3/8/2014 | Extensions part of Cards' long-term plan
They lined the back of the makeshift news conference room Saturday -- Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig and Matt Holliday -- watching and welcoming another into their core. With his six-year extension now finalized, Matt Carpenter joins those four as the pillar around which the Cardinals intend to build.
3/8/2014 | Past injury issue, Rosenthal pleased with spring debut
Though skeptical that he hit triple digits with his fastball on Saturday (as the Roger Dean Stadium scoreboard advertised), Trevor Rosenthal was nonetheless pleased with how things went during his spring debut.
3/8/2014 | Garcia expects to resume throwing next week
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia said Saturday that he expects to resume his throwing program next week, but will first head to Dr. James Andrews' rehab facility in Birmingham, Ala., to get further consultation from the group of physical therapists regarding his rehab program.
3/8/2014 | Wacha starts off strong as Cardinals tie up Nationals
The Cardinals and Nationals both scored three runs in the eighth inning and played to a 4-4 tie in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/8/2014 | Carpenter's unlikely ascent testament to work ethic
Matt Carpenter led the Majors in runs, doubles and hits last season, and the Cardinals have signed him to a six-year, $52 million contract that will run at least through his 33rd birthday.
3/8/2014 | Carpenter happy to be part of Cards' long-term core
Last spring, the Cardinals came to Spring Training hopeful of watching Matt Carpenter take the reins of the second-base job. This year, the organization will leave with assurances that he is part of its long-term core, signing him to a six-year extension reportedly worth $52 million with an option for 2020.
3/7/2014 | Wong ends spring skid, shows off potential
Kolten Wong, who afterward admitted that the results took a "weight of my chest," snapped out of his spring skid with a three-hit afternoon on Friday, during which he showed off several reasons why the Cardinals want to give him the chance to stick as an everyday second baseman.
3/7/2014 | Matheny challenges call without complete help
Manager Mike Matheny made his second "challenge" of the spring on Friday, though it was not exactly a true trial run through the new instant replay system.
3/7/2014 | Taveras tasked with making up for lost time
For months, the Cardinals have been candid when asked about Oscar Taveras' chances of being on the Major League roster come Opening Day. The outfielder's April assignment, general manager John Mozeliak has said, will have much to do with how Taveras performs this spring. Of course, to make his case, Taveras first had to take the field. That opportunity finally came on Friday.
3/7/2014 | Wainwright gets reacclimated to game speed
St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright, already tabbed as the Opening Day starter, became one of the last Cardinals to make his Spring Training debut. The 2013 National League Cy Young Award runner-up required just 25 pitches (15 strikes) over two scoreless innings in his start Friday afternoon against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/7/2014 | Lynn works on breaking pitches in tough start
In the past, an outing like the one he had Friday afternoon might've bothered Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. Lynn gave up five runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. He struck out three batters and walked another.
3/7/2014 | Martinez mows down Mets; Cards capitalize in tie
Carlos Martinez tossed three scoreless innings, and the Cardinals pounced on sloppy Mets defense on Friday before New York rallied for a 5-5 tie.
3/7/2014 | Wainwright enjoys sharp debut; Lynn allows five runs
Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez and Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright both tossed scoreless outings in their spring debuts, while Adeiny Hechavarria collected three RBIs in Miami's 7-3 victory over St. Louis on Friday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/7/2014 | McCarver to make Fox Sports Midwest debut today
Tim McCarver, the newest member of the Cardinals' broadcast team, is scheduled to make his booth debut for Fox Sports Midwest on Friday. He'll be joining Dan McLaughlin and Al Hrabosky for an inning or two during the Cardinals' split-squad game against the Marlins.
3/6/2014 | Hoping for roster spot, Robinson knows the reality
This is the only organization Shane Robinson has ever known. And if he has his choice, it will stay that way. Robinson has stuck with the Cardinals as a reserve outfielder in each of the last two years, but he may be facing a roster crunch due to enhanced depth.
3/6/2014 | Waino not concerned after rain washes out debut
Adam Wainwright, who has already been named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter, saw his Spring Training debut washed away by rain on Thursday, but will start on Friday against the Marlins.
3/6/2014 | Report: Carpenter close to multi-year extension
The Cardinals are nearing a significant contract extension with infielder Matt Carpenter, according to multiple reports on Thursday. The club has not commented on the reports.
3/6/2014 | Cards announce opening festivities for Ballpark Village
The Cardinals are a month away from their home opener at Busch Stadium, but they announced a series of events at the brand new Ballpark Village in St. Louis on Thursday.
3/6/2014 | Top prospect Taveras on verge of return
Oscar Taveras is getting closer and closer to making his spring debut. Taveras, the Cardinals' top prospect, has been sidelined in Spring Training as he makes his way back from surgery on his right ankle.
3/6/2014 | Cramp subsiding, Bourjos nearing return
Peter Bourjos said that the cramp in his right leg "has loosened up," leaving the center fielder optimistic that he could return to Grapefruit League play as early as Friday.
3/6/2014 | Twins-Cardinals Thursday contest rained out
The Cardinals' scheduled game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium on Thursday was cancelled due to rain. Adam Wainwright, who was scheduled to make his spring debut, will start on Friday against the Marlins.
3/5/2014 | Efficient Miller impresses in first spring start
Aside from Adam Wainwright, who will start for St. Louis on Thursday, the Cardinals have now watched each of their starting pitchers take the mound in a spring game. And with his outing on Wednesday, Shelby Miller set the early bar.
3/5/2014 | Cards hurler Miller focused on taking next step
There are good arms all over baseball, but nobody's got more pitching than the Cardinals, who are the envy of 29 other teams. They had so much pitching they went to the 2013 World Series with a future ace as the just-in-case guy in the bullpen. Shelby Miller is working hard to make sure he's in the rotation the next time the Cards are in the postseason.
3/5/2014 | Matheny works through first replay challenge
After weeks of working through the mechanics of challenging a call through Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay, manager Mike Matheny had his first true trial run on Wednesday. What he learned is that there are still a few adjustments to be made with how he handles the procedure.
3/5/2014 | Miller, heart of lineup propel Cardinals to win
Facing the Red Sox for the first time since Boston stalled St. Louis' championship pursuit, the Cardinals powered their way to an 8-6 victory with a two-run homer from first baseman Xavier Scruggs and run-scoring hits from four players expected to bat in the middle of the Cardinals' regular-season lineup.
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