St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2015-04-25T01:16:42Z St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals watching Martinez grow in dominant rotation Though designated a fifth starter by rotation order alone, right-hander Carlos Martinez has hardly shown himself a weak link in a Cardinals rotation that has soared to the best start of any staff in the Majors. Molina day to day with right knee soreness An inning after taking a foul tip square off his right knee guard, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to pull himself out of the team's series-opening game against Milwaukee Friday night. For Siegrist, decreased velocity working just fine After investing in various mechanical changes this spring, lefty Kevin Siegrist has opened the season with numbers reminiscent of those he posted during a sensational 2013 season. Siegrist is getting those results, however, with a much different look. Waino looks to take series vs. Peralta, Brewers The Cardinals further separated themselves from the pack in the National League Central with a 3-0 win on Friday, though the Brewers will look to even the three-game series when the two clubs meet again at Miller Park on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT. Martinez stifles Brewers behind pair of dingers The Cardinals continued to feel right at home at Miller Park, as Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta homered and Carlos Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings for a 3-0 win over the Brewers on Friday. Cards option Anna as Bourjos returns Choosing to stick with an eight-man bullpen for at least a while longer, the Cardinals optioned infielder Dean Anna to Triple-A on Friday to create roster room for outfielder Peter Bourjos, who is returning from paternity leave. Wacha shows off expanded repertoire to defeat elite foes In showcasing an expanded pitch repertoire, Michael Wacha is positioning himself as one of the league's elite starters. Adams redeems miscues with contributions at plate While it was a largely forgettable defensive series for Matt Adams, the Cardinals first baseman found a bit of redemption with his offensive contributions, including a tiebreaking single to left off Nationals ace Max Scherzer with two out and two on in the sixth. Wacha goes to 3-0 on season after outdueling Scherzer Cardinals righty Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 on the season as he outlasted and outdueled Max Scherzer in St. Louis' 4-1 win at Nationals Park on Thursday. Kozma takes disdain from Nats' fans as a compliment Pete Kozma insists he never did hear the boos raining down on him as he was introduced in a spring game at Space Coast Stadium last month in Viera, Fla. Several others picked up on it, however, and found humor that a player whose career has limited highlights still haunts one team's opposing fans. Wong steals the show with HR, dazzling throws Kolten Wong played the role of scene stealer with a two-run home run before making two sparkling defensive plays to help the Cardinals claim a 7-5 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. Villanueva working to stay ready in between appearances Carlos Villanueva is the Cardinals' long man out of the bullpen, but it has not yet led to frequent use, which is a challenge for the right-hander to stay ready in between appearances. Wong, Cardinals fend off Nationals to even series Kolten Wong homered and drove in three runs, including the go-ahead double in the eighth, and made a pair of defensive gems to lead the Cardinals to a 7-5 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. Cardinals alerting players of pace-of-play violations With the ease-in period of MLB's pace of play rules winding down, the Cardinals are alerting players in violation to be aware so they will not be subject to fines next month. Gonzales placed on Triple-A DL with left shoulder tightness Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss his next start due to tightness in his left shoulder, and was placed on the seven-day Triple-A DL. Cardinals Hall of Famers lead Franchise Four balloting Halfway through the month-long voting period for the Franchise Four campaign, four Cardinals Hall of Famers have taken the early lead as fans choose the most impactful players in franchise history. Missed opportunities come back to haunt Cards On a night when the Cardinals scored just once despite establishing a season high in hits and placing at least one runner aboard in every inning, manager Mike Matheny, following his team's 2-1 loss to the Nationals, struggled to pinpoint many obvious missed opportunities. With four singles, Holliday's hitting streak at 12 games Though it came in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals, Matt Holliday extended his Major League-long hitting streak to 12 on Tuesday while matching a career high with four hits in the game. Harris' life-long dream of reaching Majors comes true Under the shadow of the Washington Navy Yard and approximately 30 miles from the United States Naval Academy from which he graduated, Mitch Harris added another title to his name on Tuesday. He is already a lieutenant. Now, he is also a Major Leaguer. Holliday notches four hits, but Cards take walk-off loss Yunel Escobar's home run in the 10th inning helped the Nationals defeat the Cardinals, 2-1, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. Statcast covers all angles of Jay's defensive gems Statcast was off and running during Tuesday night's 2-1, 10-inning Nationals win over the Cardinals, and so was Jon Jay. The revolutionary technology that tracks just about everything and everyone on a baseball field made its televised debut on the MLB Network showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals in Washington, D.C., and Jay, the fleet-footed St. Louis center fielder, made the most of the statistical spotlight with a defensive game to remember. Lights, camera, action: Behind the scenes of Statcast Some of the key personnel from MLBAM and MLB Network detail what goes into the making of Statcast, and what they envision for the groundbreaking technology's future. Tech-tacular! Nats' walk-off W caps Statcast debut Tuning into MLB Network on Tuesday night was a given based on the fact that the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals opened a series in the nation's capital and offered a possible preview of an intense postseason matchup that was capped with Yunel Escobar's 10th-inning walk-off homer, lifting the Nats, 2-1. The fact that it marked the live television debut of Statcast made it simply historic. And a lot of fun. Navy grad Harris gets first callup to bigs with Cardinals Nearly seven years after graduating from the United States Naval Academy and a little more than two years removed from wrapping up five years of service in the U.S. Navy, Mitch Harris received a new summons. This one was to the Majors. Carpenter nets first NL Player of Week nod Matt Carpenter's hot bat at the top of the Cardinals' lineup earned the third baseman National League Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. For local youth, Cardinals provide field of dreams After almost every day game the Cardinals play, there's a fresh set of player introductions, another rendition of the national anthem and new video board material. All this for a pair of local high school programs whose day would be highlighted by playing on the same field as the city's Major Leaguers. Matheny sticks with Wainwright; ace rewards faith It's a charade the two have learned to engage in well over the years, with Mike Matheny making the obligatory walk to the mound and Adam Wainwright knowing what it will take to send his manager back to the dugout alone. As Rosenthal rests, Cards don't miss beat with Walden Having used closer Trevor Rosenthal in five of the team's last seven games, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided before the first pitch was thrown on Sunday that someone other than Rosenthal would have to throw the last. Cardinals come through late, complete sweep of Reds A half-inning after the Reds squandered a bases-loaded opportunity against Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals capitalized on a leadoff double by Jon Jay in the eighth to break a tie and position themselves for a series-sweeping 2-1 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday night. Lefty swing swings callup in Anna's favor A quick start to the Triple-A season kept Dean Anna on the Cardinals' radar, but it seems that something as simple as the side of the plate he bats from positioned him for his first callup to St. Louis. Regional Daily News 2015-04-25T18:16:42Z