Wainwright leaves game early with an ankle injury

Wainwright leaves game early with an ankle injury

MILWAUKEE -- After breezing through four scoreless innings in his start against the Brewers on Saturday, Adam Wainwright's evening ended with the ace hobbling back to the dugout after suffering a left ankle injury in the batter's box.

The Cardinals announced that he will be re-evalauted when the team returns to St. Louis.

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Cardinals expect Molina's absence to be short

Cardinals expect Molina's absence to be short

MILWAUKEE -- Though Yadier Molina was out of the starting lineup on Saturday, one day after he took a foul tip off his right knee, the Cardinals refrained from summoning additional catching help as they anticipate Molina's absence being short term.

Already playing with a short bench, manager Mike Matheny's options got thinner on Friday when he had to remove Molina before the bottom of the fifth. An inning earlier, Molina had taken a foul ball off a spot that had just healed from being hit by a ball a week earlier.

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Walden's early workload not a concern for Cardinals

Walden's early workload not a concern for Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- With his 12-pitch appearance on Friday, Cardinals reliever Jordan Walden became the Majors' first reliever to appear in his 11th game this year. He did so within the team's first 15 games, too, which raises the question of whether the Cardinals are growing concerned about potential early-season overuse.

Manager Mike Matheny said that, for now, the answer is largely a no. He noted that Walden has had an adequate number of days off -- some built into the schedule, others determined by the club after multiple days of work -- to justify the continued calls.

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Garcia throws simulated game in extended spring training

Garcia throws simulated game in extended spring training

MILWAUKEE -- Left-hander Jaime Garcia threw 44 pitches in 3 1/3 innings during a simulated game on Saturday, general manager John Mozeliak announced. It marked the first time Garcia has simulated a multiple-inning appearance since he threw an 80-pitch simulated game on March 24.

The Cardinals had to halt Garcia's throwing program soon after due to left shoulder soreness. Garcia has been slowly building back arm strength this month in extended spring training and will throw another simulated game on Thursday, during which he'll try to increase his pitch count. He also has a side session scheduled for Monday.

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Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Cardinals watching Martinez grow in dominant rotation

Cardinals watching Martinez grow in dominant rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Though designated a fifth starter by rotation order alone, right-hander Carlos Martinez has hardly shown himself a weak link in a Cardinals rotation that has soared to the best start of any staff in the Majors.

With Martinez's scoreless effort in the team's 3-0 win over Milwaukee on Friday, the rotation ERA dipped to 2.06, more than a half run lower than any other starting five. Confident they had anchors atop the rotation with Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn, the Cardinals have watched as Michael Wacha (1.33 ERA) and Martinez (1.35 ERA) have outpitched both now three times through the rotation.

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Martinez stifles Brewers behind pair of dingers

Martinez stifles Brewers behind pair of dingers

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals continued to feel right at home at Miller Park, as Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta homered and Carlos Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings for a 3-0 win over the Brewers on Friday.

Martinez scattered four hits and struck out eight for the Cardinals' 24th victory in their last 33 games here dating to the second half of 2011, including wins in two of the three games at Miller Park during that year's National League Championship Series. The Brewers have not won a series on their home turf against the Cardinals since '12.

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Molina day to day with right knee soreness

Catcher exits one inning after getting struck in guard by foul tip

Molina day to day with right knee soreness

MILWAUKEE -- It was only a little more than a week ago that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took an Aramis Ramirez foul tip off his right knee during Milwaukee's visit to St. Louis. It didn't knock Molina out of the game, but the soreness persisted until Friday.

"This morning I was like, 'OK, my knee feels better,'" Molina said. "And boom, tonight, he hits it in the same spot."

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For Siegrist, decreased velocity working just fine

For Siegrist, decreased velocity working just fine

MILWAUKEE -- After investing in various mechanical changes this spring, lefty Kevin Siegrist has opened the season with numbers reminiscent of those he posted during a sensational 2013 season. Siegrist is getting those results, however, with a much different look.

Entering Friday, over seven scoreless appearances, in which Siegrist has allowed five baserunners in six innings, he's averaged a fastball velocity of 92.7, according to Fangraphs.com. That's a few ticks below where he was in 2013 (95.2 mph) and '14 (94.2).

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Cards option Anna as Bourjos returns

St. Louis going with eight-man bullpen

Cards option Anna as Bourjos returns

MILWAUKEE -- Choosing to stick with an eight-man bullpen for at least a while longer, the Cardinals optioned infielder Dean Anna to Triple-A Memphis on Friday to create roster room for outfielder Peter Bourjos, who is returning from paternity leave.

Anna, who joined the team last weekend when Randal Grichuk went on the disabled list, made one pinch-hit appearance during his stay. His departure leaves the Cards with a four-man bench until further notice.

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Wacha goes to 3-0 on season after outdueling Scherzer

Wacha goes to 3-0 on season after outdueling Scherzer

WASHINGTON -- Cardinals righty Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 on the season as he outlasted and outdueled Max Scherzer in St. Louis' 4-1 win at Nationals Park on Thursday.

Both pitchers were strong in their respective seven-inning starts, though Scherzer shouldered the loss, his second this season despite allowing just four earned runs over 28 2/3 innings. The Cardinals ambushed him for a first-inning run when Matt Carpenter and Jason Heyward opened the game with first-pitch hits. Carpenter scored on a wild pitch, though Scherzer then steadied and went on to retire 15 batters over his next 53 pitches.

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Wacha shows off expanded repertoire to defeat elite foes

Cards pitcher finding success by incorporating cutter, curveball

Wacha shows off expanded repertoire to defeat elite foes

WASHINGTON -- After taking down a Cy Young runner-up (Johnny Cueto) in his first two starts, Cardinals starter Michael Wacha outpitched a Cy Young winner (Max Scherzer) in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Nationals, while quietly building a case for his own inclusion in the discussion of the league's elite starters.

He's not there yet, largely because he lacks the longevity of success that either of those pitchers has attained. But in showcasing an expanded pitch repertoire, Wacha is positioning himself to be on his way. He limited the Nationals to one run on five hits while striking out a season-high six and teasing with a curveball that manager Mike Matheny later described as "nasty" and a cutter that is allowing him to navigate through innings more efficiently.

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Adams redeems miscues with contributions at plate

Cardinals first baseman committed three errors in series with Nats

Adams redeems miscues with contributions at plate

WASHINGTON -- While it was a largely forgettable defensive series for Matt Adams, the Cardinals first baseman found a bit of redemption with his offensive contributions.

On Thursday, those included a tiebreaking single to left off Nationals ace Max Scherzer with two out and two on in the sixth. Jason Heyward scored on the hit, giving Adams his third RBI in two games and helping push the Cardinals toward a 4-1 win over the Nationals.

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Kozma takes disdain from Nats' fans as a compliment

Cardinals infielder had key hit vs. Washington in 2012 NLDS

Kozma takes disdain from Nats' fans as a compliment

WASHINGTON -- Pete Kozma insists he never did hear the boos raining down on him as he was introduced in a spring game at Space Coast Stadium last month in Viera, Fla. Several others picked up on it, however, and found humor that a player whose career has limited highlights still haunts one team's opposing fans.

It was Kozma, of course, who capped the Cardinals' improbable comeback victory over the Nationals in Game 5 of the 2012 National League Division Series. At the time of his game-winning, two-run single, he had just 92 Major League at-bats to his name. Since then, he's hit just .214 over 500 more.

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Wong, Cardinals fend off Nationals to even series

Wong, Cardinals fend off Nationals to even series

WASHINGTON -- Though they frittered away an early five-run lead, the Cardinals, propelled by second baseman Kolten Wong, struck late to steal a 7-5 win over Washington on Wednesday and even a three-game series at Nationals Park.

Wong had his second straight three-hit night, this time delivering a two-run homer in his first at-bat and giving the Cards the lead back with an RBI double off Blake Treinen in the eighth. In between, Wong provided a reel of defensive gems. His most impressive two came in succession as he closed the fifth and opened the sixth by ranging far to his right (past the second base bag in the case of the latter) and making perfect, off-balance throws to first.

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Wong steals the show with HR, dazzling throws

Second baseman makes pair of sparkling defensive plays in win over Nats

Wong steals the show with HR, dazzling throws

WASHINGTON -- Without any evening plans upon the team's arrival in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Kolten Wong instead nestled into his Ritz-Carlton hotel room and pulled out his iPad.

On it, he can cue up video of any Major League at-bat he has ever taken. He didn't want to look at just any, however. Wong had his eyes on those he took last October, when he excelled with seven extra-base hits in eight postseason games.

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Villanueva working to stay ready in between appearances

Right-hander earned win on April 12 before allowing game-winning HR Tuesday night

Villanueva working to stay ready in between appearances

WASHINGTON -- The Cardinals' decision to carry Carlos Villanueva on their Opening Day roster meant that for the first time in his four-year managerial tenure, Mike Matheny would begin a season with a defined long man in his bullpen.

Villanueva's presence was crucial in an April 12 extra-inning win, as he threw 45 pitches to save the bullpen from being overtaxed. He was called upon again in Tuesday's extra-inning game, though that outing didn't last nearly as long as he had hoped. Yunel Escobar ended the Nationals' 2-1 win with a two-out homer in the 10th.

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Cardinals alerting players of pace-of-play violations

Cardinals alerting players of pace-of-play violations

WASHINGTON -- With the ease-in period for Major League Baseball's new pace of play initiatives winding down, the Cardinals continue to alert players who violate various parts of the new rules so that they can be cognizant of those infractions before they will be subject to fines.

Those fines will begin in May, which is why MLB has been providing clubs with the names of players not in compliance since the start of Spring Training games. The intention was to offer everyone a chance to adjust old habits before there were consequences. The new rules include restrictions on when a hitter can step out of the batter's box and how long a pitcher has to warm up between innings.

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Gonzales placed on Triple-A DL with left shoulder tightness

Gonzales placed on Triple-A DL with left shoulder tightness

ST. LOUIS -- Left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss his next start due to tightness in left shoulder, general manager John Mozeliak said on Wednesday. As a result, Gonzales has been placed on the seven-day Triple-A disabled list.

Mozeliak described the move as "precautionary," and added that Gonzales felt the discomfort while playing catch, not during his most recent start on Monday. Gonzales, who was competing for a place in the Major League rotation a month ago, threw 91 pitches over six innings in that outing and allowed two earned runs and six hits. He is ranked by MLB.com as the organization's best pitching prospect.

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Lights, camera, action: Behind the scenes of Statcast

Aerospace technology, radar, physics all go into groundbreaking tracking tool

Lights, camera, action: Behind the scenes of Statcast

WASHINGTON -- Last week at Fenway Park, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts made a spectacular catch to rob Nationals batter Bryce Harper. The broadcasters couldn't do much more than ooh and aah and show the replay as many times as they had time for.

Those limitations began to dissolve Tuesday night at Nationals Park with the official unveiling of Statcast, Major League Baseball Advanced Media's bold leap into a high-tech future, when previously unimaginable aspects of the game will be measured, compiled and compared.

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Cardinals Hall of Famers lead Franchise Four balloting

Cardinals Hall of Famers lead Franchise Four balloting

WASHINGTON -- Halfway through the month-long voting period for the Franchise Four campaign, four Cardinals Hall of Famers have taken the early lead as fans choose the most impactful players in franchise history.

Of the eight Cardinals on the ballot, Stan Musial has received the most support. Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith round out the top four vote-getters to this point. Also up for consideration are Dizzy Dean, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols and Red Schoendienst.

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Holliday notches four hits, but Cards take walk-off loss

Holliday notches four hits, but Cards take walk-off loss

WASHINGTON -- Yunel Escobar's home run in the 10th inning helped the Nationals defeat the Cardinals, 2-1, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night.

With the game tied at 1, Escobar swung at the first pitch from right-hander Carlos Villanueva and hit the ball over the left-field wall

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Tech-tacular! Nats' walk-off W caps Statcast debut

From Jay's defensive gems to Wong's drag bunt, data tracked for top plays

Tech-tacular! Nats' walk-off W caps Statcast debut

Tuning into MLB Network on Tuesday night was a given based on the fact that the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals opened a series in the nation's capital and offered a possible preview of an intense postseason matchup that was capped with Yunel Escobar's 10th-inning walk-off homer, lifting the Nats, 2-1.

The fact that it marked the live television debut of Statcast made it simply historic. And a lot of fun.

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Statcast covers all angles of Jay's defensive gems

Before preserving tie, outfielder reaches 17 mph to rob Zimmerman of a hit

Statcast covers all angles of Jay's defensive gems

Statcast was off and running during Tuesday night's 2-1, 10-inning Nationals win over the Cardinals, and so was Jon Jay.

The revolutionary technology that tracks just about everything and everyone on a baseball field made its televised debut on the MLB Network showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals in Washington, D.C., and Jay, the fleet-footed St. Louis center fielder, made the most of the statistical spotlight with a defensive game to remember.

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With four singles, Holliday's hitting streak at 12 games

With four singles, Holliday's hitting streak at 12 games

ST. LOUIS -- Though it came in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals, Matt Holliday extended his Major League-long hitting streak to 12 on Tuesday while matching a career high with four hits in the game.

It marked the 26th four-hit game of Holliday's career and the sixth time he's reached base in a game five times while tallying four hits. The last of his knocks was the biggest, as it capped the Cardinals' comeback against closer Drew Storen by driving in Matt Carpenter as the tying run.

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Missed opportunities come back to haunt Cards

Missed opportunities come back to haunt Cards

WASHINGTON -- On a night when the Cardinals scored just once despite establishing a season high in hits and placing at least one runner aboard in every inning, manager Mike Matheny, following his team's 2-1 loss to the Nationals, struggled to pinpoint many obvious missed opportunities.

Sure, there was a bases-loaded chance in the fifth that went untapped, but the rally had been entirely concocted with two outs. And aside from Matt Carpenter scoring the tying run in the ninth, it actually marked the only time the Cardinals advanced a runner to third.

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