Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notes: Mikolas to Start Sunday, Be Taken off All-Star Roster

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notes: Mikolas to Start Sunday, Be Taken off All-Star Roster

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CHICAGO - The Cardinals officially announced 10-game winner Miles Mikolas as their pitcher Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The game will be the Cardinals' final one before the All-Star break and that means that officially, Mikolas won't be on the active roster for the National League All-Star team.

Any pitcher who starts the Sunday before the Tuesday All-Star Game is taken off the roster and replaced. Mikolas still will enjoy all the trappings of his first All-Star experience but will yield his spot to Los Angeles' Ross Stripling, who is 7-2 with a 2.22 earned run average.

As one of the pitchers added by the commissioner's office and not voted onto the team by the players, Mikolas stood a good chance of not pitching in the game anyway because managers usually employ the five starters voted on, probably for the first six innings, and then turn the game over to the bullpen. Mikolas (10-3) probably would have been the extra-inning pitcher.

"He understands how important it is to give us our best shot on Sunday," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's got to pitch. And that's what he wants to do."

To take on the Reds, one of the hottest teams in the league, the Cardinals will send out Carlos Martinez, Jack Flaherty and Mikolas in that order, and it wouldn't be surprising if, in the first series after the break, against the Cubs, that the Cardinals would start much the same way.

CARPENTER DIDN'T WANT TO LOBBY

The fans' "Final Vote" for the last berth on the American and National League teams was announced Wednesday night and the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, one of five players listed on the National League ballot, wasn't expecting anything. Nor did he campaign for anything. Nor was he selected.

The teams of other players on the ballots put together special videos or, in the case of Los Angeles Dodgers extra man Matt Muncy, had Lakers executive Magic Johnson, who also is part of the Dodgers' ownership group, campaign. Carpenter indulged in none of it.

"That's not me. That's not my style," said Carpenter.

The Cardinals didn't do anything crazy, either. "And I'm OK with that," Carpenter said. …

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