Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cardinals' Pitching Depth Gets Early Test

Once again the Cardinals are proving a familiar axiom. A MLB organization can never, ever have enough pitching.

Post-Dispatch

Nationals Overcome Early Adversity

The Washington Nationals have been a resourceful bunch this season. They have remained in theNational League East race despite suffering myriad setbacks.

Tipsheet

Pinar Del Rio Wins Cuban League Championship With 9-6 Victory Over Matanzas

Pinar del Rio defeated Matanzas 9-6 Wednesday in Game Six of the 53 Cuban Baseball Championship and won the national scepter, the second in the last four seasons.  (Translated)

Cuban-Play

The Strange, Short Cardinals Career Of Memo Luna

In one of their worst deals, the Cardinals paid $75,000 and gave up a trio of players for a pitcher who netted them two outs.

RetroSimba

Cardinals Expected To Option Keith Butler To Triple-A Memphis

The Cardinals are set to promote Jorge Rondon to the Major League Club on Thursday, according to former Cardinal Eduardo Sanchez; it's expected that Keith Butler will go back to Memphis. The move is being made for two reasons: Butler has struggled in his only two outings and starter Joe Kelly strained his hamstring running to first base in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee.

Examiner

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 4-16-14: Carlos Beltran Hits A Solo Home Run; Albert Pujols Collects Three Singles & One RBI; Fernando Salas Strikes Out Two Over Two Scoreless Innings

Ryan Ludwick (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started in left field and batted sixth.  1-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.

Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 4-0


Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis-New York-A) started in right field and batted third.  1-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

New York-A beat Chicago-N 3-0


Andrew Brown (former St. Louis-New York-N) started in right field and batted fifth.  2-for-5 with one double and one run.

New York-N beat Arizona 5-2


John Axford (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the save (5).  (p-s:23-14)(g/f:1-1)

Cleveland beat Detroit 3-2


Edward Mujica (former St. Louis-Boston) entered in the eleventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one walk, and struck one out for the blown save (1).  (p-s:23-14)(g/f:1-1)

Maikel Cleto (former St. Louis-Chicago-A) entered in the eighth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed no hits, one earned run, and three walks for the hold (4).  (p-s:21-8)(ir-s:2-0)

Boston beat Chicago-A 6-4 in 14 innings


Coco Crisp (former New Haven-Oakland) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted fifth.  One walk at the plate.
Daric Barton (former Peoria-Oakland) entered late in the game at first base.
Nick Punto (former St. Louis-Oakland) started at shortstop and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
Luke Gregerson (former Springfield-Oakland) entered in the ninth and pitched two innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, and struck one out for the blown save (2).  (p-s:33-22)(g/f:4-1)

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  3-for-5 with one two-out RBI, one walk, and assisted in one double play.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted fifth.  0-for-6 and assisted in one double play.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Anaheim) entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:13-10)(g/f:1-2)

Anaheim beat Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings


Xavier Nady (former 1997 draft selection-San Diego) started in right and moved to left, batting fourth.  1-for-4 at the plate.

San Diego beat Colorado 4-2


Chris Perez (former St. Louis-Los Angeles) entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:3-3)(g/f:0-1)(ir-s:2-0)

San Francisco beat Los Angeles 2-1

Todd Stevenson Taking Success In Stride

The White Sox entered Wednesday's contest leading the Major Leagues in runs per game (5.86) and ranked No. 1 in the American League in average (.276), OPS (.803), slugging percentage (.450) and on-base percentage (.353). They also stood second with 19 home runs.

Chicago-A Official Site

Astros To Call Up Raul Valdes

Brian McTaggart Twitter

Jhonny Peralta Streak Reaches Four Games; It's All Different In The Infield; Still No Challenges; Extra Bases

With a second-inning single Wednesday, Jhonny Peralta hit safely in his fourth straight game. This is no mean feat when you consider that the new Cardinals shortstop failed to hit safely at all in eight of his first 10 games this season.

Post-Dispatch

Stable Of Southpaws

It's a problem that's a good problem. No need for a manager to reach for the Excedrin. No need to pace the floor all night.

Springfield News-Leader

Injured Joe Kelly Likely To Miss One Start

Cardinals righthander Joe Kelly, who prides himself on being the complete athlete and not just some ordinary Joe pitcher, has said one of the best ways to display that would be to leg out a bunt.

Post-Dispatch

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peoria Beat Lake County 4-0 In Game Two Of Doubleheader: Arturo Reyes Strikes Out Eight Over Six Scoreless Innings For The Win; Jimmy Bosco Singles, Triples, & Drives In Two Runs; Steve Bean Collects Two Singles & One RBI

Individual Highlights:
C.J. McElroy 1-for-3 with one run, one walk, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Jimmy Bosco 2-for-4 with one triple, two RBIs, and one run.
Ronald Castillo 1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Steve Bean 2-for-2 with one two-out RBI and one walk.
Arturo Reyes started and pitched six innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck eight out for the winning decision (2-1).  (g/f:5-2)
Christopher Thomas entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck two out.

Rough Outing:
Mason Katz 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and assisted in two double plays.
Cesar Valera 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and assisted in two double plays.

Boxscore
Peoria Official Site Post Game
Peoria Journal Star Post Game

Cardinals, Nationals Open Four-Game Set Of NL Heavyweights

It may be a stretch to suggest two teams from different divisions have established themselves as rivals, but in some ways, the Cardinals and Nationals have done just that.

St. Louis Official Site

Bradenton Beat Palm Beach 4-0: Corey Baker Strikes Out One Over Two Scoreless Innings; Sam Tuivailala Three Of Four Batters Faced; Jacob Wilson Reaches Base Twice On Single & Hit By Pich

Individual Highlights:
Charlie Tilson 0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Breyvic Valera 0-for-3 with one walk.
Starlin Rodriguez 0-for-3 with one walk.
Jacob Wilson 1-for-3 with one hit by pitch.
Nick Martini 0-for-3 with one walk, grounded into one double play, and one outfield assist.
Jesus Montero 1-for-3 and threw one base runner out.
Corey Baker entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (g/f:4-1)
Sam Tuivailala entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck three out.

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

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Palm Beach Official Site Post Game

Cardinals To Call Up Jorge Rondon

Eduardo Sanchez Twitter

Terry Pendleton: Players Need To Know Jackie Robinson's History

In a scene in the movie 42, which is based on Jackie Robinson's breaking of the baseball color barrier, Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese comes across the infield during a game against the Reds and puts his arm around Robinson to show his solidarity with the Dodgers first baseman. Reese grew up in Louisville, Ky., so on that day in Cincinnati, he had family in the stands.

Atlanta Official Site

Peoria Starting Lineup Game Two 4-16-14

Peoria Official Twitter

Peoria Beat Lake County 4-0 In Game One Of Doubleheader: Nick Petree Strikes Out Five Over Six Scoreless Innings For The Win; Juan Herrera Doubles, Walks, & Drives In One Run; Ronald Castillo Collects Two Singles & One RBI

Individual Highlights:
Juan Herrera 1-for-3 with one double, one RBI, one run, one walk, one stolen base, and assisted in one double play.
Ronald Castillo 2-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Mason Katz 0-for-2 with one walk, one hit by pitch, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Michael Schulze 1-for-3 with two runs.
Nick Petree started and pitched six innings.  He allowed four hits, no runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out for the winning decision (1-0).  (g/f:3-5)
Kyle Barraclough entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)

Rough Outing:
C.J. McElroy 0-for-3 with one sacrifice and one stolen base.
Kenneth Peoples-Walls 0-for-3 with one ground into double play.

Boxscore

After Slow Start, Jhonny Peralta In Serious Groove; Joe Kelly To Get MRI On Tight Left Hamstring; Mike Matheny 'Surprised' He Hasn't Used Challenge; Jaime Garcia, Jason Motte Continue To Make Progress; Worth Noting

Perhaps sparked by manager Mike Matheny's decision to remove him from the lineup on Saturday, Jhonny Peralta has since begun to prove himself the offensive upgrade the Cardinals sought during their shortstop search last offseason.
St. Louis Official Site

After working so long to secure a spot in the rotation, it would be a shame for Joe Kelly if he has to spend much time on the sideline.
Fox Sports Midwest

Jonathan Lucroy drove in two runs to push the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, to avoid being swept in the three-game set.
KSDK

Joe Kelly was en route to a quality start Wednesday when his youthful exuberance perhaps got the best of him.
KMOV

Coco Crisp Available To Pinch Hit

Coco Crisp is available to pinch hit tonight, like last night, but manager Bob Melvin decided to give him the maximum rest possible, with tomorrow’s offday, to make sure he has no more issues with his hamstring. (He’s been cleared to hit against left-handers, but it’s also a lefty for the Angels tonight, Tyler Skaggs.)

SF Gate

The John Mozeliak Show 4-16-14

Chris Hrabe chats with Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak about the early season schedule and the recent turnaround of the bats.

KMOX

Jhonny Peratla's Glove, Joe Kelly's Hamstring Are Concerns Coming Out Of Loss To Brewers

The Cardinals won another series but left Milwaukee without a feat that has eluded them during the season's first two weeks: A sweep.

Fox Sports Midwest

Scott Miller & Bob Nightengale On The Drive Home 4-16-14

Inside STL

AutoZone Park Field To Get Makeover At Season's End

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

Memphis Daily News

Brewers Beat Cardinals 5-1: Joe Kelly Strikes Out Two & Allows One Run Over Four Innings; Allen Craig Hits A Solo Home Run; Yadier Molina & Jon Jay Each Collects Two Singles

Individual Highlights:
Allen Craig 1-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.
Yadier Molina 2-for-4 at the plate.
Jon Jay 2-for-4 with one stolen base.
Joe Kelly started and pitched four innings.  He allowed three hits, one unearned run, and struck two out for the losing decision (1-1).  0-for-2 with one strikeout.  (p-s:45-31)(g/f:8-1)
Randy Choate entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:15-9)(g/f:2-1)

Rough Outing:
Kolten Wong 0-for-3 with one strikeout.
Shane Robinson 0-for-1 with one ground into double play.
Daniel Descalso 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Seth Maness entered in the fifth and pitched one inning.  He allowed four hits, three earned runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:27-19)(g/f:1-1)
Keith Butler entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one walk, hit one batter, and struck one out.  (p-s:26-14)(g/f:1-0)
Pat Neshek entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck two out.  (p-s:14-8)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:3-1)

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St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
KMOV Post Game
STL Sports Page Post Game

Jason Motte On STL Baseball Weekly 4-16-14

Inside STL

Rangers Outright Daniel McCutchen To Triple-A Round Rock

Pitcher Daniel McCutchen has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple A Round Rock.

Postcards From Elysian Fields

If Joe Kelly Is Down, What Are Cardinals' Options?

I'm sure most of you who watched the Cardinals-Brewers game, or listened to it on the radio, are aware of pitcher Joe Kelly pulling up after trying to leg out a base hit in the 6th inning of Wednesday's game.

Quick Bytes

Memphis Beat Nashville 7-1: Randal Grichuk Singles, Triples, Walks Twice, & Drives In Two Run; Oscar Taveras Singles & Knocks In Two Runs; Tyler Lyons Strikes Out Six & Allows One Run Over Seven Innings For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Randal Grichuk 2-for-3 with one triple, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), two walks, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Oscar Taveras 1-for-5 with two RBIs and one run.
Xavier Scruggs 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two strikeouts.
Audry Perez 2-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, and grounded into one double play.
Tyler Lyons started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck six out for the winning decision (2-0).  0-for-1 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout.  (p-s:99-67)(g/f:7-7)
David Aardsma entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck six out.  (p-s:16-10)(g/f:2-0)
Nick Greenwood entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:12-8)(g/f:1-0)

Former Cardinals:
Eugenio Velez 1-for-3 with one double and one run.
Matt Pagnozzi 2-for-3 with one two-out RBI, one strikeout, and allowed one stolen base.
Michael Blazek entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, two earned runs, and one walk for the losing decision (0-1).  (p-s:25-11)(g/f:2-0)

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Memphis Official Site Post Game

Joe Kelly Leaves Start With Left Hamstring Tightness

St. Louis Official Twitter

Peoria Wednesday Game Notes & Lineup 4-16-14

We are ready for some baseball today! The field looks great here at Classic Park, Dan Stricko and his crew have done a fantastic job with the rain and snow the last 48 hours. I’m going to head down and get some photos during batting practice. Make sure you follow Peoria Chiefs on Instagram and Snapchat to get this behind the scenes footage.

Playing In Peoria

Carlos Beltran Passes Joe DiMaggio On All-Time Home Run List

ESPN Stats Info Twitter

Jhonny Peralta Is No Ryan Braun. Not Even Close

Frank Cusumano says he's been hearing a lot of people trying to compare Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta to Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. But, Frank says putting Peralta on Braun's level is a mistake.

KSDK

Alfredo Despaigne To Join Campache In Triple-A Mexican League, On Loan From Cuba

The Cuban slugger Alfredo Rodríguez Despaigne traveled to Mexico to join for the second straight season the Pirates of Campeche of the Mexican League Baseball (LMB) .  (Translated)

Cuba Debate

Giants Release Dontrelle Willis

Giant Potential Twitter

Whitey Herzog On The Press Box 4-16-14

Inside STL

TV Info For Cardinals-Nationals On Thursday

The Cardinals-Nationals game at Washington on Thursday, April 17, will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest Plus in the St. Louis market and on alternate channels on DirecTV, Dish and AT&T U-verse. This is because of overlap with the St. Louis Blues' playoff game on FOX Sports Midwest.

Fox Sports Midwest

Amaury Cazana Signs With Morelos In The Liga Del Norte De Coahuila

Emmanuell Lopez Twitter

Cardinals, Joe Kelly Aim For Sweep Of Brewers

It really isn't a surprise that the St. Louis Cardinals have been able to cool off the previously-streaking Milwaukee Brewers.

KSDK

Lance Lynn On The Morning After 4-16-14

Just crusin' on this presentation, hello to Lance from Milwaukee, big win for him the other night helping the team start off the big series, an adjustment to his pregame routine the other night after some 1st inning trouble in the two previous outings, how he has evolved his fitness looking more trim this season, team accepts the high expectations, bit early in the season to read too much into peformance in Milwaukee after two games, different positive vibe in the clubhouse this season compared to previous recent seasons, posssible fantasy trade involving David Ortiz and George Springer, Red Sox dinged up, do not slide head first into the bag (especially first base), Doug's baseball days, some Fun with Audio, hilarious flight attendant giving out pre-flight instructions, figuring out a new station format, ah the Pontiac Sunfire in the late 90s, our new phrase 'big man' & chest glitter.

Inside STL

Jason Isringhausen Explains The Pressure On Shelby Miller & Developing A New Pitch In The Majors

Former Cardinals Jason Isringhausen closer discusses the pressure put on Shelby Miller by fans, media, and the organization, developing new pitches at the Major League level and the difficulty of it, Jason Motte and the process of recovering from an injury, and the closers in non-save situations.

101 ESPN

Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller Are The Key To Rotation

The pitching performances of Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller in Milwaukee were an encouraging development for the Cardinals early on in the 2014 season.

Bird Bytes

Memphis Starting Lineup 4-16-14

Memphis Official Twitter

Cardinals Starting Lineup 4-16-14

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

It’s very early, yes, but a win today would move the Cardinals into a first-place tie with Milwaukee in the National League Central. The club is also seeking to join the Brewers as the NL’s second 10-win team.
By Gosh, It's Langosch

Though he is five for nine against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta in his career, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is being given a day off today by manager Mike Matheny for the series finale with the Brewers. Carpenter is nothing for his last seven and one for his last 11.
Cardinal Beat

Kolten Wong will bat lead off as Matt Carpenter is getting a day off as the St. Louis Cardinals go for the sweep this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers…
STL Baseball Weekly

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB Action 4-16-14: Hector Luna Hits A Solo Home Run; Chad Huffman Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Drives In One Run; Jorge Sosa Pitches One Scoreless Inning

Chad Huffman (former Memphis-Chiba Lotte) started in left field and batted seventh.  2-for-3 with one double, one RBI, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

Chiba Lotte beat Seibu 6-2


Jorge Sosa (former St. Louis-Yokohama) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at third base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, and one run.

Chunichi beat Yokohama 7-1

Big City Matt Adams Making A Big Difference

Starting off the season with a hot bat is not something new for St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams—he hit .542 in March-April to begin 2013. But after putting together his eighth multi-hit game of the season last night in Milwaukee, Adams has his average at .370—and has done so against the defensive shifts that posed a problem for him the end of last year.

STL Baseball Weekly

Hamstring Limits Coco Crisp To Pinch-Hit Appearance

Coco Crisp was not in the A's lineup Tuesday night for the second game in a row, but manager Bob Melvin said the center fielder's hamstring injury is improving.

Oakland Official Site

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 4-15-14: Andrew Brown Singles & Drives In Two Runs; David Freese Collects Two Singles & One RBI; Jamey Wright Pitches Two Scoreless Innings

Ryan Ludwick (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started in left field and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one home run, two two-out RBIs, and one run.

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 8-7 in completion of Monday's game


Andrew Brown (former St. Louis-New York-N) started in right field and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with two RBIs, one run, one sac fly, and two strikeouts.

New York-N beat Arizona 9-0


Adam Ottavino (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the eighth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs for the hold (4).  (p-s:7-5)(g/f:1-0)

Xavier Nady (former 1997 draft selection-San Diego) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and took over in right field, batting leadoff.  One walk at the plate.
Phil Plantier (former St. Louis-San Diego hitting coach) was ejected in the sixth.

Colorado beat San Diego 3-2


Daric Barton (former Peoria-Oakland) entered late in the game at first base and batted leadoff.  0-for-1 at the plate.
Coco Crisp (former New Haven-Oakland) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 at the plate.
Nick Punto (former St. Louis-Oakland) entered late in the game at second base.

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  0-for-5 at the plate.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted seventh.  2-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and two strikeouts.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Anaheim) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:13-9)(g/f:1-0)

Oakland beat Anaheim 10-9 in 11 innings


Chris Perez (former St. Louis-Los Angeles) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck one out for the hold (4).  (p-s:22-12)(g/f:2-0)(ir-s:1-0)
Jamey Wright (former St. Louis-Los Angeles) entered in the tenth and pitched two innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, and one walk.  (p-s:32-18)(g/f:3-1)

San Francisco beat Los Angeles 3-2 in 12 innings

Cardinals Getting Good Work On Mound

The Cardinals’ three-game series with the National League Central Division-leading Milwaukee Brewers this week promised to be a contest among the Nos. 3 through 5 starters of each club. Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha of the Cardinals and Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse of the Brewers were sitting this one out.

Post-Dispatch

It's Opening Night For Mark Ellis; Allen Craig No.2, Pete Kozma Out; No Black Players

Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis not only was removed from his rehabilitation option at Class AAA Memphis and the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but he was inserted into the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Post-Dispatch

Brewers Aim To Push Back In Finale Vs. Cardinals

The Cardinals arrived in Milwaukee charged with halting a Brewers club coming off consecutive sweeps of the Red Sox, Phillies and Pirates. Now, the Brewers must stave off being swept themselves.

St. Louis Official Site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mike Matheny Math Begets Confidence In Cardinals

It turns out that Mike Matheny is a small-sample-size optimist.

St. Louis Official Site Post Game

Astros To Designate Lucas Harrell For An Assignment

Jose de Jesus Ortiz Twitter

Memphis Beat Nashville 8-4: Joey Butler Collects Two Singles, One Home Run, & Three RBIs; Xavier Scruggs Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Three Runs; Randal Grichuk & Ed Easley Each Hit Solo Home Runs

Individual Highlights:
Greg Garcia 1-for-3 with one walk and one hit buy pitch.
Randal Grichuk 1-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, one run, and one walk.
Oscar Taveras 1-for-5 with two runs.
Joey Butler 3-for-4 with one home run, three two-out RBIs, two runs, and one walk, and one strikeout.
Scott Moore 2-for-3 with two doubles, one run, two walks, and one throwing error.
Xavier Scruggs 2-for-5 with one double and three RBIs (one w/two-outs).
Ed Easley 1-for-5 with one home run, one RBI, one run, one strikeout, and one passed ball.
Jose Almarante entered in the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one strikeout for the hold (2).  (p-s:21-15)(g/f:1-1)
Sam Freeman entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:4-3)(ir-s:1-0)
Eric Fornataro entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:11-7)(g/f:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Jermaine Curtis 0-for-4 with one walk.
Stephen Piscotty 0-for-2 with one strikeout.
Tim Cooney started and pitched 5.1 innings.  He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, one home run, three walks, threw one wild pitch, struck five out, and picked one base runner off for the winning decision (3-0).  0-for-2 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout.  (p-s:93-61)(g/f:4-7)

Former Cardinals:
Eugenio Velez one walk at the plate.

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Memphis Official Site Post Game

Cardinals Beat Brewers 6-1: Shelby Miller Strikes Out Seven & Allows One Run Over Six Innings For The Win; Jhonny Peralta Doubles & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Mark Ellis Drives In Two Runs

Individual Highlights:
Allen Craig 1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one strikeout, and was picked off.
Matt Holliday 1-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, and one run.
Matt Adams 2-for-4 and assisted in one double play.
Yadier Molina 1-for-3 with three runs, one hit by pitch, and threw one base runner out.
Jhonny Peralta 2-for-4 with one double, one home run, two RBIs, one run, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Mark Ellis 0-for-3 with two RBIs, one sac fly, and assisted in one double play.
Shelby Miller started and pitched six innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, one home run, three walks, and struck seven out for the winning decision (1-2).  0-for-2 with one strikeout.  (p-s:94-58)(g/f:5-1)
Pat Neshek entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (2).  (p-s:9-7)(g/f:1-1)
Kevin Siegrist entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, hit one batter, and struck one out for the hold (4).  (p-s:11-9)(g/f:1-1)
Seth Maness entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:13-7)

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St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
Fox Sports Midwest Post Game
KMOV Post Game
STL Sports Page Post Game

Springfield Beat Corpus Christi 2-1: Zach Petrick Strikes Out Four & Allows One Run Over Eight Innings For The Win; Aledmys Diaz Collects Two Singles & One RBI; Ronnie Shaban Pitches One Scoreless Inning For The Save

Individual Highlights:
Rafael Ortega 1-for-4 with one run and two strikeouts.
James Ramsey 2-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Aledmys Diaz 2-for-3 with one RBI, one sacrifice, and one strikeout.
Curt Smith 0-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Patrick Wisdom 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Matt Williams 1-for-3 with one run and two strikeouts.
Zach Petrick started and pitched eight innings.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, committed one throwing error, and struck four out for the winning decision (2-0).  (p-s:100-73)(g/f:6-7)
Ronnie Shaban entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (2).  (p-s:10-8)(g/f:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

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Springfield Official Site Post Game

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 4/13/14-4/15/14: Tate Matheny Singles Twice, Triples, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; Casey Schroeder Collects Two Singles & One RBI; Bryan Radziewski Strikes Out Eight & Allows Two Runs Over Six & Two-Thirds Innings For The Win

Sunday's Results:
Ian Rice (former 2012 draft selection-Chipola) started at catcher and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with one RBI, one walk, one sac fly, and one caught stealing.

Chipola beat Tallahassee Community 6-4


Bryan Radziewski (former 2013 draft selection-Miami) started and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed one hit, two runs (one earned), three walks, hit two batter, threw one wild pitch, committed one error, and struck eight out for the winning decision (3-2).  (p-s:104-64)

Miami beat Pittsburgh 7-2
Miami Official Site Post Game


Monday's Results:
Casey Schroeder (former 2012 draft selection-Polk St) started at catcher and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one RBI, two runs, and one strikeout.

Polk St beat Tampa JV 8-3
Polk St Official Site Post Game


Tuesday's Results:
Tate Matheny (former 2012 draft selection-Missouri St) started in centerfield and batted third.  3-for-4 with one triple, two RBIs, two runs, and one walk.

Missouri St beat Missouri 9-0
Missouri St Official Site Post Game

John Mabry Spurned Role In Moneyball

In 2011, Columbia Pictures released ‘Moneyball’.

Cards Diaspora

Don Baylor Might Be Back With Angels By End Of April; Angels Slide David Freese To Seventh In Batting Order

Angels hitting coach Don Baylor is currently in physical therapy, and manager Mike Scioscia is hopeful that he can rejoin the team in a limited capacity when it returns from a three-city road trip for the April 28 series opener against the Indians.

Anaheim Official Site

Hamstring Better, But Coco Crisp Sits For Second Straight

Coco Crisp was not in the A's lineup Tuesday night for the second game in a row, but manager Bob Melvin said the center fielder's hamstring injury is improving.

Oakland Official Site

Bradenton Beat Palm Beach 5-0: Aidan Lucas Strikes Out One Over Two & A Third Scoreless Innings; Charlie Tilson Collects Two Singles; Jacob Wilson & Starlin Rodriguez Each Double & Walk

Individual Highlights:
Charlie Tilson 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Jacob Wilson 1-for-3 with one double, one walk, grounded into one double play, and one throwing error.
Anthony Garcia 1-for-4 with one double.
Starlin Rodriguez 1-for-3 with one double and one walk.
Aidan Lucas entered in the seventh and pitched 2.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:5-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Nick Martini 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and one outfield assist.
David Washington 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and assisted in one double play.
Alex Mejia 0-for-4, one fielding error, and assisted in one double play.
Adam Ehrlich 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, one passed ball, and allowed four stolen bases.
Marco Gonzales started and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed nine hits, five runs (three earned), three walks, committed one fielding error, struck five out, and assisted in one double play for the losing decision (1-1).  (g/f:9-5)

Boxscore
Palm Beach Official Site Post Game

Cardinals Wear No.42 On Jackie Robinson Day; Pete Kozma's Progress Apparent But Future Unclear; Worth Noting

For the sixth consecutive year, players and uniformed personnel for every Major League team playing on Tuesday swapped their chosen numbers to wear the one once donned by the man who broke baseball's color barrier. For one night, everyone was No. 42.

St. Louis Official Site

Ryan Jackson To Have Wrist Examined

Dennis Lin Twitter

Memphis Starting Lineup 4-15-14

Memphis Official Twitter

Colby Rasmus Given Another Day Off To Rest Hamstring

Gregor Chisholm Twitter

Palm Beach Activates Adam Ehrlich From The Disabled List

Cardinals Farm Twitter

Five Things You Need To Know Before Shelby Miller's First Pitch

Shelby Miller will try to secure the series victory tonight for the Cardinals, but has lost his first two outings of 2014. St. Louis has been outscored 16-2 in those games.

KSDK

Inside The Nation: Why Lance Lynn Dominates In April

Lance Lynn knows a thing or two about getting started on the right foot.

KSDK

College Baseball Weekend Roundup (April 11-13, 2014)

Virginia remains number one in the land but a mid-major school in Louisiana is hot on their heels.

Minor League Ball

Cardinals Starting Lineup 4-15-14

St. Louis Official Twitter

Manager Mike Matheny wastes no time getting Mark Ellis involved, as Ellis is slated to start second base just hours after the Cardinals announced the veteran infielder would be coming off the disabled list following a five-inning minor league rehab assignment. Ellis recorded a hit in his only previous at-bat against Tuesday’s starter Marco Estrada.
By Gosh, It's Langosch

Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis not only was removed from his rehabilitation option at Class AAA Memphis and the 15-day disabled list today, he also was inserted into the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Brewers.
Cardinal Beat

The Mike Matheny Show 4-15-14

KMOX Sports Director Tom Ackerman chats with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny about the weekend victories over the Chicago Cubs and the current series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

KMOX

Cardinals Shoot For Series Win Against Brewers

After ending a franchise-record run by Milwaukee starters, the St. Louis Cardinals shoot for a series victory on Tuesday night in the second contest of a three-game set with the Brewers.

KSDK

Luis Mateo Re-Assigned From Triple-A Memphis To Double-A Springfield

Ari Alexander Twitter

Athletics Release Joe Blanton

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Shelby Miller & Marco Estrada Face Off Tuesday, One Hopes To Repeat History

After cooling the surging Brewers Monday, the Cardinal bats look to repeat the performance against righty Marco Estrada Tuesday night.

KMOV

Overuse Of Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal Could Become Issue For Cardinals

You have to respect the job Mike Matheny has done as manager for the St. Louis Cardinals since he’s taken the job from Tony La Russa. Seriously, it’s a tough gig. And in the end being the manager of a Major League Baseball team is a bottom line business.

KMOV

Double-A Erie Activates Bryan Augenstein From Disabled List

Tom Reisenweber Twitter

Cardinals One Of Three Teams With No Black Players

The Cardinals were singled out today in a USA Today article as one of three teams in the majors — San Francisco and Arizona are the others — not to have a black player on their 25-man roster as Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day.

Cardinal Beat

Steve Kline On The Jim Edmonds & Tim McKernan Show 4-15-14

Inside STL

2014 Cuban All-Stars & Awards Announced

The Cuban Baseball Federation announced the members of the All-Star teams and Golden Gloves corresponding to the regular season of the 53rd National Series of discipline.  (translated)

Cuban-Play

Kolten Wong Is A Hit In China

As St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong works to put his play in the 2013 World Series behind him, one thing he had not counted on was the exposure it provided for him in China.

KSDK

Peoria-Lake County Game Postponed Due To Snow, Doubleheader Set For Wednesday

The Tuesday night game between the Peoria Chiefs and Lake County Captains has been snowed out at Classic Park. The two teams will attempt to play a double header Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Peoria Official Site

The Peoria Chiefs rematch with the Lake County Captains on Tuesday was snowed out in Eastlake, Ohio.
Peoria Journal Star

What an interesting 48 hours we have had in the Cleveland area. Rain all day Monday and snow today. We played through the rain yesterday and won 9-6. We will now attempt a DH on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Here are the audio highlights from Monday as the Chiefs battled through two rain delays to win their third straight:
Playing In Peoria

Doug Melvin Discusses Why The Brewers Should Be Considered Contenders

Brewers GM Doug Melvin joined Kevin Wheeler to talk about the pitching the Brewers have gotten from their staff, having Aramis and Braun back in the middle of the lineup, why they should be considered contenders, Kyle Lohse and what he’s done for them, and how they have moved past the Braun situation.

101 ESPN

Campache Releases Brian Barden

Campache Official Twitter

Jenifer Langosch On The Morning After Show 4-15-14

ackground on Marco Estrada, that Lance Lynn keeps winning, possbily wearing down those more reliable relivers in the pen quickly, wondering about Jaime Garcia, the timetable on Jason Motte, interesting statistic on Allen Craig's groundball rate, wondering when the All-Star could break out his slump, Marco Estrada may be a left-handed pitcher, breaking down the numbers on Lynn compared to other starters on the team & Willie ought to follow up with that Ellen.

Inside STL

Cardinals Activate Mark Ellis From Disabled List, Option Pete Kozma To Triple-A Memphis

St. Louis Official Twitter

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they will activate infielder Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list prior to this evening's game at Milwaukee. The team optioned infielder Pete Kozma to Memphis (AAA) following last night's win over the Brewers.
St. Louis Official Site

Mark Ellis will rejoin the Cardinals for Tuesday's game in Milwaukee after wrapping up a one-game Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis. To make room for Ellis on the 25-man roster, the Cardinals have optioned Pete Kozma to Triple-A.
St. Louis Official Site

Veteran infielder Mark Ellis' rehab assignment was a few at-bats shorter than the Cardinals expected but same amount of days they planned.
Cardinal Beat

The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that shortstop Pete Kozma has been optioned to Memphis AAA in order to make room for infielder Mark Ellis.
KMOV

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB Action 4-15-14: Chris Narveson Strikes Out Seven & Allows Three Runs Over Six Innings; Hector Luna Collects Three Singles & One Walk

Chad Huffman (former Memphis-Chiba Lotte) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted seventh.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Chiba Lotte beat Seibu 3-2


Chris Narveson (former St. Louis-Yakult) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed five hits, three earned runs, one home run, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck seven out.

Yakult beat Yomirui 8-4


Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at third base and batted third.  3-for-4 with three runs, one walk, one strikeout, and committed one error.

Chunichi beat Yokohama 11-6

Why Is Shelby Miller Overanalyzed By Fans & Media Alike? Bernie Miklasz Theorizes

Bernie Miklasz and Kevin Wheeler discuss Lance Lynn’s recent adjustments, Jon Jay’s performance in coming off the bench, the depth in the Outfield pushing Shane Robinson and Jay, as well as the overanalyzing of Shelby Miller. Bernie also pointed out a few concerns with the Blues and what they have to do to get a win vs. Chicago

101 ESPN

Jackie Robinson Vs. Cardinals

Of course what he did by stepping onto the field was more significant than what he did in playing on hit, Jackie Robinson still amassed an impressive 1518 hits and a .311 batting average in his 10-year big league career.

STL Baseball Weekly

'Barking' Cardinals Incur Bob Davidson's Wrath; RBI Man At The Top

Home-plate umpire Bob Davidson, known for his quick trigger, ejected Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter after the latter was called out on strikes in the fifth inning.

Post-Dispatch

Yadier Molina Takes A Night Off; Extra Bases

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, though he was riding a stretch of three multi-hit games and four of five, got the night off Monday. Tony Cruz, who hadn’t had an official at-bat this season, replaced him to catch Lance Lynn.

Post-Dispatch

Albert Pujols Pounds His 496th Home Run

After pounding his 496th home run, you could feel a little bit of joy for Albert Pujols. Big money or no, the Los Angeles Angels slugger had taken quite a tumble from his days as the game’s best ballplayer. He’s apparently healed up completely from last year’s plantar fasciitis that “resolved” into a partial plantar fascia tear, ending his season two months early and sticking him with the worst numbers of his career: His highest ground-ball rate, his lowest power numbers (both in terms of slugging and Isolated Power). And it’s hard not to envision how a weaker Pujols wasn’t someone who was easier to get to make hit your pitch, contributing to a career-low walk rate and batting average on balls in play.

ESPN

Brewers' Hot Streak Had Different Vibes This Time

It isn’t as if the Milwaukee Brewers haven’t won nine games in a row in April before. They did it just last year, at just about the same point of the season. But this one had a different vibe about it before the Brewers met the Cardinals on Monday night in the first game of a three-game series.

Post-Dispatch

St. Louis Aims To Gain Ground Behind Shelby Miller

Their nine-game winning streak halted by the Cardinals on Monday, the Brewers will look to even the series and pad their early National League Central lead in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday night at Miller Park.

St. Louis Official Site

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 4-14-14: Ryan Ludwick Hits A Two-Run Homer; Albert Pujols Singles, Homers, & Drives In Two Runs; David Carpenter Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Save

David Carpenter (former Palm Beach-Atlanta) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out for the save (1).  (p-s:17-11)(g/f:2-0)

Atlanta beat Philadelphia 9-6


Andrew Brown (former St. Louis-New York-N) entered late in the game in right field and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with one strikeout.

New York-N beat Arizona 7-3


Nick Punto (former St. Louis-Oakland) started at second base and batted seventh.  1-for-4 with one ground into double play.
Daric Barton (former Peoria-Oakland) started at first base and batted ninth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and one throwing error.
Luke Gregerson (former Springfield-Oakland) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (2).  (p-s:13-7)(g/f:2-1)

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  2-for-4 with one home run, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, and assisted in two double plays.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Oakland beat Anaheim 3-2


Xavier Nady (former 1997 draft selection-San Diego) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and took over in right field, batting second.  One run, one walk, and one strikeout.

San Diego beat Colorado 5-4


Ryan Ludwick (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started in left field and batted sixth.  1-for-3 with one home run, two two-out RBIs, and one run.

Pittsburgh and Cincinnati tied 7-7 after six innings, suspended

Red Sox Rely On Edward Mujica

If he’s being honest, Carlos Beltran has no idea how Edward Mujica would have fared in the playoffs last year if he’d been allowed to throw more than 19 pitches over a pair of mop-up outings. But Beltran does know this: The St. Louis Cardinals never would have gotten to that point without him.

Boston Herald