Inbox: Will Adams' offseason work carry over?

Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch fields Cardinals fans' questions

Inbox: Will Adams' offseason work carry over?

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals took some of the guesswork out of the final week of Spring Training by finalizing their Opening Day roster one week before it's due. But questions still persist. As we count down the days (hours? minutes?) until Sunday's season opener against the Cubs (7:35 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium), let's take a look at some of the things still on your mind. 

Can Matt Adams' offseason changes be relied upon this year?
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Yo backs Gsellman with bat, dazzling catch

Yo backs Gsellman with bat, dazzling catch

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes flashed both power and leather, while Matt Adams added to his impressive spring resume Tuesday in the Mets' 3-3 tie with the Cardinals at First Data Field.

Cespedes tripled, singled and scored a run for the Mets, finishing 2-for-3 to wrap up his Grapefruit League with a .396 batting average. The loudest cheers for Cespedes occurred when he leapt near the left-field wall to rob Greg Garcia of extra bases in the fifth.

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Cards' Martinez does it all in final spring tuneup

Cards' Martinez does it all in final spring tuneup

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Carlos Martinez allowed three hits and two runs in five innings, and Kolten Wong tripled and scored in the second inning to lead the Cardinals past the Astros, 3-2, on Monday night at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The Cardinals strung together three consecutive hits against Astros starter Collin McHugh in the first, including an RBI single by Matt Adams.

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MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

Franco on hand as Nathan's strikes partnership, supports Play Ball

MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

NEW YORK -- When he was a wide-eyed boy dreaming of becoming a Major League Baseball player, John Franco lived in the Marlboro Houses projects, Building 5, Apt. 7D -- a short walk to the wonders of the Coney Island boardwalk.

"Me and my buddies used to go to the beach all the time, hang out on the beach, on the way home stop at Nathan's, get a couple of hot dogs and then ride the rides in Coney Island," the Mets legend said on Tuesday. "It's very dear to me -- it reminds me of my childhood."

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Perennial contenders, Cards may add to club

St. Louis has yet to approach Trade Deadline as sellers under GM Mozeliak

Perennial contenders, Cards may add to club

JUPITER, Fla. -- Already, the Cardinals have put an end to all speculation and finalized the 25-man roster they'll feature to open the 2017 season. General manager John Mozeliak has been apt to point out, however, that the team's optimal roster likely isn't the first edition, but rather the product of midseason additions and subtractions.

So, as Opening Day approaches, let's have some fun and guess what the roster might look like by, say Aug. 1.

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Prospect Kelly among four Cards cuts

22-year-old backstop sent to Triple-A to get regular at-bats

Prospect Kelly among four Cards cuts

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Catcher Carson Kelly, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization's No. 2 prospect, was one of four players the Cardinals cut from Major League camp following the team's 3-2 win over Houston on Monday.

Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Memphis, along with right-hander Mike Mayers. Outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia and infielder Patrick Wisdom were reassigned to Minor League camp.

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Cards on the clock regarding Yadi extension

Catcher reinvigorated by Classic, 'not afraid to go to free agency'

Cards on the clock regarding Yadi extension

JUPITER, Fla. -- Rejuvenated by Puerto Rico's run to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to camp confident that he has many more years to give behind the plate and is ready to determine whether those will come as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Molina put the Cardinals on the clock, stressing that he is open to entering free agency if he and the club cannot reach an agreement on a contract extension before the team's Sunday opener against the Cubs at 7:35 p.m. CT on ESPN.

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Cards change pitching plan for Memphis game

Tentative starter Lynn will pitch in Minors or simulated game instead

Cards change pitching plan for Memphis game

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- There has been a schedule change for Lance Lynn, whose next appearance will come on the back fields of the Cardinals' Florida complex instead of under the lights in Memphis.

Lynn had been lined up to make his final start of the spring in the Cardinals' exhibition game at its Triple-A affiliate on Thursday. But with Lynn coming off a 10-pitch outing and rain in the Memphis forecast, the Cardinals preferred having Lynn pitch in a more controlled setting.

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Piscotty trying to find rhythm at plate

Outfielder batting .143 this spring, may get moved down in order

Piscotty trying to find rhythm at plate

JUPITER, Fla. -- As he looks at his Grapefruit League numbers with less than a week to go in camp, Stephen Piscotty prefers to do so through a Machiavellian lens: The end, he believes, will justify the means.

With a 1-for-4 game in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Marlins, Piscotty is now slashing .143/.250/.184 this spring. It's not exactly the production everyone hoped to see from the right fielder, who was projected to open the season as the team's cleanup hitter.

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Yadi HRs in return; Fowler, Leake key Cards

Yadi HRs in return; Fowler, Leake key Cards

JUPITER, Fla. -- Home runs by Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday. The victory was the Cardinals' 18th of spring, the most the club has had in a Grapefruit League season since 2009.

In his first plate appearance since helping Puerto Rico to a silver medal in the World Baseball Classic, Molina blasted an 0-2 pitch from Wei-Yin Chen over the wall in left. Fowler followed with his first spring home run in the third. Fowler and Molina each finished with multi-hit games.

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Cards fan barehands foul ball, keeps beer intact

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Cards fan barehands foul ball, keeps beer intact

Hey, let's face facts. When going to the ballpark, there's a premium paid for beer -- both financially and in terms of time, if the line at the beer stand is especially long.

A frosty cup o' suds can be a refreshing part of your afternoon, depending on what you prefer to do while taking in a game, but the threat of a spill is always a concern. 

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Leake wraps up Grapefruit League in style

Right-hander threw six scoreless in game vs. Marlins

Leake wraps up Grapefruit League in style

JUPITER, Fla. -- With a 74-pitch, six-inning start in the Cardinals' 3-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday, Mike Leake wrapped up his Grapefruit League season and inched closer to putting a bowtie on what he said "could possibly be the most productive spring I've had."

Leake leads all Cardinals starters with 26 spring innings, a testament to how efficient he's been over the last month. He showcased that again on Sunday by working around seven hits with the aid of three double plays and a collection of groundball outs.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards' Triple-A roster shaping up nicely

Top prospects Kelly, Bader made nice impressions this spring

Cards' Triple-A roster shaping up nicely

JUPITER, Fla. -- In the process of settling on their Opening Day roster, the Cardinals also began to finalize assignments for several prospects still in big league camp.

The Triple-A Memphis roster is projected to feature at least four of the organization's top 11 prospects, based on MLB Pipeline's prospect list. Those include three position players -- catcher Carson Kelly (No. 2), outfielder Harrison Bader (No. 5), and infielder Paul DeJong (No. 11) -- who have caught the attention of the big league coaching staff this spring.

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Lynn exits as precaution; Gant hurts groin

Lynn exits as precaution; Gant hurts groin

JUPITER, Fla. -- In his first game back from helping the United States to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich doubled to lead off the fourth inning and scored the only run of the game in Miami's 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Yelich scored when Derek Dietrich's fly ball down the left-field line was lost in the sun and dropped in for a double.

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Cards finalize Opening Day roster

Martinez, Socolovich, Fryer, Garcia set; Pham sent down

Cards finalize Opening Day roster

JUPITER, Fla. -- With competitions ended and impressions made, the Cardinals have finalized the 25-man roster they'll feature, barring injury, when they open the season against the Cubs on April 2.

Manager Mike Matheny spent part of Saturday morning delivering news to players. For some, congratulations were in order. Outfielder Jose Martinez and Miguel Socolovich learned they would make an Opening Day roster for the first time in their careers. Reliever Matt Bowman, infielder Greg Garcia and catcher Eric Fryer were also assured big league roster spots.

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Wong may end up in platoon at second base

Second baseman has struggled; Cards have plenty of infield options

Wong may end up in platoon at second base

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals spent the winter reaffirming their commitment to Kolten Wong, whose skill set lined up with the team's stated goals of increasing athleticism and improving the defense.

But as spring winds down, Wong is still trying to heat up. And manager Mike Matheny did not rule out the possibility that the season opens with Wong as part of a second-base platoon.

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Fowler triples as Wacha, Cards top Nats

Fowler triples as Wacha, Cards top Nats

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals still have not decided on an Opening Day closer, but they have been giving Koda Glover serious consideration. They wanted to be sure he faced strong competition in the spring, so manager Dusty Baker ran the right-hander out in the top of sixth inning Friday afternoon against the Cardinals. But St. Louis hit Glover hard, and aided by a few defensive mishaps, defeated the Nationals' split-squad, 3-1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Dexter Fowler tripled home a run and scored on a sacrifice fly from Jhonny Peralta in the sixth inning, and Greg Garcia singled home a run off Glover in the seventh. Glover allowed a spring-high three runs in 1 2/3 innings with only one strikeout.

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Matheny indicates Peralta will get 3B nod

Gyorko free to again serve as utility infielder with hot corner squared away

Matheny indicates Peralta will get 3B nod

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Though manager Mike Matheny prefers not to speak in absolutes, he indicated on Friday that Jhonny Peralta will open the season as the Cardinals' starting third baseman, leaving Jedd Gyorko to serve as a utility infielder.

"He's looked as good as we had hoped," Matheny said of Peralta. "[I am] really happy with where Jhonny is right now. I like how he's swinging the bat. I like how he's playing third. He's done what he's needed to do this spring at third base."

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Matheny views Adams as legit LF option

Longtime first baseman makes uneventful first career start in left field

Matheny views Adams as legit LF option

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Though winds were swirling around the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Matt Adams enjoyed an uneventful day while making his first career start in left field.

The Cardinals are continuing their experimental usage of Adams in the outfield, though in two games as a left fielder, he hasn't had a fly ball hit his way. Adams cleanly fielded two singles to left in Friday's 3-1 win, and he was able to glove a few fly balls while playing in a Minor League game on Thursday.

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Wainwright bounces back with 'conviction'

Starter yields three runs (one earned) vs. Marlins

Wainwright bounces back with 'conviction'

JUPITER, Fla. -- The results were bound to get better, and they did for Adam Wainwright, who shook off a beating against the Mets last Friday with a much more controlled performance on Thursday.

It wasn't completely crisp, as the Marlins did tag Wainwright for five hits and three runs (one earned) over four innings. He threw 71 pitches (47 strikes) before retreating to the bullpen to build up his pitch count. The Cardinals went on to win, 5-3.

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D will be key for Cards to return to postseason

Addition of Fowler in CF, greater lineup stability should pay dividends

D will be key for Cards to return to postseason

JUPITER, Fla. -- In just the past two seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals went from being one of baseball's best defensive teams to one of its worst. Not coincidentally, a five-year run of postseason baseball ended in 2016.

And that's the story of their Spring Training. Back to basics. Back to the Cardinal Way.

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Socolovich focused on fine-tuning fastball

Reliever a frontrunner for Cards' final bullpen spot

Socolovich focused on fine-tuning fastball

JUPITER, Fla. -- Miguel Socolovich has the lowest ERA and stingiest batting average against of any Cardinals reliever (minimum 18 innings) from 2015-16, and yet he is heading into the final week of Spring Training unsure whether he'll even be in the organization next month.

Socolovich appears a frontrunner for the Cardinals' final bullpen spot, though nothing is assured. The Cardinals have 17 pitchers remaining in big league camp, and manager Mike Matheny hasn't officially settled on an Opening Day roster that features seven relievers.

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Cards flaunt speed, steal six bags in win

Cards flaunt speed, steal six bags in win

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals added late runs with heads-up baserunning to break a tie and defeat the Marlins, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

St. Louis' Harrison Bader singled and stole second in the sixth inning against Miami pitcher Edinson Volquez, making his first appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic. Patrick Wisdom brought in Bader with a single.

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OD pregame ceremony to air on FOX Midwest

Former Cy Young Award winner Carpenter serving as camp guest instructor

OD pregame ceremony to air on FOX Midwest

JUPITER, Fla. -- Before the Cardinals' season opener is televised nationally on ESPN, fans can tune into FOX Sports Midwest to view the team's Opening Day pregame ceremony.

The telecast will start at 6:30 p.m. CT on April 2 and run for an hour. It will include the Budweiser Clydesdales' parade around Busch Stadium, the introduction of the Cardinals' Hall of Famers and the presentation of the 2017 team. Dan McLaughlin and Rick Horton will host the pregame ceremony coverage from Ballpark Village. Jim Hayes will provide reports from inside the ballpark.

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Yadi among All-Classic Team standouts

Along with Hosmer, pair selected unanimously to field of 12 honorees

Yadi among All-Classic Team standouts

Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.

From the champions, tournament Most Valuable Player Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays (2.35 ERA, six-plus scoreless innings in final), Eric Hosmer of the Royals (unanimous choice) and Christian Yelich of the Marlins were selected. Stroman, as WBC 2017 MVP, joined Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka ('06 and '09) and the Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano ('13) as MVPs in Classic history.

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Cardinals tab Martinez to start on Opening Night

Cardinals tab Martinez to start on Opening Night

JUPITER, Fla. -- Any lingering suspense about who would get to throw the first pitch against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs faded on Wednesday, when manager Mike Matheny pulled Carlos Martinez into his office before the team took the field and delivered a message in Spanish.

Martinez emerged from the room as the team's Opening Night starter.

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Waino: Martinez starting opener 'easy decision'

Cardinals veteran hopes strong bounceback season will put him in conversation next year

Waino: Martinez starting opener 'easy decision'

JUPITER, Fla. -- Insisting that he wouldn't "want anything I haven't earned," Adam Wainwright graciously congratulated Carlos Martinez on being named the team's Opening Night starter, a title that had belonged to Wainwright for the past four seasons. Martinez pitched five shutout innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Nationals, his first start since returning from the World Baseball Classic.

"I think he earned it with the way he pitched last year, and the year before that," Wainwright said. "Vice versa, the way I pitched last year, I didn't earn that. I thought it was well-deserved."

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