"You care about them, and it's hard to separate that and say, 'OK, you have a different jersey on, I no longer care about you,'" Matheny said. "Not when they're playing us, just because my job description supersedes everything else and we're supposed to win, but when I watch Shelby Miller, there's a sense of pride, and I'm happy that he's doing what we knew he could do."
Miller owns a Major League-best 1.33 ERA through eight starts and has thrown a pair of shutouts on fewer than 100 pitches. The Cardinals, though willing to part with the former first-round Draft pick to address a right-field need, saw Miller begin to turn a corner last August, when the right-hander started incorporating a two-seam and cut fastball more liberally.
In 15 starts since Aug. 23, 2014, Miller has a 1.66 ERA. He had a 5.11 ERA in the 15 starts preceding that.
"We've never been short on our belief what Shelby Miller can do," Matheny said. "He made some changes as a pitcher. I was impressed with how much he was willing to try and learn things. A lot of kids who have so much success get hard-headed. But he was quick to say, 'OK, what can I do?'"
• The Cardinals announced plans to join Red Cross and hold a blood drive on June 1-2 in various locations around the St. Louis metro area. Those who donate will receive a Cardinals shirt. For more information on the participating locations, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code, "Cards."
• Lefty Tim Cooney was named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week on Monday after posting a PCL-low 0.66 ERA over 13 2/3 innings from May 11-17. In his most recent start, Cooney allowed one hit over 7 2/3 shutout innings.
• Infielder Jacob Wilson connected for a two-run homer on Monday in his first game after being promoted to Triple-A Memphis. Ty Kelly also homered in the Redbirds' 5-1 win. Wilson, ranked as the organization's No. 13 prospect by MLB Pipeline, opened the season hitting .225/.326/.450 in 34 Double-A games.
• To open up a roster spot for Wilson, the Cardinals gave Scott Moore his unconditional release. Moore, who was hitting .175 through 34 Triple-A games, had signed a Minor League contract with the organization over the winter.
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