STL@OAK: Adams blasts his second homer of the game

OAKLAND -- A day after Matt Adams highlighted another Interleague start with his first career multihomer game, manager Mike Matheny was prepared to present Adams with a new challenge. A bout with food poisoning, however, foiled that plan.

For the first time this season, Matheny wrote Adams into a lineup that would be opposed by a left-handed starter. But about two hours before first pitch, Matheny announced that the first baseman was still too sick to start. Adams spent his night and morning recovering from what he believes was bad salmon that he ate after the game on Saturday.

"I thought we were going to be able to give him a little time to feel better," Matheny said. "He just can't kick it today."

Matheny replaced Adams at first base with Ty Wigginton, who batted seventh. The start is the first for Wigginton since June 1. He entered the game hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, all of which came as a pinch-hitter, and went 0-for-3 in the start.

Adams did make a ninth-inning pinch-hit appearance in the game, though he said afterward that he is "still not up to par." He spent the day taking in fluids, eating fruit and taking medication trying to expedite his recovery.

The Cardinals are hopeful that Adams will be recovered enough to return to the lineup Tuesday. The club's string of road games against the American League has afforded Adams the chance to get the regular at-bats that he has lacked throughout the season. Had he been healthy enough to start on Sunday, Adams would have been in the lineup for the fourth time in five games.

"My rhythm feels good," Adams said. "It's nice to be able to get everyday at-bats, get four or five at-bats a game. It's going to help in the long run."

Matheny not lobbying Bochy about All-Star rosters

STL@OAK: Matheny on Wainwright's complete game

OAKLAND -- With All-Star Game voting wrapping up this week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will begin the process of filling out the remaining openings on the National League team that he will manage. During that process, he will not be hearing from Cardinals manager Mike Matheny -- at least not directly.

Matheny said he will refrain from calling Bochy to lobby specifically for any of his players. He has, however, talked to some mutual friends who may have Bochy's ear.

"The guy has been doing this a long time and has been building up some Hall of Fame credentials. He knows what he's doing," Matheny said. "I'm not sure I have much of a say. But we have a good relationship and have some mutual friends. I threw some things out there."


The Cardinals have at least a half-dozen players with All-Star credentials through the first half of the season. As of the latest National League voting update, Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina were leading at their respective positions. Matt Carpenter had gained enough ground, too, that he could make a run at earning the starting assignment at second.

Carpenter should receive strong consideration as a reserve if he is not voted in. Allen Craig, who entered Sunday second in the league in RBIs, also could make a case for inclusion. On the pitching side, Adam Wainwright should have a place on the NL staff. Edward Mujica, now 21-for-21 in save opportunities, will be discussed as well.

Players and coaches were required to submit their ballots by Sunday. A select number of pitchers and reserve players will be chosen through this balloting. Fan voting for the starters concludes at the end of the day Thursday. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball will provide one final update of where the voting stands.

Next Saturday, both league rosters will be announced and the two managers will unveil their five candidates in the Final Vote competition.

Worth noting

• Shelby Miller, who was knocked out of his start on Friday after 1 2/3 innings, threw an extended bullpen session on Sunday in order to give him more time to work on some slight mechanical adjustments. Miller, who usually throws about 20 pitches during his side sessions, estimated that he threw 35 this time.

• The Cardinals are slated to face the following starting pitchers during their upcoming series in Anaheim: Jered Weaver (1-4, 4.15 ERA), Jerome Williams (5-3, 3.21 ERA) and Joe Blanton (2-10, 5.07 ERA). The series will mark the end of Interleague Play for the Cardinals until the Mariners make a September visit to St. Louis.

• Though he was tagged with the loss, right-hander Carlos Martinez made a quality start for Triple-A Memphis on Saturday. Martinez was charged with two earned runs on four hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out five and threw 90 pitches.