Statcast primer: Baseball viewing will never be the same

MLB Network to debut revolutionary real-time tracking on Tuesday night

Statcast primer: Baseball viewing will never be the same

Baseball fans will have an opportunity to view a live game like never before when Statcast makes its television debut during Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals at 7 p.m. ET. If you've ever wondered how fast the ball comes off of Bryce Harper's bat, or just how much ground Jason Heyward can cover in the outfield, your chance to get definitive answers is finally here.

Statcast is already being utilized by Major League front offices, while fans have had the chance to see its ground breaking abilities in breakdowns of last year's All-Star Game and postseason, as well as on a few highlight clips this season. Beginning with Tuesday night's Cards-Nats clash, the groundbreaking technology will be incorporated into every MLB Network Showcase game, and is expected to be available through additional broadcasts this season.

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For local youth, Cardinals provide field of dreams

Team's longstanding program brings amateur games to Busch Stadium

For local youth, Cardinals provide field of dreams

ST. LOUIS -- Long after the fireworks had gone off and the Cardinals had offered their congratulatory high fives following Saturday's win, the Busch Stadium grounds crew prepared the field for the second game of the day's doubleheader.

There was a fresh set of player introductions, another rendition of the national anthem and new video board material. All this for a pair of local high school programs -- in this case, Marquette Catholic (Alton, Ill.) and Hillsboro (Mo.) -- whose day would be highlighted by playing on the same field as the city's Major Leaguers.

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Carpenter nets first NL Player of Week nod

Third baseman posts .480 average, .880 slugging percentage with seven doubles

Carpenter nets first NL Player of Week nod

Matt Carpenter's hot bat at the top of the Cardinals' lineup earned the third baseman National League Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

Carpenter led the Majors with seven doubles, and he hit .480 last week. The third baseman was tops in the NL with 22 total bases and second with a .880 slugging percentage. Carpenter also collected five RBIs and scored four runs.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Man shows off Busch Stadium painting on his chest

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Man shows off Busch Stadium painting on his chest

What is art? Is it a pretty painting of fruit hanging in a museum? An assembly of forms and shapes on a canvas? Those three people soaking in blue Jell-o outside your apartment and yelling about "THE FUTURE?" 

Well, we can put that debate to bed now, because we just found the only thing that anyone will ever consider art again: This guy's chest. 

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Cardinals come through late, complete sweep of Reds

Cardinals come through late, complete sweep of Reds

ST. LOUIS -- A half-inning after the Reds squandered a bases-loaded opportunity against Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals capitalized on a leadoff double by Jon Jay in the eighth to break a tie and position themselves for a series-sweeping 2-1 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday night.

Kolten Wong's one-out sacrifice fly was plenty deep to score Jay, who had moved to third on a productive groundout by Yadier Molina. Those eighth-inning at-bats represented the Cardinals' only ones with a runner in scoring position against Reds starter Mike Leake, who had retired 20 of 22 after allowing a leadoff homer to Matt Carpenter.

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Lynn leads Cards into DC as Statcast debuts

Lynn leads Cards into DC as Statcast debuts

The Cardinals and Nationals meet in Tuesday's MLB Network Showcase game at 7 p.m. ET as Statcast, an innovative player-tracking technology that produces revolutionary data, makes its 2015 television debut.

After opening the season with 11 intradivision games, St. Louis ventures out of the National League Central to face a club that has not raced out to the sort of season start it envisioned. Washington finally won its first series this weekend, pulling the club to within one game of .500. The Cardinals, on the other hand, haven't lost a series all year.

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As Rosenthal rests, Cards don't miss beat with Walden

As Rosenthal rests, Cards don't miss beat with Walden

ST. LOUIS -- Having used closer Trevor Rosenthal in five of the team's last seven games, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided before the first pitch was thrown on Sunday that someone other than Rosenthal would have to throw the last.

That ended up being Jordan Walden, who worked around a leadoff single to close a 2-1 win over the Reds and secure his first save since July 2, 2014.

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Matheny sticks with Wainwright; ace rewards faith

Matheny sticks with Wainwright; ace rewards faith

ST. LOUIS -- It's a charade the two have learned to engage in well over the years, with Mike Matheny making the obligatory walk to the mound and Adam Wainwright knowing what it will take to send his manager back to the dugout alone.

Sunday's stroll came in the eighth inning of a tie game, with Wainwright having just allowed a pair of singles with two out. Kevin Siegrist was warm in the 'pen, ready to face the left-handed-hitting Jay Bruce. But at 95 pitches and having allowed just three hits (all singles) since the third inning, Wainwright wanted the chance to quell the threat himself.

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Lefty swing swings callup in Anna's favor

With outfielder Grichuk going on DL, infielder tabbed to help balance righty-heavy bench

Lefty swing swings callup in Anna's favor

ST. LOUIS -- A quick start to the Triple-A season kept Dean Anna on the Cardinals' radar, but it seems that something as simple as the side of the plate he bats from positioned him for his first callup to St. Louis.

Needing a player to take Randal Grichuk's spot on the bench, the Cardinals looked to find someone who could offer them a left-handed swing. For the first two weeks of the season, that Major League bench had skewed entirely right-handed. That may explain why Xavier Scruggs didn't get the call instead, even though the first baseman entered the day ranked in the Top 10 among all Pacific Coast League players in home runs (four), slugging percentage (.862), extra-base hits (seven), total bases (25) and RBIs (10).

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Grichuk goes back to drawing board on workout routine

Grichuk goes back to drawing board on workout routine

ST. LOUIS -- While Randal Grichuk nurses the lower-back injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday), the Cardinals plan to reassess Grichuk's workout routine in an effort to prevent additional future injury.

Grichuk strained his back on Friday while executing a weight-bearing squat that he has done thousands of times before. Only this time, his back tightened up -- just like it did in late February, costing Grichuk several days of participation in the team's early Spring Training workouts.

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Cardinals club Bailey, claim another set vs. Reds

Cardinals club Bailey, claim another set vs. Reds

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals continued their recent dominance of the Reds on Saturday, this time spoiling Homer Bailey's season debut with a steady offensive attack that lifted them to a 5-2 win in front of a sellout Busch Stadium crowd. The victory assures the Cardinals of also claiming a series win, making this the 14th straight three-game series between these two clubs that has gone St. Louis' way.

Bailey, whose start to the season was delayed as he finished his recovery from torn flexor mass tendon surgery, likely would have preferred to draw another opponent in his first appearance since Aug. 7, 2014. Saturday's loss was his 11th against the Cardinals, who have scored at least four runs off him 11 times. This time, he was charged with five. More >

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Heyward gets first Cardinals curtain call

Heyward gets first Cardinals curtain call

ST. LOUIS -- During Monday's home opener, a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium welcomed Jason Heyward to town with a standing ovation as he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat. Afterward, however, Heyward admitted to being oblivious to the recognition, noting he was too focused on his at-bat to take in the scene.

On Saturday, the Cardinals ensured he didn't miss his moment again.

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Holliday exits early, but move 'completely precautionary'

Cards expect outfielder to return Sunday after feeling back tighten up in first inning

Holliday exits early, but move 'completely precautionary'

ST. LOUIS -- Following the Cardinals' 5-2 win over the Reds on Saturday, manager Mike Matheny said he expects Matt Holliday, who exited the game after one inning due to mid-back tightness, to return to the lineup for Sunday night's series finale.

Holliday was pulled moments after doubling and scoring to give the Cardinals an early lead. He had extended the first inning with a two-out double off Reds starter Homer Bailey, against whom he is now 14-for-43 in his career. The outfielder then hustled home to score on Matt Adams' single to right and was seen clutching his side as he returned to the dugout.

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Relying less on heat, Martinez cooling off hitters

Relying less on heat, Martinez cooling off hitters

ST. LOUIS -- Knowing that efficiency and effectiveness will determine whether he sticks as a member of the Cardinals' rotation, Carlos Martinez is taking a little bit off to get a little bit more.

While his ability to rely heavily on a power fastball worked fine in a relief role, Martinez is showing himself a more complete pitcher as he proves the Cardinals correct for carving out a starting spot for him. In two starts, both against Cincinnati, Martinez has shown no hesitancy in throwing his changeup or slider in big spots, like he did in Saturday's 5-2 win. And when he does go back to the fastball, he's prioritizing command over mphs.

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Matheny seeks clarification on play at the plate

Although Carpenter scored Friday with leap, catcher Pena didn't appear to leave him with path

Matheny seeks clarification on play at the plate

ST. LOUIS -- Though Matt Carpenter's aerial ascent made Brayan Pena's block of home plate a non-issue in Friday's 6-1 Cardinals win, manager Mike Matheny said he does intend to submit the play to Major League Baseball to see how it would have been called within the parameters of Rule 7.13.

As Carpenter sought to score from third on a flyout, Pena moved up the third-base line to receive a throw from Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton. But instead of coming forward to leave a path for Carpenter, Pena remained straddled over the baseline. That gave Carpenter two options -- run through Pena or hurdle him. Carpenter, instinctively, opted for the somersault score and executed it perfectly.

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Carpenter back in MVP-caliber form

Carpenter back in MVP-caliber form

ST. LOUIS -- For those who thought it unlikely that Matt Carpenter would ever match his 2013 offensive numbers, the third baseman had a bold statement to offer following the club's 6-1 victory over the Reds on Friday.

"I feel as close to if not better than I felt in 2013," Carpenter asserted. "Everything is kind of clicking right now."

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Yadi's clutch double vs. Cueto sinks Reds

Yadi's clutch double vs. Cueto sinks Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina's three-run double off Reds ace Johnny Cueto in the seventh inning broke open a tie game and sent the Cardinals on their way to a 6-1 victory in Friday night's series opener at Busch Stadium.

Both Cueto and Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha allowed first-inning runs, and the score remained 1-1 until the seventh. Wacha stranded a runner at third to close the top half of that frame, but Cueto couldn't match the damage control. Following his leadoff single, Matt Holliday moved to third when Jhonny Peralta bounced a hit over the glove of Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd.

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Wacha changes up approach to keep Reds off balance

Wacha changes up approach to keep Reds off balance

ST. LOUIS -- Though the final line (a quality start with five hits and one run allowed in seven innings) matched the one he posted in a start against the Reds a week ago, Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha went with a different look against the same opponent in Friday's 6-1 win.

Perhaps that was why he could match the success despite the Reds' familiarity with his repertoire.

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Cards honor Red's legacy

Cards honor Red's legacy

ST. LOUIS -- Seventy years before Kris Bryant made his much-anticipated debut at Wrigley Field, the ballpark on Chicago's north side served as the setting for the debut of a future Hall of Famer.

Batting fourth for the visiting Cardinals, Red Schoendienst went 1-for-4 with a triple in a loss to the Cubs that day. What he remembers, though, was the error he committed in left field, just as he had committed an error in his first professional game for Class D Albany (Ga.) some three years earlier. Sitting in a Union City, Tenn., clubhouse after that debut, Schoendienst was approached by then-Cardinals executive Branch Rickey.

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Garcia at least 6 weeks from rejoining Cardinals

Garcia at least 6 weeks from rejoining Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Though lefty Jaime Garcia took another small step forward on Friday by facing hitters for the first time since March 24, the Cardinals don't expect him to factor into their Major League plans for at least six more weeks.

That projection came from general manager John Mozeliak, who likened Garcia's live batting-practice session on Friday to the one pitchers throw the second week of Spring Training. Garcia, who is battling left shoulder inflammation, will keep building up from there, throwing another live BP session on Monday and then either throwing an additional one midweek or appearing in an extended spring training game.

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Carpenter channels Willie Mays Hayes with acrobatic run

Carpenter channels Willie Mays Hayes with acrobatic run

ST. LOUIS -- Trying to score from third base on Matt Holliday's first-inning fly ball to Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton on Friday, Matt Carpenter used some split-second improvisation by somersaulting over catcher Brayan Pena, a la Wesley Snipes' Willie Mays Hayes from the movie "Major League."

And it actually worked.

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Deceptive slider key to Lackey's domination

Right-hander strikes out 8 Brewers, all swinging

Deceptive slider key to Lackey's domination

ST. LOUIS -- Pitching out of a rotation that has claim to the National League's lowest ERA through the first 12 days of the season, John Lackey can boast of delivering the most dominant performance by a Cardinals starter to date in Thursday's 4-0 victory over the Brewers at Busch Stadium.

He became the club's first pitcher to finish seven innings, and did it on a day in which manager Mike Matheny desperately wanted to find rest for a weary 'pen. Lackey, en route to earning his first win of the season, struck out eight (all swinging) and did not allow the Brewers to advance a runner to third. He held down the Brewers mainly behind a slider-fastball mix.

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Lackey goes 7 in Cardinals' shutout of Brewers

Lackey goes 7 in Cardinals' shutout of Brewers

ST. LOUIS -- After five innings of watching starters Mike Fiers and John Lackey trade zeros on the scoreboard, the Cardinals, buoyed once again by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday, broke out with enough late offense to steal a 4-0 win and series victory over the Brewers on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter contributed a pair of doubles (his third and fourth of the season), both of which highlighted run-scoring innings. His leadoff double off of Fiers in the sixth put him in position to score on Holliday's one-out single to center. An RBI double from former Brewer Mark Reynolds, making his second start of the season, padded the lead later in the inning. More >

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Timing is right for Yadi to get hot

Slow offensive start muted by recent stretch

Timing is right for Yadi to get hot

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina's 0-for-10 season start seemed like old news by the time the Cardinals sealed a 4-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday. With another two hits in the victory, Molina recorded his third multi-hit performance in five games and perhaps muffled some of the outside curiosity about whether his winter weight loss could result in decreased offensive proficiency.

Molina, 8-for-19 since Saturday, has been in the middle of at least one run-scoring inning in four of the last five games. His RBI single off of Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg in the eighth on Thursday tacked on the Cardinals' final run and allowed manager Mike Matheny to hold closer Trevor Rosenthal out of the game.

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Reynolds responds with 2 hits in rare start

Knocks in first RBI in opportunity vs. righty

Reynolds responds with 2 hits in rare start

ST. LOUIS -- A flurry of early off-days and the absence of any opposing left-handed starters since Opening Day has left manager Mike Matheny little obvious opportunity to get his right-handed-hitting bench players involved. And so Matheny forced the issue on Thursday, opting to plug Mark Reynolds into the starting lineup for just the second time this season.

Reynolds responded with a multi-hit game that featured a key RBI -- his first as a Cardinal -- in St. Louis' 4-0 win over Milwaukee.

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Cards honor trailblazing scout on Jackie Robinson Day

Cards honor trailblazing scout on Jackie Robinson Day

ST. LOUIS -- For the seventh straight season on Wednesday, all players and uniformed personnel donned No. 42 as part of Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day celebration.

Cardinals players found their No. 42 jerseys hanging at their lockers upon arriving to Busch Stadium for the second game of a three-game series against the Brewers. In addition to having everyone on the field wear the same number, the bases for Wednesday's game were marked for the occasion.

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