• A day after having his 20-game hitting streak snapped, Freese was out of the Cardinals' lineup on Thursday. The hitting streak was the longest by a Cardinals third baseman since Joe Torre hit safely in 24 straight games during the 1970-71 seasons.
• Matheny said that Giants manager Bruce Bochy never approached him with an offer to serve on the National League All-Star Game coaching staff. It was announced on Thursday that Bochy, who will manage the NL squad, selected the Mets' Terry Collins and Washington's Davey Johnson as coaches. Matheny said that he is looking forward to spending the break with his family.
• Right-hander Carlos Martinez earned his first career Triple-A win on Wednesday, going six innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five in the 91-pitch performance.
• In five games since returning from the disabled list, Memphis outfielder Oscar Taveras has gone 6-for-18 with two doubles and two RBIs. Taveras, ranked by MLB.com as the organization's top prospect, missed nearly four weeks due to a high ankle sprain.
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