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LA buoyed by Puig's pop, Cards' slop

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers capitalized on four errors by the Cardinals and a breakout night from Yasiel Puig to grab an 8-4 win in Friday's series opener at Dodger Stadium.<p>Dodgers rookie Ross Stripling didn't have his strongest showing, allowing four runs in five-plus innings, but it was all he …

Grichuk listens to dad, robs Kendrick of homer

LOS ANGELES -- Randal Grichuk was still stewing on Friday about the Albert Pujols home run that nicked off his glove in the ninth inning of the Cardinals' game at Angel Stadium the night before. Though the blast was inconsequential in the outcome, it was a homer Grichuk believed he should have …

Cards unaccustomed to defensive issues

LOS ANGELES -- A team that scored 200 runs quicker than any other in the National League sits only two games above .500 largely because of the same complications that led to its unraveling in an 8-4 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night.<p>The Cardinals' starters haven't pitched well enough, their …

Anderson, Almora among top prospect performers Friday

White Sox No. 2 prospect stays hot with another home run<p>After a second Spring Training in Major League camp, it was up to Tim Anderson to show that he can take it to the next level, and so far the shortstop -- the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox organization -- is not disappointing by any stretch …

Maness heading to Triple-A Memphis

Lefty Kiekhefer, St. Louis' No. 27 prospect, will replace him in 'pen<p>LOS ANGELES -- His mechanics a mess and his confidence eroded from a tumultuous season start, reliever Seth Maness was optioned to Triple-A Memphis prior to the Cardinals' series opener at Dodger Stadium. He'll be replaced in the …

Matts how you do it: Cards sweep in Anaheim

ANAHEIM -- Matt Holliday homered twice, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third time in this series, and Matt Adams drove in three runs as the Cardinals' offense throttled the Angels in Southern California on Thursday night, notching 18 hits en route to a 12-10, sweep-clinching victory.<p>The Angels …

Holliday road: Slugger heating up in SoCal

ANAHEIM -- The shift to an American League park for the first time this season presented Cardinals manager Mike Matheny with an opportunity to minimize the wear-and-tear on Matt Holliday by taking him out of the field. The Angels, however, would feel no such reprieve.<p>Serving as the club's …

Rosenthal not concerned about light workload

ANAHEIM -- With an average margin of victory of five in their 18 wins this season entering play Thursday, the Cardinals have had limited opportunities for closer Trevor Rosenthal, who saved a franchise-record 48 games last season. In fact, were he to stay at his current pace, he'd hardly surpass …

Garcia sharp as Cards extend Angels' slide

ANAHEIM -- Jaime Garcia's stellar performance and a four-run second inning was all the Cardinals would need Wednesday night, as they cruised to a 5-2 win and a series victory over the Angels in Southern California.<p>Garcia (3-2, 2.58 ERA) continued his hot streak, holding the Angels to two unearned …

It's too early to discount the Pirates or Cardinals

How good have the Cubs been? Earlier this week, MLB Network's Twitter question was, "Will the Cubs break the 2001 Mariners' record of 116 wins?''<p>Not <i>can</i> they -- <i>could</i> they? Do they have a shot? But will they?<p>It was an audacious question, without a doubt.<p>It probably won't happen, but it's fun to think …

Offense shows versatility with small ball

Situational hitting fuels big inning in win over Angels<p>ANAHEIM -- A night after surging to a series-opening victory behind the power of the long ball, the Cardinals displayed a different dimension to their offense in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Angels.<p>The situational hitting and stringing together …

Grichuk faces ex-team, homers over good pal Trout

Center fielders were roommates in Angels' farm system<p>ANAHEIM -- Randal Grichuk slowed to a trot, sure that as he neared second base after driving a ball to deep center on Tuesday that Mike Trout had snared it from the shrubs beyond the center-field wall. He knew better than to assume that anything …

Adams, Cards lament missed chances

Pickoff at second base looms large in loss to Cubs<p>ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had a simple answer for reporters asking about the team's recent defensive woes before Tuesday's game against the Cubs.<p>"Errors happen," Matheny said.<p>Errors did happen again in the Cardinals' 2-1 loss to …

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Cards honor Brock with #STLisLou campaign

Club partners with St. Louis to celebrate Hall of Famer, fight diabetes<p>ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals, in partnership with the mayor of St. Louis, kicked off a season-long celebration of Lou Brock on Tuesday with the unveiling of a new #STLisLou campaign that will concurrently celebrate the city and …

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Diaz dazzles with bat; glove needs work

Rookie shortstop commits 4th error, foiling double-play chance<p>ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz added another extra-base hit to his team-leading total on Monday, sparking what became the Cardinals' lone bit of offensive momentum in a game they'd eventually drop, 5-0, to the Cubs. Such continued …

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Wong responds well after 2-game break

Matheny using bench time to regroup, not as punishment<p>ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong seemed more locked in during his return to the lineup Monday night after a two-game hiatus.<p>Wong had one of the Cardinals' five hits in a 5-0 loss to the Cubs and was steady in the field. He also …

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Late-inning rallies hand Cards the sweep

ATLANTA -- Jeremy Hazelbaker and Stephen Piscotty recorded consecutive RBI singles to cap the two-out, eighth-inning rally the Cardinals produced before piling on in the ninth inning to complete a three-game sweep of the winless Braves with a 12-7 victory on Sunday afternoon at Turner …

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Hazelbaker continues Opening Week streak

Outfielder's first week in Majors highlighted by historic homer, big RBIs<p>ATLANTA -- The legend of Jeremy Hazelbaker, journeyman Minor Leaguer turned unstoppable big leaguer, continues to grow by the day.<p>One of the last two players to make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Hazelbaker now seems …

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Cards follow drought in Pittsburgh with feast in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A three-game losing streak in Pittsburgh that generated small-sample-size overreaction and heightened scrutiny of the offense seemed old news by the time the Cardinals departed Atlanta on Sunday night.<p>A group that mustered seven runs in its opening series offered an avalanche of run …

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Cards eyeing 'clean' infield play going forward

In Peralta's absence, infielders have been shaky<p>ATLANTA -- While the Cardinals' offense has awakened with a visit to Atlanta, the shaky defensive play that first surfaced in Pittsburgh has continued to be an issue.<p>The Cardinals closed a six-game road trip with 10 errors, a Major League most after …

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Prospect Gonzales may need arm surgery

Southpaw has sought second opinion; type of surgery needed still unclear<p>ATLANTA -- While the Cardinals wait to learn more about the short-term plans for Marco Gonzales early this week, manager Mike Matheny acknowledged on Sunday that surgery could be awaiting the left-handed pitching …

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Brock to throw 1st pitch at Monday's home opener

Cardinals great lost portion of left leg during offseason surgery<p>ATLANTA -- Lou Brock, who lost the lower portion of his left leg this offseason after contracting a dangerous infection, will make his most prominent public return since that surgery on Monday, when he throws the ceremonial first …

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Yadi sets club record for most games caught

ATLANTA -- The most distinguished catcher in franchise history has set another benchmark. With his start behind the plate in Friday's 7-4 win over the Braves, Yadier Molina passed Ted Simmons for the most games caught as a Cardinal.<p>Beginning with his Major League debut in 1968, Simmons caught 1,439 …

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Diaz's pinch-hit HR blasts Cards over Braves

ATLANTA -- Aledmys Diaz notched one of an MLB-record three pinch-hit home runs the Cardinals produced en route to Friday's night's 7-4 win over the Braves, who remain winless despite holding a lead in the seventh inning or later in each of their first three games.<p>"Obviously, we needed a spark," …

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Oh living up to reputation in key spots

ATLANTA -- Before the offense went bonkers with three home runs in the final two innings of Friday's 7-4 win over the Braves, the Cardinals' bullpen stared down the middle of Atlanta's order in a key seventh-inning spot.<p>With the game tied at 4, Seung Hwan Oh took over for starter Jaime Garcia. He …

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In the Cards: Unlikely pinch-hitters make history

Hazelbaker, Diaz and Garcia set MLB record with homers<p>ATLANTA -- As he watched rookie Aledmys Diaz drill a fastball into the left-field stands for a go-ahead home run on Friday night, Greg Garcia turned to Adam Wainwright inside the Turner Field visiting dugout and wondered out loud if they had …

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Cards cut 6 from Major League camp

Cooney, Tuivailala among group optioned to Triple-A Memphis; Washington reassigned<p>JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals enter the final week of Spring Training with 34 players remaining in Major League camp after cutting six following the team's 4-2 loss to the Marlins on Sunday.<p>Pitchers Tim Cooney, Dean …

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Cards' 3B coach Oquendo taking medical leave

Club's 'Secret Weapon' may miss 2016 season while rehabbing knee injury<p>JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals are preparing for the possibility that third-base coach Jose Oquendo will miss the entire 2016 season as he rehabs a right knee injury.<p>The organization announced on Sunday, one week ahead of the …

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