various things over the last couple of months to try to improve the team. Certainly we'll be monitoring the market. But I don't believe right now that an acquisition is going to make a big difference for us. We get Juan Lagares back, [Jose] Reyes makes a contribution, who knows where little marginal improvements -- hitting with men in scoring position across the board -- those are the kinds of things that are going to make a difference over the next three months."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta discusses the possibility of starting the all star game after hearing the news of Clayton Kershaw's injury.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Aledmys Diaz still isn't in the Cardinals' lineup, but he said he thinks he can play tonight. The inflammation around his right eye is much better than it was Monday, when a foul ball struck him on the eyebrow.

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Five things at stake in Mets-Cubs series

After getting swept in Washington, Terry Collins and the Mets face a big test as their homestand begins with Chicago coming to town. Cubs seeking revenge

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brayan Pena always seems happy, but the Cardinals' backup catcher is particularly excited for his first start of 2016.

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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Notable teams Coastal Carolina beat in postseason to win National Title: -NC State -No. 8 LSU -No. 1 Florida -No. 5 Texas Tech -TCU -Arizona

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson projected three to six more games for Jose Reyes with Double-A Binghamton before he joins the major league club. Reyes is 1-for-13 in the minors so far.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson explains Curtis Granderson injury and says Juan Lagares may be activated from the DL on Friday.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenta Maeda stepped up on the day Clayton Kershaw headed to the DL. Maeda went six innings against the Brewers, giving up one run on three hits.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward is getting a 2nd consecutive day off after feeling a little muscle tightness after making a throw a few days ago. He's fine and can play but Cubs figured with back to back days facing a lefty they'd give him a break.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

College World Series Final. 1 run game. 2 outs. runners on 2nd and 3rd. Bottom 9th. Wow.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins talked all star starter today in light of the Clayton Kershaw news: "Jake Arrieta is right near the top of the list...I kind of know who's going to start."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

I forgot to graduate from medical school again this week. But my friends in sports medicine tell me an epidural injection likely means Clayton Kershaw has nerve irritation that is likely related to a bulging disc. Not generally a quick two-week healing process.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says the Mets have some "eyes" in Binghamton on Thursday night. He implied that Juan Lagares could be back very soon. Jose Reyes is a little further away. Lagares "would probably be the logical guy," Collins said to return first.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

A great performance comes to naught for Michael Pineda, who struck out 12 and allowed just two hits in 6 innings today against the Texas Rangers. But one of those hits, a home run by Shin-Soo Choo on the fourth pitch of the game, forced Pineda to settle for a no decision as the Yankees offense could only manage one run of its own on Didi Gregorius' solo HR in the fifth. The game is tied at 1 in the bottom of the ninth