Holliday ties club record with on-base streak

Outfielder reaches for 42nd game to start season, matching Pujols ('08)

Holliday ties club record with on-base streak

ST. LOUIS -- A season that began with Matt Holliday prioritizing a strong start is now in the franchise record books because of how good that start has been.

With an RBI single in his first at-bat of Tuesday's 6-4 win over the D-backs, the Cardinals left fielder 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.

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Cards ride early outburst past D-backs

Cards ride early outburst past D-backs

ST. LOUIS -- An early-inning battle of offensive firepower turned into a defensive struggle that fell St. Louis' way, as the Cardinals held on for a 6-4 win over Arizona before 41,107 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory made St. Louis the first National League team to reach 30 wins this season.

In his second start of the year, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) to the D-backs over the first three innings before settling in to shut them out during his final three frames.

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Adams likely headed for DL with quad strain

First baseman injured on 5th-inning double; Reynolds to step up

Adams likely headed for DL with quad strain

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

Though a roster move won't be made until after Adams undergoes an MRI on Wednesday, the Cardinals were already bracing for the likelihood that he will need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Adams strained his right quad in the fifth inning while running out a double.

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Garcia battles for first win in 11 months

Lefty overcomes early trouble vs. D-backs in second start of season

Garcia battles for first win in 11 months

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

No panic, Garcia honed in on the next hitter, Nick Ahmed, to induce an inning-ending double play with his final pitch in a game that ended with Garcia as a winner for the first time in more than 11 months. The Cardinals defeated Arizona, 6-4, at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night in Garcia's second start of the season.

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Holliday eyes new mark when Lynn faces D-backs

Holliday eyes new mark when Lynn faces D-backs

Matt Holliday will try for a Cardinals franchise record Wednesday night when St. Louis looks to sweep 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.

Arizona's Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter will take the mound and attempt to continue a trend of success against the Cardinals. Collmenter has allowed just two runs in 18 2/3 innings across four career games against St. Louis. In those games, he's struck out 15 and walked just three without allowing a home run.

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Cards prospect Gonzales encouraged by MRI

Lefty diagnosed with shoulder impingement; hoping to miss only 3 weeks

Cards prospect Gonzales encouraged by MRI

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

He was diagnosed with an impingement, which the medical staff will address by having Gonzales begin an exercise program designed to strengthen the area around his shoulder. Gonzales, who will receive a cortisone shot to calm some of the irritation in the area, is expected to be re-evaluated in about 10 days to determine if he can resume throwing.

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Adams counters infield shift with bunt single

First baseman makes D-backs pay, comes around to score

Adams counters infield shift with bunt single

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

The execution had been a long time coming, as Adams' last successful bunt (sacrifice or not) had come back in his days as a catcher at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Groomed as a middle-of-the-order hitter, Adams was not asked to bunt in the Minors. He likely would not have been with the Cardinals, either, had teams not begun enticing him.

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Peralta's blast lifts Cardinals in 10 innings

Peralta's blast lifts Cardinals in 10 innings

ST. LOUIS -- A half-inning after the D-backs squandered a bases-loaded opportunity, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta put a quick end to the Memorial Day matinee at Busch Stadium, launching a walk-off homer to lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

The walk-off victory was the Cardinals' fourth this season and the second to end on a home run. The blast, Peralta's seventh of the year, came off Arizona reliever J.C. Ramirez, who had wiggled out of a mess an inning earlier by striking out the side with two on.

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Martinez bears down, extends scoreless run

Right-hander fans 8 in 7 innings for second straight shutout outing

Martinez bears down, extends scoreless run

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez began the month by allowing seven earned runs in back-to-back starts, the first of which was characterized by Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny as a "relapse" to Martinez's up-and-down 2014 season.

The 23-year-old right-hander is nearing the end of May with a vastly better trajectory, and he gave the credit for his seven shutout innings in the Cardinals' 3-2 win over Arizona at Busch Stadium on Memorial Day to injured ace Adam Wainwright.

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Maness, Rosenthal work out of jam sessions

Relievers douse D-backs' scoring threats with late-inning flair

Maness, Rosenthal work out of jam sessions

ST. LOUIS -- In order to salvage a win after Kevin Siegrist's blown save on Monday, the Cardinals needed Seth Maness to offer what he hasn't in more than a month and Trevor Rosenthal to provide the sort of coverage he hadn't since last year.

Together, Maness and Rosenthal stranded five Arizona runners, four in scoring position, buying the Cardinals' offense time to strike again. And in the 10th inning, Jhonny Peralta did, with his leadoff home run jumpstarting the Memorial Day celebration of a 3-2 win at Busch Stadium.

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Jay ready for rehab stint with Class A Peoria

Cards target Friday for center fielder's return from DL

Jay ready for rehab stint with Class A Peoria

ST. LOUIS -- Though Jon Jay is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, the Cardinals will first send the center fielder out on a short Minor League rehab assignment to work on the timing of his swing and ensure that his wrist has been strengthened by time off and exercise.

Jay will begin that rehab assignment with Class A Peoria on Tuesday, general manager John Mozeliak announced Monday before the team's series opener against Arizona. Jay will play two or three games there and, as long as he incurs no setbacks, be activated on Friday. At that time, the Cardinals may consider returning to a five-man bench for the first time in more than a month.

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Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

Cardinals reliever wears military boots before Memorial Day game

Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates

NEW YORK -- Mitch Harris expected the attention. He welcomed it really, since it would shine attention on the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. What he didn't anticipate, however, was how much his story would resonate.

Since joining the Cardinals one month ago, the 29-year-old rookie reliever has been the most sought-after interview in the clubhouse. His unprecedented journey from US Naval Academy graduate to Navy Lieutenant to Major League pitcher has captivated more than just fans of his team.

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Cards' scouts wrapping up Draft prep work

ST. LOUIS -- With just two weeks remaining before the First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals' scouting department is in the middle of holding its usual regional workouts and meetings as the preparation winds down. The workouts give new scouting director Chris Correa and several area scouts a final opportunity to look at Draft-eligible talent.

Correa traveled to Florida late last week to hold the first of those workouts and visit with his scouts from the Southeast regions. He was en route to California on Monday to hold another such meeting and workout for his West Coast scouts in Los Angeles this week. That will be followed by stops in Houston to visit with his Midwest scouting team and Baltimore, where the East region will be covered.

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La Russa's loyalty undivided in St. Louis

D-backs chief baseball officer pulling for current team in former home

La Russa's loyalty undivided in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- There are a lot of great memories for Tony La Russa in this town from his long tenure as Cardinals manager, but as D-backs chief baseball officer, he will not have any divided loyalties during the three-game series.

"I think when you look at their record and our record, we need the wins more than they do," La Russa said. "So that's an easy reminder that this is all about the Diamondbacks winning the series, respecting them, but you know it's that practiced state of mind. You can look back sometimes at your leisure and enjoy the memories and see past relationships, but when you're in the moment like in the game, it's a good kind of distraction, you clear it all out. I won't have any trouble pulling for the Diamondbacks today."

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Wacha, Carpenter pull Cards out of funk

Wacha, Carpenter pull Cards out of funk

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Wacha and Matt Carpenter have been models of stability all season for the Cardinals.

So, when the club hit its first real bump in the road with a three-game losing streak, it figured that Wacha and Carpenter would be two of the main guys to help put St. Louis back on a smooth course.

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Carpenter's homer gives him 500 hits, 300 runs

Carpenter's homer gives him 500 hits, 300 runs

KANSAS CITY -- With his sixth-inning homer on Sunday, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a couple of milestones. It marked Carpenter's 500th Major League hit and 300th run scored.

But it was the 6-1 win over the Royals and not the milestones that Carpenter was focused on.

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Wacha moves to 7-0 with gem in KC

Wacha moves to 7-0 with gem in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Michael Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings and Matt Carpenter delivered a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday, preventing Kansas City from sweeping the three-game I-70 Series.

Wacha, 7-0, was given a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI hits by Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams. An RBI single by Salvador Perez in the fifth chipped the Kansas City deficit to 2-1, but Carpenter then gave Wacha some breathing room with his two-run blast in the sixth off Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who allowed four runs on five hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

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Lackey solid, but Cards can't get timely hits

Lackey solid, but Cards can't get timely hits

KANSAS CITY -- Pitching and power. It's a combination that has served the Cardinals well this season, but the Royals have taken that winning formula away from them in the opening two games of the I-70 Series.

In a 3-2 loss to Kansas City in a rain-shortened 5 1/2-inning game on Saturday, early power by the opposition doomed the Cards for the second consecutive day. John Lackey surrendered a two-run homer to Alex Gordon in the second inning and the Royals had the lead for good.

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Cardinals can't weather storm in I-70 rematch

Cardinals can't weather storm in I-70 rematch

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon drilled a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez pitched six strong innings as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in a rain-shortened game that ended after 5 1/2 innings.

Rain began shortly after the game started and stayed steady throughout. Then with the Royals about to bat in the sixth, crew chief Brian Gorman signaled for the tarp. The forecast was for rain to continue steadily throughout the night and through Sunday.

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Lynn on track for next start against D-backs

Lynn on track for next start against D-backs

KANSAS CITY -- One day after he labored through six innings with back cramps, Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn said he felt normal for a day after a start.

"Just normal soreness," Lynn said.

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Lynn, Cards burned by long balls in I-70 clash

Lynn, Cards burned by long balls in I-70 clash

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Chris Young continued his amazing stretch as a fill-in starter with six shutout innings, and Kendrys Morales hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Royals cruised to a 5-0 win over the cross-state rival Cardinals in the I-70 Series opener on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals now have won four straight and six of seven, and they also now own the best record in baseball at 27-14.

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Lynn labors while dealing with back cramps

Lynn labors while dealing with back cramps

KANSAS CITY -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny could tell from the outset that right-hander Lance Lynn simply wasn't his usual self as he delivered first-inning pitches to Royals' hitters. Lynn was constantly behind in the count and not cutting the ball loose the way he normally does.

"Something just didn't look right," said Matheny, who made an early trip to the mound accompanied by a trainer.

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Garcia flashes signature movement in return

Cards lefty walks five, but hurls seven solid innings to make case for No. 5 spot

Garcia flashes signature movement in return

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals may have been seeking better than the series split they got with Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Mets. But they departed New York with potentially a bigger long-term find.

The search for a fifth starter turned to Jaime Garcia, who, making his first start in 11 months, went seven innings while flashing the movement that has long made his pitches so hard for hitters to pick up. Though Garcia had to tiptoe around five walks and five hits, the 102-pitch effort only boosted the Cardinals' optimism that the left-hander could be a fit in what has been a glaring rotation hole.

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Grichuk races to make diving grab, turns DP

Cards center fielder reaches top speed of 20.131 mph as tracked by Statcast

Grichuk races to make diving grab, turns DP

NEW YORK -- Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk, a Gold Glove Award winner in the Minors, continued his standout defensive series with a diving catch to initiate a double play in the second inning of Thursday's game against the Mets.

Though the Cardinals ended up losing, 5-0, Grichuk laid out to keep John Mayberry Jr.'s line drive to left-center off lefty starter Jaime Garcia from falling in a scoreless game. And if the diving catch alone wasn't enough for the highlight reel, Grichuk hopped up and fired a throw to first baseman Matt Adams that doubled up Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer, who opened the inning with a walk, had already reached second when he saw Grichuk make the grab.

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Garcia solid in '15 debut, but Cards blanked by Mets

Garcia solid in '15 debut, but Cards blanked by Mets

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom's early-season rough patch has officially come to an end.

deGrom's eight shutout innings led the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, giving the clubs a four-game series split and boosting the Mets to their fourth win in six games. Though St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was also sharp in his first outing in 11 months, deGrom was better, striking out 11 Cardinals and holding them to one hit.

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