June 6: D-backs (34-25) @ Cardinals (38-21) & Draft Day

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Take notice that the Cardinals’ game starts an hour earlier than usual (6:15 p.m. CT), which is just after the First-Year Player Draft will begin. Speaking of the Draft, the first two rounds will be completed tonight. The rest of the 40-round event will take place on Friday and Saturday. The Cardinals will make three selections tonight: No. 19, No. 28, and No. 57. The Draft will be televised on MLB Network and shown via MLB.com. The approximate time of those picks will be 7:42 p.m. CT, 8:27 p.m. CT and 9:39 p.m. CT.

MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo put out his final mock Draft today and you can read it here. Also, if you missed the story from the Cardinals’ pre-Draft workout on Tuesday, you can still find it here. The Cardinals will likely choose some of the 20 players who came here for the workout, though those selections might not come until Days 2 or 3. For a general overview of the Cardinals’ Draft philosophy, check out this story.

On a night when the Cardinals will make two players first-round picks, former first-rounder Shelby Miller will try to prevent a series loss and the team’s first three-game losing streak since late April. The Cardinals should not have many limitations with the bullpen thanks to Joe Kelly’s extended spot start yesterday and Maikel Cleto’s ability to eat up innings. If you missed it earlier today, Cleto was optioned out and another Major League newbie — Kevin Siegrist — has been called up.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Yadier Molina (C)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (RF)
  5. Matt Adams (1B)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  8. Jon Jay (CF)
  9. Shelby Miller (RHP)

D-BACKS LINEUP:

  1. Gerardo Parra (RF)
  2. Didi Gregorious (SS)
  3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
  4. Miguel Montero (C)
  5. Martin Prado (3B)
  6. Jason Kubel (LF)
  7. A.J. Pollock (CF)
  8. Cliff Pennington (2B)
  9. Ian Kennedy (RHP)

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