• Jason Motte (lower back strain) played catch on Tuesday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list on Aug. 8. Motte estimated that he threw 15 times from a distance of 90 feet. He will continue the flat-ground work for several days before returning to the mound.
• Cardinals hitting coach John Mabry presented third baseman Matt Carpenter with the Cardinals' Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. Carpenter, a two-time winner, will be among the 30 team winners to be considered for MLB's overall honor, to be awarded in November. The award is given annually to a player who best demonstrates passion for the game of baseball and the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
• Bob Costas, an MLB Network broadcaster and longtime St. Louis resident, threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to calling Tuesday's game for a national audience. After throwing the ball past catcher A.J. Pierzynski, Costas made a second throw that caught part of the plate.
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