Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ground Crew At Busch Stadium Busy Converting Field For Soccer Match

A soccer field looks nothing like a baseball field, so crews at Busch Stadium began the hard work of converting the field to a soccer pitch Tuesday.

Fox2Now

Free Agent Jose Mijares Suspended 50 Games For Failed Drug Test

Veteran Major League reliever Jose Mijares, released last week by the Reds, was suspended for 50 games Tuesday after testing positive for a banned substance.

MiLB Official Site

Reds Release Felix Perez

Doug Gray Twitter

Carlos Martinez Driven To Remain A Starting Pitcher

A day after telling manager Mike Matheny it was his "dream" to earn a place in a Major League rotation, right-hander Carlos Martinez began to shift his priorities.

St. Louis Official Site

Al Hrabosky On The Daily Wrap 3-31-15

Inside STL

Brad Penny Received Retention Bonus From White Sox

Jeff Passan Twitter

Mark Hendrickson Announces Retirement

Eduardo A Encina Twitter

John Axford Leaves Rockies' Spring Training After Son, 2, Is Bit By A Rattlesnake

"It was sheer panic trying to figure out what was going on," John Axford recalled.

Denver Post

Cardinals Name Adam Wainwright Opening Night Starter

Jenifer Langosch Twitter

Astros Name Luke Gregerson Closer

A.J. Hinch named Luke Gregerson as the team’s closer Tuesday afternoon, choosing him over fellow veteran righthanders Chad Qualls and Pat Neshek.

Ultimate Astros

Ernie Banks To Be Honored On Opening Night

The Cubs will honor Hall of Famer Ernie Banks on Sunday, when they host the Cardinals at Wrigley Field to open the regular season.

Chicago-N Official Site

Artwork Around Jupiter, FL. Plus We're Giving Away Four Cardinals Tickets April 1st - No Fooling!

We’re giving away 4 Cardinals tickets Apri1 1—no fooling!

STL Sports Page

Marlins Beat Cardinals 3-2: Kolten Wong Collects Two Singles & One RBI; Scott Moore Doubles & Drives In One Run; Mitch Harris Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning

Individual Highlights:
Scott Moore 1-for-1 with one double and one RBI.
Matt Adams 2-for-3, one throwing error, and assisted in three double plays.
Pete Kozma 2-for-4 with one double, two runs, and assisted in two double plays.
Kolten Wong 2-for-2 with one RBI, one caught stealing, and assisted in two double plays.
Adam Wainwright started and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed eight hits, two runs (one earned), one walk, struck two out, and assisted in two double plays.  0-for-1 with one sacrifice.  (g/f:9-6)
Seth Maness entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (g/f:0-1)(ir-s:1-0)
Mitch Harris entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:0-2)

Rough Outing:
Matt Carpenter 0-for-2 with one walk.
Jason Heyward 0-for-2 with one walk and one strikeout.
Matt Williams 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Yadier Molina 0-for-4 and allowed two stolen bases.
Jon Jay 0-for-3 with one ground into double play.
Jonathan Rodriguez 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Kevin Siegrist entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck one out for the losing decision (1-1).  (g/f:1-1)

Former Cardinals:
Donovan Solano 0-for-1 at the plate.

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

Royals Release Rafael Furcal

Andy McCullough Twitter

Diamondbacks Sign Gerald Laird To Five-Day Extension

Jack Magruder Twitter

Twins Not Interested In Chris Perez

Darren Wolfson Twitter

Brewers Re-Sign Chris Perez To Minors Deal

Milwaukee Official Twitter

Coco Crisp May Not Be Ready For Opening Day

Jane Lee Twitter

Endy Chavez Opts Out With Mariners, Joe Saunders Re-Signs Minors Deal

Shannon Drayer Twitter

Gary Releases Nick McCully

American Association Official Twitter

Michael Wacha's Rise A Memory Cardinals Hope To Relive

Before they became rotation-mates and fawned over their love of all things Texas, John Lackey and Michael Wacha stared each other down from opposing sides during the 2013 World Series.

St. Louis Official Site

Rick Hummel On The Press Box 3-31-15

Inside STL

Rockies Trade Audry Perez To Orioles For Cash Considerations

Colorado Official Twitter

2014 International Spending By Team

Baseball America has compiled estimates of each team’s international spending during the 2014 calendar year.

Baseball America

Jenifer Langosch Tells Why Even With Questions In The Cardinals' Rotation, It's one "Most Teams Would Envy"

Jen Langosch joined Kevin Wheeler to talk about the feeling at the end of spring, Carlos Martinez winning the fifth spot, the rotation being an enviable commodity, how everything seems to have gone as planned, how Jaime Garcia still may play a role, Randal Grichuk's spring, and Jason Heyward's spring.

101 ESPN

Kevin Siegrist: How One MPH Could Change The Cardinals' Season

One mile per hour. Going that much faster won't get you a ticket anywhere. Going that much faster when you travel from St. Louis to Chicago will get you there about five minutes sooner.

KSDK

2015 Baseball America's Organizational Talent Rankings:

As a cap to our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30.

Baseball America

Derrick Goold On The Morning After 3-31-15

Inside STL

Rangers Release Jamey Wright

Jeff Wilson Twitter

Astros Release Robert Stock

Evan Drellich Twitter

Continuing The Opening Night Countdown: Five

It's the final day of March, with 5 days now until the regular season begins for the Cardinals on Sunday night.

KSDK

Mitch Harris Lets His Pitching Become The Story, Not His Journey

Until he arrived in Jupiter, Fla., for the start of spring training six weeks ago, the Mitch Harris story was always about the journey – the unusual path he traveled the last seven years, the long odds and obstacles he faced in pursuit of his dream of playing major-league baseball.

STL Sports Page

Dayan Viciedo Ops Out With Blue Jays

Shi Davidi Twitter

Cardinals Tentatively Set Opening Day Roster - Finalized

With Tuesday’s announcement that Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma will open the season on the Major League team, the club has all but set its Opening Day roster. Barring any injuries, the Cardinals will begin the year with the following 25:
By Gosh, It's Langosch

Almost two months of baseball didn't change what manager Mike Matheny thought of outfielder Randal Grichuk and the young slugger's ceiling -- he had it pretty high already -- but it has modified the feel of the organization.
Cardinal Beat

With the question of who's going to be the fifth starter taken care of (it's Carlos Martinez) the Cardinals now turned their attention to announcing who will be on the bench, the final spots up for grabs here in spring training.
KMOV

Upon informing Pete Kozma and Randal Grichuk that they will begin the season on the Major League team, manager Mike Matheny all but finalized their 25-man roster on Tuesday.
St. Louis Official Site

Fox Sports Midwest

Cardinals Prospect Primer: Jacob Wilson Healthy

Some players are on the verge of stardom; others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2015 season approaching, MiLB.com takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.

MiLB Official Site

Phillies Release Kevin Slowey

Philadelphia Official Twitter

Cardinals Need To Find Out Once & For All About Carlos Martinez

You feel bad for Jaime Garcia but, in the end, this is probably what is best for the St. Louis Cardinals. Getting Carlos Martinez in the rotation right out of the gate is mandatory to getting an accurate read on what this guy can do. If Garcia's setback were to take place in, say, May or June it would've been tricky for Martinez to build his stamina back up.

KMOV

March 31, 2015: Marlins (12-12-1) @ Cardinals (12-10-2)

By Gosh, It's Langosch

Adam Wainwright will make his third and final spring training start Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. And sometime during the day, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is expected to confirm the foregone conclusion that Wainwright will make his next start on Sunday night in Chicago when the regular season opens.
Cardinal Beat

Mike Matheny hasn't yet officially announced Adam Wainwright as his Opening Night starter on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. But he's made it quite clear that's the direction they'll head if the Cardinals ace is deemed ready and sharp enough to get the assignment after a delayed start to spring training.
KMOV

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 3-31-15: Hector Luna Singles, Walks, & Scores Two Runs

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at third base and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with two runs, one walk, and one strikeout.

Chunichi beat Yomiuri 5-3

Michael Wacha Not At His Sharpest, Buts He's Healthy; Kolten Wong Not Panicking; Traveling Squad; Collin Radack: The Unknown Hitter; Randy Choate On Back Forty

By walking three men in five innings and giving up leadoff doubles in each of his first three innings Monday against Washington, Cardinals righthander Michael Wacha wasn’t quite the caliber of the MVP in the 2013 league championship series. But he has shown he is healthy, after last year’s scare with the stress reaction in his right shoulder.

Post-Dispatch

Carlos Martinez Joins The Rotation

In addition to getting a grip on his changeup and showing improved efficiency this spring, young starter Carlos Martinez was asked to keep his edge but find ways to control his emotions.

Post-Dispatch

Monday, March 30, 2015

Braves Release Dail Villanueva

MiLB Official Site

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 3-30-15

Dom Thompson-Williams (former 2014 draft selection-Iowa Western) started and batted fifth.  1-for-3 at the plate.

Indian Hills beat Iowa Western 6-5 in game one of doubleheader (3/28/15)

Dom Thompson-Williams (former 2014 draft selection-Iowa Western) started and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Indian Hills beat Iowa Western 6-2 in game two of doubleheader (3/28/15)

Dom Thompson-Williams (former 2014 draft selection-Iowa Western) started and batted fifth.  0-for-2 with one strikeout.

Iowa Western beat Indian Hills 6-4 in game one of doubleheader (3/29/15)

Cody Poarch (former 2011 draft selection-Tusculum) started and pitched to five batters.  He allowed two hits, three earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and threw one wild pitch.  (p-s:16-6)(g/f:1-0)

Tusculum beat Lincoln Memorial 7-6 in game two of doubleheader
Tusculum Official Site Post Game

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 3-30-15: Joey Butler Hits A Three-Run Homer; Ian Kennedy Strikes Out Seven Over Six Scoreless Innings For The Win; Skip Schumaker Collects Two Singles & One RBI

Joey Butler (former St. Louis-Tampa Bay) entered late in the game in right field and batted fourth.  1-for-2 with one home run, three two-out RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.

Baltimore and Tampa Bay tied 6-6

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Miami) entered late in the game at second base and batted leadoff.  0-for-1 at the plate.
Dan Haren (former St. Louis-Miami) started and pitched 5.1 innings.  He allowed six hits, seven earned runs, two home runs, one walk, and struck four out for the losing decision (1-2).  0-for-2 with one strikeout.  (g/f:6-4)

New York-N beat Miami 7-1

Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the seventh and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs for the hold (1).  (g/f:0-2)

Cleveland beat Chicago-A 4-1

Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis-Colorado) started at shortstop and batted ninth.  0-for-2 with one strikeout and one fielding error.
Adam Ottavino (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the third and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out.  (g/f:2-0)

Bryan Anderson (former St. Louis-Oakland) entered late in the game as designated hitter and batted fifth.  One walk at the plate.

Oakland beat Colorado 11-2

Ryan Jackson (former St. Louis-Kansas City) entered late in the game and batted fifth.  1-for-1 with one run and one walk.

Jamey Wright (former St. Louis-Texas) entered in the first and pitched 2.2 innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  (p-s:49-27)(g/f:4-0)
Sam Freeman (former St. Louis-Texas) entered in the fourth and pitched one inning.  He allowed three hits and one earned run.  (p-s:24-14)(g/f:2-0)

Kansas City beat Texas 11-7

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  0-for-3 with one strikeout and assisted in one double play.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted fifth.  1-for-3 at the plate.

Seattle beat Anaheim 5-3

Mike McCoy (former Memphis-San Diego) entered late in the game at second base and batted second.  0-for-1 at the plate.
Ian Kennedy (former 2003 draft selection-San Diego) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed six hits, no runs, one walk, and struck seven out for the winning decision (1-1).  1-for-2 with one run and one strikeout.  (g/f:6-4)

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) entered late in the game and batted ninth.  2-for-2 with one two-out RBI.

San Diego beat Cincinnati 6-3

Jason Motte (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the hold (2).  (g/f:2-1)

Chicago-N beat San Francisco 8-5

Jamie Romak (former Memphis-Arizona) entered late in the game at third base and batted third.  0-for-1 with one run and one strikeout.
David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted fifth.  0-for-2 at the plate.

Los Angeles beat Arizona 4-2

Luke Gregerson (former St. Louis-Houston) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:1-0)

Toronto beat Houston 7-4

Jose Martinez (former Springfield-Minnesota) entered late in the game at third base and batted sixth.  1-for-1 at the run.
Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-Minnesota) started and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:3-2)

Boston beat Minnesota 14-2

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training 3-30-15: Jimmy Reed & Arturo Reyes Each Struck Out Four Over Four Scoreless Innings; Luke Voit Doubles Twice & Drives In Two Runs; Ian McKinney Strikes Out Two Over Two hitless/Scoreless Innings

Triple-A Memphis Beat Double-A Springfield 1-0

Memphis:
Dean Anna (Indianapolis) covered second base and went 1-for-3 with one triple.
Jacob Wilson (Springfield) covered third base and went 1-for-1 with one RBI.
Sam Tuivailala (Memphis) pitched one inning and allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.

Springfield:
Aledmys Diaz (Springfield) was designated hitter and went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Jimmy Reed (Springfield) pitched four innings and allowed four hits, no runs, and struck four out.


A-Advanced Palm Beach Beat Single-A Peoria 2-0

Palm Beach:
Luke Voit (Palm Beach) covered first base and went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Arturo Reyes (Peoria) pitched four innings and allowed four hits, no runs, and struck four out.

Peoria:
Derek Gibson (Palm Beach) manned right field and went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Ian McKinney (State College) pitched two innings and allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.


Tuesday's Games:
Five of the St. Louis affiliates visit Miami starting at 1PM

Brewers Could See A Lot Of Carlos Villanueva This Season

At one point Carlos Villanueva was a top pitching prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers, who looked to have big-time potential as both a stater and reliever. Though things have never panned out as well as they once looked, he has been able to pitch in the major leagues for the last nine seasons.

Reviewing The Brew

Scott Downs Only Interested In MLB Offers

After being released today by the Indians, veteran lefty Scott Downs is seeking another opportunity. But Downs is only interested in a deal that would give him a major league roster spot, MLBTR has learned.

MLB Trade Rumors

Victor Sanchez Funeral

Hundreds of people gave the last farewell to prospect in the Cementerio del Este  (Translated)

Lider

College Baseball Weekend Roundup (March 27-29, 2015)

For the third consecutive week, the top dog in the land went down, opening the door for a new team to take over number one ranking.

Minor League Ball

Dodgers Sign Freddy Garcia To Minors Deal

Michel Balcazar Twitter

Kolten Wong Sees Positives Despite Down Spring

In one of his better games of the spring, second baseman Kolten Wong drew two walks and scored a run in the Cardinals' 6-2 win against the Nationals on Monday. The fact that such a performance is notable is indicative of the tough time Wong has had in Grapefruit League play.

St. Louis Official Site

Coco Crisp Will Be Designated Hitter In Minors Game

Joe Stiglich Twitter

Derrick Goold On The Pat Imig, Dre Montez, & T.J. Moe Show 3-30-15

Inside STL

Red Sox Prefer Roster Depth To Trade Possibilities

A Red Sox spring training of outfield surplus and intrigue and the absence of the so-called proven ace appears likely to end in … outfield surplus and intrigue and the absence of a proven ace.

Boston Globe

Cardinals Name Carlos Martinez Fifth Starter

After two seasons of proving himself in the bullpen, a winter of healing from the loss of a best friend and a spring in which he watched Jaime Garcia temporarily leapfrog him in the rotation competition, Carlos Martinez received the news he's been waiting a lifetime to receive.
St. Louis Official Site

As they spoke often this winter, manager Mike Matheny told pitcher Carlos Martinez that he would have every opportunity to be a starter in the majors this season and that the team had cleared the way for him to win the job he wanted.
Post-Dispatch

Mike Matheny made the obvious official after the Cardinals 6-2 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. When the Cardinals open the season, it will be Carlos Martinez who joins Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Michael Wacha in the starting rotation.
KMOV

After the St. Louis Cardinals formally announced the contract purchase of Carlos Villanueva and placement of Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, manager Mike Matheny shared during his media session the decision on their fifth starter is Carlos Martinez.
STL Baseball Weekly

Braves Release Yenier Bello

Bill Shanks Twitter

Indians Release Scott Downs

Paul Hoynes Twitter

Tommy Pham's Quad Still Tight After Three At-Bats In Minors Games

Jenifer Langosch Twitter

Rays Reassign Joey Butler To Minors Camp

The Rays reduced their roster to 36 on Monday when Brandon Gomes, Jhan Marinez, Jim Miller, Jordan Norberto, Everett Teaford, Corey Brown, Joey Butler and Mayo Acosta were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Tampa Official Site

Why Scouts Didn't Go To MLB's International Prospect Series

The International Prospect Series has good intentions. In a few years, the four-day event, run by Major League Baseball at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, has the potential to become a marquee event for international scouts. For now, it’s still more marketing event than showcase, as MLB wrestles with balancing its short-term goals and its broader agenda of preparing for an international draft.

Baseball America

Springfield Announces 2015 Promotional Schedule

With Individual Game Tickets going on sale at 9am this Tuesday, March 31, the Springfield Cardinals are excited to unveil their Promotional Schedule for the 2015 season.

Springfield Official Site

Final Inning Can't Dampen Dan Haren's Spring Spirits

One rough inning isn't going to spoil an otherwise solid Spring Training for Dan Haren. The 34-year-old right-hander isn't going to fret the fact he was tagged for five runs in the sixth inning on Monday in the Marlins' 7-1 loss to the Mets at Tradition Field.

Miami Official Site

Blue Jays Reassign Daric Barton To Minors Camp

Toronto Official Twitter

Nationals Sign Reed Johnson To Minors Deal With Spring Invite

Washington Official Twitter

Cardinals Option Marco Gonzales To Triple-A Memphis

Derrick Goold Twitter

Jon Edwards' Faith Guiding Force In Battle With Cancer

Rangers pitcher Jon Edwards has been in an upbeat mood all of Spring Training, walking around with a smile on his face and pitching great on the mound.

Texas Official Site

Cardinals Beat Nationals 6-2: Matt Holliday Singles & Drives In Two Runs; Carlos Villanueva Strikes Out One Over Two Scoreless Innings For The Hold; Michael Wacha Strikes Out Three & Allows Two Runs Over Five Innings For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Matt Carpenter 0-for-2 with one RBI and one walk.
Jason Heyward 1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Matt Holliday 1-for-3 with two two-out RBIs and grounded into one double play.
Scott Moore 1-for-1 with one double and one run.
Peter Bourjos 1-for-1 with one two-out RBI, one run, and one stolen base.
Kolten Wong 0-for-2 with one run, two walks, one strikeout, one throwing error, and assisted in one double play.
Collin Radack 1-for-1 with one run.
Pete Kozma 1-for-2 with one two-out RBI and one strikeout.
Michael Wacha started and pitched five innings.  He allowed five hits, two runs (one earned), three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out for the winning decision (1-0).  One sacrifice at the plate.  (g/f:7-2)
Carlos Villanueva entered in the sixth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (g/f:2-2)
Marcus Hatley entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits and no runs.  (g/f:0-1)
Trevor Rosenthal entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-1)

Rough Outing:
Jhonny Peralta 0-for-3 with one strikeout and assisted in one double play.
Randal Grichuk 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Yadier Molina 0-for-3 at the plate.
Jon Jay 0-for-3 at the plate.

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

Twins Purchase The Contract Of Blaine Boyer From Triple-A Rochester

Mike Berardino Twitter

Margarita Signs 16-Year Old Left-Hander Sergio Armas

Los Bravos de Margarita do not stop at finding young talent and this time signed left-handed pitcher Sergio Armas, a native of Valle de la Pascua, Guárico state.  (Translated)

Margarita Official Site

Sam Freeman Arrives In Rangers' Spring Camp

Left-hander Freeman was in camp on Monday, two days after being acquired from the Cardinals. Freeman played high school baseball at Carrollton (Texas) Hebron and is thrilled to be playing for his hometown team. Said Freeman, "My family was pretty fired up. My dad was really excited. He is a diehard Rangers fan."

Texas Official Site

Several Players Catching Mike Matheny's Eye At Camp

With most of Spring Training in the rearview mirror and the start of the regular season quickly approaching, manager Mike Matheny visited with MLB.com to discuss a variety of team topics. To watch the full interview, click on the video link. Below are some of the highlights.

St. Louis Official Site

Arbitration Panel Gives Nod To Dan Lozano

A panel of three arbitrators has ruled in favor of prominent MLB agent and MVP Sports Group President Danny Lozano and against his former partners at Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Sports Business

Josiah Viera A Constant Inspiration For Cardinals

Outside his grandson's hospital room, Dave Bohner knew nothing except that he needed to pray.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Purchase The Contract Of Carlos Villanueva From Triple-A Memphis & Place Jaime Garcia On The Disabled List, Retroactive To March 27th

The St. Louis Cardinals continued updates to their roster today, announcing that they have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva. The team also announced that it has placed left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia (left shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27.
St. Louis Official Site

Pressed to make a decision before Carlos Villanueva would, the Cardinals informed the veteran right-hander on Monday that they have a spot for him in their Opening Day bullpen. In doing so, the Cards have all but determined the seven relievers who will open the season with St. Louis.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals announced Monday they officially placed Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, citing issues with his pitching shoulder.
KMOV

The final roster decisions have yet to be announced but Carlos Villanueva will be heading north with the St. Louis Cardinals when the team breaks from Spring Training. The Cardinals announced on Monday they had purchased the contract of the veteran right-hander, who had previously been on a min0r league deal with the invite to Spring Training.
STL Baseball Weekly

Matt Belisle Fits Right In On Many Levels

It's no wonder Cardinals reliever Matt Belisle already feels at home with his new team.

Fox Sports Midwest

Carlos Villanueva Makes Team, Hinting Carlos Martinez As Fifth Starter

With Carlos Villanueva's decision day looming, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny met with the veteran reliever to reveal their plans with him and the opening-night bullpen.
Bird Land

The Cardinals appear to have figured out their rotation and bullpen. All that's left to determine is the final spot on the bench.
Fox Sports Midwest

Monday morning, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny revealed a few decisions the team had made about its 25-man roster.
KMOV

After two seasons of proving himself in the bullpen, a winter of healing from the loss of a best friend and a spring in which he watched Jaime Garcia temporarily leapfrog him in the rotation competition, Carlos Martinez received the news he's been waiting a lifetime to receive.
St. Louis Official Site

Today was the day the Cardinals had to make a decision on reliever Carlos Villanueva. His contract called for an out clause if he wasn't going to be a part of the 25-man roster heading north to Chicago. Walking into the clubhouse and seeing his name on the list of pitchers scheduled to throw today provided a clue to the ultimate decision.
KMOV

Joe Strauss On The Morning After 3-30-15

Inside STL

Jerry Crasnick Discusses How Much Jason Heyward Change His Value With A Good Season In St. Louis

Jerry Crasnick joined Kevin Wheeler to talk about Jason Heyward, his value, the potential market, what people like about Heyward on an open market, what Crasnick saw in the Cards during his Jupiter visit, and the NL Central among the best divisions in baseball.

101 ESPN

Randy Savage: Hall Of Fame Inducts 'Macho Man'

"Macho Man" Randy Savage has been posthumously inducted into the World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame, being recognized for his flamboyant style, intensity and his support of Special Olympics.

Newsmax

March 30, 2015: Nationals (10-12-3) @ Cardinals (11-10-2)

By Gosh, It's Langosch

Michael Wacha, whose 2014 season was marked by a mysterious shoulder ailment and then a season-ending home run he allowed, will make his final spring start on Monday for the Cardinals against the Wasington Nationals. By all barometers, it has been a successful spring.
Cardinal Beat

Just five exhibitions are left on the schedule for the Cardinals - four in Florida, one in Memphis - before they kick off the 2015 regular season in Chicago. With that, pitchers will now be going the full complement of 90-100 pitches and trying to go as deep as they can. There are not too many major league relievers listed as available today against the Nationals.
KMOV

Marlins Release Reed Johnson

Clark Spencer Twitter

Jaime Garcia's 'Minor Setback' Leaves His Schedule Uncertain; Cuts Mod Bench; Using Randy Choate

Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia pushed himself to be full speed in March so that he could claim the job as the club’s fifth starter.

Post-Dispatch

Marco Gonzales Offers Security To Cardinals

Marco Gonzales, though just age 23, already offers the Cardinals security, much like the blanket that “Peanuts” character Linus took with him everywhere or the $20 bill you know you always have in your glove compartment.

Post-Dispatch

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Grays Harbor Signs Daniel Barbuena For 2015 Season

Mt Rainier Professional Baseball League Official Site

Luis Garcia Hits A Three-Run Homer As Yucatan Beat Indios Mayos 10-0

The beasts took the claws from the second inlet to build powerful five-run rally, after José Juan Aguilar rang the of the pool, Ivan Araujo took wild pitch to go to the Pentagon, and later Luis Alfonso García downloaded powerful homer with two companions on board; all this before Juan Salvador Delgadillo who launched the first third of the game Uman side with the idea to continue refining their repertoire of pitches.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Hugo Castellanos Gave Up A Homer, J.C. Romero Pitched As Puebla Lost To Mexico 3-2

Ruben Rivera Foursquare solo in the eighth inning, guided to victory the Red Devils of Mexico by score 3-2 on Pericos de Puebla . With this the feathered ends its ninth season, which finished with a 5 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Rangers Release Ryan Ludwick

John Blake Twitter

Brewers Release Chris Perez, Michael Blazek Fighting For One Of Two Spots In Bullpen

The Brewers narrowed the competition for the final spots in their bullpen on Sunday, as Brandon Kintzler was optioned to Triple-A and non-roster right-hander Chris Perez was released.

Milwaukee Official Site

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 3-29-15: Kyle Ruchim Doubles, Homers, Walks Three Times, & Drives In Five Runs; Chris Shaw Singles, Doubles, & Knocks In One Run; Dominic Moreno Strikes Out Only Batter Faced & Holds Two Inherited Runners On Base For The Save

Justin Bellinger (former 2014 draft selection-Duke) started at first base and batted eighth.  0-for-4 and committed one error.

Boston College beat Duke 5-4
Duke Official Site Post Game

Chris Shaw (former 2014 draft selection-Oklahoma) started at catcher and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.

Oklahoma beat Baylor 13-3
Oklahoma Official Site Post Game

Matt Ditman (former 2014 draft selection-Rice) entered in the fifth and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed two hits, one unearned run, threw one wild pitch, and struck four out.  (g/f:3-4)

Southern Miss beat Rice 5-1
Rice Official Site Post Game

Tristan Hildebrandt (former 2014 draft selection-Cal St Fullerton) entered late in the game at shortstop and batted ninth.  Scored one run.

Cal St Fullerton beat Cal St Northridge 7-2
Cal St Fullerton Official Site Post Game

Dominic Moreno (former 2014 draft selection-Texas Tech) entered in the ninth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the save (4).  (p-s:4-3)(ir-s:2-0)

Texas Tech beat Kansas 3-2
Texas Tech Official Site Post Game

George Iskenderian (former 2014 draft selection-Miami FL) started at shortstop and moved to second base, batting fifth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.

North Carolina beat Miami FL 10-3
Miami FL Official Site Post Game

Kyle Ruchim (former 2014 draft selection-Northwestern) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with one double, one home run, five RBIs, two runs, three walks, and one strikeout.

Northwestern beat Minnesota 19-7
Northwestern Official Site Post Game

Casey Schroeder (former 2012 draft selection-Coastal Carolina) started at catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one walk and threw out two of four base runners.

Winthrop beat Coastal Carolina 3-0
Coastal Carolina Official Site Post Game

Tate Matheny (former 2012 draft selection-Missouri St) started in centerfield and batted third.  1-for-5 with one double, one run, one hit by pitch, and two strikeouts.

Missouri St beat Jacksonville 8-1
Missouri St Official Site Post Game

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 3-29-15: Edwin Jackson Strikes Out Three Over Four & Two-Thirds Scoreless Innings For the Win; George Kottaras Doubles & Drives In Two Runs; Shelby Miller Strikes Out Four & Allows One Run Over Six Innings

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Miami) entered late in the game at second base and batted leadoff.  1-for-2 at the plate.

Rich Hill (former Memphis-Washington) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)

Washington beat Miami 11-7

Shane Robinson (former St. Louis-Minnesota) started in centerfield and batted ninth.  0-for-3 with one strikeout and one caught stealing/pickoff.

Minnesota beat Baltimore 6-5

Brendan Ryan (former St. Louis-New York-A) started at shortstop and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with two strikeouts and one caught stealing.

Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Houston) started in centerfield and batted seventh.  0-for-3 with one strikeout.

New York-A beat Houston 7-0

A.J. Pierzynski (former St. Louis-Atlanta) started at catcher and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one ground into double play.
Shelby Miller (former St. Louis-Atlanta) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one walk, and struck four out.  0-for-1 with one walk and one strikeout.  (g/f:6-4)

Pittsburgh beat Atlanta 4-2

Joey Butler (former St. Louis-Tampa Bay) started in left field and batted fifth.  1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.

Allen Craig (former St. Louis-Boston) entered late in the game at first base and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one walk and assisted in one double play.
Edward Mujica (former St. Louis-Boston) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)
Jess Todd (former St. Louis-Boston) entered in the tenth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits and no runs for the winning decision (1-0).  (g/f:1-1)

Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in 10 innings

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started in left field and batted seventh.  1-for-3 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Jason Marquis (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, one home run, two walks, and struck three out for the winning decision (3-1).  (g/f:9-3)

David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted fourth.  2-for-2 with two runs and one walk.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Anheim) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:0-2)

Cincinnati beat Anaheim 8-6

Edwin Jackson (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) started and pitched 4.2 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck three out for the winning decision (2-1).  0-for-2 with two strikeouts.  (p-s:62-43)(g/f:6-1)

Ryan Jackson (former St. Louis-Kansas City) entered late in the game at second base and batted sixth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Chicago-N beat Kansas City 7-0

George Kottaras (former St. Louis-Chicago-A) started at catcher and batted seventh.  1-for-3 with one double, two RBIs, and two strikeouts.

Chicago-A beat Cleveland 4-1

Luis Mateo (former Memphis-Los Angeles) entered late in the game at third base and batted sixth.  0-for-1 with one run and one walk.

San Francisco beat Los Angeles 11-9

Michael Blazek (former St. Louis-Milwaukee) started and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed four hits, three earned runs, one home run, four walks, and struck four out for the losing decision (1-1).  (g/f:2-3)
Chris Perez (former St. Louis-Milwaukee) entered in the fourth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (g/f:0-1)

Oakland beat Milwaukee 7-0

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted third.  1-for-3 at the plate.
Gerald Laird (former St. Louis-Arizona) started at catcher and batted seventh.  0-for-1 with one RBI and one sac fly.

Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis-Colorado) started at second base and batted eighth.  1-for-2 with one home run, one RBI, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.
Adam Ottavino (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out for the hold (1).  (p-s:20-10)

Colorado beat Arizona 2-1

Jaime Romak (former Memphis-Arizona) entered late in the game at third base and batted second.  1-for-2 with one run and one strikeout.

Colorado beat Arizona 11-10 in 10 innings

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training 3-29-15: Zach Petrick Strikes Out Two over Four Scoreless Innings; Edmundo Sosa Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs; Juan Herrera Singles & Drives In Two Runs;

Triple-A: Las Vegas (New York-N) Beat Memphis 3-2

David Washington (Palm Beach) covered first base and went 1-for-3 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Zach Petrick (Memphis) pitched four innings and allowed three hits, no runs, and struck two out.
Miguel Socolovich (Las Vegas) pitched one innings and allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.
Justin Wright (Memphis) pitched one inning and allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.


Double-A: Binghamton (New York-N) Beat Springfield 10-9

David Popkins (Springfield) manned left field and went 1-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, three runs, one walk, and one hit by pitch.
Robelys Reyes (Peoria) covered third base and moved to second, went 2-for-4 with one run.
Juan Herrera (Palm Beach) manned shortstop and went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.


A-Advanced: St. Lucie (New York-N) Beat Palm Beach 8-7

Darren Seferina (State College) covered second base and went 2-for-5 with one triple, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Jesus Ustariz (Johnson City) covered first base and went 3-for-4 with one double, one triple, one RBI, and one run.
Jhohan Acevedo (State College) manned centerfield and went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.
Chase Brookshire (Peoria) pitched one inning and allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.


Single-A: Peoria Beat Savannah (New York-N) 10-4

Anthony Ray (Johnson City) manned centerfield and went 2-for-4 with one run and one walk.
Edmundo Sosa (State College) manned shortstop and went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Michael Pritchard (Gulf Coast) manned right field and went 3-for-5 with one double and two runs.
Kenny Peoples-Walls (Peoria) manned left field and went 2-for-3 with two doubles and one run.
Austin Gomber (State College) pitched four innings and allowed one hit, two earned runs, three walks, and struck seven out.
Jonathan Escudero (Johnson City) pitched 1.2 innings and allowed no hits or runs, and struck four out.


Monday's Games:
Camp day with games starting at 1PM

Amid Competition, Edwin Jackson Focused On Helping Cubs Win

Maybe getting lost helped Edwin Jackson find himself.

Chicago-N Official Site

Edwin Jackson Awaits Word On Role With Cubs

Sounding Zen-like and wearing a Spiritual Gangster (yoga) T-shirt, Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson again discussed his situation with the team after his spring start on Sunday. Having rebounded from an awful outing five days earlier, Jackson gave up one hit in 4T innings to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday but his demeanor wasn’t that different than it was on Tuesday when he got lost finding Hohokam Park and then got rocked by the Oakland Athletics.

ESPN

Former Cardinals Playing In Puerto Rican Double-A League 3-29-15: Javier Machuca Strikes Out Four & Allows One Run Over Eight Innings For The Win; Juan Diaz Singles & Walks

Javier Machuca (former GCL-Santa Isabel) started and pitched eight innings.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck four out for the winning decision.

Santa Isabel beat Coamo 4-1

Juan Diaz (former Memphis-Cidra) 1-for-4 with one walk.

Catano beat Cidra 4-3

Chris Perez Leaves Game With Slight Right Ankle Sprain

Tom Haudricourt Twitter

George Kottaras, Others Lead White Sox Offense With Flurry Of Doubles

Micah Johnson and Tyler Flowers had two hits each, and George Kottaras had a two-run double as the White Sox beat the Indians, 4-1, Sunday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Chicago-A Official Site

Michael Blazek Scuffles Against Athletics As He Battles For Bullpen Spot

A's right-hander Kendall Graveman continued to dominate Cactus League opposition Sunday, stringing together 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers in a 7-0 victory for Oakland at Hohokam Stadium.

Milwaukee Official Site

Challenge For Randy Choate Is Getting Work Vs. Lefties

Knowing they'll be deploying reliever Randy Choate primarily against left-handed batters this season, the Cardinals are about to get creative so that he can face a flurry of them to finish spring.

St. Louis Official Site

Marco Gonzalez' Landing Spot Now Out Of His Hands

With Sunday marking his final appearance of the Grapefruit League season, left-hander Marco Gonzales is now left to wait and see how the Cardinals' pitching plans come together and where he falls in that mix.

St. Louis Official Site

Daniel Descalso Homers To Down Rockies

In his second game back from a right oblique injury, Daniel Descalso homered for the first time this spring to give the Rockies a 2-1 victory over the D-backs in a split-squad game Sunday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Colorado Official Site

Shelby Miller Hopes To Take Recent Success Into Regular Season

Since brushing off the brief frustration he felt during his ugly Grapefruit League season debut, Shelby Miller has shown why the Braves are looking forward to having him in their rotation for at least the next four seasons.

Atlanta Official Site

Marco Gonzales Inefficient Early, Efficient Late In Place Of Jaime Garcia

A day after Marco Gonzales thought he'd be pitching in relief but ended up not pitching at all he has a start that speaks to why the Cardinals think so highly of him. In 4.2 innings against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium, the former number one pick gives up just one run. That brings his Grapefruit League ERA to an impressive 1.04.

KMOV

Former Cardinals Playing In Nicaraguan Spring/Summer League 3-29-15: Edgard Montiel Collects Two Singles, One Double, & Two RBIs In Two Games

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Boer) 1-for-3 at the plate.

Chinandega beat Boer 2-1 in game one of doubleheader

Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Boer) 2-for-3 with one double, two RBIs, and one run.

Boer beat Chinandega 12-1 in game two of doubleheader

No Discussions Between Blue Jays & Phillies On Jonathan Papelbon

Jon Heyman Twitter

Blaine Boyer & Shane Robinson Could Be Added To Twins' Roster

Minnesota likely will use those open spots to add a pair of non-roster invitees, reliever Blaine Boyer and outfielder Shane Robinson.

Minnesota Official Site

Terry Pendleton's Ejection Vs. Pirates Marks Third For Braves This Spring

As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sat with Bobby Cox in the dugout before a March 13 Grapefruit League game at Champion Stadium, he playfully told team president John Schuerholz that he had been ejected in the first inning of the previous night's game against the Yankees because he wanted to get back to "The Braves Way."

Atlanta Official Site

Cardinals Option Ed Easley, Dean Anna, & Xavier Scruggs To Triple-A Memphis, Reassign Jacob Wilson To Minors Camp

The Cardinals trimmed four players from their camp roster after Sunday's loss to the Mets, and the moves leave the team with the most obvious of decisions remaining for the big-league bench.
Cardinal Beat

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have optioned catcher Ed Easley, infielder Dean Anna, and first baseman Xavier Scruggs to the Memphis (AAA) roster and re-assigned non-roster infielder Jacob Wilson to their minor league camp.
St. Louis Official Site

Following the St. Louis Cardinals loss to the New York Mets on Sunday, the team announced infielder Dean Anna had been optioned to Memphis (AAA) as were catcher Ed Easley and first baseman Xavier Scruggs. Infielder Jacob Wilson was also re-assigned to their minor league camp.
STL Baseball Weekly

The Cardinals trimmed their roster in camp to 33 with the option of catcher Ed Easley, infielder Dean Anna and first baseman Xavier Scruggs. They also re-assigned infielder Jacob Wilson to minor league camp. The four moves mean the Cardinals still need to make eight more cuts before Opening Night next Sunday in Chicago,
KMOV

Marco Gonzales Expected To Start For Cardinals Against Memphis On 4-3-15

Derrick Goold Twitter

Joe Maddon Has Confidence In Jason Motte Despite Rough Outings

Jason Motte has had back-to-back rough outings, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't worried about the right-hander, who may simply need a little mechanical adjustment. Motte served up three runs on one hit, a home run, on Saturday, and has given up seven earned runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning in his last two appearances.

Chicago-N Official Site

Mike Pelfrey Let Emotions Get The Best Of Him On Trade Discussion

Mike Berardino Twitter

Mets Beat Cardinals 3-2: Jason Heyward Singles, Triples, & Drives In One Run; Marco Gonzales Strikes Out Two & Allows One Run Over Four & Two-Thirds Innings; Matt Holiday Singles, Walks, & Knocks In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Jason Heyward 2-for-3 with one triple, one RBI, one run, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Matt Holliday 1-for-1 with one RBI, one walk, one sac fly, and one stolen base.
Yadier Molina 1-for-3 with one double and grounded into one double play.
Randal Grichuk 0-for-1 with two walks and one fielding error.
Marco Gonzales started and pitched 4.2 innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, three walks, and struck two out.  1-for-1 with one run.  (g/f:4-5)
Jordan Walden entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-1)
Kevin Siegrist entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)
Matt Belisle entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-1)

Rough Outing:
Scott Moore 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Matt Adams 0-for-3 and assisted in one double play.
Jacob Wilson 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Ty Kelly 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Pete Kozma 0-for-3 and assisted in two double plays.
Randy Choate entered in the fifth and pitched to five batters.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and one intentional walk for the blown save (1).
Seth Maness entered in the fifth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and struck one out for the losing decision (0-1).  0-for-1 at the plate.  (g/f:3-0)(ir-s:2-0)

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

Red Sox Not Showing Interest In Dioner Navarro

Jon Heyman Twitter

Even With Elbow Issue, Brady Aiken Still A Probable Top Pick

Despite one purported and one real issue regarding pitching prodigy Brady Aiken's elbow, at least four top baseball scouts say the left-hander Aiken is so talented they foresee him as a possible -- or probably more accurately, very likely -- first-round pick in this June's first-year player draft, anyway.

CBS Sports

Easter Sunrise Celebration In Springfield

Come celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 5 at Hammons Field for the tenth annual Greater Springfield Easter Sunrise Celebration.

KSGF

With Koji Uehara Hurting, Edward Mujica Could Step Up As Red Sox Closer

Time is running out for closer Koji Uehara to be ready for the start of the season. It now seems likely that Edward Mujica will be the primary closer on Opening Day, with others (Junichi Tazawa, Alexei Ogando, perhaps even Tommy Layne) chipping in when matchups present themselves.

Boston Official Site

Cardinals Weigh Opening Day Flexibility

Seven days out from an Opening Night matchup against the Cubs, the Cardinals continue to weigh the various ways in which they could construct their roster because of the flexibility offered by a high concentration of early-season off-days.
St. Louis Official Site

We're a week away from the Cardinals opening up the season at Wrigley Field on Sunday Night Baseball against the Cubs and, with that, comes a whole lot of roster moves. There are still 37 players in big league camp as of Sunday morning. Some moves are obvious (guys like Marcus Hatley are unlikely to make the team out of spring training) while some moves are not (see: Villanueva, Carlos).
KMOV

Joe Kelly May Start Season On Disabled List

The Red Sox continue to hold onto the option of placing righthander Joe Kelly on the disabled list to start the season, lining up Kelly to pitch in a minor league game Wednesday, rather than in a major league setting.

CSN New England

Rangers Inform Jamey Wright He Will Not Make Club

Jamey Wright pitched two strong innings on Saturday in the Rangers’ exhibition Saturday.

Dallas News

Ian Krol Has Good Day At Ballpark, Bad Night At Home

A pretty good afternoon turned into a bad night for Tigers left-hander Ian Krol.

Detroit News

Guerrero Academy Set For Showcase With Cardinals On Sunday At 1:30

Guerrero Academy Official Twitter

Cardinals Back To Where They Began With Their Starting Rotation

The Cardinals started spring training with the thought righty Carlos Martinez would start the season in the starting rotation, lefty Marco Gonzales would be ready at the drop of a hat in Triple-A while Jaime Garcia would begin 2015 in extended spring training working to get stronger and healthier.

KMOV

David Freese Returned To Angels' Lineup

Mike DiGiovanna Twitter

Nationals Have Tough Decision To Make On Dan Uggla

Dan Uggla has been in a big-league clubhouse during the final week of spring training for a decade now, but he hasn’t found himself in this position — uncertain whether he’d be heading north with his club for Opening Day — since his very first camp as a Rule 5 draft pick with the Marlins in 2006.

Nats Insider

Jaime Garcia Thinks Arm Issue Is 'Minor Setback'

Jaime Garcia is down again, although he doesn't think it will be for long. The lefthander, scratched from Sunday's projected exhibition start against the New York Mets here, said his arm hadn't bounced back after he threw 80 pitches in a simulated game last Tuesday but that there was no new injury involved.
Cardinal Beat

A Sunday morning visit with a team physician revealed no new injury for Jaime Garcia, but rather confirmed that the left-hander had trouble recovering from an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.
St. Louis Official Site

Jaime Garcia was scratched from Sunday’s start by the St. Louis Cardinals because his surgically-repaired shoulder doesn’t feel right, making it unlikely he will start the season on the active roster.
KMOX

Yankees Release Scott Baker

Bryan Hoch Twitter

Allen Craig Close To Being Traded?

The limbo that outfielder and first baseman Allen Craig must have been feeling, since the end of last season, is close to being over. The question is: what will the Boston Red Sox do with him? Keep him or trade him?

BoSox Injection

March 29, 2015: Mets (15-11) @ Cardinals (11-9-2)

By Gosh, It's Langosch

Phillies Reassigned Koyie Hill To Minor Camp

Todd Zolecki Twitter

Bob Gibson & His Final Opening Day With Cardinals

At 39, his knees aching and his arm suspected of lacking its familiar zip, Bob Gibson made what he knew was his last Opening Day start for the Cardinals and delivered a performance in which he overpowered and fooled batters barely more than half his age.

RetroSimba

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 3-29-15: Andrew Brown Homers, Walks, & Drives In Five Runs

Andrew Brown (former St. Louis-SK) started in right field and batted fifth.  1-for-2 with one home run, five RBIs, one run, and one walk.

SK beat Samsung 7-3

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 3-29-15: Hector Luna Singles, Walks, & Drives In Three Runs

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at third base and moved to first, batting fourth.  1-for-3 with three RBIs, one run, one walk, one sac fly, and one strikeout.

Hanshin beat Chunichi 10-8

Teams That Need To Make Moves Before Season Start; Jason Heyward Needs To Hit For Power; Jason Marquis Sticking With Reds

Jason Heyward, RF, Cardinals — The Cardinals really need Heyward to hit for power. They were 29th in home runs last season. Heyward hit 27 in 2012 with Atlanta (and has never hit 20 or more before or since). Mid-20s is what the Cardinals are hoping for as a lefthanded complement to Matt Holliday.

Boston Globe

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 3-28-15: Dustin Beggs Strikes Out Five & Allows Two Runs Over Seven Innings; Brock Asher Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Drives In One Run In Three Games; Tate Matheny Collects Three Singles, One Double, & One RBI

Trevor Megill (former 2014 draft selection-Loyola Marymount) entered in the fifth and pitched 3.1 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck three out.  (p-s:55-33)(ir-s:1-0)

Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 8-2
Loyola Marymount Official Site Post Game

Justin Bellinger (former 2014 draft selection-Duke) started at first base and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Boston College beat Duke 6-3
Duke Official Site Post Game

Tristan Hildebrandt (former 2014 draft selection-Cal St Fullerton) entered late in the game at shortstop and batted fourth.  1-for-2 with one run.

Cal St Northridge beat Cal St Fullerton 4-3
Cal St Fullerton Official Site Post Game

Dustin Beggs (former 2014 draft selection-Kentucky) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed seven hits, two runs (one earned), hit one batter, and struck five out.  (g/f:6-9)

LSU beat Kentucky 7-3
Kentucky Official Site Post Game

Joe Gillette (former 2014 draft selection-Oregon St) started in right field and batted fifth.  2-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Cal Poly beat Oregon St 7-2
Oregon St Official Site Post Game

George Iskenderian (former 2014 draft selection-Miami FL) started at shortstop and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one sacrifice, one strikeout, and committed one error.

Miami FL beat North Carolina 4-3 in 11 innings
Miami FL Official Site Post Game

Kyle Ruchim (former 2014 draft selection-Northwestern) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one walk, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.

Northwestern beat Minnesota 2-1 in 10 innings
Northwestern Official Site Post Game

A.J. Kruzel (former 2013 draft selection-Henderson St) started at second base and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one sacrifice and one strikeout.

Henderson St beat SW Oklahoma 7-4 in game one of doubleheader

A.J. Kruzel (former 2013 draft selection-Henderson St) started at second base and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with one run.

Henderson St beat SW Oklahoma 5-1 in game two of doubleheader
Henderson St Official Site Post Game

Casey Schroeder (former 2012 draft selection-Coastal Carolina) started at catcher and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one double and threw out one base runner.

Coastal Carolina beat Winthrop 6-0
Coastal Carolina Official Site Post Game

Tate Matheny (former 2012 draft selection-Missouri St) started in centerfield and batted third.  2-for-4 with one double, one run, and one caught stealing.

Missouri St beat Jackson St 12-6 in 10 innings (3/27/15)
Missouri St Official Site Post Game

Tate Matheny (former 2012 draft selection-Missouri St) started in centerfield and batted third.  2-for-5 with one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.

Missouri St beat Jackson St 6-0
Missouri St Official Site Post Game

Derrick May Jr (former 2012 draft selection-Villanova) entered late in the game as a pinch runner.

Hofstra beat Villanova 1-0
Villanova Official Site Post Game

Ian Rice (former 2012 draft selection-Houston) started at catcher and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with one run, one walk, one strikeout, and allowed one stolen base.

Houston beat Central Florida 7-5
Houston Official Site Post Game

Brock Asher (former 2011 draft selection-San Diego Christian) started in centerfield and batted fourth.  1-for-4 at the plate.

The Master's beat San Diego Christian 6-1 (3/27/15)
San Diego Christian Official Site Post Game

Brock Asher (former 2011 draft selection-San Diego Christian) started in centerfield and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one walk.

The Master's beat San Diego Christian 11-3 in game one of doubleheader

Brock Asher (former 2011 draft selection-San Diego Christian) started in centerfield and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

The Master's beat San Diego Christian 5-1 in game two of doubleheader
San Diego Christian Official Site Post Game

Matt Adams On Bunts & Wrestlemania

While St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams knew long ago that he wanted to be a professional baseball player, there was a time when “Big City” would’ve preferred to hit a power slam over a home run.

STL Baseball Weekly

Amaury Cazana Struggles As Saltillo Beat Liga Norte de Coahuila 4-0

Fabio Castro, starter Saraperos started pitching duel in couple of episodes, dominating players of the caliber of Amaury Cazana, Matt Padgett, Henry Pichardo, all former players of LMB, but loaded with disaster by allowing career third inning triple product of Henry Pichardo who opened the scoring.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Rob Kaminsky Out To Be Next Matt Harvey

This hard-throwing young pitcher on a National League club grew up in the Northeast as a huge Yankees fan, and he is not afraid to admit he pitches with a chip on his shoulder.

NY Post

Deimer Morelos Visits Colombian Baseball Academy

The Baseball Project Foundation was the fifth time in the Caribbean Coast to support their efforts in promoting the discipline in the region.  (Translated)

El Universal