March 13: Cardinals @ Marlins

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Opponent: Marlins (5-3)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

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

Starting matchup: Zach Petrick vs. Mat Latos

Available relievers: Tim Cooney, Nick Greenwood, Dean Kiekhefer, Tyler Lyons, Kevin Siegrist, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Villanueva, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 23

Links from Thursday:

  • Jaime Garcia keeps pace in the fifth starter competition (link)
  • Adam Wainwright throws another live BP session, still eyes Opening Day start (link)
  • Peter Bourjos is playing a doubleheader today after asking for extra at-bats (link)
  • Mark Reynolds flaunts his power, and other news/notes/tidbits from the day (link)
  • Columnist Phil Rogers examines the depth of the starting rotation (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 8-2 win over the Orioles (link)

Additional notes: The Cardinals are also playing a “B” game (9 am CT) today to provide some playing time to their STEP (Spring Training Early Program) participants and others in Major League camp who need/want more playing time. The game will be played on one of the backfields on the Marlins’ side of the complex.

“B” game lineup: Peter Bourjos (DH), Greg Garcia (3B), Carson Kelly (C), Steve Bean (DH), Magneuris Sierra (RF), Michael Ohlman (1B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Breyvic Valera (2B), C.J. McElroy (CF), Charlie Tilson (LF) — Yes, there are intentionally 10 players in this lineup. The only rules in a “B” game are that there really aren’t any.

“B” game pitchers: Rob Kaminsky, Andrew Morales, Trey Nielsen, Jack Flaherty, Kyle Barraclough, Joe Donofrio

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March 12: Orioles @ Cardinals

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Opponent: Orioles (3-7)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

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

Lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (DH), Matt Reynolds (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Tony Cruz (C), Ty Kelly (2B), Pete Kozma (SS)

Starting matchup: Jaime Garcia vs. Bud Norris

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Tim Cooney, Nick Greenwood, Matt Belisle, Seth Maness, Mike Mayers

Days until Opening Night: 24

Links from Wednesday:

  • After hitting lefties well in October, Matt Adams needs to do so over the long haul (link)
  • How lessons from his father are paying off for Marco Gonzales now (link)
  • Kolten Wong snaps spring hitless skid, and other news/notes items from the day (link)
  • Cardinals announce regular season broadcast plans (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 6-2 win over the Braves (link)

Additional Notes: Adam Wainwright will be throwing his third session of live batting practice this morning. … Zach Petrick has been named the Cardinals’ starter for Friday. Tyler Lyons is expected to follow him.

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March 11: Cardinals @ Braves

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Opponent: Braves (3-4)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: None

Starting matchup: Marco Gonzales vs. Alex Wood

Available relievers: Tim Cooney, Mike Mayers, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Sam Freeman, Mitch Harris, Marcus Hatley, Dean Kiekhefer

Days until Opening Night: 25

Links from Tuesday:

  • Trevor Rosenthal wants to get back to doing what he can do best — throw strikes (link)
  • Mike Matheny has found a batting order top that he likes (link)
  • News/Notes from the day, including more on Carlos Martinez’s latest rotation audition and Jacob Wilson’s big day (link)
  • Adam Wainwright, Jon Jay move closer to game action (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 7-6 loss to the Astros (link)

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March 10: Cardinals @ Astros

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wpid-img_20150310_100140422.jpgOpponent: Astros (3-2)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: None

Starting matchup: Carlos Martinez vs. Brett Oberholtzer

Available relievers: John Gast, Kevin Siegrist, Marcus Hatley, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Villanueva, Jordan Walden

Days until Opening Night: 26

Links from Monday:

  • Lance Lynn dealing with left hip flexor strain, MRI confirms (link)
  • Michael Wacha makes spring debut, ready to move forward from 2014 (link)
  • Fan voting opens for Cardinals’ 2015 Hall of Fame class (link)
  • Allen Craig returns to Jupiter, dismisses questions about his 2014 struggles (link)
  • Tyler Lyons struggles and other news/notes/tidbits from the day (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 3-0 loss to the Red Sox (link)

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March 9: Red Sox @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150309_075504759.jpgOpponent: Red Sox (3-2)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: KMOX 1120

Starting matchup: Michael Wacha vs. Wade Miley

Available relievers: Randy Choate, Nick Greenwood, Tyler Lyons, Matt Belisle, Seth Maness, Zach Petrick

Days until Opening Night: 27

Links from Sunday:

  • Lance Lynn exits his start prematurely with left hip flexor strain (link)
  • Adam Wainwright, John Lackey throw live BP sessions and discuss their respective next steps (link)
  • Pete Kozma plays three different positions as he’s groomed for a super utility role (link)
  • Tommy Pham, Randal Grichuk go deep; and other news/notes/tidbits from the day (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 5-2 win over the Marlins (link)

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March 8: Marlins @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150308_075849685.jpgOpponents: Miami (2-1)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: KMOX 1120

Starting matchup: Lance Lynn vs. Jarred Cosart

Available relievers: Tim Cooney, Nick Greenwood, Dean Kiekhefer, Mitch Harris, Mike Mayers, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Andrew Morales, Chris Perry

Days until Opening Night: 28

Links from Saturday:

  • After nearly nine months away, Jaime Garcia returns to the mound and shows some rough edges (link)
  • Randal Grichuk goes deep, Trevor Rosenthal throws heat, and other notes from Saturday’s loss to Washington (link)
  • How so much has changed for Kolten Wong over the last 365 days (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 6-5 loss to the Nationals (link)

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March 7: Cardinals @ Nationals

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wpid-img_20150307_093750806.jpgOpponent: Nationals (2-0)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

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

Starting matchup: Jaime Garcia vs. Stephen Strasburg

Available relievers: Carlos Villanueva, Trevor Rosenthal, Jordan Walden, John Gast, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Freeman, Marcus Hatley

Days until Opening Night: 29

Links from Friday:

  • Marco Gonzales makes his first pitch for a Major League job (link)
  • Tommy Pham records first Cardinals four-hit game since Oscar Taveras in 2013 (link)
  • Jon Jay, on his improving wrist and outlook for the season (link)
  • Camp news/notes, including more on Willie McGee’s arrival and Kevin Siegrist’s first spring appearance (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 5-2 win over Houston (link)

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March 6: Astros @ Cardinals

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wpid-img_20150306_080656587.jpgOpponent: Astros (1-0)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: None

Starting matchup: Marco Gonzales vs. Brett Oberholtzer

Available relievers: Nick Greenwood, Dean Kiekhefer, Tyler Lyons, Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness, Zach Petrick, Sam Tuivailala

Days until Opening Night: 30

Links from Thursday:

  • Wainwright throws high-intensity bullpen, readies for live BP (link)
  • Jason Heyward makes his Cardinals debut (link)
  • Carlos Martinez shines; other notes from Thursday’s opener (link)
  • Cardinals still hopeful that Red Schoendienst is able to make it to Spring Training (link)
  • MLB introduces game timer; Cardinals hardly notice (link)
  • Game recap from Cardinals’ 4-1 win over Marlins (link)

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March 5: Cardinals @ Marlins

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wpid-img_20150305_080621768.jpgOpponent: Miami Marlins (0-0)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: KMOX 1120

Starting matchup: Carlos Martinez vs. Dan Haren

Available relievers: Tim Cooney, Randy Choate, Matt Belisle, Mitch Harris, Marcus Hatley, Mike Mayers, Miguel Socolovich

Days until Opening Night: 31

Links from Wednesday:

  • Seven questions the Cardinals must answer in Grapefruit League play (link)
  • How Marco Gonzales and Sam Tuivailala benefited from throwing their bullpen sessions to manager Mike Matheny (link)
  • News/Notes/Tidbits from a light workout (link)
  • Seventeen years after taking a fastball to the face, Matheny is still paying the price (link)

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Onto Grapefruit League action

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The Cardinals wrapped up the workout portion of their spring schedule with a quiet day at the complex on Wednesday. The regular workouts were cancelled by manager Mike Matheny as a reward for the intensity he felt players had been showing thus far.

Twenty-eight Grapefruit League games and a brief exhibition stop in Memphis are now all that stand between the Cardinals and their Opening Night affair in Chicago on April 5. As a preview to spring games, I proposed seven questions that the team still has to answer over the next month. You can see read those here. That is certainly not an exhaustive list, and if you’d like to add to it, I encourage you to drop your thoughts into the comments section below.

For those wanting to watch/listen to these upcoming spring games, here is a radio/TV broadcast schedule. Separately, MLB.TV is also broadcasting multiple games every day.

Now that games are starting, I will use this blog to post the morning lineups, as I have done in the past. Most of the other written content will continue to go directly to cardinals.com (not on the blog), so continue to make that a daily web stop of yours.

And let the countdown to Opening Day begin…

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