• Matheny started Shane Robinson over Oscar Taveras in right field for a second straight game on Friday, but said the decision was made mostly as a nod to Robinson. Robinson robbed the Padres of an early extra-base hit in Thursday's game and then threw out the potential tying run in the ninth. He also had one of the Cardinals' seven hits.
"If you look at last night's game," Matheny said, "I'm not sure the turnout was the same if Shane wasn't out there."
• Xavier Scruggs and Pete Kozma both enjoyed four-hit nights in Triple-A Memphis' 17-7 win over Albuquerque. Scruggs tallied six RBIs as he became the second Memphis player with a multi-homer game this season. Scruggs also scored four runs and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Kozma had two extra-base hits and drove in four. Memphis matched a season-high with 21 total hits.
• NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson were on-field guests of the Cardinals during batting practice on Thursday. The Packers are in town to face the St. Louis Rams in a preseason game on Saturday.
• The Cardinals have added two more theme nights to their promotional schedule with KMOX Day (Sept. 3) and Fall Scout Night (Sept. 16). Fans buying theme tickets for KMOX Day will receive a limited edition KMOX Cardinals shirt. The Scout Night tickets are $12 and come with a voucher for a free hot dog and soda. For more details on the theme nights and/or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.
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