June 15: Twins @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (41-21, +6.0 in NL Central), Twins (34-28, -1.5 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Twins lineup: Brian Dozier (2B), Eddie Rosario (LF), Joe Mauer (1B), Trevor Plouffe (3B), Torii Hunter (RF), Kurt Suzuki (C), Eduardo Escobar (SS), Trevor May (RHP), Byron Buxton (CF)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Series finale between Cardinals, Royals washed out by rain (link)
  • Mark Reynolds trading power for OBP points this season (link)
  • Preview for Monday’s series opener against the Twins (link)

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June 14: Royals @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (41-21, +6.5 in NL Central), Royals (34-25, +2.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Royals lineup: Alcides Escobar (SS), Mike Moustakas (3B), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Alex Gordon (LF), Omar Infante (2B), Jarrod Dyson (RF), Chris Young (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Jason Heyward makes a game-saving catch on a ball he never saw (link)
  • For the first time in more than two years, Tyler Lyons notched a Major League win (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the Royals on Saturday (link)
  • Matt Carpenter hasn’t looked like himself at the plate lately (link)
  • Cardinals pitchers finding ways to be more productive at the plate this season (link)
  • Preview of the Cardinals’ series finale against the Royals on Sunday (link)

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June 13: Royals @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (40-21, +6.5 in NL Central), Royals (34-24, +2.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 3:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), Tyler Lyons (LHP)

Royals lineup: Alcides Escobar (SS), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Alex Rios (RF), Kendrys Morales (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Alex Gordon (LF), Christian Colon (3B), Omar Infante (2B), Jeremy Guthrie (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Jaime Garcia lets his pitching do the talking — all of it (link)
  • Lance Lynn lands on the DL with a forearm strain, will miss at least two starts (link)
  • Jordan Walden, Marco Gonzales making progress in their rehab work (link)
  • Sans Matt Holliday, the outfielders stepped up to lead the offense on Friday (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 4-0 win over the Royals (link)
  • Tyler Lyons returns to the Major League rotation as Saturday’s spot starter (link)

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June 12: Royals @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (39-21, +6.0 in NL Central); Royals (34-23, +2.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest. 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kong Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Royals lineup: Alcides Escobar (SS), Mike Moustakas (3B), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Alex Gordon (LF), Alex Rios (RF), Omar Infante (2B), Yordano Ventura (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals placed Lance Lynn on the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Tyler Lyons, who will start Saturday’s game.

Reading material:

  • A look into Trevor Rosenthal’s sensational start to the season (link)
  • Wrapping up the Draft by looking at what the Cardinals prioritized and how they plan to spend (link)
  • The future was on display Thursday as Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky dominated for high-A Palm Beach (link)
  • Columnist Tracy Ringolsby writes about the heightened Cards-Royals rivalry (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s series opener against the Royals (link)

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Cards take OF Nick Plummer with 23rd overall pick

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After three straight years of using their top pick in the First-Year Player Draft to nab an advanced college pitcher, the Cardinals returned to the high school ranks on Monday to take outfielder Nick Plummer out of Brother Rice High School (MI) with the 23rd overall pick.

The left-handed hitting Plummer, ranked as the 27th-best prospect available in this Draft class by MLB.com, has a college commitment to the University of Kentucky that the Cardinals will try to lure him away from. The pick comes with a bonus slot value of $2.1244 million, though the Cardinals are not required to offer Plummer that exact amount.

Plummer, 18, becomes the first high school player to become the Cardinals’ top selection since Shelby Miller was taken 19th overall in 2009. The last high school position player the club used its top pick on was Pete Kozma, two years before that. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound center fielder is also the first Michigan prep position player to go in the first three rounds of the amateur Draft since Billy Killian in 2004.

Plummer’s high school team was eliminated from Michigan’s high school postseason tournament over the weekend. Entering his final high school game, Plummer has batted .520 with 68 runs, 32 stolen bases, 23 RBIs and 22 doubles in 41 games.

According to MLB.com’s Draft report on Plummer, he has a chance to be a plus hitter for both power and average and already showcases a mature approach at the plate. There have been questions about whether he has the speed to stick in center field or whether he might profile long term as a corner outfielder.

Plummer was the first of three players the Cardinals will pick on Monday, the first day of the three-day amateur draft. The Cardinals also received the 39th overall pick through the Competitive Balance Lottery and have a second-round selection at No. 66 overall.

The Draft will continue on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 11:30 p.m. CT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 12 p.m. CT.

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June 7: Cardinals @ Dodgers

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Records: Cardinals (37-19, +6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (32-24, +0.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:07 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jon Jay (CF), Tony Cruz (C), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Joc Pederson (CF), Yasiel Puig (RF), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Justin Turner (3B), Andre Ethier (LF), Yasmani Grandal (C), Kike Hernandez (2B), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Zack Greinke (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • The only thing lacking since Jaime Garcia’s return from the DL is run support (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 2-0 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday (link)
  • Matt Carpenter takes a pitch just above the elbow, avoids serious injury (link)
  • This was a better Clayton Kershaw than the Cardinals saw last October (link)
  • Mike Matheny would be OK with the Cardinals drafting his son, Tate, later this week (link)
  • Preview for Sunday’s nationally televised series finale in Los Angeles (link)

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June 6: Cardinals @ Dodgers

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Records: Cardinals (37-18, +6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (31-24, +0.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 9:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Peter Bourjos (CF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Randal Grichuk (RF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Pete Kozma (2B), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Dodgers lineup: Joc Pederson (CF), Chris Heisey (LF), Yasiel Puig (RF), Justin Turner (1B), Kike Hernandez (2B), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Alberto Callaspo (3B), A.J. Ellis (C), Clayton Kershaw (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • How a visit from his pitching coach turned around Carlos Martinez’s night (link)
  • The anatomy of an eighth-inning rally that helped St. Louis steal a win (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Friday (link)
  • Cardinals activate outfielder Tommy Pham from the 60-day DL, option him to Triple-A (link)
  • Cards preparing Draft board, readying for Busch Stadium workout in advance of Draft (link)
  • Preview for Saturday’s Clayton Kershaw-Jaime Garcia matchup (link)

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June 5: Cardinals @ Dodgers

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Records: Cardinals (36-18, +6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (31-23, +1.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 9:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Randal Grichuk (CF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Joc Pederson (CF), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Yasmani Grandal (C), Andre Ethier (RF), Alberto Callaspo (3B), Scott Schebler (LF), Kike Hernandez (2B), Brett Anderson (LHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals reinstated OF Tommy Pham from the 60-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A Memphis; Matt Adams moved to the 60-day DL

Reading material:

  • Michael Wacha earns his eighth win by beating the team that had just sent him to his first loss (link)
  • MLB.com columnist Lyle Spencer contends that Yadier Molina is baseball’s MVP (link)
  • Cards find success against Carlos Frias the second time around (link)
  • Draft preview, with a look at the Cardinals’ needs and strategy under new leadership (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-1 win over the Dodgers on Thursday (link)
  • Carlos Martinez to take scoreless innings streak of 20 1/3 into Friday’s start (link)
  • LHP Marco Gonzales still sidelined by shoulder issue but progressing in his rehab (link)

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June 4: Cardinals @ Dodgers

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wpid-img_20150604_152830604.jpgRecords: Cardinals (35-18, +6.0 in NL Central), Dodgers (31-22, +2.0 in NL West)

First pitch: 9:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Jon Jay (CF), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Joc Pederson (CF), Yasmani Grandal (C), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Justin Turner (3B), Andre Ethier (RF), Alex Guerrero (LF), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Kike Hernandez (2B), Carlos Frias (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Kolten Wong is beginning to thrive in the leadoff spot (link)
  • John Lackey extends the rotation’s roll (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 7-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday (link)
  • Preview for the Cardinals’ series-opener against the Dodgers on Thursday (link)

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May 31: Dodgers @ Cardinals

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Records: Cardinals (32-17, +6.0 in NL Central), Dodgers (29-19, +0.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 1:15 pm CT

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

Cardinals lineup (revised: Peter Bourjos (CF), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Randal Grichuk (LF), Yadier Molina (C), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jason Heyward (RF), Pete Kozma (2B), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Joc Pederson (CF), Alberto Callaspo (3B), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Howie Kendrick (2B), Andre Ethier (RF), Yasmani Grandal (C), Alex Guerrero (LF), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Brett Anderson (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Columnist Mike Bauman reflects on Oscar Taveras’ Major League debut, which was a year ago today (link)
  • Matt Holliday extends his on-base streak, then exits due to illness (link)
  • Michael Wacha loses for the first time this year (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-1 loss to the Dodgers (link)
  • Cardinals’ Draft preview — examining potential strategy and needs (link)
  • Plans for Randal Grichuk include plenty of playing time (link)
  • Manager Mike Matheny helps a group of Dominican boys enjoy their first trip to a Major League park (link)
  • Preview for Sunday’s rubber game against the Dodgers (link)
  • Cardinals host Pitch, Hit and Run competition for area youth (link)

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