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Carson Kelly (R) Headshot

Kelly went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.

A late addition to the lineup after Yadier Molina (ankle) was sidelined, Kelly extended the Cardinals' lead to 8-3 with a rope to deep left in the eighth that plated Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong. Kelly had been coming on at Tripe-A Memphis before being called up, as he'd recently hit a career-high 10th home run and was carrying a solid .283/.375/.459 line. He'll slot in as Molina's backup now that veteran Eric Fryer has been jettisoned, but will take a seat Saturday with Molina back in the lineup.
2:41 pm (EST)
Denard Span (L) Headshot

Span is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.

The 33-year-old has started 12 consecutive games, and played all 11 innings in Friday's loss, so he gets a routine day of rest Saturday. Gorkys Hernandez takes over the leadoff spot and mans center field in his absence. Span continues to be a solid force at the top of the lineup, ranking third on the team with 84 hits this year.
2:35 pm (EST)
Yohander Mendez (L) Headshot

Mendez, 22, tossed seven shutout innings in his start for Double-A Frisco on Friday, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Mendez has consistently worked deep into games with at least six innings in all but one of his last 17 starts, but with a 3.70 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in that span, he probably hasn't dominated to the extent the Rangers anticipated in his second tour of the Southern League. The left-hander could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock at some point in the second half nonetheless, though since he's already pitched 119 innings on the season, the organization will likely act conservatively with his usage over the next two-plus months.
2:34 pm (EST)
Tommy Pham (R) Headshot

Pham went 2-for-4 with a two-run single, a double, a walk and two runs in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.

The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed a strong May and June, but he's taken his performance to another level in July. Factoring in Friday's production, Pham's monthly line sits at .375/.444/.688, with eight multi-hit efforts and 11 extra-base hits (six doubles, a triple, four home runs) playing an integral part in his success.
2:33 pm (EST)
Elliott Sadler Headshot

Sadler won the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 165.283 mph.

Sadler went out late in the final round of knockout qualifying and topped William Byron's fast lap. Erik Jones would have the final shot at the pole, but would fall short of Sadler's lap, giving him the pole position for Saturday afternoon's race. The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has been consistently fast all weekend, and should be the top driver to beat at the Brickyard.
2:33 pm (EST)
Albert Suarez (R) Headshot

Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Suarez joins the major-league roster for the first time this season, adding length out of the bullpen with Steven Okert optioned down. The 27-year-old missed a significant stretch earlier in the year with a shoulder injury, but he's been solid since his return, posting an 11:3 K:BB over 13.2 innings (six appearances).
2:30 pm (EST)
Dexter Fowler (B) Headshot

Fowler went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk, a stolen base and a run in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.

Fowler was a thorn in the side of his former Cubs mates throughout the afternoon, even swiping his fourth bag of the season while generating his third multi-hit effort of July. The veteran outfielder has only two extra-base hits during the month but has been able to largely maintain the improvement he'd demonstrated in June, as Friday's production brought his monthly line to a solid .275/.341/.375.
2:29 pm (EST)
Steven Souza Jr. (R) Headshot

Souza (hip) is back in the starting lineup Saturday, leading off and playing right field, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

Souza was held out of the starting nine for the past two games while nursing a sore hip, but came through with a pinch-hit single in Friday's contest. He'll look to pick up right where he left off on a terrific month, as the 28-year-old is slashing .321/.379/.679 with five home runs over his last 15 games.
2:27 pm (EST)
Paul Blackburn (R) Headshot

Blackburn (1-1) gave up four earned runs on six hits and a walk over 5.1 innings in Friday's 7-5 loss to the Mets. He also recorded a strikeout.

The rookie's most glaring mistake was the mammoth two-run home run he surrendered to Michael Conforto in the third. Blackburn was serviceable but somewhat on the inefficient side otherwise, throwing only 43 of 76 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old has gotten into at least the sixth inning in all four of his starts -- with Friday's being his shortest thus far -- and he still sports a solid 2.88 ERA despite having next to no strikeout upside (nine whiffs over 25.0 innings). He'll look to secure his second victory when he faces the Blue Jays on the road next Wednesday.
2:25 pm (EST)
Brandon Crawford (L) Headshot

Crawford is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Crawford will sit for the first time since June 28 as Eduardo Nunez shifts over to short and Conor Gillaspie mans the hot corner. While Crawford has multiple hits in two of his last three games, he's still batting just .217/.254/.400 for the month of July. He's taken a dramatic step back against right-handed pitching this season, with his OPS against righties falling nearly 180 points from a year ago.
2:22 pm (EST)
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