March 27: Mets @ Cardinals; Cardinals @ Nationals

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wpid-img_20150327_081203961.jpgOpponent: Mets (14-10)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network (delayed)

Starting matchup: John Lackey vs. Matt Harvey

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Matt Belisle, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 9

Links from Thursday:

  • Adam Wainwright found his fastball command throwing inside the batting cage (link)
  • Jason Heyward collects his first spring homer and other news/notes from the day (link)
  • As he enters his age 35 season, is Matt Holliday slowing down? (link)
  • Game recap from Marlins’ 5-3 win over the Cardinals (link)

Additional Notes: With manager Mike Matheny traveling to Viera, bench coach David Bell will step in to manage this game. Hitting coach John Mabry will fill in as first-base coach, while first-base coach Chris Maloney will slide over to third. Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist will also be on this coaching staff.

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wpid-img_20150327_081148149.jpgOpponent: Nationals (9-11)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: None

Starting matchup: Carlos Martinez vs. Jordan Zimmermann

Available relievers: Marcus Hatley, Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal

Additional notes: Matheny will be on hand to watch Martinez’s fifth spring audition for a rotation spot. Third-base coach Jose Oquendo, bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller also made the trip. Mueller will fill in as first-base coach for the day.

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March 26: Marlins @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150326_082706914.jpgOpponent: Marlins (10-7)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Starting matchup: Adam Wainwright vs. Henderson Alvarez

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Kevin Siegrist, Mitch Harris, Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Villaneuva

Days until Opening Night: 10

Links from Wednesday:

  • Did we see the Cardinals’ regular-season starting lineup on Wednesday (link)
  • Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon discusses standout performers this spring and looks forward to the season ahead (link)
  • Michael Wacha has walked one in 15 1/3 spring innings; Matt Carpenter exits game after being hit by pitch; and other news/notes/tidbits (link)
  • Tommy Pham’s window to compete for a bench job has just about closed (link)
  • How tennis balls helped Jon Jay and Kolten Wong prepare for the season (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over the Nationals (link)

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March 25: Nationals @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150325_080238404.jpgOpponent: Nationals (9-9)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX, MLB Network (delayed)

Starting matchup: Michael Wacha vs. Max Scherzer

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Sam Freeman, Kevin Siegrist, Matt Belisle, Mitch Harris, Marcus Hatley, Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Villanueva, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 11

Links from Tuesday:

  • What questions have the Cardinals already answered this spring? Which ones still remain? (link)
  • Jaime Garcia throws an 80-pitch simulated game, continues to make a case for the fifth starter job (link)
  • MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo argues that the Cardinals have had the best farm system over the last five years (link)
  • Too much Major League-ready starting pitching? Columnist Anthony Castrovince writes about the Cardinals’ enviable dilemma (link)
  • Cardinals Hall of Fame candidate profile: Joe Torre (link)

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March 19: Mets (ss) @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150319_080218392.jpgOpponent: Mets (7-8)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120, MLB Network

Starting matchup: Jaime Garcia vs. Jon Niese

Available relievers: Sam Freeman, Nick Greenwood, Dean Kiekhefer, Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 17

Links from Tuesday/Wednesday:

  • Lance Lynn pitches in simulated game, showcases new changeup (link)
  • Jon Jay likely to make Grapefruit League debut on Friday (link)
  • A look at the candidacy of Edgar Renteria, a candidate for the Cardinals’ 2015 Hall of Fame class (link)
  • MLB Pipeline checks in on prospects/minor leaguers at Cardinals spring training (link)
  • Adam Wainwright to make Grapefruit League debut on Saturday (link)
  • Marco Gonzales flaunts changeup with strikeout of $300-million man, Giancarlo Stanton (link)
  • Will Matt Adams occasionally lay down a bunt to try and foil a shift? (link)
  • Greg Garcia, Tyler Lyons among the latest to be cut in camp (link)
  • Peter Bourjos showing signs of frustration amid 1-for-23 start (link)

Additional notes: On a personal note, I will be making a brief escape from Jupiter after today’s game for my first break of Spring Training. I will return to the beat on Tuesday. But don’t fret — there will be folks filling in during my absence, so you will still have plenty of content to enjoy at cardinals.com.

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March 17: Cardinals @ Marlins

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wpid-img_20150317_080442325.jpgOpponent: Marlins (8-3)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120, MLB Network (delay)

Starting matchups: Marco Gonzales vs. Jarred Cosart

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Sam Freeman, Nick Greenwood, Matt Belisle, Mitch Harris, Seth Maness, Zach Petrick

Days until Opening Night: 19

Links from Monday:

  • Adam Wainwright throws a simulated game, declares himself ready for a real start (link)
  • John Lackey perfect through three innings, bullpen strong behind him (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over the Tigers (link)

Additional notes: This marks the first time all spring that the Cardinals will have their pitcher bat. Gonzales is certainly a good one to start with… Also, this looks as close to an Opening Day lineup as manager Mike Matheny has used all spring.

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March 16: Tigers @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150316_080506222.jpgOpponent: Tigers (6-9)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, KMOX 1120

Starting matchup: John Lackey vs. David Price

Available relievers: Tim Cooney, Nick Greenwood, Mitch Harris, Marcus Hatley, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Villanueva, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 20

Links from Sunday:

  • Fifth starter competition still open after Carlos Martinez gets knocked around in start (link)
  • Cards, Twins play to a 6-6 tie at Hammond Stadium (link)

Additional notes: Adam Wainwright will be throwing in a simulated game, scheduled for 10:20 am ET back on Field 1 of the Cardinals’ complex. If all goes well out there, Wainwright could be on the mound in a Grapefruit League game as early as Saturday.

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March 15: Cardinals @ Twins

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wpid-img_20150315_085817825.jpgOpponent: Twins (6-3)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120

Starting matchup: Carlos Martinez vs. Kyle Gibson

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Dean Kiekhefer, Matt Belisle, Marcus Hatley, Seth Maness, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala

Days until Opening Night: 21

Links from Saturday:

  • Adam Wainwright maneuvered through fielding simulations on Saturday and gained clearance to pitch in a simulated game on Monday (link)
  • After an offseason of preparing himself to face right-handed pitching, Randal Grichuk is seeing an early payoff (link)
  • Jon Jay still several days away from making his Grapefruit League debut (link)
  • Cardinals make their first wave of cuts, send five to Minor League camp (link)
  • Michael Wacha runs his spring scoreless innings streak to five in another strong performance (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-3 loss to the Twins (link)

Additional notes: While most were en route to Fort Myers for today’s game, Lance Lynn and Marco Gonzales threw bullpen sessions back at the Cardinals’ complex. Lynn is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

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March 14: Twins @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150314_075619981.jpgOpponent: Twins (5-3)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120, MLB Network (delay)

Starting matchup: Michael Wacha vs. Ricky Nolasco

Available relievers: Sam Freeman, John Gast, Nick Greenwood, Dean Kiekhefer, Tyler Lyons, Kevin Siegrist, Mitch Harris, Marcus Hatley, Miguel Socolovich

Days until Opening Night: 22

Links from Friday:

  • Lance Lynn throws an extended bullpen session, prepares for start next week (link)
  • Tommy Pham exits game with left quad strain, expects to be sidelined a few days (link)
  • Adam Wainwright teaches starter Zach Petrick a lesson in timing (link)
  • Peter Bourjos plays a doubleheader on Friday, gets a pair of hits (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 6-3 loss to the Marlins (link)
  • Cardinals Hall of Fame candidate profile: Mark McGwire (link)

Additional Notes: Wainwright is scheduled to throw a “live side” session this morning and then  participate in agility drills

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March 13: Cardinals @ Marlins

wpid-img_20150313_075803222.jpgJenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Opponent: Marlins (5-3)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network (delay)

Starting matchup: Zach Petrick vs. Mat Latos

Available relievers: Tim Cooney, Nick Greenwood, Dean Kiekhefer, Tyler Lyons, Kevin Siegrist, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Villanueva, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 23

Links from Thursday:

  • Jaime Garcia keeps pace in the fifth starter competition (link)
  • Adam Wainwright throws another live BP session, still eyes Opening Day start (link)
  • Peter Bourjos is playing a doubleheader today after asking for extra at-bats (link)
  • Mark Reynolds flaunts his power, and other news/notes/tidbits from the day (link)
  • Columnist Phil Rogers examines the depth of the starting rotation (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 8-2 win over the Orioles (link)

Additional notes: The Cardinals are also playing a “B” game (9 am CT) today to provide some playing time to their STEP (Spring Training Early Program) participants and others in Major League camp who need/want more playing time. The game will be played on one of the backfields on the Marlins’ side of the complex.

“B” game lineup: Peter Bourjos (DH), Greg Garcia (3B), Carson Kelly (C), Steve Bean (DH), Magneuris Sierra (RF), Michael Ohlman (1B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Breyvic Valera (2B), C.J. McElroy (CF), Charlie Tilson (LF) — Yes, there are intentionally 10 players in this lineup. The only rules in a “B” game are that there really aren’t any.

“B” game pitchers: Rob Kaminsky, Andrew Morales, Trey Nielsen, Jack Flaherty, Kyle Barraclough, Joe Donofrio

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March 12: Orioles @ Cardinals

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Opponent: Orioles (3-7)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120, MLB Network (delay)

Lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (DH), Matt Reynolds (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Tony Cruz (C), Ty Kelly (2B), Pete Kozma (SS)

Starting matchup: Jaime Garcia vs. Bud Norris

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Tim Cooney, Nick Greenwood, Matt Belisle, Seth Maness, Mike Mayers

Days until Opening Night: 24

Links from Wednesday:

  • After hitting lefties well in October, Matt Adams needs to do so over the long haul (link)
  • How lessons from his father are paying off for Marco Gonzales now (link)
  • Kolten Wong snaps spring hitless skid, and other news/notes items from the day (link)
  • Cardinals announce regular season broadcast plans (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 6-2 win over the Braves (link)

Additional Notes: Adam Wainwright will be throwing his third session of live batting practice this morning. … Zach Petrick has been named the Cardinals’ starter for Friday. Tyler Lyons is expected to follow him.

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