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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Four Cards among leaders in All-Star balloting

Four Cards among leaders in All-Star balloting

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals, who became the National League's first team to 30 wins on Tuesday, are also pacing the league with four players among the leaders in the early 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot returns.

Major League Baseball released its first wave of vote totals on Wednesday, and third baseman Matt Carpenter, shortstop Jhonny Peralta and catcher Yadier Molina all led at their respective positions. Left fielder Matt Holliday ranked second among all outfielders, trailing only Washington's Bryce Harper.

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Hale, D-backs credit Bourjos with clean slide

Hale, D-backs credit Bourjos with clean slide

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

Hale's purpose wasn't so much to offer a complaint as it was throw up a Hail Mary.

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La Russa 'overwhelmed' by youth field dedication

Park named for former Cards manager and current D-backs chief baseball officer

La Russa 'overwhelmed' by youth field dedication

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

But while community leaders and members of the Cardinals' front office took turns praising La Russa and listing his accomplishments, the legendary skipper's mind didn't drift to Game 7 of the 2011 World Series or to Wednesday evening's series finale between the D-backs and Cards.

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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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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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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 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 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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