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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt goes off on umpire Jeff Nelson for making a bad call at the plate.

The St. Louis Cardinals have work to do as the MLB enters its second half. They are 7.5 games back of the final wild-card spot in the NL, which means they need to rattle off some wins to make up ground.

They’ve started 3-2 since the break, and their three-game series with the Chicago Cubs is important in terms of the Wild Card race. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt seems to already be in playoff mode even though it’s only July.

During Wednesday’s game against the Cubs, the Cardinals manager exploded on Jeff Nelson for a bad strike call. Shildt’s reaction to the call will tell you exactly how he feels about it.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt explodes on umpire Jeff Nelson after a strike call.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Dylan Carlson was called for a strike on a pitch that was way outside of the strike zone. Shildt wasn’t happy about the call and proceeded to berate umpire Jeff Nelson in between innings. The manager’s explosion caused him to be ejected from the game. Before he left the field, Shildt made sure to give Nelson and the other official a piece of his mind the missed call.

In a tight 1-0 game, maybe that was the fire Shildt’s team needed to wake up. Nevertheless, the manager was rightfully upset over what was a clear ball.

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SF Giants make several roster moves, cut Mike Tauchman, activate Brandon Crawford

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Tauchman, the Giants outfielder responsible for a pair of dramatic home run robberies and a go-ahead grand slam this season, has been designated for assignment.

The Giants announced the transaction Thursday as part of a flurry of roster moves that included activating shortstop Brandon Crawford, reinstating pitcher Aaron Sanchez from the 60-day injured list and optioning reliever John Brebbia to Triple-A after a rough outing in Wednesday’s 8-0 loss.

The decision to cut Tauchman comes three months after the Giants acquired him in a trade that sent reliever Wandy Peralta to the New York Yankees. The Giants had high hopes that Tauchman could play a significant role in the team’s outfield this year, but struggles at the plate and an uncharacteristically high strikeout percentage forced the club to part with him only a day before MLB’s trade deadline.

Tauchman made three of the Giants’ top highlight reel plays this season including a leaping catch at the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium to rob Albert Pujols of a potential walk-off home run on May 28. The catch helped the Giants snap a four-game losing streak against the Dodgers as the club scored three runs off Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning of an 8-5 win.

Tauchman was also responsible for saving a 1-0 Giants win on June 11 at Nationals Park when he robbed Washington slugger Juan Soto of a potential game-tying home run against San Francisco starter Anthony DeSclafani.

The left-handed hitting outfielder also sandwiched a go-ahead grand slam against the Texas Rangers in between his game-saving catches as he launched an eighth-inning blast at Globe Life Field in Arlington on June 8 to put the Giants ahead 6-4 in an eventual 9-4 win.

Despite the memorable moments, Tauchman’s tenure in San Francisco was defined by his struggles at the plate as he hit .178 with a .569 OPS over 175 plate appearances.

Crawford rejoins the Giants after missing the last 10 days on the injured list with a mild oblique strain. The club was optimistic its leading hitter would return to the active roster within two weeks and Crawford beat that timetable and will start Thursday’s series finale against the Dodgers.

With Brebbia, who gave up four runs on Wednesday against Los Angeles, headed back to Triple-A Sacramento for the first time since completing a rehab assignment (Tommy John surgery) in June, the Giants activated Sanchez to pitch out of the bullpen.

Sanchez posted a 3.18 ERA in six starts with the Giants before hitting the injured list in early May with a tricep injury. The right-hander was poised to rejoin the rotation in early July, but a blister issue forced him to pause his initial rehab assignment.

Sanchez is expected to help the Giants out of the bullpen and could provide length behind Johnny Cueto on Thursday or Kevin Gausman on Friday as both have struggled with inconsistent command in recent outings.

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