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April 13: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (4-3, -2.0 in NL Central), Brewers (3-4, -3.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest Plus, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jeremy Hazelbaker (LF), Matt Holliday (1B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Jedd Gyorko (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Mike Leake (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Domingo Santana (RF), Scooter Gennett (2B), Ryan Braun (LF), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Chris Carter (1B), Colin Walsh (3B), Ramon Flores (CF), Yadiel Rivera (SS), Chase Anderson (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Randal Grichuk showing signs of getting back on track offensively (link)
  • Four days, 41 runs. Some interesting numbers from the offensive explosion. (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 10-1, home opener win over the Brewers (link)
  • The most meaningful pitch thrown on Monday came from Lou Brock (link)
  • Injury updates on Jhonny Peralta, Tommy Pham, Ruben Tejada and Marco Gonzales (link)

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April 11: Brewers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (3-3, -2.0 in NL Central), Brewers (3-3, -2.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 3:15 pm CT

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

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jeremy Hazelbaker (LF), Matt Holliday (1B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Brewers lineup: TBA

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Jeremy Hazelbaker punctuates a tremendous first week with another game-tying hit (link)
  • A trip to Atlanta did the Cardinals’ offense well, as it broke out for 31 runs in three days (link)
  • Cardinals looking for cleaner defensive play after a shaky first road trip (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 12-7 win over the Braves on Sunday (link)
  • Cardinals bracing for possibility that Marco Gonzales may need arm surgery (link)

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April 10: Cardinals @ Braves

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Records: Cardinals (2-3, -2.0 in NL Central), Braves (0-4, -2.5 in NL East)

First pitch: 12:35 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Brandon Moss (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Greg Garcia (SS), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Braves lineup: Erick Aybar (SS), Nick Markakis (RF), Freddie Freeman (1B), Adonis Garcia (3B), Hector Olivera (LF), Tyler Flowers (C), Jace Peterson (2B), Drew Stubbs (CF), Williams Perez (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Kolten Wong highlights the team’s big offensive night with a three-hit game (link)
  • Fleet feet: Cardinals ignite offense with some aggressive baserunning (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 12-2 win over the Braves (link)
  • Ahead of Sunday’s start, Adam Wainwright spent time in front of a mirror, tweaking his delivery (link)
  • Randal Grichuk, 1-for-15 to start the year, sits on Saturday and tries to free his mind (link)

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April 9: Cardinals @ Braves

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Records: Cardinals (1-3, -3.0 in NL Central), Braves (0-3, -2.0 in NL East)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF), Matt Holliday (LF), Brandon Moss (1B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B). Aledmys Diaz (SS), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Braves lineup: Erick Aybar (SS), Nick Markakis (RF), Freddie Freeman (1B), Adonis Garcia (3B), A.J. Pierzynski (C), Kelly Johnson (LF), Drew Stubbs (CF), Jace Peterson (2B), Julio Teheran (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • An unlikely trio of pinch-hitters make baseball history (link)
  • Seung Hwan Oh’s key seventh-inning strikeout highlights another strong night from the bullpen (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-4 win over the Braves (link)
  • Yadier Molina sets a franchise record for most games caught, passing Ted Simmons (link)
  • Lou Brock’s ceremonial first pitch to highlight Monday’s home opener festivities (link)
  • Carlos Martinez ready to make his 2016 debut (link)

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April 8: Cardinals @ Braves

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Records: Cardinals (0-3, -3.0 in NL Central), Braves (0-2, -1.5 in NL East)

First pitch: 6:35 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Braves lineup: Ender Inciarte (CF), Erik Aybar (SS), Freddie Freeman (1B), Adonis Garcia (3B), Nick Markakis (RF), Hector Olivera (LF), Tyler Flowers (C), Gordon Beckham (2B), Matt Wisler (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Cards believe power uptick is coming (link)
  • With the minor league season starting on Thursday, here’s a look at where the Cardinals’ top prospects will be playing (link)
  • On Thursday, the Cardinals dealt pitcher Jayson Aquino to the Orioles for cash consideration (link)

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April 6: Cardinals @ Pirates

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Records: Cardinals (0-2, -2.0 in NL Central), Pirates (2-0, E in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Brandon Moss (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF), Mike Leake (RHP)

Pirates lineup: John Jaso (1B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), David Freese (3B), Starling Marte (LF), Francisco Cervelli (C), Gregory Polanco (RF), Josh Harrison (2B), Jordy Mercer (SS), Juan Nicasio (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Aledmys Diaz’s Major League debut soured by a critical defensive miscue (link)
  • Costly mistakes catch up with the Cardinals (link)
  • Marco Gonzales, sidelined with an elbow injury, awaits a second opinion (link)
  • Brayan Pena undergoes knee surgery, will likely miss a month (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-5 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday (link)
  • What’s behind the Cardinals’ decision to start Matt Holliday in left field, Brandon Moss at first base, instead of visa versa? (link)
  • Paul McCartney is coming to Busch Stadium (link)

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Gonzales sidelined by elbow injury

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Starting pitcher Marco Gonzales will miss the beginning of the Minor League season due to a left elbow injury, the severity of which the Cardinals expect to learn later this week.

Gonzales is scheduled to see orthopedist Neal ElAttrache sometime over the next two days to receive a second opinion on his elbow. He has already seen a Cardinals team doctor, though the organization will hold off on announcing any diagnosis until after this second visit.

General manager John Mozeliak said that Gonzales began feeling the discomfort on March 28, a week after the lefty was sent out of Major League camp. This injury appears to be unrelated to the shoulder issues that limited Gonzales to 18 appearances (17 starts) in 2015.

Gonzales impressed manager Mike Matheny and the coaching staff during his time in big-league camp this spring and was expected to open the season as part of Triple-A Memphis’ rotation. When he’ll be able to join that staff now remains uncertain. He and Tim Cooney, who was slowed this spring by shoulder weakness, had been projected as the first in line for a call-up if there were a need at the Major League level.

Gonzales entered 2016 ranked as the organization’s seventh-best prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

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April 5: Cardinals @ Pirates

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (0-1), Pirates (1-0)

First pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Brandon Moss (1B), Jedd Gyorko (2B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Pirates lineup: John Jaso (1B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), David Freese (3B), Starling Marte (LF), Francisco Cervelli (C), Gregory Polanco (RF), Josh Harrison (2B), Jordy Mercer (SS), Jon Niese (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Aledmys Diaz joins the big-league team as Tommy Pham lands on the DL (link)
  • Columnist Mike Bauman on how the Cardinals will continue unfazed despite injuries (link)
  • Seung Hwan Oh, on his Major League debut (link)

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Cards put Pham on DL; recall Diaz

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

When the Cardinals reassigned Aledmys Diaz to Minor League camp two weeks ago, it was done with an eye on getting him a bit more seasoning at Triple-A. It turns out there’s no time for that.

After losing Ruben Tejada to a left quad strain in Thursday’s Grapefruit League finale and watching Tommy Pham exit Sunday’s game with a left oblique strain, the Cardinals opted to summon the right-handed hitting shortstop before his season in Memphis ever began.

Diaz will be recalled prior to Tuesday’s game against the Pirates. Pham, whose MRI exam revealed a tear in his left oblique, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. He became the fourth member of the Cardinals’ expected 25-man roster to suffer an injury in the past five days.

Diaz, 25, went 9-for-34 in 15 games this spring and was considered a potential short-term replacement for the injured Jhonny Peralta before the Cardinals went out and signed Tejada. At that point, the club thought it was in Diaz’s best interest to allow him the additional developmental time in Memphis, where he had previously played just 14 games.

He thrived in that short stretch, though, hitting .380 with three homers to close out the 2015 season. He followed that up with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League.

The addition of Diaz also gives the Cardinals another right-handed bat, since they lost a pair with the injuries to Tejada and Pham. That will free Jedd Gyorko, Sunday’s starting shortstop, to be an option at second base when the Cardinals want to sit the left-handed hitting Kolten Wong against left-handed pitchers.

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April 3: Cardinals @ Pirates

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

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Tommy Pham (LF), Matt Holliday (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Kolten Wong (2B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Pirates lineup: John Jaso (1B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), David Freese (3B), Starling Marte (LF), Francisco Cervelli (C), Gregory Polanco (RF), Josh Harrison (2B), Jordy Mercer (SS), Francisco Liriano (LHP)

Transactions: Lance Lynn placed on the 60-day DL; Jayson Aquino designated for assignment; Cardinals purchase contracts of Jeremy Hazelbaker and Eric Fryer

Reading material:

  • Adam Wainwright enters rare franchise company as he draws his fifth Opening Day start (link)
  • Cardinals set Opening Day 25-man roster (link)
  • Brayan Pena to open the season on the DL after injuring his knee on a dugout slip (link)
  • Ruben Tejada diagnosed with a Grade 1 quad strain, hopeful of returning in two weeks (link)
  • Cards, Pirates to open the 2016 MLB season (link)
  • Q&A with manager Mike Matheny (link)
  • Q&A with broadcaster Mike Shannon (link)

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