April 17: Reds @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (5-3), Reds (5-4)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Reds lineup: Billy Hamilton (CF), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Jay Bruce (RF), Marlon Byrd (LF), Brayan Pena (C), Zack Cozart (SS), Johnny Cueto (RHP)

Transactions: None

Quotable: “The response can be the fact that we come in here and win some games, you know? Sometimes you have to personalize things. I think that sometimes that we do and sometimes we don’t. You don’t want to personalize it to the point where it affects you in a negative way. I’d like to come in here and play well, play strong, play tough and come in with some attitude. The kid didn’t slide in there with the intent to injure Frazier. It was an awkward slide. That being said, anybody would be upset at that play. It wouldn’t matter what team it was. It’s not that it was the Cardinals. It was an awkward slide that put Frazier in position of being hurt. Nobody wants to see that. I was extremely upset by that and rightfully so. Anybody would have been.” — Reds manager Bryan Price, when asked if he expected any carryover after calling Jason Heyward’s slide “dirty” on Sunday.

Reading Material:

  • On the 70th anniversary of Red Schoendienst’s Major League debut, the Cardinals will honor him during a pregame ceremony (link)
  • Yadier Molina puts slow season start in the rearview mirror (link)
  • Mark Reynolds gets a start, contributes in a big way (link)
  • John Lackey gave the Cardinals’ bullpen a much-needed respite with the team’s longest start of the season (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-0 win over Milwaukee (link)
  • Game preview (link)

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April 16: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (4-3), Brewers (2-6)

First pitch: 12:45 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), John Lackey (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jean Segura (SS), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Ryan Braun (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Khris Davis (LF), Scooter Gennett (2B), Gerardo Parra (CF), Mike Fiers (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Mike Matheny concerned about his early-season bullpen usage (link)
  • Lance Lynn earns his 50th win before even making his 100th start (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-2 win over Brewers (link)
  • On Jackie Robinson Day, the Cardinals honor a trailblazing scout (link)
  • Game preview for Thursday’s series finale (link)

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April 15: Brewers @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150415_155810028.jpgRecords: Cardinals (3-3), Brewers (2-5)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Carlos Gomez (CF), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Ryan Braun (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Gerardo Parra (LF), Jean Segura (SS), Scooter Gennett (2B), Wily Peralta (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • Inbox featuring fan Q’s and my A’s (link)
  • Cardinals Hall of Fame candidate profile on Steve Carlton (link)
  • A scouting report on Marco Gonzales from Bernie Pleskoff (link)
  • Game preview (link)

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April 13: Brewers @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150413_105300028_hdr.jpgRecords: Cardinals (3-2), Brewers (1-5)

First pitch: 3:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Carlos Gomez (CF), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Ryan Braun (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Khris Davis (LF), Jean Segura (SS), Scooter Gennett (2B), Matt Garza (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals activated Tony Cruz from the paternity list and optioned Ed Easley to Triple-A

Reading material:

  • Cardinals take the series in Cincinnati behind a four-RBI day from Matt Carpenter (link)
  • Carlos Villanueva maneuvers around trouble, earns his first Cardinals win (link)
  • Reds manager Bryan Price calls Jason Heyward’s fifth-inning slide “dirty” (link)
  • Game preview (link)

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April 8: Cardinals @ Cubs

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wpid-img_20150408_103610720.jpgRecords: Cardinals (1-0), Cubs (0-1)

First pitch: 1:20 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jon Jay (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Jorge Soler (RF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Starlin Castro (SS), Chris Coghlan (LF), Miguel Montero (C), Arismendy Alcantara (2B), Jake Arrieta (RHP), Tommy La Stella (2B)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • No makeup date set for Tuesday’s postponed game (link)
  • With the rotation order staying as is, Adam Wainwright now draws the home opener assignment (link)
  • Trevor Rosenthal sees early positive returns pitching exclusively out of the stretch (link)
  • Cardinals taking a wait-and-see approach regarding playing time for Randal Grichuk (link)
  • Wednesday’s game preview (link)

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Minor League rosters finalized

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Now that the start of the Major League season is underway, it’s time for the minor leaguers to soon follow. Affiliates will begin play as early as Thursday, which means that rosters are being finalized now. Here is a look at those rosters already announced so you know where to follow your favorite prospects this season.

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TRIPLE-A MEMPHIS (Opener: Thursday, vs. Iowa at 7:05 pm CT)

Pitchers (13): Marco Gonzales, Tim Cooney, Zach Petrick, John Gast, Tyler Lyons, Nick Greenwood, Mitch Harris, Marcus Hatley, Dean Kiekhefer, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Tyler Waldron, Boone Whiting

Catchers (3): Ed Easley, Cody Stanley, Travis Tartamella

Infielders (6): Dean Anna, Greg Garcia, Ty Kelly, Scott Moore, Xavier Scruggs, Matt Williams

Outfielders (4): Gary Brown, Mike O’Neill, Rafael Ortega, Stephen Piscotty

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DOUBLE-A SPRINGFIELD (Opener: Thursday vs. Corpus Christi at 7:10 pm CT)

Pitchers (13): Kyle Hald, Kurt Heyer, Justin Wright, Jonathan Cornelius, Nick Petree, Heath Wyatt, Chris Thomas, Andrew Morales, Thomas Lee, Ryan Sherriff, Corey Baker, Mike Mayers, Joey Donofrio

Catchers (3): Adam Ehrlich, Alberto Rosario, Michael Ohlman

Infielders (7): Alex Mejia, Patrick Wisdom, Jacob Wilson, Breyvic Valera, Aledmys Diaz, Jonathan Rodriguez, David Washington

Outfielders (4): Nick Martini, Charlie Tilson, Starlin Rodriguez, Anthony Garcia

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HIGH-A PALM BEACH (Opener: Thursday vs. Jupiter at 5:35 pm CT)

Pitchers (13): Kyle Barraclough, Chase Brookshire, Kevin Herget, Rob Kaminsky, Corey Littrell, Josh Lucas, Trey Nielsen, Chris Perry, Jimmy Reed, Alex Reyes, Arturo Reyes, Steven Sabatino, Ronnie Shaban

Catchers (2): Carson Kelly, Jose Gonzalez

Infielders (6): Luke Voit, Bruce Caldwell, Juan Herrera, Mason Katz, Robelys Reyes, Brett Wiley

Outfielders (4): Jimmy Bosco, Ronald Castillo, C.J. McElroy Jr, Rowan Wick

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LOW-A PEORIA (Opener: Thursday vs. Quad Cities at 7:05 pm CT)

Pitchers (13): Will Anderson, Fernando Baez, Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber, Kyle Grana, Nick Lomascolo, Zach Loraine, Blake McKnight, Matt Pearce, Dewin Perez, Jhonny Polanco, Daniel Poncedeleon, Robby Rowland

Catchers (2): Steve Bean, Luis Cruz

Infielders (7): Alex DeLeon, Danny Diekroeger, Oscar Mercado, Richy Pedroza, Justin Ringo, Darren Seferina, Andrew Sohn

Outfielders (4): Blake Drake, Collin Radack, Magneuris Sierra, Nick Thompson

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Cards-Cubs game postponed on Tuesday

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With forecasts calling for rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the rest of the day, the Cubs opted to postpone Tuesday’s scheduled 7:05 pm CT game against the Cardinals. A makeup date for the game will be announced at a later date.

The day off will be the third in four days for the Cardinals, who opened the season with a 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. That game was preceded by a day off in Chicago, and the Cardinals had another on Monday, while the other 28 Major League clubs played their season openers. Another off day awaits the team in Cincinnati on Thursday.

The Cardinals did hold a one-hour workout on Monday and are expected to report to Wrigley Field on Tuesday for a short workout, even though there will be no game. Right-hander Lance Lynn was scheduled to start on Tuesday against Chicago’s Jake Arrieta.

The Cardinals have not yet announced how Tuesday’s postponement may affect their rotation plans.

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Opening Night: Cardinals @ Cubs

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(Note: Similar to what you saw during spring training, I will use this blog to post game lineups and quick notes each day. For more extensive coverage and content, visit cardinals.com)

Records: Cardinals (0-0), Cubs (0-0)

First pitch: 7:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN2, KMOX 1120

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Jon Jay (CF), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Jorge Soler (RF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Starlin Castro (SS), Chris Coghlan (LF), Mike Olt (3B), David Ross (C), Jon Lester (LHP), Tommy La Stella (2B)

Transactions: Cards set 25-man roster, place Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation) and Tommy Pham (left quad strain) on DL

Reading material:

  • Opening Night preview (link)
  • How watching three Atlanta pitchers back in the ’90s helped mold Adam Wainwright (link)
  • Is the NL Central poised to be the best division in baseball? (link)
  • Cardinals set 25-man roster (link)

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April 2: Mets @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (13-11), Mets (18-12)

First pitch: 11:05 pm CT

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

Starting matchup: Lance Lynn vs. Matt Harvey

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

Days until Opening Night: 3

Links from Wednesday:

  • The Cardinals set their rotation order (link)
  • Is this offense destined for a power surge in 2015? (link)
  • Carlos Martinez vindicated the Cardinals’ decision to include him in the rotation with his best spring showing yet (link)
  • Columnist Richard Justice calls Matt Carpenter “a perfect fit” in St. Louis (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-4 win over the Mets (link)

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April 1: Cardinals @ Mets

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wpid-img_20150401_080807274.jpgRecords: Cardinals (12-11), Mets (18-11)

First pitch: 12:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: MLB Network, KMOX 1120

Starting matchup: Carlos Martinez vs. Bartolo Colon

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

Days until Opening Night: 4

Links from Tuesday:

  • Adam Wainwright named Opening Day starter (link)
  • Why Michael Wacha is a key player in the Cardinals’ quest to three-peat as division champs (link)
  • Randal Grichuk, Pete Kozma win the final two jobs on the 25-man roster (link)
  • Carlos Martinez, recently named the team’s fifth starter, talks about what it will take to stick (link)
  • Recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Marlins (link)

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