Worth noting

Worth noting

Worth noting
• Manager Mike Matheny sat Rafael Furcal on Sunday, giving the shortstop his first day off since Furcal's return from a bout of back stiffness. Furcal started the first two games of this series. Moving forward, the Cardinals plan to be especially cautious with Furcal, who recently missed five games due to the back problem.

"We're going to have to be careful with him," Matheny said. "Or, we're going to lose him."

• The Giants will make their only stop of the season in St. Louis this week and have set their rotation for the four-game series as follows: Matt Cain (10-4, 2.82 ERA) will pitch on Monday and will be followed by Barry Zito (8-8, 4.27), Ryan Vogelsong (12-6, 3.03) and Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.09).

The Cardinals and Giants split a two-game series in San Francisco in May.

• The Cardinals selected outfielder Mike O'Neill and left-hander John Gast as the organization's Player and Pitcher of the Month for July.

O'Neill, a 31st-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, hit .350 with 20 runs scored, 11 RBIs, eight doubles and three triples in 27 July games with Class A Advanced Palm Beach. He hit safely in all but one game during the month. O'Neill currently leads the Florida State League with a .344 average and .446 on-base percentage.

Gast, a member of the Triple-A Memphis rotation, went 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five July starts. He struck out 30 and walked just five in 30 innings. Gast has pitched in both Double-A and Triple-A this season. His 12 wins are the most among all Cardinals Minor Leaguers.