Lack of offense squanders Garcia's good outing

Cardinals leave 10 runners on in shutout loss

Lack of offense squanders Garcia's good outing

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Matheny felt like the Cardinals were positioned advantageously against Brewers starter Mike Fiers after two innings on Monday. When the night ended, all he could do was tip his cap to Fiers, who shut down the St. Louis offense and helped the Brewers to a 1-0 series-opening win at Busch Stadium.

"We had him at almost 40 pitches after two innings with a bullpen that was really running on fumes after 17 innings yesterday, and he did exactly what his club needed him to do," Matheny said. "He ends up in the sixth with 100 pitches, and it's just impressive."

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Brewers-Cards opener nearly ends on replay

Brewers-Cards opener nearly ends on replay

ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers' 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday at Busch Stadium was this close to ending on instant replay. Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez was convinced it should have.

"I thought I got him," Rodriguez said. "I'm still thinking that I got him."

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Cardinals can't back impressive Garcia vs. Crew

Cardinals can't back impressive Garcia vs. Crew

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Fiers delivered six scoreless innings for a Brewers team that needed every one of them, and Francisco Rodriguez endured a harrowing ninth inning for a 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

It was a matchup of teams with the best and worst records in baseball, yet it was the 18-34 Brewers who came out on top despite a strong start for Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia. He carved through 17 consecutive Brewers batters without allowing a hit in one stretch, but only after Carlos Gomez's RBI single in the first inning gave Milwaukee a lead it wouldn't let go.

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Manfred meets with Cardinals players, staff

MLB Commissioner speaks with club before opener vs. Brewers

Manfred meets with Cardinals players, staff

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Matheny didn't know the exact agenda for his team's Monday meeting with first-year Commissioner Rob Manfred prior to the Cardinals' series opener with Milwaukee.

"I'm not in trouble, I don't think," the St. Louis manager joked.

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Cards look to rebound vs. Brewers behind Lynn

Cards look to rebound vs. Brewers behind Lynn

Tyler Cravy will become Milwaukee's second pitching prospect in three days to make his Major League debut when the Brewers and Cardinals continue a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.

Cravy joined the Brewers on Monday and was available in a bullpen that had been worked for 19 innings over the previous two days, including 13 1/3 innings in Sunday's 17-inning win over the D-backs. But when Brewers manager Craig Counsell was able to navigate a 1-0 win over the Cardinals without using Cravy, it left the 25-year-old available to start opposite Lance Lynn on Tuesday night.

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Martinez channels emotions to honor Taveras

Righty holds Dodgers to one hit on day Cardinals pay tribute to outfielder

Martinez channels emotions to honor Taveras

ST. LOUIS -- As members of Oscar Taveras' family took the field for a ceremony to honor the late Cardinals outfielder before Sunday's 3-1 win over the Dodgers, the pitcher who dons Taveras' No. 18 as a permanent tribute to his best friend started to throw his warmup pitches in the bullpen.

Minutes later, Carlos Martinez had to stop.

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Cardinals two-hit Dodgers to take series

Cardinals two-hit Dodgers to take series

ST. LOUIS -- Behind seven scoreless innings from starter Carlos Martinez and an early homer by Jhonny Peralta, the Cardinals earned a series victory over the Dodgers with a 3-1 win in Sunday's rubber game at Busch Stadium.

Martinez ran his scoreless-innings streak to 20 1/3 innings (the longest active streak by a starter) as he made his third consecutive scoreless appearance. Andre Ethier's second-inning single marked the only hit the Dodgers tallied in Martinez's seven-inning start.

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Taveras' family on hand as Cards pay tribute

Pregame ceremony includes highlights of outfielder's career

Taveras' family on hand as Cards pay tribute

ST. LOUIS -- On the one-year anniversary of Oscar Taveras' Major League debut, the Cardinals paused before Sunday's series finale to honor the Taveras family and celebrate a career cut tragically short last October.

Taveras' parents -- Francisco Taveras and Marcela Cabrera -- along with two of his brothers joined members of the organization on the field for a pregame ceremony that featured a video tribute to Taveras and the presentation of hard-bound photo books, which feature images captured during Taveras' time with the Cardinals.

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Peralta carries Cards' offense from three-spot

Shortstop drives in all three runs for St. Louis during series finale

Peralta carries Cards' offense from three-spot

ST. LOUIS -- On an afternoon that opened with a sold-out Busch Stadium crowd watching highlights of Oscar Taveras blasting his first career home run exactly one year ago, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who had grown close to Taveras during their short overlap in the organization, found a way to honor him with one mighty swing of his own.

Peralta's two-run homer to left field gave the Cardinals an early cushion on Sunday against starter Brett Anderson in what would finish as a 3-1 win over the Dodgers. Peralta drove in the team's final run, too, with an RBI single in the eighth.

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Struggles in sixth put Wacha on losing end

Struggles in sixth put Wacha on losing end

ST. LOUIS -- On a Saturday night when the Dodgers established a franchise-record road scoring drought, Los Angeles still managed to nab a come-from-behind, 5-1 win over the Cardinals to even a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The win came after rain delayed the start 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Held hitless by Cardinals starter Michael Wacha through 5 1/3 innings, the Dodgers broke out with a four-run sixth. Justin Turner tallied the first hit. Catcher Yasmani Grandal capped the inning with a three-run blast to chase Wacha from the game.

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Rare sight: Cardinals lose with Wacha on hill

Righty allows four runs in sixth vs. Dodgers to take first loss of season

Rare sight: Cardinals lose with Wacha on hill

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals starter Michael Wacha's chances of becoming the National League's first eight-game winner were crushed along with his 112th pitch of the night, the ball landing several rows up in the left-center-field seats. The Yasmani Grandal homer gave the Dodgers a lead en route to a 5-1 win on Saturday and helped Los Angeles do what no other team had this season.

That is, beat the Cardinals with Wacha on the mound.

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Holliday extends on-base streak, exits

Cardinals left fielder forced out due to illness

Holliday extends on-base streak, exits

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday, who missed Friday's series opener because of flu-like symptoms, lasted only four innings on Saturday during the Cardinals' 5-1 loss before exiting due to illness.

Though Holliday's appearance was brief, he was still able to extend his on-base streak with a leadoff walk in the fourth inning. The free pass put Holliday on base for the 44th straight game to open his season, extending a National League record he set on Wednesday. The Major League record for consecutive games reaching base at the start of a year is 53, established by Derek Jeter in 1999.

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Grichuk to get starts all over Cardinals' outfield

Grichuk to get starts all over Cardinals' outfield

ST. LOUIS -- If Saturday's lineup is any indication of how Cardinals manager Mike Matheny intends to fit five productive outfielders into three spots, look for Randal Grichuk to be a priority presence throughout the mixing and matching.

After spotting left fielder Matt Holliday a day off on Friday, Grichuk moved to the other corner spot in place of Jason Heyward on Saturday. He will continue to make starts in center, too, with that versatility being key in Matheny's ability to find regular playing time for the 23-year-old outfielder.

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Cards to shop by talent, not position in Draft

St. Louis has recent history of strong selections with Wacha, Wong, Miller

Cards to shop by talent, not position in Draft

ST. LOUIS -- The 2015 Draft will take place from Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 75 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of Day 2 begins with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with exclusive coverage of Day 3 beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of over 1,700 Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

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Matheny helps Dominican youth visit Busch

Matheny helps Dominican youth visit Busch

ST. LOUIS -- With assistance from the Louisville-based G.O. Ministries group, a dozen 12- and 13-year-old boys whom Cardinals manager Mike Matheny met during a November trip to the Dominican Republic made their first trip out of their native country to spend time playing baseball and engaging in community service work in St. Louis. And on Saturday, they were rewarded with a trip to Busch Stadium.

Matheny pushed for the visit after four years of accompanying St. Louis-area players on annual trips to the Dominican Republic, where the boys worked in various communities and played against local children. The purpose was for perspective.

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Cardinals host Pitch, Hit & Run competition

Abbigail Zangori is a veteran of Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit & Run Presented by Scotts competition. The eighth grader from Wood River, Ill., won the girls' 11-12 age division in last year's Cardinals team championship competition. Her past success didn't completely stop the nerves from creeping in as she competed in the 13-14 age division at Busch Stadium on Saturday morning, though.

"I still got butterflies," Zangori said. "But I had experience, so I didn't get them as much."

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Lackey gladly carries Cardinals against L.A.

Right-hander spins seven scoreless frames while striking out nine

Lackey gladly carries Cardinals against L.A.

ST. LOUIS -- After having his last two starts shortened by circumstances out of his control, John Lackey gladly carried the Cardinals as deep as he could in Friday's series opener against the Dodgers.

Lackey threw the first seven innings of the Cardinals' fifth shutout, this one a 3-0 win to open a three-game series against the Dodgers. The outing lowered his season ERA to 2.83 and gives him a 1.83 ERA in 10 home starts since joining the Cardinals last season. Lackey allowed one or fewer runs in four of his six May starts, but this time he was also satisfied to leave knowing that his work was done.

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Sharp Lackey leads Cardinals over Dodgers

Sharp Lackey leads Cardinals over Dodgers

ST. LOUIS -- Meeting the Dodgers for the first time since sending them home in the 2014 postseason, the Cardinals ran their winning streak to five games with a 3-0 win in front of 44,223 at Busch Stadium on Friday. The two teams entered the night boasting the National League's best records.

After retiring the final 23 hitters he faced in his last start, Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger allowed the first three Cardinals batters he saw to reach. St. Louis scored a first-inning run on a double play with the bases loaded, snapping Bolsinger's scoreless innings streak at 18 2/3. Randal Grichuk's RBI double in the third gave the Cardinals as many runs in Bolsinger's six-inning start Friday as four other teams had in 25 1/3 innings against him previously this year.

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MLB's most productive shortstop? Peralta

Cardinals infielder tops 2014-15 WAR leaderboards

MLB's most productive shortstop? Peralta

Think about the elite shortstops in baseball, and think about the names that come to mind. Troy Tulowitzki, certainly. Andrelton Simmons, of course, and maybe Starlin Castro, Ian Desmond, or Brandon Crawford, depending on where your loyalties lie.

Now, realize that not a single one of the players named owns the title of "baseball's most valuable shortstop" dating back to the beginning of 2014. That crown belongs to a player generally best known for the nearly two full seasons he spent being moved off shortstop to third, or maybe even just the unusual way in which he spells his first name. You might not think of Jhonny Peralta, who turned 33 on Thursday, as among baseball's best at shortstop. But as he keeps proving, like when he was playing a central role in St. Louis' 3-0 win over the Dodgers on Friday night, it's where he belongs.

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Brief turbulence is just that for Cards -- brief

Brief turbulence is just that for Cards -- brief

ST. LOUIS -- Where other teams might see a crisis, the Cardinals seem to view the same thing as an opportunity.

For instance, starting center fielder Jon Jay went on the disabled list with left wrist tendinitis. While he was out, not one, but two outfielders, Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos, took their play to higher levels.

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Adams has surgery, may miss four months

Cardinals plan on going with Reynolds at first before exploring other options

Adams has surgery, may miss four months

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams underwent surgery on Friday to repair what team orthopedist Dr. David King found to be a full tear of Adams' right quadriceps muscle. Because the injury was more severe than initially evident on an MRI, Adams is expected to need approximately four months to recover.

The Cardinals had initially estimated a three- to four-month recovery timetable.

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Jay activated off DL, but not in starting lineup

Matheny sticks with Grichuk, Bourjos in outfield in series opener

Jay activated off DL, but not in starting lineup

ST. LOUIS -- Center fielder Jon Jay returned from a three-day rehab stint with Class A Peoria to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. He did not, however, jump right back into the Cardinals' lineup.

Instead, manager Mike Matheny stuck with Randal Grichuk (left field) and Peter Bourjos (center field), calling it a "reward" for two players who have contributed much as of late. Bourjos' aggressive slide in Wednesday's ninth inning set off a walk-off win. Grichuk has eight extra-base hits in 10 starts since his own DL stay.

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Scouting director Correa impressing GM, staff alike

New department head, gearing up for first Draft, prioritizes communication with team

Scouting director Correa impressing GM, staff alike

ST. LOUIS -- Just minutes after general manager John Mozeliak wrapped up a conference call to inform the scouting staff of Chris Correa's promotion, the new director of scouting picked up his own phone and went to work.

For the next two days, Correa made 23 calls, talking one-on-one to every member of his team. There was little introduction needed, as most of the scouts already knew Correa from his previous position as director of baseball development. Instead, Correa wanted to know about them.

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Cards walk off in ninth for sweep of D-backs

Cards walk off in ninth for sweep of D-backs

ST. LOUIS -- With a pair of ninth-inning runs -- the latter scoring on a throwing error by catcher Jordan Pacheco -- off reliever Brad Ziegler, the Cardinals stole a 4-3 win over the D-backs on Wednesday night, giving St. Louis its second walk-off victory in the three-game set and a sweep of Arizona at Busch Stadium. 

The game ended in wild fashion, with D-backs replacement catcher Pacheco sailing a throw into right field to allow the winning run to jog in from third. Pacheco, trying to finish off an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, had his back foot hit on Peter Bourjos' aggressive slide home. That seemed to throw off his timing on the play. Jason Heyward had opened the inning with a solo blast to tie the game.

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Heyward gains measure of redemption in win

Heyward gains measure of redemption in win

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

Jason Heyward uncorked a game-tying homer to jumpstart a decisive bottom half of the ninth in St. Louis' 4-3, sweep-clinching win over the D-backs at Busch Stadium Wednesday night.

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Holliday's on-base streak sets NL mark

Holliday's on-base streak sets NL mark

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday hit his way into the record books at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night when he singled in the fifth inning of the Cardinals' 4-3 win over Arizona to become the first National League player to reach base in his first 43 games of a season.

Holliday ripped an 0-1 pitch from D-backs starter Josh Collmenter to right-center field and received a standing ovation from a crowd 43,715 as his teammates watched from the top step of the dugout.

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