• Wainwright is still looking to fill 10 more spots in his fantasy football charity initiative. Wainwright is recruiting fantasy players to compete with one of four Cardinals -- Wainwright, Matt Holliday, David Freese and Allen Craig -- in four 12-team leagues. The entrance fee is $2,500 per person with all proceeds going toward two charities: Operation Food Search out of St. Louis and Water Missions International.
"It's an idea I've been running around for the last five years, talking about it in BP with guys and something that I just felt led to do," said Wainwright, who has been in three fantasy football leagues each year since 2003. "Just something that people around the world need help. I love helping those people. I love finding ways to do that, and people around the world love fantasy football so it seems like a perfect match."
For more information or to register for one of the leagues, visit wainosworld.com.
• After Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Cubs, Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney said he's more excited for games against the Cardinals and the opportunity to play spoilers to a rival in the playoff hunt.
"I think the statement we made by how we played early on put a target on us for a lot of teams," Matheny said. "We got to realize that nobody is going to half-step when they come rolling in here or we go in to visit them. We know we're going to get their best effort, we're going to get their best excitement. We've been getting great draw so there's excitement in the stands whenever, and those are all compliments to the kind of caliber team we are."