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RHP Shelby Miller lacked command throughout his five innings Wednesday night and likely would have given up several runs had he been facing a better offense. But Miller muddled through it, allowing three runs despite yielding five hits and five walks. Miller won't start again until after the All-Star break, giving the 22-year old a chance to iron out some things. He's coughed up 11 runs in the second inning of his last four starts.

RF Carlos Beltran joined C Yadier Molina on the bench Wednesday night, getting a game off ahead of the four-game series in Chicago against the Cubs. Beltran continues to enjoy one of his best seasons at age 36, hitting .309 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs, and an OPS of .881.

RHP Chris Carpenter (right shoulder), who hasn't pitched this year, will start a rehab assignment Monday night at Double-A Springfield of the Texas League. Carpenter threw more than 100 pitches during a simulated game Wednesday and impressed the club enough to earn the opportunity. He will likely have three or four games in the minors before the club makes a decision.

C Yadier Molina didn't start Wednesday night, which had nothing to do with right knee inflammation that kept him out of games Saturday and Sunday. St. Louis is trying to get him a bit more rest to keep him fresh and healthy for the home stretch, which is why it presently carries three catchers on its roster.

RHP Jake Westbrook gets the ball Thursday night at Wrigley Field against an opponent he's usually been able to beat, going 6-2, 3.72 in 10 career starts against Chicago. Westbrook dominated the Cubs last month at Busch Stadium, allowing just two hits and an unearned run over seven innings in a 4-1 win.