St. Louis Cardinals newcomer John Lackey really wanted to keep his old number, so he gave teammate Pat Neshek quite a reward for switching jerseys. After Neshek gave up his No. 41 uniform, Lackey gave him a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth that’s worth thousands of dollars. Neshek switched to No. 37 after Lackey was acquired from Boston last month at the trade deadline. Manager Mike Matheny remembers giving up No. 22 when the Cardinals traded for Will Clark in 2000 and said it was no big deal, just a number.

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Though there was a lot of anger and frustration being vented by the San Francisco Giants late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, few expected their official protest of the unbelievable tarp incident at Wrigley Field to actually pay off.  Less than 24 hours later, we all stand together stunned and corrected.  Source: Giants prevail in protest of tarp-snafu game. Game to be resumed at 4 pm Thursday before reg scheduled games. To start B5. Cubs 2-0. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) August 20, 2014 For those who missed the original story, a quick and heavy rain storm caught the Cubs grounds crew by surprise on Tuesday night and they were unable to complete their typically routine task in a timely manner. By the time the tarp was in place, roughly six or seven minutes after they started, the rains were almost finished, but the field was ultimately left in unplayable condition. The Cubs grounds crew worked over four and a half hours to repair the field, but the decision was made to call the game with Chicago leading 2-0 after four and a half innings, which made it an official game. It was understood that the safety of the players came first, but San Francisco losing a game under those circumstances felt wrong on several levels. Conspiracy theories were even tossed about by Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow — which is apparently one of his favorite pastimes — but the Cubs made it clear that they were not looking to accept a victory under these circumstances, especially against a team competing for a postseason position. With that possibly in mind, about an hour before the Giants and Cubs were scheduled to meet again on Wednesday night, Major League Baseball issued a press release confirming that San Francisco’s protest has been upheld, and announcing the game will resume from the point it was stopped at 4 p.m. Chicago time on Thursday.  Major League Baseball announced today that Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre has upheld a protest filed by the San Francisco Giants regarding the calling of their rain-shortened game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. An examination of the circumstances of last night’s game has led to the determination that there was sufficient cause to believe that there was a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club” within the meaning of Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3). Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs’ inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use. As a result, the groundskeeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date. In addition, Major League Baseball has spoken with last night’s crew chief, Hunter Wendelstedt, and has concluded that the grounds crew worked diligently in its attempt to comply with his direction and cover the field. Thus, there is no basis for the game to be forfeited by the Cubs pursuant to Rule 4.16. For the historical purpose, this marks the first upheld protest since the Pittsburgh Pirates protested a rain-shortened loss to the Cardinals on June 16, 1986. St. Louis went on to win the continued game 4-2. Prior to that, the last upheld protest was the infamous George Brett pine tar incident at Yankee Stadium on July 24, 1983, so it obviously takes unusual circumstances for MLB to uphold a protest, and Tuesday night’s tarp debacle fits the bill. Now it will be interesting to see what the Giants do with their second chance on Thursday. They entered play on Wednesday tied for the NL wild-card lead and four and half games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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For most of 2014, the St. Louis Cardinals frustrated their fans with a lot of groundouts and not enough runs. The Cardinals knocked around Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and got seven shutout innings from Lance Lynn to complete a three-game sweep of the fading Reds with a rain-delayed 7-3 win Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. “I saw lots of good, grinding at-bats tonight,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. In winning for the seventh time in eight games and improving to a season-high 12 games over .500, the Cardinals (69-57) knocked Cueto out before he could record an out in the sixth.

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Facing Johnny Cueto definitely brought out the best in the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn. ”It didn’t hurt my feelings one bit beating him,” the right-hander said after working seven scoreless innings against the 15-game winner in St. Louis’ 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night. I outpitched him tonight, so yeah.” Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time and Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double for St. Louis. Manager Mike Matheny said he’d anticipated seeing ”how Lance bows his neck” against Cueto.

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The San Francisco Giants will get another shot at the Chicago Cubs after Major League Baseball reversed the umpires’ decision to end Tuesday’s game after 4 1/2 innings due to unplayable field conditions at Wrigley Field. Baseball officials on Wednesday agreed with the Giants’ protest and called for the game to be resumed Thursday at 4:05 p.m. CT. The Cubs confirmed the game would pick up with the hosts coming to bat in bottom of the fifth inning with a 2-0 lead. It was the first MLB protest upheld since June 18, 1986, when the Pittsburgh Pirates got similar ruling after a rain-shortened loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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The San Francisco Giants will get another shot at the Chicago Cubs after Major League Baseball reversed the umpires’ decision to end Tuesday’s game after 4 1/2 innings due to unplayable field conditions at Wrigley Field. Baseball officials on Wednesday agreed with the Giants’ protest and called for the game to be resumed Thursday at 4:05 p.m. CT. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre ruled that Tuesday’s game should be resumed because of a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club” pursuant to Rule 4.12(a)(3). It was the first MLB protest upheld since June 18, 1986, the Pittsburgh Pirates got similar ruling after a rain-shortened loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Bob Costas, you rascally guy, you. We’ve seen plenty of people bungle ceremonial first pitches in recent years, but not until Costas on Tuesday night at the St. Louis Cardinals’ game, have we seen someone throw a terrible first pitch, ask for a second chance and actually get it. This is surely a sign of Costas’ great power within baseball. Because 50 Cent , Carly Rae Jepsen and Miss Texas never got a do-over. Costas’ pitch wasn’t nearly as bad as any of theirs. It was way outside, but it reached the plate (and A.J. Pierzynski might have caught it, if he wasn’t so busy looking at his phone , eh Boston?) We probably wouldn’t even be talking about this had Costas not begged for another chance. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are finding new ways to get walk-off wins.

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As a hitter, Jon Jay has been pretty hot lately. As far as getting hit, no one in the majors does it better than the St. Louis Cardinals center fielder. Jay was plunked for a major league-high 15th time with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, forcing pinch-runner Peter Bourjos home with the tie-breaking run as the Cardinals rallied past the sliding Cincinnati Reds 5-4 at Busch Stadium. Jay, whose second-inning single extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games, took a 93-mile per hour fastball from J.J. Hoover (1-10) on the leg for the first game-winning RBI of his five-year major league career.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have put second baseman Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Aug. 15.

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