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Wainwright named Opening Night starter

Ace right-hander will be on the mound when the Cardinals face the Cubs on Sunday

JUPITER, Fla. -- Having delayed the announcement in order to make sure Adam Wainwright made it through his third and final Spring Training start, manager Mike Matheny, after watching Wainwright's 6 2/3-inning …

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Wacha's rise a memory Cards hope to relive

Hero of 2013 postseason can avenge abbreviated '14 with another statement

In the days leading up to Opening Day, MLB.com is examining various aspects of each team's roster. Today, the time has come to focus on a key player for the upcoming season. For the Cardinals, that's right-hander Michael Wacha.

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Wainwright looks ready for season as Cardinals fall to Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki's two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Miami Marlins pick up a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Both team's Opening Day starters were on the mound, and each turned in strong performances. …

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Martinez driven to remain a starting pitcher

JUPITER, Fla. -- A day after telling manager Mike Matheny it was his "dream" to earn a place in a Major League rotation, right-hander Carlos Martinez began to shift his priorities.

He is no longer driven by his desire to be a starter, but now rather by his intent to stick as one.

"I felt very happy," …

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Cardinals finalize their Opening Day roster

JUPITER, Fla. -- Upon informing Pete Kozma and Randal Grichuk that they will begin the season on the Major League team, manager Mike Matheny all but finalized their 25-man roster on Tuesday.

Barring any injuries, the Cardinals will open the season Sunday in Chicago with the following …

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Cardinals name Martinez fifth starter

St. Louis picks righty over lefty Gonzales, who will start season in Triple-A

JUPITER, Fla. -- After two seasons of proving himself in the bullpen, a winter of healing from the loss of a best friend and a spring in which he watched Jaime Garcia temporarily leapfrog him in the rotation competition, …

Mike Matheny

Viera a constant inspiration for Cardinals

10-year-old with rare condition visits camp; he was an honorary coach for State College last year

JUPITER, Fla. -- Outside his grandson's hospital room, Dave Bohner knew nothing except that he needed to pray.

On the second floor of the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, 1-year-old Josiah Viera was …

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Several players catching Matheny's eye at camp

Manager expects Cards to face stiff competition in National League Central

JUPITER, Fla. -- With most of Spring Training in the rearview mirror and the start of the regular season quickly approaching, manager Mike Matheny visited with MLB.com to discuss a variety of team topics. To watch the full

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Gonzales, Heyward set pace for Cardinals

Starter continues stellar spring with strong 4 2/3 innings

JUPITER, Fla. -- Infielder Matt Reynolds, who is making a final push for a spot on the Mets' bench, singled and scored the go-ahead run during the sixth inning of New York's 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Reynolds opened the inning …

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Arm fatigue to keep Garcia off Opening Day roster

Visit with team physician reveals no new injury

JUPITER, Fla. -- A Sunday morning visit with a team physician revealed no new injury for Jaime Garcia, but rather confirmed that the left-hander had trouble recovering from an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.

Garcia, speaking a day after the club …

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Cards trim roster, send 4 to Minors

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals whittled down their list of bench candidates by reassigning four position players from Major League camp following Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mets.

Catcher Ed Easley, infielder Dean Anna and first baseman Xavier Scruggs were optioned to Triple-A, while infielder Jacob …

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Gonzales' landing spot now out of his hands

Following a stellar spring, left-hander awaits club's decision

JUPITER, Fla. -- With Sunday marking his final appearance of the Grapefruit League season, left-hander Marco Gonzales is now left to wait and see how the Cardinals' pitching plans come together and where he falls in that mix.

Even with …

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Cardinals weigh Opening Day roster flexibility

Three off-days over first 10 gives Matheny options

JUPITER, Fla. -- Seven days out from an Opening Night matchup against the Cubs, the Cardinals continue to weigh the various ways in which they could construct their roster because of the flexibility offered by a high concentration of early-season …

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Challenge for Choate is getting in work vs. lefties

Cards to start scripting chances for reliever on back fields

JUPITER, Fla. -- Knowing they'll be deploying reliever Randy Choate primarily against left-handed batters this season, the Cardinals are about to get creative so that he can face a flurry of them to finish spring.

It's been a challenge to …

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Solid Lynn holds Tigers' lineup in check

Righty strikes out five, walks none in five innings vs. Detroit

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run in as many games before Alex Avila's game-tying solo homer and Jordan Lennerton's go-ahead double led the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals Saturday afternoon at Joker …

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Feeling left arm fatigue, Garcia unlikely for Opening Day

Lefty scratched from Sunday's start; Gonzales to take mound in his place

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him …

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Lynn battles elements in second spring start

Lefty adjusts, looks sharp against Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Despite needing 40-plus pitches to navigate through his first two innings, Lance Lynn looked sharp against a fairly formidable Tigers lineup in his second start of the spring and ended up finishing five innings with a pitch count of …

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Freeman trade starts to bring clarity to Cards' bullpen

With no Minor League options remaining, Cardinals send lefty to Rangers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- His roster status complicated by being an out-of-options player, lefty Sam Freeman, a 32nd-round draftee of the Cardinals in 2008, was traded to the Rangers on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations or a …

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Cardinals HOF candidacy brings back fond memories for Morris

Now removed from baseball, former righty's 22-win season was highlight of successful career

This is the fourth in a series of stories profiling the eight modern candidates on the Cardinals' 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

More than 700 miles from the nearest Major League Baseball city, in Big Sky, Mont., …

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Ortega's homers back Lackey's seven strong

Right-hander helps split Cardinals squad edge Mets with 84-pitch gem

JUPITER, Fla. -- Starters Matt Harvey and John Lackey each looked sharp in their penultimate starts of Grapefruit League play on Friday, though it was the Cardinals who came away with a 5-4 split-squad victory.

Efficiency allowed …

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Martinez cuts ERA in latest bid for Cards' rotation

Wong plates St. Louis' only run with fourth-inning groundout

VIERA, Fla -- Backing up much of the hype surrounding their pitching staff, the Nationals have continued to turn in stellar outing after stellar outing this spring. The latest came on Friday courtesy of right-hander Jordan Zimmmermann, who …

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Lackey virtually ready for season after gem

Seven-inning, 84-pitch start against Mets leaves right-hander confident

JUPITER, Fla. -- After using his first two spring starts to focus on specific pitches, John Lackey met with catcher Yadier Molina on Friday morning, asking him to call the game as he would in the regular season.

What followed was …

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Ortega finds power stroke in breakout for Cards

Lackey mum on reason for scant swings during at-bats; Bourjos tallies pair of hits

JUPITER, Fla. -- Outfielder Rafael Ortega went 2-for-22 in Grapefruit League play before the Cardinals sent him out to Minor League camp as part of their most recent wave of cuts on Monday. He returned on Friday and …

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Regardless of role, Martinez pleased with progress

In competition for Cardinals' final rotation spot, righty shuts down Nationals

VIERA, Fla -- If Friday was indeed the final chance for Carlos Martinez to make his case to the Cardinals that he should earn the final spot in their rotation, the right-hander went out with a flourish, closing with what …

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Bell has right DNA to thrive as Cards' bench coach

Son of respected skipper fills in for manager Matheny on split-squad afternoon

JUPITER, Fla. -- With manager Mike Matheny accompanying half the club to Viera, Fla., for the road portion of Friday's split-squad day, bench coach David Bell slid into the manager's seat for the home game against the …

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Indoor session proves more productive for Wainwright

Ace struggles with command vs. Fish, but 'was driving the ball' for first time on covered mound

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright had very specific goals going into his penultimate start of the spring on Thursday. And he left the complex confident he had accomplished them -- even if it had happened …

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Much-anticipated power arrives for Heyward

JUPITER, Fla. -- Hours after his manager laughed off concern about Jason Heyward not yet having registered an extra-base hit this spring, the right fielder blasted his first -- all the way onto the porch of the team complex beyond the right-field wall.

It was a show of power that the Cardinals have …

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Heyward ends drought, while Waino a bit shaky

Slugger homers for first extra-base hit; ace allows four runs before delay in loss to Fish

JUPITER, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run and tacked on an RBI double on Thursday as the Marlins edged the Cardinals, 5-3, at Roger Dean Stadium. The Miami slugger connected for the second time …

Drought

Holliday downplays age, seeks better start to season

Veteran, 35, points to lack of timing, comfort at plate as reason for first-half struggles in '14

JUPITER, Fla. -- As left fielder Matt Holliday prepares for his sixth full season with the Cardinals, he's seeking to fend off the often decreasing production that comes with increasing age.

Holliday, …

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