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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:02 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Braves 6, Astros 4: Chipper Jones came off the disabled list, singled in his first at bat and hit a home run in his second. Dude is on death’s door and he hasn’t had functional knees since Bush’s first term yet he’s still the best hitter on this team.  Tyler Pastornicky hit his first MLB…

  2. Chris Carpenter undergoing “battery of tests” on shoulder

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:22 PM EST

    carpenter ws reuters

    Via Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will undergo another battery tests this week on the nerves in his right shoulder, a process that should clear the righthander take the next step in his recovery, general manager John Mozeliak described this afternoon. If everything checks out fine, Carpenter could be…

  3. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  4. Players with more homers than the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Hunter Pence fans

    Jay Bruce Miguel Cabrera Yoenis Cespedes Corey Hart Omar Infante Alex Avila Carlos Beltran Lucas Duda Prince Fielder Aaron Hill Eric Hosmer Adam LaRoche Matt Kemp Nick Markakis Carlos Pena Pablo Sandoval Carlos Santana Josh Willingham Yeah, I’m trolling a bit. But this has been an ugly offensive display. Not only do the 1-3 Phillies…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    There were only 14 games yesterday. On a Sunday. Because the A’s and Mariners didn’t play thanks to the Japan Series. Look, I don’t care if you want to start the season in Japan, but there should be a federal law against anything less than a full slate of games on a Sunday.  Anyway: Tigers…

  6. Cardinals blow up against Yovani Gallardo

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Yovani Gallardo, Matt Holliday

    Yovani Gallardo had only surrendered as many as three homers in a game once before, that coming when he gave up four against St. Louis last Sept. 1. On Friday, he allowed three homers in an inning to the very same Cardinals team. Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday took Gallardo deep consecutively, and David Freese…

  7. Lance Berkman is not amused about Marlins Park

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    After 20 years of nearly every single development in the circumstances in which baseball is played benefiting the hitters, they build, what, the second or third park that skews pitcher-friendly and someone complains: Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman predicted to reporters Wednesday that hitting a home run at Marlins Park is so difficult that one day soon…

  8. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  9. Kyle Lohse dominates the Marlins, spoils their big night in their new home

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:15 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    With all apologies to the Athletics and Mariners, baseball is now really back, thanks to a game being played in this hemisphere, at an hour we could all see it and on actual television. The Cardinals beat the Marlins 4-1. Our hemisphere, yes, but it often felt like a different universe.  One in which lime…

  10. The Red Sox open up with $57 million on the disabled list

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Carl Crawford

    Here’s the list: Carl Crawford – $19.5 million John Lackey – $15.25 million Daisuke Matsuzaka – $10 millon Bobby Jenks – $6 million Andrew Bailey – $3.9 million Andrew Miller – $1.04 million Rich Hill – $725,000 Ryan Kalish – approx. $480,000 Chris Carpenter – approx. $480,000 It all adds up to $57.375 million, which…

  11. Mets sign Jon Niese to five-year, $25.5 million contract

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese‘s long-term contract with the Mets is now official, with Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reporting that the five-year deal is worth $25.5 million in guaranteed money and covers all three arbitration eligible seasons plus his first year of free agency. It also includes a sixth-year team option for $10 million and…

  12. The top storylines of the 2012 season

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    We have used the word “storylines” around here a whole lot lately. Sorry about that. Until the games start later, it’s all about the narrative.  We can get back to our more natural state — reacting to cool stuff that happens rather than speculating about what will — not long after the Cardinals and Marlins…

  13. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    The only thing sillier than predictions about who wins each division several months before the season ends is judging which team is the best before any games are played.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before, so let’s have a Power Ranking, shall we? And yeah, there is that big of a gap between the…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Will the St. Louis Cardinals survive the loss of three legends?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The New-Look Redbirds. The Big Question: Will St. Louis be able to defend its World Series title this year in…

  15. April Fool’s: Lance Berkman gives away Adam Wainwright’s Silverado

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:20 PM EST

    Chevy Silverado

    The Cardinals had a terrific promotion during Sunday’s game, or so Adam Wainwright thought at least. In between innings of the game against the Nationals, the Cardinals’ public address announcer stated that the team was giving a car away to a lucky fan. Lance Berkman drove the vehicle onto the field, causing a Wainwright double-take…

  16. Tweet(s) of the Day: April Fools’ in Cardinals camp

    Apr 1, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    lance berkman ap

    April Fools’ Day jokes are usually pretty lame or far too predictable, but Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman just pulled off a zinger on right-hander Adam Wainwright in the third inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribe Joe Strauss tweeted the highlights: Puma drives Waino’s truck into field as…

  17. Springtime Storylines: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory?

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson AP

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The New York Mets. The Big Question: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory? How much hope can…

  18. Allen Craig to begin season on disabled list following offseason knee surgery

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    There was some optimism last weekend that Allen Craig could potentially make the Cardinals’ roster as a bench player as he continues his rehab from offseason surgery on his right knee, but things have changed over the past few days. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Craig will be placed on the…

  19. John Mozeliak expects Chris Carpenter back in May

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter is out indefinitely with nerve irritation in his shoulder. On a radio show this morning, however, general manager John Mozeliak said that he is “optimistic” that Carpenter will be back in May. If you were the sort to parse such statements — and, yeah, I’m the sort because I can’t help…

  20. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    montero getty

    D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring. And it sounds like they might never resume. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to…

  21. Scott Linebrink secures spot in Cardinals’ bullpen

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

    Scott Linbrink Getty

    Signed to a minor-league deal in mid-February, veteran right-hander Scott Linebrink will be in the Cardinals’ bullpen to begin the season after the team added him to the 40-man roster today. Linebrink is 35 years old, but pitched decently last season for the Braves with a 3.64 ERA and 42/21 K/BB ratio in 54 innings.…

  22. Pirates starter Charlie Morton to begin year on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Last month Charlie Morton was said to be “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from October hip surgery, but the Pirates right-hander will begin the season on the disabled list. However, it’s not necessarily a setback, as the Pirates won’t need a fifth starter until April 14 and for now at least the plan is…

  23. Theo Epstein compensation Chris Carpenter set for elbow surgery

    Mar 28, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter, the more valuable of the two pitchers the Red Sox got from the Cubs as compensation for exiting GM Theo Epstein, will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow and miss a chunk of the season. The Red Sox almost surely gave Carpenter a physical upon acquiring him on Feb.…

  24. Mike Matheny: “We’ve taken a step back” with Allen Craig’s return timetable

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig had made such good progress in his recovery from offseason knee surgery that beginning the season on the Cardinals’ active roster as a bench player became a possibility earlier this week, but this morning manager Mike Matheny all but squashed those plans. Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that…

  25. David Wright played a baseball game, survived

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

    David Wright

    David Wright made his spring debut today against the Cardinals and it went OK. More than OK, actually, as Adam Rubin reports  — and the picture to the right shows — he made a spectacular diving stop on a Rafael Furcal shot down the third base line, throwing the speedy Furcal out. Wright said he…

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