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Molina Leads List of Gold Glove Winners

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina led the list of Tuesday's Gold Glove award winners.

For the seventh straight season, Molina won a Gold Glove, making him the third catcher to win at least seven in a row. The other two are Ivan Rodriguez and Johnny Bench, both of whom won 10.

Molina played in 110 games and led all N.L. catchers by throwing out 47% of potential base stealers.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez, left fielder Alex Gordon, and first baseman Eric Hosmer were all repeat winners for Kansas City.

The Baltimore Orioles also had three Gold Glovers, two of them having won the previous season as well. Shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones were the repeat winners, while right fielder Nick Markakis won the second Gold Glove of his career.

Other American League winners include Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.

In the National League, Colorado Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and third baseman Nolan Arenado were winners. The Los Angeles Dodgers also had two selections: pitcher Zack Greinke and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Other N.L. winners include Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Braves right fielder Jason Heyward, Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich and New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares.

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Yadier Molina Nearing Return to Cardinals

Tony Firriolo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the St. Louis Cardinals holding onto the lead in the first Wild Card playoff spot in the National League, one of their best players is getting closer to coming back as catcher Yadier Molina will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday.

Molina has been out of action since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) thumb back on July 9.

After taking part in batting practice Tuesday, the plan is for Molina to catch five or six innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

“My thumb feels great,” Molina told the Springfield News-Leader. “I’m in really good shape. I’m happy with the way everything is going. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’m going to be nervous. ...It’s been a long time. It’s been the longest two months ever. But I’m so excited to come back on the field.”

The 32-year-old Molina is still one of the best catchers in baseball. In 83 games this season, Molina is batting .287 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.

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Cardinals Place Yadier Molina on 15-Day Disabled List

Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was put on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a torn ligament in his right thumb. The six-time All-Star is expected to undergo surgery on Friday and miss eight to 12 weeks.

Molina suffered the injury during the second inning of Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, after he slid feet-first into third base.

In 83 games this season, Molina is batting .287 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. He is a career .284 hitter with 96 homers and 576 RBIs.

To take Molina’s spot on the roster, the Cardinals recalled catcher Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis.

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MLB All-Star Teams Announced

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star teams were announced on Sunday night. Toronto's Jose Bautista was the leading vote-getter among all players, garnering 5.6 million fan votes.

Joining Bautista in the starting lineup for the American League are Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Robinson Cano (Seattle), Josh Donaldson (Oakland), Derek Jeter (New York), Nelson Cruz (Baltimore), Adam Jones (Baltimore), Mike Trout (Baltimore)  and Matt Wieters (Baltimore). Boston's John Farrell will be the manager after leading the Red Sox to the World Series last year.

Baltimore led the AL with three starters voted into the lineup. Wieters, who is injured and cannot play, was replaced by Kansas City's Salvador Perez. The Athletics boast the best record in the bigs and lead every team with six total selections. Other notables on the AL squad include pitchers Yu Darvish (Texas) and Masahiro Tanaka (New York) along with Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland) and Victor Martinez (Detroit).

The National League will be led by Yadier Molina (St. Louis) and Chase Utley (Philadelphia), each of whom will be making their sixth appearance in the midsummer classic. Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Aramis Ramirez (Milwaukee), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh), Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee) and Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles) were also voted into the starting lineup.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was voted a member of the NL squad but will not be allowed to pitch after being traded to Oakland. His spot was filled by Atlanta's Julio Teheran. The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright headline the pitching staff for manager Mike Matheny.

The MLB All-Star Game will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. on Tues., July 15.

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Miguel Cabrera Named AL MVP, Andrew McCutchen Wins NL MVP

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- For the second straight season, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was named the American League MVP.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was named the MVP over in the National League.

Cabrera followed up his Triple Crown season in 2012 with a tremendous season in 2013. In 148 games, he hit .344 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs. He also won his second straight batting title.

He becomes the first player to win consecutive AL MVP Awards since Frank Thomas did it with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and 1994.

Also for the second straight season, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels finished second in voting. Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles finished third.

McCutchen becomes the first Pirate to win the NL MVP Award since Barry Bonds did it back in 1992. In 2013, McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. McCutchen helped the Pirates reach the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks finished second in voting, while Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals finished third.

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Michael Wacha Loses No-Hit Bid in Win Over Nationals 

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) --  Michael Wacha just missed becoming a part of baseball immortality.

Wacha lost his bid for a no-hitter when Ryan Zimmerman beat out an infield single with two outs in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Tuesday night.

In what was only his ninth career start, Wacha (4-1) struck out nine while only giving up the hit that caused the Busch Stadium crowd to scream and shout in disbelief.  Wacha became the third pitcher to have a no-hitter attempt broken up with one out to go this season.

"I guess it just wasn't to be," Wacha said. "But it was still a pretty special night.

Yadier Molina hit an RBI double in the 4th inning to give the Cardinals a two-run lead.  They move closer to the NL Central title with each victory.

"It was fun to catch him," Molina said. "The no-hitter would have been a plus. I was hoping to get it, but it didn't happen."

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MRI on Molina's Knee Shows No Structural Damage

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had an MRI on his banged up right knee that showed no structural damage.

Molina, who missed the Cardinals' last two games, said he had been dealing with pain in his knee for the past month but it hurt even more on Friday, prompting the Cards to send the catcher for tests.

"Good news," Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said. "It's definitely something that's worrisome when he's such a valuable part of our team. But it's best to get it looked at and know what you're dealing with."

Molina, the National League leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, is leading the NL in hitting with a .346 average. Molina also has six home runs and 45 RBIs for the season.

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Cardinals Sweep Nationals, 4-2

John Grieshop/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Redbirds are flying high in the National League.

The St. Louis Cardinals doubled up the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, 4-2, to sweep the three-game series.

The Cards got to Nats starter Stephen Strasburg in the first inning, knocking in three runs, including a two-run single by catcher Yadier Molina. They would add another run in the eighth inning, as they improved to 13-8 on the season.

St. Louis starter Jamie Garcia gave up one run on four hits over 5 2-3 innings of work, while Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the year.

The Nationals drop to 10-11 on the season.

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Diamondbacks Top Cardinals in 16 Innings

Norm Hall/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Cliff Pennington hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 16th inning, as the Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9, Thursday morning.

The game took 5 hours, 32 minutes, the longest game ever played in Chase Field history.

"All the innings weren't fun, but the party at the end sure was," Pennington said. "I was just trying to get something I could hit hard and I got a pitch I thought was good enough and fortunately I hit it up the middle and not at somebody. It was pretty awesome."

Pennington wasn't the only star of the game. Josh Collmenter pitched the last five innings of the game, allowing one run and striking out five while earning the win.

"The kid never gets rattled, he gave up a run, but we didn't give up two, he cut it off," Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson said. "He actually threw the ball better as he went along. You could see the ball coming out of his hand better. It's just unreal."

In the 12th inning, the Cardinals actually took the lead on a Pete Kozma RBI single. The Diamondbacks answered right back in the bottom half of the inning when Martin Prado's sacrifice fly scored Pennington.

The Diamondbacks (2-1) received home runs from Paul Goldschmidt, Gerardo Parra and Prado.

Brandon McCarthy started the game for the Diamondbacks. It was McCarthy's first outing since being hit in the head by a line drive and having to undergo emergency brain surgery. McCarthy pitched five innings allowing six runs.

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Wainwright Pitches Cardinals to Game 4 Victory Over Giants

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of one-run ball, as the Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-3, to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series.

Wainwright, who only lasted 2 1/3 innings in his last start against Washington Nationals in the NLDS, allowed only four hits and struck out five in the win.

"I just wanted to stay confident," Wainwright said. "I believe in my ability. I know I have the stuff to go out there and pitch a great game. It was important for me not to get to down about last game, come out here and be ready to take the ball from the first pitch on."

Game 5 is Friday in night in St. Louis. The Cardinals will send Lance Lynn to the mound. He will be opposed by Barry Zito.

The Cardinals are looking to make it to their second straight World Series.

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