Wainwright to have MRI after injuring his left ankle

Wainwright to have MRI after injuring his left ankle

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals won't know until Monday exactly how long they'll be without ace Adam Wainwright, but the muted reaction to a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Saturday spoke louder than any preliminary diagnosis.

Wainwright suffered what the Cardinals are right now labeling a left ankle injury when he broke from the batter's box after hitting a fifth-inning popup. Limping around in a walking boot afterward, Wainwright confirmed that the injury is in the back of his ankle -- or as manager Mike Matheny described it, "a bad spot."

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Wong, Holliday lead Cards to win after Wainwright injury

Wong, Holliday lead Cards to win after Wainwright injury

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals lost Adam Wainwright to an ankle injury after four innings but won another ballgame, 5-3 over the Brewers, and opened a 10-game gap between the top and bottom teams in the National League Central.

Kolten Wong tripled home a run and scored on an error in the second inning, and Matt Holliday hit three-run home run in the seventh as St. Louis won for the ninth time in 10 games. The Brewers snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak against the Cardinals by scoring three runs in the eighth, but lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

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Harris' Major League debut worth the wait

Righty is the first graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to play in the Majors since 1921

Harris' Major League debut worth the wait

MILWAUKEE -- As he sat on the bullpen bench watching Adam Wainwright get helped off the field, Mitch Harris received the summons he's been waiting on for so long. He called the circumstances "bittersweet," but with his debut on Saturday, Harris became the first graduate of the United States Naval Academy since Nemo Gaines in 1921 to appear in a Major League game.

Harris, who was called up on Tuesday, threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over Milwaukee. He struck out the first batter he faced, Adam Lind, and will go home with the ball he threw past the Brewers cleanup hitter.

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Lynn takes mound looking to lead Cardinals to sweep

Lynn takes mound looking to lead Cardinals to sweep

MILWAUKEE -- While the Cardinals seek to end a six-game road trip with their second sweep of the season, the Brewers will take the field on Sunday looking to find some traction as they prepare to hit the road. Milwaukee will enter Sunday's 1:10 p.m. CT game at Miller Park having lost 10 of its last 11 games. The Cardinals, in contrast, have won nine of their last 10.

Milwaukee's Mike Fiers will take the mound for the first time since becoming the first pitcher in more than four years to allow two grand slams in a game. Fiers has lost all three of his starts this season, including one to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 16.

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Naval Academy graduate makes Cardinals debut

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Naval Academy graduate makes Cardinals debut

When Mitch Harris took the mound for the Cardinals in the fifth inning of their matchup against the Brewers on Saturday, he was about to do something that hadn't been done since 1921: throw an MLB pitch as a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

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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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