Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

ST. LOUIS -- Unfamiliarity was no obstacle for the Dodgers on Sunday as they ambushed a pitcher making his Major League debut en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win, highlighted by Adrian Gonzalez's fifth career grand slam, sealed a series victory for Los Angeles, which now returns home following a 5-4 road trip. The Dodgers have pulled to within three games of the Giants in the National League West standings.

The Dodgers scored a half-dozen runs off Cardinals callup Mike Mayers before the Cardinals ever came to bat. The first four trotted home when Gonzalez tattooed a 2-2 fastball 427 feet over the center-field wall. Gonzalez finished the game with three hits, the second of which preceded Howie Kendrick's home run with one out in the second.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, 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 expect three key pieces back soon

Moss, Carpenter, Peralta could return from injury Aug. 2

Cards expect three key pieces back soon

ST. LOUIS -- While other clubs are exploring potential trade targets as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Cardinals appear poised to make their most impactful additions from within.

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny expressed optimism Sunday that three key offensive contributors -- Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta -- could return from the disabled list by Aug. 2, the day after the Trade Deadline.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, 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.

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

ST. LOUIS -- Eight days away from the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak continues to canvass the market for available relievers with an eye on being opportunistic, but not desperate.

Adding another arm to help bridge games from the starters to the back end of the Cardinals' bullpen remains of interest to Mozeliak. The Cardinals do not intend to pursue either of the two elite relievers -- Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman -- believed to be available this month, but will instead look within the next tier of arms for potential help.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, 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 give Dodgers too many chances

Cards give Dodgers too many chances

ST. LOUIS -- One night after letting a plethora of scoring chances go untapped, the Dodgers capitalized against Mike Leake early on Saturday and then coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. The win kept the Dodgers ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race and halted St. Louis' winning streak at five.

The Dodgers recovered from an exhausting, 16-inning loss quickly enough to even the three-game series at Busch Stadium. All nine players in L.A.'s starting lineup had at least one hit off Leake, who allowed a career-high 12 over his six innings. Five of those came in the third, when the Dodgers utilized three infield hits to generate some momentum before Justin Turner punctuated the four-run frame with a two-run double.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leake's struggles follow familiar pattern

Leake's struggles follow familiar pattern

ST. LOUIS -- In what is becoming an all-to-frequent trend with Mike Leake on the mound, the veteran right-hander watched innings unravel behind him on Saturday night because both he and the defense weren't sharper.

This time, plays not made and pitches not executed left the Cardinals with a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers that sapped any momentum building from a five-game winning streak and a 16-inning victory one night earlier. The sequence of events was familiar, too, as Leake endured a pair of big innings complicated by defensive miscues and strings of hits.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, 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.

Dra-Matt-ic finish! Cards top LA in 16

Dra-Matt-ic finish! Cards top LA in 16

ST. LOUIS -- On a night when the Dodgers squandered repeated chances with runners in scoring position, the Cardinals made a little go a long way to outlast Los Angeles, 4-3, in 16 innings Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Jedd Gyorko denied Kenley Jansen his 29th save with a two-out, game-tying homer in the ninth, and Matt Adams sealed the team's second walk-off victory in as many nights hours later with a one-out homer in the 16th. The victory extended the Cardinals' winning streak to five and boosted the club a season-best eight games above .500.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lyons saves 'pen with extra-long relief

Cards lefty holds Dodgers to 1 hit over 4 2/3 innings

Lyons saves 'pen with extra-long relief

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals were readying to hand Sunday's spot start to long reliever Tyler Lyons, though not yet prepared to commit to it ahead of the club's series opener against the Dodgers. Mike Matheny wanted to first see how Friday played out.

And indeed, circumstances changed. Instead of stepping in to fill a rotation void this weekend, Lyons stepped up to lift the Cardinals to their fifth straight win by covering the bulk of the extra frames in the team's 4-3, 16-inning victory over the Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Lyons twirled 4 2/3 sensational innings of relief to lead into Matt Adams' game-winning home run.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, 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.

Holliday back in lineup after pitch hits nose

Matheny grants slugger's request day after bloody incident

Holliday back in lineup after pitch hits nose

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday didn't need to sleep on it before he reached out to Mike Matheny with the request late Thursday night. Hours after being hit in the nose by a pitch, Holliday asked his manager to reconsider his lineup plans for Friday.

Holliday wanted back in.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, 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.

Greg Garcia thought he had struck out, but he hadn't

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Greg Garcia thought he had struck out, but he hadn't

Marathon, extra-innings games can wear on the mind. As the seconds turn to minutes and the minutes turn to hours, things can get fuzzy as #WEIRDBASEBALL approaches.

Friday night's contest between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Busch Stadium was a perfect example of this. After the Cards tied things at 3-3 in the ninth, the game went on for seven more frames, ending in the 16th on a Matt Adams walkoff homer

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Barry M. Bloom

The Wizard back in shape, leading annual clinic

Hall of Fame shortstop's 'Play Ball with Ozzie' kicks off Induction Weekend

The Wizard back in shape, leading annual clinic

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- This was the 15th consecutive year that Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith led his "Play Ball with Ozzie" clinic.

The fundraiser that included a group of 42 kids began bright and early Friday morning on an all-dirt Little League-sized infield behind the Clark Sports Center.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Consistent approach paying off for Aledmys

Consistent approach paying off for Aledmys

ST. LOUIS -- Nine days ago, rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz struck out looking against Astros closer Will Harris as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game. He let the bat sit on his shoulder with the bases loaded, watching a 3-2 pitch cross the plate for strike three.

He wasn't about to let that happen again on Thursday night, when he lined a walk-off single to left field off Carlos Villanueva to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards walk off with win, four-game sweep

Cards walk off with win, four-game sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz hit a rocket to left field, and the Cardinals walked off with a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

After loading the bases with one out, Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva ran the count full before Diaz turned around a fastball, smacking a single to left for the Cardinals' fourth walk-off win of the season. Tommy Pham ignited the rally with a leadoff single before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, sandwiched by two intentional walks.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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Holliday's nose bloodied but not broken by pitch

Holliday's nose bloodied but not broken by pitch

ST.LOUIS -- Matt Holliday's nose was grazed by a pitch from Andrew Cashner in the sixth inning of Thursday night's series finale against the Padres. St. Louis trailed, 2-1, at the time but came back to win, 6-5, on a walk-off single from Aledmys Diaz.

The nose wasn't fractured, and Holliday is considered day to day.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko Show: Two-HR night fuels twin-bill sweep

Gyorko Show: Two-HR night fuels twin-bill sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Since he was traded in December, Jedd Gyorko has done nothing but rake against his former team, and his mastery of the Padres continued on Wednesday.

The Cardinals third baseman launched a pair of homers and drove in all three runs in a 3-2 victory over San Diego, as St. Louis completed a doubleheader sweep. Gyorko, who also homered in Game 1, has now gone deep in five straight games against the Padres -- joining an elite group consisting of Barry Bonds, Chipper Jones, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Gritty Martinez, trio of HRs key Cards' win

Gritty Martinez, trio of HRs key Cards' win

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez's afternoon got off to a shaky start, but the Cardinals right-hander picked himself up -- quite literally -- and bounced back with seven strong innings in Game 1 of Wednesday's twin bill -- a 4-2 St. Louis victory at Busch Stadium.

In the top of the second, Martinez suffered a nosebleed and spent about 10 minutes on the grass behind the pitcher's mound while being tended to by team trainers. But he stayed in the game and allowed just one hit to the final 22 batters he faced.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manfred: Investigation ongoing in data breach

Commissioner says no timetable set for possible discipline of Cardinals

Manfred: Investigation ongoing in data breach

ST. LOUIS -- Commissioner Rob Manfred, in his first comment on the issue since former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced on Monday, said Major League Baseball's investigation is ongoing and that there is no timetable for any potential discipline.

"It's difficult to discipline either players or clubs," Manfred said to assembled media at Joe Torre's Safe At Home Foundation Golf and Tennis Classic on Thursday in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. "We've had situations where that is necessary. We're going to get to the bottom of the Houston-St. Louis situation, and we'll take appropriate action when we have all of the facts."

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. MLB.com enterprise editor Mark Newman contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko homers in 5th straight meeting with Padres

Cardinals' offseason acquisition burns ex-club in twin bill

Gyorko homers in 5th straight meeting with Padres

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko looked tired Wednesday night. The heat or humidity seemed like it had taken its toll during a doubleheader, and he had to face the media for the third time in the past two days.

He didn't seem to mind, because he knew the reason for the extra attention. Gyorko was responsible for all three Cardinals' runs Wednesday night with two homers in a 3-2 win, carrying St. Louis to a twin-bill sweep. It was his latest impressive performance against the Padres since a trade last offseason sent him from San Diego to St. Louis for center fielder Jon Jay.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter at MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez's nosebleed delays Game 1 of doubleheader

Martinez's nosebleed delays Game 1 of doubleheader

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez had a nose bleed Wednesday morning. He stopped it successfully and hoped it wouldn't bleed again when he started Game 1 of the Cardinals doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

His nose had other ideas as it began to bleed out with two outs in the second inning and delayed the game for roughly 12 minutes. He allowed three hits including a two-run homer to Ryan Schimpf prior to the incident, but went on to retire 15 of the next 18 batters in the Cardinals' 4-2 victory.

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Mozeliak focused on boosting 'pen before Deadline

Mozeliak focused on boosting 'pen before Deadline

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals aren't keeping their needs as a secret as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline moves closer. St. Louis will be in the market for help in their bullpen over the next 12 days.

"We'll see if we value it correctly," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. "I think our focus will still be if we can advance the bullpen."

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomber among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Dodgers pitching prospects each rack up double-digit K's in strong starts

Gomber among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.

De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the Top 100, yielded four hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to pace Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of Tacoma. The 23-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk in the outing, as he demonstrated exemplary command of his arsenal by throwing 80 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards place Peralta on DL with thumb injury

Hazelbaker, Socolovich recalled; McKenry designated

Cards place Peralta on DL with thumb injury

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals placed infielder Jhonny Peralta on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Monday, with a ligament strain in his left thumb.

Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker and right-hander Miguel Socolovich also were recalled from Triple-A Memphis, while catcher Michael McKenry was designated for assignment.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Double-digit K's becoming common for Leake

Double-digit K's becoming common for Leake

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals committed an error in four of Mike Leake's starts in June, including three in his June 30 outing against the Royals. His solution over his past two starts in July has been simple: Don't let the other team put the ball in play.

Leake struck out 11 batters, one shy of his career high, in a 10-2 victory over the Padres on Monday night. This after accumulating 10 in his previous outing, against the Brewers, right before the All-Star break.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Piscotty named Cardinals' Heart and Hustle winner

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Piscotty named Cardinals' Heart and Hustle winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards power up with three HRs vs. Padres

Cards power up with three HRs vs. Padres

ST. LOUIS -- Jedd Gyorko's former team came to town on Monday night, but he did nothing at all to make them feel welcome.

The Cardinals second baseman powered his club to a series-opening 10-2 victory over the Padres, going 3-for-3 with a rally-starting single in the sixth and a solo homer in the seventh. Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty also went deep for St. Louis.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former Cards exec Correa sentenced to prison

Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison by a federal judge on Monday for illegally accessing the Astros' player personnel database and email system.

In January, Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least December '14. Correa was promoted to St. Louis' director of baseball development in '14, but he was dismissed last July after allegations of the illegal conduct first surfaced.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bowman providing helpful relief for Cards

Bowman providing helpful relief for Cards

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' bullpen has experienced its fair share of disappointment since Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of the closer's role in late June.

The relief corps blew the lead twice Friday against the Marlins and allowed three runs Sunday in a 6-3 loss to Miami after the offense came from behind to tie it up in the sixth inning.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals pick up Wacha, but drop battle of bullpens

Cardinals pick up Wacha, but drop battle of bullpens

ST. LOUIS -- Giancarlo Stanton didn't need his home run swing to do significant damage on Sunday afternoon. The Home Run Derby champion showed that a line-drive approach is pretty effective, as he collected two doubles, drove in the go-ahead run and scored twice in the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Christian Yelich drove in three runs and Ichiro Suzuki collected three hits, moving six away from reaching 3,000 on a day Miami took two of three in the series and moved two games ahead of St. Louis in the National League Wild Card standings.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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Waino stirs memories in sentimental shutout

As Cards celebrated 2006 World Series champs, ace paints familiar portrait

Waino stirs memories in sentimental shutout

ST. LOUIS -- Giancarlo Stanton grounded out to Kolten Wong, and catcher Yadier Molina raised his fists in celebration as Adam Wainwright completed his 10th career shutout and 22nd complete game Saturday night in the Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the Marlins.

On a night when the organization celebrated the 2006 World Series title with a warning track parade featuring members of the championship team, Molina's reaction was reminiscent of its run 10 years ago.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vintage Waino tosses 3-hit shutout vs. Miami

Vintage Waino tosses 3-hit shutout vs. Miami

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals paid tribute to the 2006 World Series championship team on Saturday at Busch Stadium, and one of the star performers then remains an imposing pitcher today. The difference now is Adam Wainwright is in a different role.

Wainwright, who closed out the World Series clincher a decade ago, served a reminder that he remains formidable these days as a starter. The veteran right-hander flirted with a no-hitter through five innings on his way to a three-hit shutout in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.