The Nationals still have not decided on an Opening Day closer, but they have been giving Koda Glover serious consideration. They wanted to be sure he faced strong competition in the spring, so manager Dusty Baker ran the right-hander out in the top of sixth inning Friday afternoon against the Cardinals. But St. Louis hit Glover hard, and aided by a few defensive mishaps, defeated the Nationals' split-squad, 3-1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Though manager Mike Matheny prefers not to speak in absolutes, he indicated on Friday that Jhonny Peralta will open the season as the Cardinals' starting third baseman, leaving Jedd Gyorko to serve as a utility infielder.
Following a run to the title game of the World Baseball Classic and a jaunt to Puerto Rico to celebrate the country's second-place finish, Yadier Molina returned to Florida late on Thursday to finish out the remaining days of Spring Training with the Cardinals.
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In just the past two seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals went from being one of baseball's best defensive teams to one of its worst. Not coincidentally, a five-year run of postseason baseball ended in 2016.
Miguel Socolovich has the lowest ERA and stingiest batting average against of any Cardinals reliever (minimum 18 innings) from 2015-16, and yet he is heading into the final week of Spring Training unsure whether he'll even be in the organization next month.
Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.
Any lingering suspense about who would get to throw the first pitch against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs faded on Wednesday, when manager Mike Matheny pulled Carlos Martinez into his office before the team took the field and delivered a message in Spanish.
Max Scherzer finished 4 2/3 innings in his Grapefruit League debut, but Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia stole the spotlight to help St. Louis to a 6-1 victory over Washington at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.
Alberto Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single in a two-run seventh inning and Jose Martinez hit his fourth homer of the spring as the Cardinals rallied for a 12-6 win over the Astros on Monday night at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Right-hander Lance Lynn scattered four singles through five scoreless innings and Matt Adams hit his fourth homer and scored twice, leading the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the Braves on Sunday at Champion Stadium.
A day after playing against the Cardinals' Class A Advanced team, Mets Minor Leaguer Tim Tebow moved his work into the stadium, giving the Cardinals' Major League club its first look at the former Heisman Trophy winner.
The Cardinals cleared two more lockers in their big league clubhouse on Saturday by optioning starter Luke Weaver to Triple-A Memphis and reassigning reliever Mitch Harris to Minor League camp. The moves leave St. Louis with 51 players (including 16 non-roster invitees) in big league Spring Training.
Robert Gsellman delivered five solid innings Saturday in his bid to become the Mets' fifth starter, while Michael Wacha solidified his own rotation standing with four innings for the Cardinals in the Mets' 5-4 win at Roger Dean Stadium.
Yadier Molina is entering the final guaranteed year from the extension he signed with the Cardinals in 2012, and while there is a $15 million mutual option that could prolong the relationship through '18, it's not a guarantee that Molina would exercise it.