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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals activated reliever Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list, and might need their old closer right away. Manager Mike Matheny said Trevor Rosenthal was unavailable Tuesday for the start of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. The Cardinals had a day off Monday and Rosenthal is getting extra rest after his second blown save in five appearances. In his three seasons, Matheny has consistently declined to discuss bullpen availability before games. "He pitched four days in a row, didnt you hear?" Matheny snapped. Then he added "that was the plan from the beginning." Matheny said there wasnt a defined role for Motte, "except for right-handed pitcher." "Its just a matter of getting him comfortable on the mound," Matheny said. "It may be at a high leverage situation right off the bat." Rosenthal saved three straight games but faltered in the fourth, taking the loss to the Braves on Sunday. Matheny said it had been the "plan all along" to give Rosenthal two days off if he had to pitch in four straight. "When you do push, you open yourselves to criticism," Matheny said. Rosenthal has appeared in 19 games. He is 0-2 with a 4.98 ERA and 13 saves in 15 chances. The 31-year-old Motte had elbow surgery last May and missed the entire season. He had 42 saves in 2012, tied for the National League lead. Motte said he was ready for anything and joked he didnt return with any new pitches. "Put it in the paper so other teams see it," Motte said. "Ive got like a knuckleball, Ive got a 12-6 (curveball), Ive got a rise ball, split. I talked to (Clayton) Kershaw and I have a left-handed sinker." Motte appeared in six games during a rehab with Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis and did not allow a run in 6 2-3 innings. Left-hander Sam Freeman was optioned to Memphis after Sundays loss and struck out three in 1 2-3 scoreless innings Monday. Chaz Green Jersey . 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Thats the feeling that eight Canadian Football League teams are experiencing right now in advance of the expansion draft to stock the Ottawa Redblacks.TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning turned strange goals and solid goaltending into a victory.Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in the third period, and the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Thursday night.Kucherov scored the winner when his pass went off Carolina defenceman Ron Hainsey and into the net with 30.3 seconds to play.Definitely ... tonight was lucky for us, Kucherov said.Hainseys misfortunate came in his 700th NHL game.It kind of just ended up as a mini 2-on-1 in front there, Hainsey said. The puck came by, I didnt react, and kicked it in the net.Lightning backup Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves in his 353rd NHL victory, two away from tying Rogie Vachon for 17th place on the leagues career list.Well take it, Nabokov said. Two points is two points.The Lightning avoided their first three-game losing streak since March.The main thing is we won, Tampa Bay forward Valtteri Filppula said. I think you have to work for your luck.Justin Faulk scored for the Hurricanes, who have scored four goals during a four-game losing streak. Cam Ward stopped 25 shotsThe Lightning went ahead 1-0 at 6:35 of the third when Ward went behind the net after Anton Stralman dumped the puck into the offensive zone from centre ice during a power play. The puck took a strange bounce off tthe end boards and ended up in front of the vacated net — where Kucherov easily scored.ddddddddddddFaulk tied it at 12:03 of the third.Ward stopped two shots by Steven Stamkos and made a glove save on Filppula during the final minute of the first. After Stamkos hit the crossbar early in the second, Ward made saves on Ryan Callahan and Filppula during a 3-on-1 later in the period.Its frustrating, Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner said. Obviously, Ward played a great game. Its tough to let him down like that.Stamkos had another shot go off the crossbar during a late second-period power play.Nabokov turned aside Nathan Gerbes in-close shot midway through the opening period. He also stopped a slot shot by Elias Lindholm in the second.NOTES: Carolina put RW Alexander Semin on the injured list due to a lower-body injury and activated D Brett Bellemore from the injured list. Bellemore, who missed seven games with a lower body injury, didnt play. ... Tampa Bay LW Ondrej Palat was a late scratch because of a lower body injury and could return during an upcoming five-game road trip. ... Hurricanes C Andrej Nestrasil sat out with an upper body injury. ... Nabokov got an assist on Kucherovs goal. ... Carolina C Jordan Staal (broken right fibula) is practicing on a limited basis. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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