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• The Cardinals removed first baseman Mark Hamilton from the team's 40-man roster and granted him his unconditional release on Friday. The 76th-overall selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Hamilton hit .231 with a .340 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, 15 homers and 51 RBIs in 90 Triple-A games this season.

Hamilton, 28, earned callups to St. Louis in 2010 and '11, though he was never strongly considered for a big league roster spot this season. In 47 Major League games, Hamilton hit .197.

• With the assistance of donations made to the Cardinals Care's Joplin Recovery fund last year, the Cardinals are set to donate $200,000 to four charities that will assist children in Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado last May. Children's Haven ($70,000), Bright Futures ($40,000) the Ronald McDonald House ($20,000) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper & Newton Counties/Joplin ($70,000) will all be presented with checks when members of the St. Louis organization travel to Joplin on Monday to assist with a Habitat for Humanity build.

• Top pitching prospect Shelby Miller earned his fourth straight win with a six-inning performance for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Miller allowed five hits and three earned runs, while walking one and striking out seven. Miller had not walked a batter in any of his five previous starts.

Miller, who did not have the season start that most anticipated, has allowed just 10 earned runs in his last four games (25 2/3 innings). In that span, Miller has struck out 33.

• The Cardinals removed first baseman Mark Hamilton from the team's 40-man roster and granted him his unconditional release on Friday. The 76th-overall selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Hamilton hit .231 with a .340 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, 15 homers and 51 RBIs in 90 Triple-A games this season.

Hamilton, 28, earned callups to St. Louis in 2010 and '11, though he was never strongly considered for a big league roster spot this season. In 47 Major League games, Hamilton hit .197.

• With the assistance of donations made to the Cardinals Care's Joplin Recovery fund last year, the Cardinals are set to donate $200,000 to four charities that will assist children in Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado last May. Children's Haven ($70,000), Bright Futures ($40,000) the Ronald McDonald House ($20,000) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper & Newton Counties/Joplin ($70,000) will all be presented with checks when members of the St. Louis organization travel to Joplin on Monday to assist with a Habitat for Humanity build.

• Top pitching prospect Shelby Miller earned his fourth straight win with a six-inning performance for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Miller allowed five hits and three earned runs, while walking one and striking out seven. Miller had not walked a batter in any of his five previous starts.

Miller, who did not have the season start that most anticipated, has allowed just 10 earned runs in his last four games (25 2/3 innings). In that span, Miller has struck out 33.