Two iconic franchises that have yet to visit the Cardinals’ new downtown ballpark are scheduled to play in St. Louis next summer, according to two sources who have seen the preliminary schedule for the 2014 regular season.
As interleague play rotates to pit the Cards against the American League East next summer, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are set to visit Busch Stadium III, their first regular-season appearance in St. Louis since 2005.
The Cardinals concluded an 11-game streak against American League foes Thursday night and have two more interleague series remaining this year – both at home.
Houston stops by for two games in this next home stand and Seattle visits in September.
According to the preliminary schedule for 2014, the Cardinals travel to Baltimore, Toronto and Tampa Bay for interleague series. The Rays will be the team the Cardinals play in two-game series at home and away. The Cardinals also have a home-and-home series with cross-state rival Kansas City.
It took rookie Shelby Miller 102 pitches to complete six innings Wednesday night and in the middle of his outing, Matheny had a reliever ready because Miller’s pitch count had started to swell within a single inning.
Pitching most of the game with a healthy lead, Miller was able to get ahead with the first pitch but he didn’t have the expedient innings that the Cardinals have talked about with the rookie.
He had a 51-pitch inning in Oakland last week, and in his previous 10 starts he’s thrown at least 90 pitches eight times and only once pitched past the sixth inning.
Efficiency might have to come later, Matheny allowed.
“He’s not going to be a guy who consistently is going to be real efficient,” Matheny said. “That’s just who he is. Maybe that’s something down the road that we worry about. But not right now. Not this year. We just want him pitching. Maybe there are some things that he can continue to add to his repertoire later.”
Matt Holliday (pinched nerve) returned to the lineup at designated hitter. … The Cardinals had starter Jake Westbrook jet to St. Louis earlier Thursday to ready for his start tonight and avoid the team’s red-eye charter flight home. … The Cardinals fell to 90-92 with two ties all-time on the Fourth of July, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Before losing Thursday night the Cardinals had won three straight.