Walks and homers have been the bane of Shelby Miller at times this season.
On Friday in Cincinnati, Miller lasted only five innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. He allowed four runs off five hits, one of which was a three-run homer by Todd Frazier.
"He comes in and out of really good stuff, and for the most part, does a nice job of getting himself out of it," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said after that start. "I think [Friday] things could have been a whole lot worse if he wouldn't have been able to get out of some of those spots. That one slipped away."
Miller threw only 80 pitches in that outing, so fatigue shouldn't be a problem as he and the Cardinals wrap up their three-game set with the Yankees at Busch Stadium on Wednesday. The two teams hadn't met since 2005 before splitting the first two games of the series.
New York's Mark Teixeira, who continues to rest a stiff right wrist, said on Tuesday that he'd love to be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game.
"Every morning when you wake up, hopefully it feels better," Teixeira said. "With another 24 hours today, hopefully it'll feel better."
But his manager, Joe Girardi, hinted that Friday, following Thursday's off-day, is probably a more realistic return date.
"It's tough taking days off when you feel good," Teixeira said. "Maybe that day where it's a little bit stiffer than it usually is, [I have to] be smart about it and say, 'Hey, maybe this is my body telling me today's the day.' But when you're feeling good and you're getting hits and you're able to take your full round of batting practice, it's tough to take [days off]."
Yankees: Kuroda, Girardi credit bullpen's performance
Hiroki Kuroda, who will take the mound on Wednesday for New York, knows the team's bullpen has been crucial of late, as three of the team's last seven games have gone into extra innings.
"The relievers have been picking us up lately a lot," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "I wish I could go longer to lessen the burden."
For his part, Girardi isn't pigeonholing relievers into specific innings and/or roles.
"The thing that we came into the year with was multiple-inning guys," Girardi said. "We weren't really a one-inning seventh, eighth and ninth [kind of team]. We knew we weren't that."
Cardinals: Wainwright named National League co-Player of Week
Adam Wainwright was nearly unhittable last week, and on Tuesday he was named NL co-Player of the Week along with the Dodgers' Josh Beckett, who was unhittable.
The veteran Wainwright threw a one-hit shutout against Arizona last Wednesday, leading the Cards to a 5-0 victory. He allowed just two baserunners, one on a walk and one on a fourth-inning double.
Four days later he threw eight scoreless innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 victory over the Reds. In doing so he became the first NL pitcher to reach eight victories, and he leads all Major League pitchers in ERA, at 1.67.
• Wednesday's game will be Derek Jeter's final one in St. Louis unless these teams meet in the Fall Classic. In each of the series' first two games, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina strolled halfway to the mound during Jeter's first plate appearance to give the Busch Stadium crowd ample time for a standing ovation.
• Matt Holliday has reached base in all 23 of St. Louis' home games this season. The franchise record is 33, set in 1954 by Solly Hemus.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.