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• Yadier Molina was out of the Cardinals' lineup for a second straight day on Thursday, as the catcher continued to deal with middle back tightness. Manager Mike Matheny described Molina as a little improved since Wednesday. Molina will be reevaluated on Friday, after which his status for the team's upcoming series against Pittsburgh will be better known.

• Asked about the potential to utilize Monday's off-day to shuffle his rotation, Matheny said the intention is to keep the rotation order as is. That means not fiddling with the schedules of particular pitchers in order to ensure that they start games against fellow contending teams.

For instance, Adam Wainwright is not scheduled to pitch any of the games against the Pirates at home this weekend or in Pittsburgh the following weekend. He does, however, line up to start against the Reds after his next outing, which will come at home against Houston.

• The Pirates have lined up their rotation so that James McDonald (10-5, 3.77 ERA), Erik Bedard (7-12, 4.56 ERA) and Jeff Karstens (4-3, 3.91 ERA) will start the three weekend games at Busch Stadium.

• Cardinals president Bill DeWitt, general manager John Mozeliak and Matheny are among the members of the organization who will travel to Joplin, Mo., on Monday to help construct five homes in conjunction with the Governor's Joplin Challenge and Habitat for Humanity. The city of Joplin is still recovering after being devastated by a tornado in May 2011.

• Yadier Molina was out of the Cardinals' lineup for a second straight day on Thursday, as the catcher continued to deal with middle back tightness. Manager Mike Matheny described Molina as a little improved since Wednesday. Molina will be reevaluated on Friday, after which his status for the team's upcoming series against Pittsburgh will be better known.

• Asked about the potential to utilize Monday's off-day to shuffle his rotation, Matheny said the intention is to keep the rotation order as is. That means not fiddling with the schedules of particular pitchers in order to ensure that they start games against fellow contending teams.

For instance, Adam Wainwright is not scheduled to pitch any of the games against the Pirates at home this weekend or in Pittsburgh the following weekend. He does, however, line up to start against the Reds after his next outing, which will come at home against Houston.

• The Pirates have lined up their rotation so that James McDonald (10-5, 3.77 ERA), Erik Bedard (7-12, 4.56 ERA) and Jeff Karstens (4-3, 3.91 ERA) will start the three weekend games at Busch Stadium.

• Cardinals president Bill DeWitt, general manager John Mozeliak and Matheny are among the members of the organization who will travel to Joplin, Mo., on Monday to help construct five homes in conjunction with the Governor's Joplin Challenge and Habitat for Humanity. The city of Joplin is still recovering after being devastated by a tornado in May 2011.