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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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Cards tentatively set Opening Day roster

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With Tuesday’s announcement that Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma will open the season on the Major League team, the club has all but set its Opening Day roster. Barring any injuries, the Cardinals will begin the year with the following 25:

Starting Pitchers (5): Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez

Relievers (7): Trevor Rosenthal, Jordan Walden, Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, Matt Belisle, Randy Choate, Carlos Villanueva

Catchers (2): Yadier Molina, Tony Cruz

Infielders (6): Matt Adams, Mark Reynolds, Kolten Wong, Jhonny Peralta, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma

Outfielders (5): Jason Heyward, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Randal Grichuk, Peter Bourjos

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March 31: Marlins @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150331_080559779.jpgRecords: Cardinals (12-10), Marlins (12-12)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120

Starting matchup: Adam Wainwright vs. Henderson Alvarez

Available relievers: Kevin Siegrist, Matt Belisle, Mitch Harris, Seth Maness, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 5

Links from Monday:

  • The story of 10-year-old Josiah Viera, who has become the heart of the Cardinals organization (link)
  • Carlos Martinez named the team’s fifth starter (link)
  • Carlos Villanueva takes the final open spot in the Cardinals’ bullpen (link)
  • Kolten Wong’s perspective on a tough spring and other news/notes/tidbits from the day at camp (link)
  • Video Q&A with manager Mike Matheny (link)
  • Recap from the Cardinals’ 6-2 win over the Nationals (link)

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March 30: Nationals @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

wpid-img_20150330_081452339.jpgRecords: Nationals (10-12), Cardinals (11-10)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

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

Starting matchup: Michael Wacha vs. Taylor Jordan

Available relievers: Marcus Hatley, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Villanueva

Days until Opening Night: 6

Links from Sunday:

  • Cardinals uncertain of Jaime Garcia’s timeline given recent shutdown (link)
  • Now that Marco Gonzales has made his final Grapefruit League appearance, he plays the waiting game (link)
  • Cardinals’ bench coming into focus after another round of cuts (link)
  • How might the club construct its Opening Day roster? (link)
  • Randy Choate finding work against left-handed batters (link)
  • Game recap from the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals (link)

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March 29: Mets @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150329_075424799.jpgRecords: Cardinals (11-9), Mets (15-11)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

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

Starting matchup: Marco Gonzales vs. Dillon Gee

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

Days until Opening Night: 7

Links from Saturday:

  • Jaime Garcia scratched from next scheduled start due to arm fatigue, unlikely to begin season on Opening Day roster (link)
  • Cards bullpen starting to come together after trade of Sam Freeman. Now, what to do with Carlos Villanueva? (link)
  • Up next in our series of profiling the eight Cardinals Hall of Fame candidates: Matt Morris (link)
  • Lance Lynn battles the elements in his third spring start (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to the Tigers (link)

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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

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

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

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

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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