Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jason Heyward Gains Measure Of Redemption In Win

The Cardinals needed someone to step up offensively. It just so happened to be the player who let them down defensively a few innings earlier.
St. Louis Official Site

Jason Heyward keeps finding himself at the center of key moments in his first season as a Cardinal.
Fox Sports Midwest

Chip Hale, Diamondbacks Credit Peter Bourjos With Clean Slide

After watching his catcher get clipped on Peter Bourjos' hard slide home and subsequently airmail a throw that allowed the Cardinals to score the winning run in a 4-3 walk-off victory Wednesday, Arizona manager Chip Hale slipped out of the dugout to have a few words with home-plate umpire Eric Cooper.
St. Louis Official Site

The Arizona Diamondbacks got exactly the play they wanted in the 9th inning of Wednesday’s game. After bringing in Mark Trumbo from right field to play first base, the Diamondbacks had five infielders–three on the left side and two outfielders to try and cut down Peter Bourjos scoring the winning run from third base.
STL Baseball Weekly

Matt Holliday Reaches On-Base Milestone, Calls It 'Cool'

Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris was in the bullpen when teammate Matt Holliday stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. He and the other bullpen members heard what sounded like a base hit, but they didn’t bat an eye.
Post-Dispatch

With a fifth-inning single Wednesday night, Matt Holliday grabbed a piece of National League history. The left fielder has reached base in 43 straight games to start the season, taking sole possession of the NL record and passing Albert Pujols in the Cardinal record books.
KMOV

Jamie Romak Hits Two Home Runs & Drives In Six Runs For Triple-A Reno

Going by the numbers, Jamie Romak has had a productive enough start to the 2015 season, but the 29-year-old first baseman felt something was missing.

MiLB Official Site

Another Key Injury Puts Cardinals To The Test

The Cardinals have the best record in the majors, but you have to wonder how long they’ll stay there. The injuries that are eroding the Cards’ depth will only complicate the challenge of covering weaknesses.

Bernie Bytes

Cardinals Post-Game Audio 5-27-15: Mike Matheny, Matt Adams, Matt Holliday, & Jason Heyward

It was an exciting night at Busch Stadium as the Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 in dramatic walk-off fashion. Click on the audio player to hear the interviews from Wednesday night.

STL Sports Page

Matt Adams Might Miss Rest Of Season; Ed Easley Gets Another Crack; Four Cardinals Lead In Voting

Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, who was almost certain to land on the disabled list after suffering a right quadriceps strain Tuesday, now is certain not to be playing for months. The Cardinals announced Wednesday night that Adams would be out an estimated three to four months, which could mean the rest of the regular season, and Adams later told reporters he would have surgery Friday by Dr. David King of the club’s Mercy medical team.

Post-Dispatch

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 5-27-15:Max Scherzer Strikes Out 13 Over Seven Scoreless Innings For The Win; John Axford Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Save; Michael Blazek Strikes Out Three Over Two Hitless/Scoreless Innings

Jon Edwards (former Quad Cities-Texas) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:20-15)(g/f:0-1)

Cleveland beat Texas 12-3

John Axford (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the save (8).  (p-s:12-7)(g/f:1-1)

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started at second base and batted leadoff.  0-for-3 with one run and one walk.

Colorado beat Cincinnati 6-4

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Miami) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one ground into double play.

Pittsburgh beat Miami 5-2

Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis-New York-A) started in right field and batted sixth.  2-for-3 with one strikeout.
David Carpenter (former Palm Beach-New York-A) entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:2-1)

New York-A beat Kansas City 4-2

Joey Butler (former St. Louis-Tampa Bay) started as designated hitter and batted second.  0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Seattle beat Tampa Bay 3-0

Michael Blazek (former St. Louis-Milwaukee) entered in the sixth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck three out.  (p-s:26-15)(g/f:1-1)

San Francisco beat Milwaukee 3-1

Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Houston) started in centerfield and batted fifth.  3-for-4 with one double.

Baltimore beat Houston 5-4

Max Scherzer (former 2003 draft selection-Washington) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed five hits, no runs, one walk, and struck 13 out for the winning decision (6-3).  1-for-3 with one strikeout.  (p-s:108-72)(g/f:1-5)

Jason Motte (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:12-9)(ir-s:1-0)

Washington beat Chicago-N 3-0

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  1-for-1 with one two-out RBI.

St. Louis-beat Arizona 4-3

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted fifth.  2-for-4 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.

San Diego beat Anaheim 5-4

A.J. Pierzynski (former St. Louis-Atlanta) started as catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with three strikeouts and allowed one stolen base.

Atlanta beat Los Angeles 3-2

Ronaldo Romero Has Received Attention From Pirates

The nephew of Barranquilla pitcher who died 25 years ago of a heart attack in the United States will participate in a 'tryout'.  (Translated)

El Heraldo

Edgard Montiel, Jhonny Polanco, Gustavo Martinez, & Fidencio Flores Along With Vicente Padilla Listed On Nicaraguan Team Headed For 2015 Pan American Games

To qualify for a medal in the baseball tournament at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Nicaragua needs to have its full arsenal available and the official landing shooter Vicente Padilla pinolero fed the hopes of the team.  (Translated)

La Prensa

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dodgers Face Cardinals In NLDS Rematch

The Cardinals and Dodgers will meet on Friday at Busch Stadium in a reunion of the 2014 National League Division Series. St. Louis took that series in four games and has eliminated Los Angeles the past two postseasons.

St. Louis Official Site

Matt Adams Will Have Surgery Friday On Torn Quad

Derrick Goold Twitter

While the 2015 season is not officially over for Matt Adams, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman is going to have a lot to overcome to make it back from the disabled list.
STL Sports Weekly (Audio)

Cardinals Beat Diamondbacks 4-3: Jason Heyward Singles & Hits A Solo Home Run; Kolten Wong Hits A Solo Home Run; Mitch Harris Pitches Two Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Kolten Wong 1-for-5 with one home run, one RBI, and one run.
Matt Carpenter 0-for-3 with one run, two walks (one intentional), and one strikeout.
Matt Holliday 1-for-4 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Randal Grichuk 2-for-4 with one double and one strikeout.
Yadier Molina 1-for-4 with one double, one run, and allowed one stolen base.
Mark Reynolds 1-for-3 with one RBI and one walk.
Jason Heyward 2-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, one run, and one fielding error.
Peter Bourjos 1-for-1 at the plate.
Lance Lynn started and pitched six innings.  He allowed six hits, three runs (two earned), one home run, four walks, and struck five out.  0-for-2 with one strikeout.  (p-s:100-63)(g/f:6-4)
Mitch Harris entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk.  (p-s:26-15)(g/f:2-4)
Randy Choate entered in the ninth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:2-1)(g/f:1-0)
Seth Maness entered in the ninth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:6-5)(g/f:1-0)

Former Cardinals:
David Peralta 1-for-1 with one two-out RBI.

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

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican league 5-27-15: Adam Reifer Pitched One & A Third Hitless/Scoreless Innings For The Save; Luis Garcia Singles & Walks Twice; Hugo Castellanos Strikes Out Only Batter Faced & Holds One Inherited Runner On Base For The Hold

Justin Christian (former Memphis-Mexico) started in left field and batted fifth.  0-for-5 with one run, one outfield assist, and assisted in one double play.

Mexico beat Aguascalientes 8-6

Hugo Castellanos (former Memphis-Puebla) entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (4).  (p-s:5-3)(ir-s:1-0)

Puebla beat Veracruz 4-3

Ivan Bellazetin (former MiLB tryout-Tabasco) started at shortstop and batted second.  1-for-3 with one walk, one sacrifice, one strikeout, and assisted in two double plays.

Tabasco beat Oaxaca 4-3

Luis Garcia (former New Haven-Yucatan) started as designated hitter and batted fifth.  1-for-2 with two walks.
Adam Reifer (former Memphis-Yucatan) entered in the eighth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk for the save (5).  (p-s:19-10)(g/f:2-0)

Yucatan beat Campeche 4-3

Ryan Howard To The Cardinals?

Ray says the Cardinals should trade for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard now that first baseman Matt Adams will miss the next 3-4 months.

Fake Teams

Clinton Beat Peoria 8-2: Blake Drake Hits A Solo Home Run; Jon Jay Knocks In One Run; Jhonny Polanco Strikes Out Three Of Four Batters Faced

Individual Highlights:
Jon Jay 0-for-4 with one RBI.
Blake Drake 1-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, one run, one strikeout, and one fielding error.
Alex DeLeon 1-for-4 with one double and two strikeouts.
Danny Diekroeger 1-for-3 with one double and one walk.
Jhonny Polanco entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck three out.  (p-s:17-11)

Rough Outing:
Vaughn Bryan 0-for-3 with one hit by pitch and one strikeout.
Justin Ringo 0-for-3 with one hit by pitch and one strikeout.
Darren Seferina 0-for-2 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Matt Pearce started and pitched 5.2 innings.  He allowed seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, and struck four out for the losing decision (3-4).  (p-s:96-62)(g/f:8-3)
Nicholas Frey entered in the sixth and pitched 2.1 innings.  He allowed four hits, three earned runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:39-27)(g/f:4-1)

Boxscore
Peoria Official Site Post Game
Peoria Journal Star Post Game

Former Cardinals Playing In Nicaraguan Spring/Summer League 5-27-15: Gustavo Martinez Strikes Out Six Over Seven Scoreless Inning For The Win

Gustavo Martinez (former GCL-Dantos) started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck six out for the winning decision (1-0).

Dantos beat Granada 10-0


Matt Holliday Sets New Cardinals' Record By Reaching Base Safely In 43 Consecutive Games

St. Louis Official Twitter

It took Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday until his third at-bat Wednesday night to reach base.
Post-Disaptch

Matt Holliday hit his way into the record books during Wednesday night's matchup with Arizona at Busch Stadium by singling in the fifth inning to become the first National League player to reach base in his first 43 games of a season.
St. Louis Official Site

Matt Adams Expected To Be Out Of Action Three-Four Months

J.J. Bailey Twitter

The Cardinals general manager says first baseman Matt Adams could miss the rest of the season after he strained his right quad during Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
KMOX (Audio)

Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, who was almost certain to land on the disabled list after suffering a right quadriceps strain Tuesday, now is certain not to be playing for months. The Cardinals announced Wednesday night that Adams would be out an estimated three to four months, which could mean the rest of the regular season.
Cardinal Beat

The Cardinals will look to veteran utilityman Mark Reynolds to take over at first base for the foreseeable future.
Fox Sports Midwest

Ed Easley Forced To Borrow Equipment

The Cardinals got grim news with the results of Matt Adams' MRI, learning the first baseman has a significant tear in his right quadriceps.
KMOV

To say that Ed Easley is a veteran of the minor leagues would be a bit of an understatement–he has logged 679 games since he was drafted by Arizona in 2007. It wasn’t until earlier this season, the now St. Louis Cardinals prospect, received his first promotion to the active roster, backing up Yadier Molina while Tony Cruz was on paternity leave.
STL Baseball Weekly (Audio)

With Matt Adams Out, Cardinals Put Faith In Mark Reynolds At First Base; Ed Easley Hoping For MLB Debut

The Cardinals will look to veteran utility man Mark Reynolds to take over at first base for the foreseeable future.

Fox Sports Midwest

Joe Mather On The Pat Imig & T.J. Moe Show 5-27-15

Inside STL

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 5-27-15: Dom Thompson-Williams & A.J. Kruzel Each Walk

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

Chattahoochee Valley beat Iowa Western 14-2

A.J. Kruzel (former 2013 draft selection-Henderson St) started at second base and batted seventh.  0-for-2 with one walk, one sacrifice, and one strikeout.

Henderson St beat Angelo St 4-1
Henderson St Official Site Post Game

Quintana Roo Signs Daniel Cabrera, Releases Ivan Maldonado

Now the Tigers of Quintana Roo have returned him to the helm of the team Roberto Vizcarra, and looking for the rally was born champion team, the directive Chief Executive headed Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez Meza announced that joins the team in Ciudad del Carmen, the former wholesale league pitcher Daniel Cabrera, who takes the place of the New York-Puerto Rican Ivan Maldonado.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Peoria Starting Lineup 5-27-15

Peoria Official Twitter

P.J. Walters Reassigned From Triple-A Oklahoma City To Double-A Tulsa

Eric Stephen Twitter

Matt Adams Injury Severe, Could Last More Than 15 Days

Matt Adams' strained quadriceps muscle is severe and could take longer to heal than 15 days, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said before Wednesday's game.
Cardinal Beat

The Cardinals announced bad news at Busch Wednesday, as MRI scans revealed Matt Adams' quadriceps tear will sideline him for an indeterminate amount of time.
KMOV

The injury to first baseman Matt Adams will keep him out of the lineup for a significant period of time, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday.
STL Sports Page

The Cardinals were still gathering doctors' opinions as of Wednesday afternoon, but early reads of Matt Adams' MRI exam indicate that he will miss significant time due to a right quadriceps strain.
St. Louis Official Site

Scott Kazmir Leaves Athletics' Start With Left Shoulder Tightness

Jane Lee Twitter

Dodgers Trade Juan Uribe To Braves

Mark Bowman Twitter

Cardinals, Lance Lynn Go For Sweep Wednesday

The St. Louis Cardinals aim to extend their winning streak to four straight games on Wednesday evening as they conclude a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

KSDK

Memphis Beat Fresno 6-1: Tim Cooney Strikes Out Two Over Seven Scoreless Innings For The Win; Xavier Scruggs Hits A Two-Run Homer; Stephen Piscotty Hits A Solo Home Run

Individual Highlights:
Jacob Wilson 1-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
Stephen Piscotty 1-for-5 with one home run, one RBI, two runs, and one strikeout.
Xavier Scruggs 1-for-5 with one home run, two two-out RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.
Matt Williams 1-for-3 with one double, one run, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Rafael Ortega 3-for-4 with one triple, one RBI, two runs, and one stolen base.
Travis Tartamella 0-for-3 with one RBI, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Tim Cooney started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck two out for the winning decision (4-2).  84-56)(g/f:8-7)
Sam Tuivailala entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk.  (p-s:14-7)(g/f:1-1)

Rough Outing:
Ty Kelly 0-for-5 at the plate.
Greg Garcia 0-for-3 with one walk.
Mike O'Neill 0-for-3 with one sacrifice.
Tyler Waldron entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and one home run.  (p-s:11-8)(g/f:1-2)

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Memphis Official Site Post Game

Cardinals Starting Lineup 5-27-15

St. Louis Official Twitter

After first baseman Matt Adams left Tuesday's game with a strained right quadriceps muscle and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, Mark Reynolds will take his place in the field. But it will be shortstop Jhonny Peralta who moves into Adams' cleanup spot as the Cardinals look to sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at Busch Stadium.
Cardinal Beat

Seth Maness On The Big Show 5-27-15

Inside STL

Springfield Beat Frisco 4-3: Mike Ohlman Singles & Drives In Two Runs; Alex Mejia Hits A Solo Home Run; Joey Donofrio Strikes Out Three Over Two Scoreless Innings For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Charlie Tilson 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Aledmys Diaz 2-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, and one stolen base.
Mike Ohlman 1-for-3 with two two-out RBIs and one walk.
Alex Mejia 1-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, one run, and grounded into one double play.
Breyvic Valera 3-for-4 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Thomas Lee started and pitched six innings.  He allowed six hits, two earned runs, and struck four out.  (p-s:92-63)(g/f:7-5)
Joey Donofrio entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck three out for the winning decision (1-2).  (p-s:32-21)(g/f:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Jonathan Rodriguez 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Patrick Wisdom 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
David Washington 1-for-4 with one strikeout and one caught stealing/pickoff.
Lee Stoppelman entered in the ninth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed no hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:20-10)(g/f:1-0)
Kyle Barraclough entered in the ninth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the save (2).  (p-s:9-5)(ir-s:2-1)
Pitching coach Jason Simontacchi was ejected in the first inning.

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Cardinals Placed Matt Adams On The 15-Day Disabled List, Recalled Ed Easley From Triple-A Memphis

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that first baseman Matt Adams (strained right quad) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and that catcher Ed Easley has been recalled from Memphis (AAA).
St. Louis Official Site

Veteran minor league catcher Ed Easley has been recalled by the Cardinals from Class AAA Memphis to take the roster spot of first baseman Matt Adams, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right quadriceps suffering running out a double on Tuesday night
Cardinal Beat

The Cardinals turned to Memphis again for another new player to fill in for their injured first baseman.
Fox Sports Midwest

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced Matt Adams has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right quadriceps while running out a double in the 5th inning of last night’s 6-4 victory.
STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals Have Four Position Leaders In NL All-Star Update

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders.
St. Louis Official Site

The St. Louis Cardinals are very well-represented in the first NL voting update from MLB for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be played Tuesday, July 14th in Cincinnati.
STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals fans are doing their part to get their team's top players to Cincinnati for the All-Star Game.
Fox Sports Midwest

Cardinals Need More From First Base

Matt Adams' strained quad is the latest turn for the Cardinals at a key offensive position. In terms of production from the first-base spot, the Cards continue to lag near the bottom of statistical rankings.

Bernie Bytes

Tony LaRussa 'Overwhelmed' By Youth Field Dedication

Tony La Russa is a veteran of baseball's biggest stage and has the accolades to prove it. The former St. Louis manager and Arizona's current chief baseball officer wore his three World Series rings on Wednesday at Ray Leisure Park on South Tucker Boulevard as the Cardinals honored him with the dedication of Tony La Russa Field.
St. Louis Official Site

During his time as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa was often present to watch and help honor the greats of the organization. On Wednesday, the Hall of Famer received his own recognition with a field dedication at Ray Leisure Park on South Tucker Boulevard.
STL Baseball Weekly (Audio)

Triple-A Memphis Activated Travis Tartamella From The Seven-Day Disabled List

Brian Walton Twitter

Why Ryan Howard & The Cardinals Are A Perfect Match

Finding a way to get Howard to St. Louis, his home, sounds just about perfect for everyone.

The Good Plight

Palm Beach Beat Tampa 4-1: Trey Nielsen Strikes Out Six & Allows One Run Over Seven Innings For The Win; Chris Perry Pitches Two Hitless/Scoreless Innings For The Save; Jimmy Bosco Singles & Drives In Two Runs

Individual Highlights:
C.J. McElroy 0-for-4 with one RBI , one sac fly, and two strikeouts.
Luke Voit 0-for-2 with one run, one walk, and one hit by pitch.
Collin Radack 2-for-3 with one run and one walk.
Jimmy Bosco 1-for-4 with two two-out RBIs and two strikeouts.
Robelys Reyes 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, one strikeout, and one throwing error.
Trey Nielsen started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed one hit, one unearned run, one walk, and struck six out for the winning decision (4-3).  (p-s:84-54)(g/f:13-3)
Chris Perry entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (5).  (p-s:29-19)(g/f:3-2)

Rough Outing:
Bruce Caldwell 0-for-3 with one hit by pitch and one strikeout.
Carson Kelly 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

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Derrick Goold On The Press Box 5-27-15

Inside STL

Jon Jay Sends Literally Every Peoria Fan Home Happy After Minor League Rehab Start

Jon Jay went 0 for 4 in his first rehab game with the Class A Peoria Chiefs on Tuesday, but that certainly wasn't enough for fans to leave disappointed.

Fox Sports Midwest

Cardinals Allotted $7,387,600 For Draft Signing Pool

After an unprecedented three-year run of owning the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, the Astros won't get whomever they want this year. But they still have more spending power than any club.

MLB Official Site

Rangers Recall Jon Edwards From Triple-A Round Rock

John Blake Twitter

ESPN Picks Up Cardinals-Cubs June 28, 2015 Game

ESPN announced today that two of Major League Baseball’s classic rivalries will take center stage this June on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. On June 21, the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants – led by Buster Posey – will visit the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and Adrian Gonzalez. On June 28, the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo will visit the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals and Matt Holliday.

ESPN

Curt Schilling: Joe Kelly Is 'Frustrating To Watch' Because He Should Be An All-Star (WEEI)

Curt Schilling appeared on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show this morning and talked about Red Sox struggling starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who has a 6.24 ERA in nine starts.

MassLive

Rick Hummel On The Morning After 5-27-15

Inside STL

Breaking Down The Devastating Slider Of Carlos Martinez

Nine starts into his first full season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation, Carlos Martinez, the 23-year-old right-handed pitcher with one pretty good nickname and one even better nickname, has compiled an impressive highlight reel full of filthy pitches.

Viva El Birdos

Diamondbacks Purchase The Contract Of Ildemaro Vargas From Bridgeport & Assign To Single-A Kane County

Bridgeport Bluefish team officials today announced that infielder Ildemaro Vargas has had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He will report to Single-A Kane County of the Midwest League.

Bridgeport Official Site

Palm Beach Starting Lineup 5-27-15

Palm Beach Official Twitter

Randal Grichuk Demonstrates Versatility, Power In Lineup

When the pregame lineup is posted in the Cardinals' clubhouse before every game, Randal Grichuk usually isn't looking at what number comes before his name.
Post-Dispatch

Randal Grichuk didn't know if he got enough of a 3-1 fastball from Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley. From the dugout, manager Mike Matheny thought something sounded just a little off.
Fox Sports Midwest

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 5-27-15: Andrew Brown Singles Twice & Scores One Run

Andrew Brown (former St. Louis-SK) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one run and one strikeout.

SK beat Lotte 6-0

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 5-27-15: Hector Luna Singles

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 and assisted in one double play.

Softbank beat Chunichi 8-1

Jaime Garcia Battles For First Win In 11 Months

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia tried not to let the frustration get to him. With the opportunity to secure a win in his first home start of the year at stake in the sixth inning, he and the first baseman couldn't record an out on a routine grounder to the right side for a second time on the night. In this instance, the ball squirted towards the dugout after an unsuccessful toss from Mark Reynolds to Garcia, and Arizona's Aaron Hill took third base as the potential go-ahead run came to the plate for the D-Backs with one out.
St. Louis Official Site

Jaime Garcia didn’t have a ball as a souvenir. He thought he probably should have saved one but he said, “I’m already preparing for my next game.”
Post-Dispatch

Jaime Garcia's last MLB victory came on June 15, 2014. The 345 days since then have been wrought with anxiety, injury, surgery, recovery, setbacks and stress. He returned to the majors May 21 in New York City, pitching seven innings in a 5-0 loss. Tuesday, he was back in St. Louis, taking the mound in front of the home crowd for the first time since June 20, a year ago.
KMOV

Judging by his postgame demeanor, it was hard to believe it had been nearly a year between wins for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia.
STL Baseball Weekly

Matt Adams Likely Headed To Disabled List With Quad Strain

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took little time to celebrate Tuesday's 6-4 win over the D-backs, and instead quickly turned his attention to how the club will weather at least a short-term absence by first baseman Matt Adams.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals’ immediate plan to cover first base as Matt Adams tends to a torn muscle in his leg will be to turn the position over to the slugger stashed on their bench.
Post-Dispatch

The Cardinals and Diamondbacks slugged it out through the first four innings of Tuesday night's game, accruing 12 hits and 10 runs through 24 outs. Though the Cardinals led 6-4, they were dealt a heavy blow in the fifth when Matt Adams was injured on the basepaths.
KMOV

Cardinals Ready To Break Out The Brooms Against Diamondbacks

The St. Louis Cardinals have been baseball's model for consistent success over the last 15 years, winning nine division championships, four NL pennants and two World Series.

Fox Sports Midwest

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican League 5-26-15: Justin Christian Collects Two Singles & One RBI

Justin Christian (former Memphis-Mexico) started as designated hitter and batted second.  2-for-5 with one two-out RBI.

Aguascalientes beat Mexico 5-4 in 11 innings

Ivan Bellazetin (former MiLB tryout-Tabasco) started at shortstop and batted second.  0-for-3 at the plate.

Oaxaca beat Tabasco 12-1

Luis Garcia (former New Haven-Yucatan) started as designated hitter and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Campache beat Yucatan 10-1

Iker Franco (former Springfield-Quintana Roo) started at catcher and batted eighth.  0-for-3 with one walk and allowed two stolen bases.

Quintana Roo beat Cuidad de Carmen 2-1

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 5-26-15: Fernando Salas Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning; Skip Schumaker Doubles & Drives In One Run; Luke Gregerson Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Save

Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Houston) started in centerfield and moved to left, batting sixth.  0-for-3 with one walk and three strikeouts.
Pat Neshek (former St. Louis-Houston) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the hold (12).  (p-s:14-11)
Luke Gregerson (former Springfield-Houston) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the save (13).  (p-s:10-7)

Houston beat Baltimore 4-1

Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis-New York-A) started in right field and batted sixth.  1-for-3 at the plate.

New York-A beat Kansas City 5-1

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Miami) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Pittsburgh beat Miami 5-1

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted eighth.  1-for-1 with one double and one RBI.

Cincinnati beat Colorado 2-1

Joey Butler (former St. Louis-Tampa Bay) started as designated hitter and batted second.  3-for-4 with one double, two runs, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.

Seattle beat Tampa Bay 7-6 in 10 innings

Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:12-7)(g/f:2-1)

Texas beat Cleveland 4-3

Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-Minnesota) entered in the eighth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk.  (p-s:18-12)(g/f:2-0)

Minnesota beat Boston 2-1

Michael Blazek (former St. Louis-Milwaukee) entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:18-13)(g/f:1-1)

San Francisco beat Milwaukee 6-3

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for- with one strikeout.

St. Louis beat Arizona 6-4

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  2-for-4 at the plate.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Anaheim) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one intentional walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  (p-s:17-9)(g/f:1-0)

San Diego beat Anaheim 4-0 in 10 innings

Marco Gonzales To Be Out Estimated Three Weeks; Mike Matheny Won't Extend Trevor Rosenthal; The Bunt Defense; Power-Packed Infield; Tony LaRussa Honors

Lefthander Marco Gonzales, who is on the Class AAA Memphis roster, will be out an estimated three weeks, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, as the club deals with a shoulder impingement that has resurfaced for Gonzales.

Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Post-Game Audio 5-26-15: Mike Matheny, Matt Adams, Randal Grichuk, & Jaime Garcia

STL Sports Page

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fresno Beat Memphis 5-2: Stephen Piscotty Doubles & Drives In One Run; Dean Anna Singles, Walks, & Knocks In One Run; Heath Wyatt Strikes Out One & Holds Two Inherited Runners On Base Over Two & A Third Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Dean Anna 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, and one walk.
Stephen Piscotty 1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, and one strikeout.
Cody Stanley 1-for-2 with one run, one walk, and allowed one stolen base.
Ty Kelly 1-for-2 with one double and one walk.
Heath Wyatt entered in the fifth and pitched 2.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck one out.  (p-s:20-15)(g/f:2-1)(ir-s:2-0)
Dean Kiekhefer entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits and no runs.  (p-s:17-12)(g/f:3-0)

Rough Outing:
Ed Easley 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Dan Johnson 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Xavier Scruggs 0-for-4 with one strikeout and one outfield assist.
Tyler Lyons started and pitched 4.2 innings.  He allowed eight hits, five earned runs, one home run, two walks, and struck five out for the losing decision (3-2).  (p-s:95-54)(g/f:3-5)

Boxscore
Memphis Official Site Post Game

Luis Rojas Returning As Manager For Escogido For 2015-16 Winter Season

Management confirmed Luis Rojas Chosen as leader for the 2015-2016 season of Dominican Baseball.  (Translated)

El Caribe

Frisco Beat Springfield 10-1: Mike Ohlman Hits A Solo Home Run; Kyle Barraclough Strikes Out Two Of Three Batters Faced; Iden Nazario Pitches One Scoreless Inning

Individual Highlights:
Charlie Tilson 4-for-5 at the plate.
Aledmys Diaz 2-for-5 with one double and assisted in one double play.
Nick Martini 0-for-2 with one walk and one hit by pitch.
Mike Ohlman 1-for-4 with one home run, one two-out RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Breyvic Valera 2-for-4 with one double and assisted in one double play.
Iden Nazario entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk.  (p-s:15-7)(g/f:1-1)
Kyle Barraclough entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no his or runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:14-9)

Rough Outing:
Jonathan Rodriguez 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and assisted in one double play.
David Washington 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Patrick Wisdom 0-for-3 with one walk and one caught stealing.
Kyle Hald started and pitched 3.1 innings.  He allowed nine hits, nine earned runs, two home runs, three walks, and struck four outfor the losing decision (0-3).  (p-s:63-40)(g/f:2-2)
Corey Baker entered in the fourth and pitched 2.2 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  (p-s:46-26)(g/f:2-3)(ir-s:3-2)

Boxscore
Springfield Official Site Post Game

Cardinals Beat Diamondbacks 6-4: Randal Grichuk Singles, Homers, & Drives In Two Runs; Jhonny Peralta Singles, Doubles, & Knocks In Two Runs; Matt Belisle Strikes Out Three Over Two & Two-Thirds Scoreless Innings For The Hold

Individual Highlights:
Kolten Wong 0-for-2 with one run, two walks, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Matt Holliday 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Matt Adams 1-for-3 with one double and one strikeout.
Jhonny Peralta 2-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, one run, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Yadier Molina 1-for-4 with one RBI, one strikeout, and threw out one base runner.
Randal Grichuk 2-for-3 with one home run, two RBIs, one run, and one stolen base.
Matt Belisle entered in the seventh and pitched 2.2 innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, three walks, and struck three out for the hold (4).  (p-s:47-27)(g/f:3-0)
Seth Maness entered in the ninth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (3).  (p-s:2-2)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Mark Reynolds 0-for-1 and one throwing error.
Jaime Garcia started and pitched six innings.  He allowed eight hits, four runs (three earned), one home run, and struck five out for the winning decision (1-1).  0-for-2 with two strikeouts.  (p-s:91-57)(g/f:10-0)

Former Cardinals:
David Peralta 0-for-1 with one strikeout.

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

Skip Schumaker Eases Reds' Pain With Walk-Off

The Reds' season-high nine-game losing streak ended when Skip Schumaker hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Rockies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati Official Site

Peoria Beat Clinton 4-3: Daniel Poncedeleon Strikes Out Four & Allows Two Runs Over Six Innings For The Win; Blake Drake Singles, Triples, & Drives In One Run; Justin Ringo Collects Two Singles & One RBI

Individual Highlights:
Justin Ringo 2-for-4 with one triple, one RBI, and one run.
Danny Diekroeger 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Blake Drake 2-for-3 with one triple, one two-out RBI, one run, and one walk.
Darren Seferina 0-for-1 with two walks and one fielding error.
Daniel Poncedeleon started and pitched six innings.  He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), one home run, two walks, and struck four out for the winning decision (5-0).  (p-s:87-58)(g/f:9-5)
Tyler Bray entered in the eighth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out for the save (1).  (p-s:16-11)(g/f:0-1)(ir-s:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Jon Jay 0-for-4 at the plate.
Oscar Mercado 0-for-4 at the plate.

Boxscore
Peoria Official Site Post Game
Peoria Journal Star Post Game

Audio: Matt Holliday To Uncork New Beer

Besides reaching base safely in 42 consecutive games to tie the franchise-record start to the season, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is continuing to make a difference off the field as well. His latest effort will be Uncork for a Cause 2015, which will take place this Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm at the Schlafly Tap Room downtown.

STL Baseball Weekly

Matt Adams Exits Tuesday's Game With Strained Right Quad

St. Louis Official Twitter

Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams exited Tuesday's game against the D-backs in the fifth inning after limping into second base while running out a one-out double into the right-field corner.
St. Louis Official Site

A much-needed double for first baseman Matt Adams ended on a sour note as he limped into second base in the fifth inning Tuesday night.
Fox Sports Midwest

The St. Louis Cardinlas enjoyment of Tuesday’s 6-4 victory over Arizona was tempered by injury to Matt Adams, who left the game after straining his right quadriceps while running to second base for a double in the 5th inning.
STL Sports Page

Matt Holliday Eyes New Mark When Lance Lynn Faced Diamondbacks

Matt Holliday will try for a Cardinals franchise record Wednesday night when St. Louis wraps up a three-game series with Arizona at Busch Stadium. If Holliday reaches base, it will be his 43rd consecutive game to reach to start the 2015 season, which would surpass the 42-game mark Albert Pujols set in 2008.

St. Louis Official Site

Matt Adams Counters Infield Shift With Bunt Single

Capitalizing on the element of surprise and trusting in all the behind-the-scenes work he had done to refine his technique, Matt Adams foiled a defensive shift by laying a bunt down the third-base line in Monday's 3-2, 10-inning victory.

St. Louis Official Site

Memphis Starting Lineup 5-26-15

Memphis Official Twitter

Matt Holliday Ties Albert Pujols For Cardinals Franchise Consecutive Games Reaching Base Record

St. Louis Official Twitter

With an RBI single in his first at-bat on Tuesday night, outfielder Matt Holliday matched Albert Pujols' franchise record of reaching base in 42 consecutive games to open a season. Pujols set the mark in 2008 and had been the only player in the Majors to begin a year with an on-base streak of that length since 2000.
St. Louis Official Site

Video: Tony LaRussa Returns To St. Louis

Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa reflects on his successful years in St. Louis while visiting with Todd Walsh in the 'other' dugout.

Fox Sports Midwest

Palm Beach @ Tampa Postponed 5-26-15, Doubleheader Scheduled For Thursday 5-28-15

Palm Beach Official Twitter

Tony LaRussa Happy With Progress Since His Hire With Diamondbacks

Tony La Russa's one-year anniversary with the Diamondbacks passed very quietly back on May 17. Not even La Russa marked the day of when he officially became the team's chief baseball officer, slotting in below President and CEO Derrick Hall and above then-General Manager Kevin Towers.

AZ Central

Joe Borowski On The Pat Imig & T.J. Moe Show 5-26-15

Inside STL

Palm Beach Starting Lineup 5-26-15

Palm Beach Official Twitter

Marco Gonzales Will Miss Three Weeks With Impingment

A return of soreness and irritation in his left shoulder brought Marco Gonzales back to St. Louis for a battery of exams Tuesday that revealed the pitcher was not dealing with any structural issues in his pitching arm but still would need to miss time.
Cardinal Beat

The Cardinals received about as good of news as could be expected on pitching prospect Marco Gonzales Tuesday, when an MRI revealed no structural damage to his shoulder.
KMOV

Left-hander Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals' top-ranked pitching prospect per MLBPipeline.com, received encouraging news on Tuesday when, after traveling to St. Louis, had an MRI that revealed no structural damage in his left shoulder.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals expect pitching prospect Marco Gonzales to miss another three weeks with his latest shoulder injury.
Fox Sports Midwest

After experiencing tightness in his shoulder after his last outing, St. Louis Cardinals prospect Marco Gonzales was in St. Louis on Tuesday to undergo a variety of tests, including an MRI.
STL Baseball Weekly

Medical tests did not reveal any structural damage to pitcher Marco Gonzales’ left shoulder on Tuesday but he will still likely miss at least the next three weeks at Triple A Memphis.
STL Sports Page

Jon Jay To Begin Rehab Assignment & Results From Previous Rehabbers

Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay begins a rehab assignment with the Peoria Chiefs tonight when the Chiefs play host to the Clinton LumberKings at Dozer Park. The Cardinals placed Jay on the disabled list May 14 with tendinitis in his left wrist. He will be the first Major League player to rehab with the Chiefs since Jake Westbrook pitched for Peoria June 9, 2013, and the first position player to do so since then-Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez played two games June 19-20, 2010.

Playing In Peoria

Athletics Option Angel Castro To Triple-A Nashville

Oakland Official Twitter

Peoria Starting Lineup 5-26-15

Peoria Official Twitter

The Peoria Chiefs (22-23) are coming off a double-header sweep of division-leading Quad Cities on Memorial Day. They are now home for a seven-game homestead to close out the month of May. The Clinton LumberKings (21-24) are winners of three straight, but are 1-2 in the season series with the Chiefs thus far. Peoria leads Clinton by two games in the Midwest League Western Division.
Playing In Peoria

Ryan Franklin To Represent Cardinals At 2015 MLB Draft

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB Official Site

Astros: Let's Make A Trade With The Phillies

In February, I wrote an article for Climbing Tal’s Hill stating why Cole Hamels would be the perfect fit for the Houston Astros. My reasoning then was that with the off-season additions of Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, the Astros had significantly upgraded their bullpen. The Astros also extended their lineup with the additions of major-league talent like Evan Gattis, Luis Valbuena, Colby Rasmus and Jed Lowrie. I argued then that the Astros had taken steps to make themselves relevant again in Houston and around baseball. But that they needed a starting pitcher and not just any starting pitcher. They need an ace to put at the top of the rotation that had the experience and the pedigree to go toe to toe with Felix Hernandez, Sonny Gray, Yu Darvish and Garrett Richards.

Climbing Tal's Hill

Cardinals Starting Lineup 5-26-15

St. Louis Official Twitter

There hasn't been a kinder place in the majors on a regular basis than home for Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia.
Cardinal Beat

 Jaime Garcia makes his second start since last June and his first in Busch Stadium since undergoing major shoulder surgery last season. In his first return to MLB action, he threw seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits against the Mets.
KMOV

It could be a home run, a base hit–a dropped third strike or an error, but if Matt Holliday safely reaches base tonight he will tie Albert Pujols for the most consecutive games to safely reach base to open a season (42) in franchise history.
STL Baseball Weekly

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 5-26-15: Dom Thompson-Williams Doubles, Homers, & Drives In Three Runs

Dom Thompson-Williams (former 2014 draft selection-Iowa Western) stated and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one double, one home run, three RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.

Iowa Western beat Yavapai 4-1

Tony LaRussa One The Big Show 5-26-15

Inside STL

Springfield: Fan Vote Mini Bobbleheads Has Been Revealed

In a special pregame reveal at Hammons Field last week, the Springfield Cardinals announced the 10 former Springfield Cardinals that will be featured in the Fan Vote Mini Bobblehead Giveaway Series at Hammons Field.

Springfield Official Site

Dave Duncan Talks About What Makes Carlos Martinez So Dangerous On The Mound

101 ESPN

Carlos Martinez At His Best When He Can Harness The Heat

Carlos Martinez did everything he needed to do to earn his fifth win of the season.

Fox Sports Midwest

Jimmy Reed Named Florida State League Pitcher Of The Week For Period May 18-25, 2015

The Florida State League has released its players of the week, and pitcher, Jimmy Reed received one of those honors. Reed, a left-handed pitcher from Gaithersburg, MD, received Pitcher of the Week, after pitching a complete game on Friday, May 22 against the Clearwater Threshers. That was his second nine-inning complete game of the season and third in his career.

Palm Beach Official Site

Rick Hummel On The Press Box 5-26-15

Inside STL

Juan Uribe From Dodgers To Braves Not Happening

David O'Brien Twitter

Tony LaRussa Talks About Wanting To Build The Type Of Product In Arizona That Cardinals Fans See

TLR joined Kevin Wheeler to talk about the Diamondbacks, the team being a work in progress, the things he likes on the field with the D-Backs, the young pitching they have, and his feelings of going up against his former team in the Cardinals

101 ESPN

Dodgers Rotation Springs Leaks

Now is not a great time to go shopping for starting pitchers. Given the dearth of sellers at this point, trade prices are quite high.

Tipsheet

Trevor Rosenthal Doesn't Mind The Extra Work

Trevor Rosenthal found a crowd of reporters gathering around him in the Cardinals clubhouse after Monday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Post-Dispatch

Derrick Goold & Mike Claiborne On The Morning After 5-26-15

Inside STL

Why Does Joe Posnanski See A Royals/Cardinals World Series As A Distinct Possibility?

Joe Posnanski joined Kevin Wheeler to talk about his new book, the possibility of a triple crown winner, the job LBJ has done in Cleveland, the Royals success, and the possibility of an I-70 series.

101 ESPN

Collin Radack Making Most Of His Chance In Cardinals Organization

Luckily for Collin Radack, the inauspicious beginning to his professional baseball career has not been an omen of things to come.

STL Sports Page

Braves Talking With Dodgers About Trade Involving Juan Uribe

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Road City Signed Javier Machuca For The 2015 Season

Boricuas Beisbol Twitter

Phillies Continue To Have Dialogue On Trade Chips

All of the notable players that the Phillies are looking or willing or hoping to trade have hit pretty good strides lately.

CSN Philly

Beware Of Michael Wacha's Breakout

With perennial 200-plus inning horse Adam Wainwright (torn Achilles) lost for the season, Michael Wacha has emerged as the Cardinals’ rock in the rotation. Wacha, limited to 19 starts last year due to a stress fracture in his shoulder, has sprinted to a 7-0 start in 2015 and totes the seventh-best park-adjusted ERA (210 ERA+) among qualified starters after outdueling Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura on Sunday. At just 23, the former first-round pick out of Texas A&M has taken the Great Leap Forward into acedom.

Gammons Daily

Jon Jay Assigned To Single-A Peoria To Begin Rehab Assignment

Peoria Official Twitter

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 5-26-15: Andrew Brown Collects Two Singles & Scores One Run

Andrew Brown (former St. Louis-SK) started in right field and batted fourth.  2-for-5 with one run.

Lotte beat SK 10-5

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 5-26-15: Raul Valdes Strikes Out Six & Allows Two Runs Over Five Innings For The Win; Hector Luna Singles & Drives In Two Runs

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at third base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with two RBIs, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.
Raul Valdes (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed seven hits, two earned runs, four walks, and struck six out for the winning decision (2-4).  0-for-2 with one strikeout.

Chunichi beat Softbank 4-3

Albert Pujols Has Never Shied Away From The Big Moment

There comes a point late in the career of a great player when he must take advantage of any opportunity that's presented. And that point came around for Albert Pujols in the ninth inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium.

Anaheim Official Site

Albert Pujols Answers Padres' Rally With Walk-Off Winner

Albert Pujols lined a broken-bat single through the left side against Padres closer Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Angels to a thrilling 4-3 walk-off win in Southern California on Memorial Day.

Anaheim Official Site

It's Never Easy For Cardinals

Perennial contention is no easy feat in the big leagues. The 162-game marathon takes a heavy toll on teams.

Post-Dispatch

Joe Kelly Needs To Go To Red Sox Bullpen Immediately

The Boston Red Sox have really set the standard for inconsistent play for the better part of a month now. One reason for this is because of the starting rotation, which started out well but has been one of the worst in MLB.

Rant Sports

Memorial Day Is Special For Mich Harris

The Cardinals, like all of baseball, observed Memorial Day on Monday. There was a moment of silence before the game to honor soldiers who lost their lives on duty. The team wore special caps and jerseys – in the Cardinals’ case with the elements on their jersey done in beige camouflage instead of red or gold – that will be sold, with the proceeds going to programs for veterans.

Post-Dispatch

Jon Jay Heads For Rehab Assignment; Matt Adams Bunts; Tests For Marco Gonzales; Back On Duty

When Jon Jay returns from a rehab assignment that begins Tuesday, there is no guarantee his position or planned spot in the lineup will be the same as when he left it.
Post-Dispatch

The Cardinals’ medical staff will run top pitching prospect Marco Gonzales through a series of tests Tuesday to determine the cause of recurring soreness in and around his left shoulder.
Post-Dispatch

Unable to get his power potential to connect consistently at the plate, the Cardinals are shifting Rowan Wick to the mound to see if he can find with his arm what he couldn't with his bat.
Bird Land