Relaxed Wong finally comfortable with Cardinals’ role
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Going into spring training, St. Louis manager Mike Shildt delivered the message second baseman Kolten Wong always wanted to hear.
Matheny hired by Royals; possible successor to Yost?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Matheny has been hired by Kansas City as a special adviser for player development, putting the former St. Louis Cardinals manager in position as a possible successor to Royals manager Ned Yost.
The 64-year-old Yost has managed the Royals since 2010 and led the team to the 2015 World Series title, the second in franchise history after 1985. Kansas City announced on the final day of this season he had agreed to a contract for 2019.
Cardinals hire Albert, Clapp to round out coaching staff
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have hired Jeff Albert as their hitting coach and Stubby Clapp as their first base coach, rounding out manager Mike Schildt's coaching staff for next season.
Albert spent time with the Cardinals before spending the past six years with the Astros, while Clapp has been the manager of the Triple-A Memphis team the past two seasons. The club announced the moves Monday.
After late-season surge, Cardinals optimistic this offseason
The St. Louis Cardinals were barreling toward their third consecutive missed postseason when they made the decision to part ways with manager Mike Matheny and turn the reins over to Mike Shildt.
Cards pull interim tag, Shildt full-time manager thru 2020
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thrilled with the results, the St. Louis Cardinals thanked Mike Shildt.
The Cardinals took off the interim tag from Shildt's title and promoted him to full-time manager through 2020, a reward for steering the team back into postseason contention after replacing the fired Mike Matheny.
Red-hot Cardinals go from slumping to soaring in dog days
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Adams could see something special going on with the St. Louis Cardinals from the opposing side of the field with the Washington Nationals.
He recognized the solid pitching and timely hitting that have made the Cardinals baseball's hottest team in the dog days of August. So Adams couldn't believe his luck when he found out St. Louis had claimed him off waivers earlier this week.
Cardinals rally to beat Royals 8-2 for 5th straight win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were a .500 team after a loss on July 25, but since then they've been the hottest team in the National League.
Yadier Molina broke a tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning, Tyson Ross won his St. Louis debut and the Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Sunday to win their fifth straight, matching a season high.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As the St. Louis Cardinals took stock of their situation a day after the firing of manager Mike Matheny, some players said they bear some responsibility for Matheny's sudden dismissal.
Matheny was fired Saturday night after an 8-2 loss to the last-place Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals entered Sunday's game one game over .500 and 7½ games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs and are in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season for the first time since 1999.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals aren't accustomed to stretches of mediocrity, and certainly not to reports of clubhouse unrest.
The prospect of a third straight year without a postseason berth has spelled the end for manager Mike Matheny.
Matheny was stunningly fired Saturday night following an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, a defeat that dropped St. Louis to 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Peraza's best game at the plate turned out to be Mike Matheny's last in the Cardinals' dugout.
Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating St. Louis 8-2 on Saturday night.
The Cardinals fired Matheny, who was in his seventh year as manager, after the game.
Peraza is hitting 14 for 33 (.424) on the Reds' eight-game road trip.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas was removed from the National League's active roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday because he is scheduled to start Sunday for St. Louis against the Cincinnati Reds.
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling was added to the NL pitching staff Wednesday as Mikolas' replacement.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler broke out of his funk in grand style.
The slumping outfielder hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Tuesday night.
Kolten Wong had four hits, including a two-run homer and a double, as every St. Louis starter except catcher Yadier Molina got at least one hit. Jose Martinez had three hits and two RBIs.
Martinez pitches, hits Cardinals past Giants 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez found his rhythm early, both on the mound and at the plate.
It was another encouraging sign for the right-hander, who struggled through a rough May and wound up on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Martinez pitched seven effective innings for his third consecutive win and doubled in the Cardinals' first run in a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Luke Weaver flirted with perfection, had to overcome a little frustration, and settled for domination.
The Cardinals' offense was pretty good, too.
Weaver pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and St. Louis beat the San Francisco Giants 11-2 on Thursday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals left Arizona feeling a little bit better about themselves, thanks to a late-inning surge by the offense and another strong outing from Miles Mikolas.
The Cardinals scored seven times in the seventh and eighth innings to beat Arizona 8-4 on Wednesday night. After coming to town on a four-game losing streak and off a three-game sweep at the hands of Atlanta, St. Louis took two of three from the first-place Diamondbacks.
PHOENIX (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled to get that one big hit they have needed recently, particularly during a three-game weekend sweep by Atlanta.
Yadier Molina came through early in a key situation, sparking the Cardinals to a play-from-ahead victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Molina hit a two-run single in the first inning and homered, helping the Cardinals end a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Spot starter John Gant earned himself another turn in the rotation.
Gant pitched one-hit ball over a career-high seven innings, Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Monday night.
"I would think so," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said about Gant getting another start. "He didn't do anything to take that away from him."
Molina’s 2 homers boost Cardinals past Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Yadier Molina's defense and longevity might earn him a ticket to the Hall of Fame. Suddenly the veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher is on a home-run tear.
He homered twice to back a strong start by Miles Mikolas and lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
Molina's two-run homer in the sixth inning off reliever Jeremy Jeffress gave St. Louis the lead and the Cardinals held on behind the solid pitching of Mikolas and four relievers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong has a flair for the dramatic.
Wong led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Richard Rodriguez, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have placed struggling reliever Greg Holland on the disabled list with a right hip impingement.
The Cardinals made the move Saturday after Holland's ERA ballooned to 9.45 following a bumpy inning of work Friday night in an 8-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holland, a three-time All Star, allowed two runs on three hits. He has surrendered two runs in each of his last four appearances.
Manager Mike Matheny gave no timetable for Holland's possible return.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals placed struggling reliever Luke Gregerson on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a right shoulder impingement.
Gregerson, who signed an $11 million, two-year contract with St. Louis over the winter, has an 8.64 ERA in 12 appearances this season. The 34-year-old right-hander recorded just one out in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Minnesota and was charged with two runs and two hits.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have placed Adam Wainwright back on the 10-day disabled list after the right-hander struggled with velocity in his last start and said he needed "to pause and get it right."
The 36-year-old Wainwright was on the DL with elbow inflammation before returning Sunday in San Diego, but he lasted just 2 1/3 innings in the Cardinals' 5-3 loss to the Padres.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — After three seasons in Japan, pitcher Miles Mikolas is making a strong first impression with the St. Louis Cardinals.
"He's performing at an All-Star-caliber level right now," teammate Tommy Pham said.
Mikolas won his fifth straight decision to begin the season and Pham homered in his return from a groin injury, sending the Cardinals past the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Matheny knows all too well the usual aches and pains associated with catching in the major leagues.
That experience told the St. Louis Cardinals manager that the pain Yadier Molina was in after being hit in the groin by a foul tip on Saturday was anything but normal.
Fowler, Pham lead Cards over Mets 4-3 in 13 innings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler has hit in six different lineup slots in the last six games for the St. Louis Cardinals. In the series finale against the New York Mets, he was at the right spot at the right time.
Fowler's 13th-inning single capped a comeback from a pair of deficits Thursday and gave the Cardinals a 4-3 victory .
"I'm a swing man, I'm hitting everywhere," Fowler quipped. "First, second, I'm trying to get all nine. Some people play all nine positions, I just hit everywhere."
Wainwright put on DL by Cards because of inflamed elbow
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Right-hander Adam Wainwright was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday by the St. Louis Cardinals because of right elbow inflammation.
The 36-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA in three starts. He had been scheduled to start Tuesday against the New York Mets.
Wainwright tweeted "all will be well in a few days."
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha has been nearly unbeatable against the Cincinnati Reds.
Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals won 4-2 Friday night to spoil Jim Riggleman's debut as Reds interim manager.
Wacha (3-1) gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, to improve to 10-1 in his career against the Reds.
Cardinals recall top outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill
CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled outfielder Tyler O'Neill from Triple-A Memphis and optioned pitcher John Brebbia to the farm team.
The moves came before Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
The 22-year-old O'Neill is a top prospect. In 12 games with Memphis, the muscular Canadian batted .388 with six homers, 18 RBIs and an .837 slugging percentage. The sizzling start came after he pulled a hamstring during spring training.
Wainwright pitches Cardinals past Cubs at chilly Wrigley
CHICAGO (AP) — The gametime temperature was 35 degrees, and a 10 mph wind made it feel even worse. The heaters roared in each dugout, and the announced crowd of 35,103 bundled up in winter coats, hats and blankets.
It was one of the coldest games of Adam Wainwright's career, but he deftly skated his way to another victory at Wrigley Field.
Cardinals sweep 4-game series from Reds with 3-2 victory
CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez's changeup was too much for the reeling Reds.
The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons during the second inning of the Diamondbacks' game at the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lovullo was disputing a called third strike on A.J. Pollock on Sunday and got into a shouting match with St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina during the argument with Timmons.
Molina appeared to lunge at Lovullo and make contact as both benches emptied.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright is coming back from the disabled list in time to start the home opener.
The Cardinals plan to activate Wainwright when the Arizona Diamondbacks visit Busch Stadium on Thursday, ending the veteran right-hander's season-opening stint on the 10-day DL for a strained left hamstring. He has been running and shagging fly balls with the team in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals were wrapping up a three-game series on Wednesday.
Gyorko to 10-day DL, Bader recalled by Cardinals
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals placed Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day disabled list and recalled prospect Harrison Bader from Triple-A before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Gyorko left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring. Greg Garcia will fill in at third base.
Gyorko batted .272 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs but missed 17 games in early September because of the same injury.
Cards closer Luke Gregerson to begin season on DL
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis closer Luke Gregerson will begin the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, manager Mike Matheny said on Saturday.
Gregerson injured the hamstring during conditioning drills. He hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since Tuesday, when he struck out two in an inning. There is no announced timetable for his return.
"Hamstrings are so difficult to predict," Matheny said.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — When considering where to slot Dexter Fowler in the batting order, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny isn't concerned about last year.
There's additional data to consider.
"He's got a pretty good track record of being successful at the top of the order," Matheny said. "You don't take any small sample and put that in concrete. He's done a nice job over the course of his career of getting on base and making things happen at the top."
Cardinals’ Carpenter hits 2-run homer off Verlander
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Matt Carpenter is showing the St. Louis Cardinals what they were missing while he was sidelined by a back strain.
A day after making his spring training debut, Carpenter hit a two-run, wind-aided home run off Justin Verlander in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over Houston on Wednesday.
Carpenter also singled through the right side of the infield in the first inning.
"Great at-bats," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Happy to see where he is right now."
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Right shoulder tendinitis could limit the versatility this year of the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter.
He has not played in any exhibition games because of back tightness.
"The shoulder is always something we're concerned about," manager Mike Matheny said Thursday. "That probably hasn't been talked about much during all of this."
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis closer Luke Gregerson is expected to be sidelined for at least several days with tightness in his oblique.
"No sense in trying to pitch him at this point," manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday.
Gregerson signed an $11 million, two-year contract. The 33-year-old right-hander has appeared in one exhibition game, striking out two in a hitless inning Saturday.
Not a traditional high-velocity closer, Gregerson relies on motion and sink.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Early inconsistent outings from St. Louis starting pitchers don't have manager Mike Matheny pushing the panic button.
The statistics, he says, don't tell the whole story.
"Obviously guys are trying to get ready for the season," Matheny said. "You want to see them compete. You want to see some glimpses of things that they have been working on over the winter or are currently working on."
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Matheny stumbled through an answer about the Cardinals' starting double-play combination and motioned toward the batting cage.
"It's distracting, isn't it?" he said with a proud smile. "I haven't seen him hit in a while."
Boston prospect Tate Matheny took a couple more hacks before stepping out of the cage. Father and son exchanged a nod and a smile.
Martinez scratched by Cardinals for personal reasons
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis scratched pitcher Carlos Martinez from his scheduled start against Boston on Friday because of a personal reasons.
Martinez threw a simulated game on a back field, then returned to his home in Jupiter. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny did not provide a time frame for Martinez's return.
Bud Norris was moved up a day and replaced Martinez against the Red Sox.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright always had a knack for getting out of jams.
Even while struggling with control in his Grapefruit League debut, the St. Louis Cardinals star escaped unscathed.
The 36-year-old righty walked three and gave up two hits in two scoreless innings Thursday in a 3-3 tie with Minnesota. He struck out three but only threw 26 of his 47 pitches for strikes.
"I hit location about half the time, which is not nearly good enough but is a stepping stone," Wainwright said.
Back tightness delays Carpenter’s spring debut for Cards
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't sure when first baseman Matt Carpenter will make his Grapefruit League debut.
Carpenter is battling back tightness. For the time being, he is in the hands of the Cardinals' medical staff, who will determine when Carpenter can return to the field.
"When they are in their hands, we're following their lead," Matheny said. "They'll tell us."
St. Louis Cardinals intent on ending 2-year playoff drought
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Matheny is well aware that he has yet to earn a World Series championship ring during his six seasons as the manager of the Cardinals. It's not like St. Louis, an 11-time World Series champion, would let him forget.
Jake Matheny, son of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, committed to join the Missouri baseball team, he announced on Twitter.
Matheny, a catcher like his father, began his college career at Indiana then transferred to San Jacinto Junior College last summer. He plans to arrive at Mizzou next fall and play for the Tigers in 2019.
Cubs eliminate Cardinals from postseason contention
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The words did not come easy for St. Louis manager Mike Matheny after the Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the rival Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
"This is the first time I've had to stand up here and say (it's) not going to happen," Matheny said. "We fell short of what we wanted to do."
Cardinals deny Cubs from clinching
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went into Tuesday night's game against St. Louis with a chance to clinch the NL Central. The Cardinals did everything they could to keep that from happening.
The Cardinals hit four home runs and were able to withstand a late Cubs' rally for an 8-7 victory.
Cardinals stumble again with 4-1 loss to Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are running out of time to make their September surge extend their season beyond the first day of October.
Seung Hwan Oh's difficult season hit another low point when he surrendered a go-ahead two-run homer to Pittsburgh's Starling Marte in the fifth inning on Sunday as the Pirates pulled away for a 4-1 victory to blunt the Cardinals' momentum heading into the regular season's final week.