Adam Wainwright became the National League's first nine-game winner, and the Cardinals beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Tuesday night, the Rays' third straight shutout loss. The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings against the Rays on Tuesday and allowed seven hits in the win. Wainwright lacked his best stuff, but he battled for most of the night. He struck out just two and worked out of a jam with runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning. Even without his A game, the struggling Rays were unable to take advantage, giving Wainwright and the Cardinals the win. He will take a 2.15 ERA into Monday's game with the Mets.
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Many people expected Gregory Polanco to be recalled late last week, but on Friday when the move was expected to be announced the Pittsburgh Pirates there was nothing. Polanco made the announcement Monday that he's headed to Pittsburgh. Polanco will be activated before Tuesday's game, and there's no reason to think he won't be in the starting lineup for the game against the Cubs. This roster move had to happen sooner than Pirates management wanted to due to Neil Walker going on the 15-day disabled list who underwent an appendectomy. Josh Harrison will now play second base and the outfield will consist of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Polanco. Polanco batted .347 with 7 home runs and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A Indianapolis before the promotion, and he's been batting leadoff in recent days to get a feel for setting the table atop a lineup. Fantasy owners have been drooling over Polanco and have great expectations for the 22-year old outfielder, but the struggles of Oscar Taveras and George Springer need to temper those expectations just a bit. Fantasy owners expecting the next coming of Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig may be disappointed. But the potential is sky high, and Polanco should immediately be owned and started in all leagues.
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