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Cards send six, including Kelly, to Memphis

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:50:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • Before he watched members of last year’s Class AAA club accept the rings they earned by winning the Pacific Gulf Coast League championship, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made a prediction.

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Carpenter is on the move for Cardinals

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:15:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • For the first time this spring, Matt Carpenter moved to third base and Jedd Gyorko started at second for the Cardinals on Sunday. Carpenter later turned up for three innings at second base and Gyorko went back…

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Ortiz: Carlos Martinez eager to soak up pitching wisdom

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:00:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • Carlos Martinez ran into the greatest Dominican pitcher of all time often this offseason in Florida, and he was smart enough to pepper Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez with questions about the art of pitching.

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Another shutout for Cards, who go shopping at J-Mart

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:25:00 -0500

Cards' first baseman Martinez drives in three runs in 10-0 romp over Washington. Gregerson works scoreless ninth.

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Martinez has 'a little trouble locking it in' during stint against minor leaguers

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:38:00 -0500

There was little verve to Martinez's six innings against minor-leagues, except when he needed it, and then he could overpower batters.

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Pena's play, catching depth create competition for Kelly as Molina's backup

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:15:00 -0500

The Cardinals planned for this month to be the confirmation of Carson Kelly, one of the game’s top catching prospects, as Yadier Molina’s backup. But with Kelly batting .100 (3 for 30) and still developing behind the plate, a competition…

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Cardinals notebook: Gant keeps impressing; Matheny, Ozuna build trust

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:30:00 -0500

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • The Cardinals’ pitching plans are coming into focus as the season opener nears, and for now they project spring standout John Gant as quality insurance for the rotation. He’s headed for starts at Class AAA…

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Molina enjoys 'stunning' two-homer game

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • Along about the fourth inning of Friday’s exhibition game, acting Cardinals manager Mike Shildt asked catcher Yadier Molina if he wanted to come out of the game when starter Michael Wacha exited. Wacha whipped through six innings…

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Bader races headlong after Cardinals bench spot

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:00:00 -0500

Cardinals prospect has two diving catches in club's Friday game against Nationals and is out to show he has the timing for opening day roster.

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With two homers and four hits, Molina makes the most of his full day at work

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:05:00 -0500

Cardinals catcher narrowly misses a third homer, and also picks a runner off first, in a 4-2 victory over the Marlins. Wacha goes six innings — longest by a Cards starter this spring — and needs just 65 pitches.

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No Lynn? No Arrieta? No problem for Cards, with Flaherty emerging

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:45:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • The main reason the Cardinals showed little interest in former righthander Lance Lynn or even Jake Arrieta, another free agent, in what has become a lengthy offseason for numerous players?

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Cards notebook: Reyes faces hitters; bullpen's dominance continues

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:45:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • The scouting report Alex Reyes had was incomplete on one of the hitters he faced Thursday during another in his long line of backfield appearances. He knew without any stats that the righthanded batter was “a big…

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Wainwright might be offline, but his pitching is on target this spring

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:25:00 -0500

Slowly, quietly, the 36-year-old three-time All-Star might be clearing the cloud of public concern that followed him to camp after his 2017 season ended with a 5.11 ERA and an elbow operation. That was the chatter on Twitter as Wainwright…

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Cards notebook: Bullpen dominant; Carpenter hot, Ozuna and Pham heating up

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:55:00 -0500

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. • Starter Adam Wainwright was impressive enough for the Cardinals on Wednesday. The four pitchers who succeeded him virtually were unhittable.

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Voit keeps his catcher's mitt ready in case of 'emergency, emergency, emergency'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:01:00 -0500

Cardinals pinch-hitter clubs first homer of spring after spending time in the batting cage -- blocking balls, to stay sharp at catcher.

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Waino impresses Matheny, Maddux in 3-1 win over Astros

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:46:00 -0500

Cards' veteran fans three, doesn't allow an earned run in five innings. Carpenter, Voit both homer off Verlander. Bullpen spotless for four innings, fans nine.

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Carpenter vows that he's done 'selling my soul for home runs'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:45:00 -0500

After a .241 season with 125 strikeouts, Matt Carpenter concluded that he had 'fallen into a trap as a hitter of either walking or hitting for (power). That's not who I am.' Heading into 2018 as the Cardinals' No. 3…

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Ozuna snaps out of funk, Cardinals lineup erupts

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:20:00 -0500

When asked this weekend what he expects to see from his club’s offense when wins and losses begin to count, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny dismissed concerns about meager spring-training statistics and picked out one word: dangerous.

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Ortiz: Cardinals prospect Valera good at beating the odds

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:30:00 -0500

In a sport that loves five-tool prospects, Breyvic Valera admittedly had only two tools as a teenager in Venezuela. The impoverished kid’s equipment was lacking as well — until the Cardinals signed him for a $1,000 bonus.

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Cards win 11-4 as Martinez needs 85 pitches for four innings

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:56:00 -0500

Cards ace strikes out five. J. Martinez drives in three runs. Ozuna has two hits. Munoz stars at bat and in field against Marlins.

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Back from the White House, Gregerson steps toward mound

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:08:00 -0500

With that visit to the Oval Office out of the way, Cardinals reliever Luke Gregerson got back to work Tuesday morning and tested how close he was to returning to the mound.

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Goold: Lynn's smaller contract underscores big questions for baseball

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:20:00 -0500

Former Cardinals starter feels freezer burn of upside-down market, turned down a larger offer team never thought he'd take, and then signs for less.

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Mayers forcing Cardinals to consider him for bullpen role

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:25:00 -0500

The 26-year-old righthander has yet to walk a batter or allow a run in seven innings this spring, and he’s struck out nine.

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BenFred: When should we worry about this Cardinals offense?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:40:00 -0500

From the light-hitting offense to Lance Lynn's contract with the Twins, columnist Ben Frederickson shares his thoughts from his first day at spring training

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MLB notes: Lynn set to pitch Tuesday for Twins

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:35:00 -0500

Patiently monitoring baseball’s slow-moving market, the Minnesota Twins made several significant improvements to the team that made a surprise run last season to the AL wild-card game.

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Cards notebook: Waino to start home opener; Ozuna struggling

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:25:00 -0500

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. • When the regular season begins, veteran Adam Wainwright probably will be slotted as No. 2 in the Cardinals’ rotation, thus putting him in line to make his sixth home-opening start April 5 at Busch Stadium…

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Cardinals demote slugger O'Neill, 8 others

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:20:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • A slash of nine players on Sunday left the Cardinals with 46 still in camp, including 11 non-roster players.

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Fowler back at leadoff for Cardinals but with less pressure

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:15:00 -0500

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. • The phrase that followed Dexter Fowler around Wrigley Field, through the World Series, and all the way to St. Louis as a free agent, was four-words long and T-shirt slogan catchy: “You go, we go.”…

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Goold: Tommy Pham races the clock as he chases 'greatness'

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:45:00 -0500

Cardinals center fielder turns 30, has his contract renewed, and has a plan for the player he plans to be. It's in his notebook. 'He’s got his own idea of what excellence looks like,' says manager Mike Matheny. 'You’re not…

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Wainwright in line to start home opener

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 12:32:00 -0500

Veteran righthander will be slotted directly behind Martinez in spring rotation. Busch first-game start would be sixth for Wainwright, who figures to start second game in New York.

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Ortiz: Grateful Ozuna just keeps on smiling

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:15:00 -0500

Before beginning an interview, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill paused for a quick question about Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna: “Is it OK for me to say that he’s my favorite?”

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Cardinals notebook: Carpenter to make lineup debut Tuesday

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500

JUPITER, Fla. • Matt Carpenter, who has been on the rehab program for nearly a month now after suffering back discomfort before camp officially opened, said he would make his first appearance in a Cardinals lineup on Tuesday. Carpenter said…

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Cardinals game in April to be broadcast exclusively on Facebook

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 07:25:00 -0600

NEW YORK • Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games, including a Cardinals game in April, in an exclusive deal.

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Mikolas gives Cardinals what they had hoped to see

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 05:30:00 -0600

In four assertive innings Friday night opposite Justin Verlander, Miles Mikolas struck out three, held the Astros scoreless on four hits, and showcased what he had been working on the back fields all week, out of sight of any box…

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Ortiz: Cards prospect Gomber isn't flashy, just successful

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 03:30:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Austin Gomber didn’t draw much attention from baseball scouts and Division I coaches when he was coming out of high school in 2011. The 6-foot-5 lefthander’s fastball was clocked at only 84 mph at the time, so…

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Norris on course for duty in Cardinals bullpen

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 00:55:00 -0600

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. • The Cardinals could have eight relievers, to go with five starters, when their season starts March 29. And newcomer Bud Norris will be among the former group, manager Mike Matheny said before the Cardinals’ 4-2…

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St. Louis Browns come back to life in TV documentary Sunday

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 23:15:00 -0600

It has been a lifetime, 65 years, since St. Louis had two big-league baseball teams. But the Browns, the lovable losers who led to the coining of a memorable phrase about the city, “First in shoes, first in booze and…

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Mikolas turns it around for Cardinals

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:35:00 -0600

Struggling righthander blanks Astros for four innings in 4-2 loss. DeJong homers off Verlander but Brebbia falters. Mayers fans four in two innings. O'Neill hurt again.

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No surprise: Carlos Martinez draws opening day start vs. Mets

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:41:00 -0600

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. • Although he usually reserves such a pronouncement until later in camp, maybe even after he's delivered it to the player first and long after it has been obvious, manager Mike Matheny revealed his opening day…

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Ortiz: Cardinals retain optimism in Mikolas. Fans? Not so much

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:20:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • The calendar proves that it is too early to make any conclusions or harsh decisions on Miles Mikolas. This much is true regardless of what the angry chorus of Cardinals fans might think.

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Cardinals OK with closer role being up for grabs

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0600

Auditions could carry into April, May, even June, and Matheny said: 'I don't think we need to leave (spring training) with a closer. I don't think we need to leave here with that title.'

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Cardinals spring games not a big TV draw ‌

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:10:00 -0600

Regular-season Cardinals telecasts are a ratings magnet, as Fox Sports Midwest’s productions often are the best-rated show of the day on St. Louis prime-time television.

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When Carpenter returns, it probably will be at first base — not a variety of positions

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:30:00 -0600

Infielder Matt Carpenter, who hasn’t played all spring as he tended to lower back issues, expects to be ready for games next week. But manager Mike Matheny cited Carpenter’s shoulder problems of last year as reason not to move him…

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J. Martinez returns, hits homer to help Cardinals win 5-4

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:21:00 -0600

Lyons has two perfect innings for win. C. Martinez allows Miami one run in four innings. Cuban outfielders J. Garcia, Arozarena both triple and score.

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Goold: A fielder's footprints can be revealing, because dirt doesn't lie

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:35:00 -0600

From a freshly groomed mound to a catcher constantly cleaning up the space around him, there's something to learn from footfalls and cleat marks.

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Gregerson's injury adds uncertainty to Cards' closer role

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:25:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • On a team without a designated closer, the Cardinals have had a flock of righthanded relievers come to the forefront this spring. For example, Matt Bowman is scoreless in four outings, as are John Brebbia, Josh Lucas…

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Ortiz: Versatile Gant gives Cards flexibility on pitching staff

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:50:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Whether his young son was close to attaining his black belt in taekwondo, playing the right or left wings in soccer or guard in basketball, John Charles Gant had one request that still resonates with his son.

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As Scherzer watches, Wainwright mixes in a few tricks with his 'game-changer' curve

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:15:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • With a mix of pitches all funneling toward his curveball and a willingness to throw them at various heights, Adam Wainwright had enough at his fingertips Wednesday to get Washington’s uber-hitter Bryce Harper out three different times.

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Cardinals reliever Gregerson sidelined with 'tightness' in oblique

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:30:00 -0600

Possible closer has missed one planned appearance, but a scan of the injured area has club feeling he won't be absent for an extended period.

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Chip off the old block: Cards catcher Pena provides 4-3 win

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:25:00 -0600

Son of Tony Pena saves run with scrambling defensive play, drives in winner in eighth against Nationals. Wainwrigth has solid performance in second start.

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Loaded lineup? Matheny touts his as 'potentially dangerous from top to bottom'

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:20:00 -0600

Still, it's without Matt Carpenter, who hasn't been anything but a spectator so far because of a lower back ailment. Asked if he would be satisfied with Jose Martinez as the first baseman if Carpenter isn't ready by the start…

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Cards set up special session for struggling Mikolas

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:10:00 -0600

Starting pitchers don’t normally face their own hitters at this point in the spring, but pitching Mike Maddux had struggling Miles Mikolas throwing two simulated innings to top minor league hitters.

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Ortiz: Graves' start against hometown Cards ends poorly

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:25:00 -0600

With a group of close friends from St. Charles in attendance, Brett Graves couldn’t waste much energy on nostalgia as he faced the Cardinals for the first time in a Grapefruit League game.

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Pham on Cards' 2-year offer: 'I wouldn't sell myself short like that'

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:45:00 -0600

Starting center fielder signed the Cards' salary-renewal notice, saying discussions with the team about a two-year deal never gained traction. 'If you look at what I did last year,' Pham said, 'I didn't think there was a great amount of…

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Goold: Cardinals fiddle with his schedule as Mikolas gets a grip on pitches

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:05:00 -0600

Instead of a standard between-start bullpen, righthander faces hitters -- and alters his pitch preferences, trying to get a feel for two-seam fastball.

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Lilliquist says dismissal by Cardinals was a surprise

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:30:00 -0600

Former pitching coach said no particular reason was offered. "It was the proverbial, ‘We need to move in a different direction,’’’ said Lilliquist, now coaching the Nationals pitchers.

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As DeJong and Cards commit to each other, Pham chooses to bet on himself

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 06:20:00 -0600

The players were revelations in 2017 as DeJong led the team with 25 homers and Pham had a season unlike any other in 127 years of Cardinals baseball. So Monday's long-term commitment to DeJong (6 years, $26 million) contrasted with…

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Ortiz: ‘Win-win deal’ for DeJong and Cardinals

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 04:30:00 -0600

If they offer you money, take it, the wise man once said. Paul DeJong smartly set himself up for life by accepting a guaranteed six-year, $26 million contract from the Cardinals. He also probably left millions of dollars on the…

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Cardinals lock in DeJong with 6-year extension worth $26 million

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:50:00 -0600

Update: Shortstop's contract is one of the largest ever for a player with less than a full year of service time. Deal also includes two option years and a total possible value of $51.5 million, a source confirmed.

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McGee's coaching lessons go beyond just baseball

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:15:00 -0600

Wasting no words, Willie McGee quietly gets his point across to the next generation of Cardinals. He's careful to credit those who helped him the same way.

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DeJong and Wong aim to be a long-term tandem turning two

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:35:00 -0600

Kolten Wong has manned second base for the Cardinals with nine different shortstops in his four-plus seasons. And Paul DeJong will be the club's 10th opening day shortstop in the past 11 seasons. But DeJong sees the duo as an…

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Ortiz: Steady Wacha seems primed for solid season

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0600

While fans have genuine concerns about three-fifths of the Cardinals’ rotation, Michael Wacha appears to be one of the certainties after overcoming the right shoulder issues that plagued him in 2016.

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Ortiz: Cardinals aren't worried about Mikolas

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:15:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Although a loud chorus of Cardinals fans already is starting to lament the signing of Miles Mikolas, manager Mike Matheny notes that it’s still quite early in spring training.

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Ortiz: Martinez can be Cardinals' true ace — if he commits himself

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 23:55:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Carlos Martinez knows it’s time for him to take the next step, on the mound and off. The two-time All-Star is the Cardinals’ clear No. 1 starter and on the cusp of his second consecutive opening-day nod.…

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Cardinals cut seven, give Schafer a chance to make call on pitching

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • What began as a long shot because the Cardinals and Jordan Schafer weren't sure exactly how a player could be both a lefty specialist and an outfielder got even tougher when Schafer's elbow gave way, leaving both…

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Cards notebook: Mikolas hit hard again in second outing

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:55:00 -0600

What the Cardinals believed Miles Mikolas could do after spinning his starts in Japan through a statistical centrifuge is now what Mikolas must do during spring training: find a way for that success to translate.

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Cards outfielder Tyler O'Neill falls behind because of oblique injury

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:25:00 -0600

Young outfielders Adolis Garcia, Harrison Bader, Randy Arozarena and Oscar Mercado have shined while slugger Tyler O'Neill has been sidelined. Plus: Cecil is back throwing; Carpenter picks up workout pace.

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Braves pounce on Mikolas, Motte and cruise to 9-2 win

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • The two pitchers the Cardinals signed as free agents this past winter to add some stability to the rotation and a back-end cornerstone to the bullpen had different Disney experiences Saturday.

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Martinez asks out of his start, Norris jumps into the role

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:45:00 -0600

Carlos Martinez’s sudden departure left the Cardinals an unplanned opportunity to use Bud Norris as a starter, a position they’re preparing him for in case they need an alternative or sub for a member of the rotation.

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Ortiz: Cardinals prospect Gonzalez has more talent than experience

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 07:30:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Many of Derian Gonzalez’s childhood friends in Venezuela began playing organized baseball when they were 3 or 4 years old. Those teams were part of the fabric of the Cardinals prospect’s neighborhood, but he wouldn’t join them…

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Cardinals notebook: Bader breaks loose with three hits

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 01:55:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Harrison Bader had started this spring three for 15 with six strikeouts. But Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, remembering his own troubled career as a hitter, would deem that small potatoes.

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Signed at birth: A tradition Cardinals have kept going for 40 years

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 23:45:00 -0600

Matheny's grandson was signed by the team as a 'fan for life,' a practice that started to develop generations of fans and continues now internally.

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Martinez scratched; Norris has minor injury as Cards lose 9-6

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:30:00 -0600

Cardinals ace unable to start Boston exhibition for personal reasons. Replacement Norris gives up five runs in 2 1/3 innings, suffers hamstring spasm.

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Cards notebook: Reyes doing his best to be patient; Hicks sent to minors camp

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:20:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Alex Reyes, throwing hard and freely, would like to be on the Cardinals’ roster on March 29, the day the season opens in New York. But he knows it’s not going to happen as the club carefully…

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He's no 'blazer,' but velocity is up for healthy Wainwright

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:15:00 -0600

At the end of last season, Adam Wainwright’s fastball barely got into the 80s. 'News flash. Last year I was hurt,' Wainwright said after hitting 90 mph or above on several pitches Thursday in his first start of 2018 spring…

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