April 21: Cardinals @ Nationals

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wpid-img_20150421_163425809.jpgRecords: Cardinals (8-3), Nationals (6-7)

First Pitch: 6:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 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), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Nationals lineup: Denard Span (CF), Ian Desmond (SS), Jayson Werth (LF), Bryce Harper (RF), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Yunel Escobar (3B), WIlson Ramos (C), Danny Espinosa (2B), Gio Gonzalez (LHP)

Transactions: Outfielder Peter Bourjos was placed on paternity leave. Right-hander Mitch Harris had his contract purchased from Triple-A. Outfielder Gary Brown was designated for assignment.

Reading Material:

  • The Cardinals will have a Lieutenant in the bullpen tonight as Mitch Harris realizes his Major League dream (link)
  • More on Harris’ circuitous journey to the Majors and the five years he spent in the US Navy along the way (link)
  • Matt Carpenter earns NL Player of the Week honors after hitting .480 with seven doubles last week (link)
  • MLB Network will incorporate Statcast technology into tonight’s Cards-Nats broadcast (link)
  • Tuesday’s game preview (link)

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April 19: Reds @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150419_163904320.jpgRecords: Cardinals (7-3), Reds (5-6)

First pitch: 7:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 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)

Reds lineup: Skip Schumaker (LF), Joey Votto (1B), Todd Frazier (3B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Jay Bruce (RF), Zack Cozart (SS), Brennan Boesch (CF), Tucker Barnhart (C), Mike Leake (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals placed Randal Grichuk on the 15-day DL (retroactive to April 17) and recalled infielder Dean Anna

Reading Material:

  • Jason Heyward hits his first home run as a Cardinal, draws a curtain call (link)
  • Matt Holliday exits Saturday’s game with a mid-back strain (link)
  • Randal Grichuk lands on DL with a lower back strain; Dean Anna to be recalled (link)
  • Carlos Martinez takes a little off his fastball and flashes an improved off-speed repertoire (link)
  • Manager Mike Matheny to seek clarity on home-plate collision rule (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-2 win over Cincinnati (link)
  • Game preview for Sunday’s series finale (link)

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April 18: Reds @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (6-3), Reds (5-5)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Yadier Molina (C), Jon Jay (CF), Pete Kozma (2B), Carlos Martinez (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), Homer Bailey (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • Matt Carpenter sure is looking a lot like he did in 2013 (link)
  • Michael Wacha reduces the reliance on his changeup, still finds success (link)
  • Carpenter executes his first career baseball somersault (link)
  • On the 70th anniversary of his Major League debut, Red Schoendienst is honored by the Cards (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-1 win over the Reds on Friday (link)
  • Saturday’s game preview (link)

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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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