While open to talks with Cardinals this week, Molina 'not afraid' of free agency
JUPITER, Fla. o His game already tournament-tested and his hair still blond from Puerto Rico's run through the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to Cardinals camp saying he's refreshed and ready for "many" more years behind the plate.

There's a week to determine if those will be with the Cardinals.

Molina made it clear that he does not want contract negotiations to spill into the regular ...    [ More ]
Wainwright bounces back with 'conviction'
( The results were bound to get better, and they did for Adam Wainwright, who shook off a beating against the Mets last Friday with a much more controlled performance on Thursday.

It wasn't completely crisp, as the Marlins did tag Wainwright for five hits and three runs (one earned) over four innings. He threw 71 pitches (47 strikes) before retreating to the bullpen to build up his pitch count. The Cardinals went on to win, 5-3.

The four innings matched Wainwright's spring ...    [ More ]
Martinez to start Opening Night
JUPITER, Fla. o A pitching pairing worthy of Opening Day was going to be the feature of Wednesday's Cardinals exhibition with the Washington Nationals. But, a couple of hours before game time, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was more specific about Carlos Martinez, who will oppose Max Scherzer on Wednesday.

Matheny said Martinez, who led the club with 16 wins last year, would be the Cardinals' Opening Night starter ...    [ More ]
Holliday rooting for Molina to stay with Cardinals
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. o As he leaned against the team bus and considered questions about his new team, new league, and new position, former Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday ran his fingers over the shaved head and bald chin that are now a part of his new, Yankees-approved look.

Gone is the beard he once thought he'd still have this spring.

"Rules are rules," he smiled. "It is a lot of skin."

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Cards powerful as Martinez hits 4th spring HR
( 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.

Martinez, who launched a two-run blast in the fourth inning, scored on Greg Garcia's inside-the-park homer in the eighth inning. Martinez and Garcia added RBI singles in a four-run ninth as they both finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

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Molina throws Puerto Rico into WBC championship
( JUPITER, Fla.?o While Team Puerto Rico stacked two home runs and a sacrifice fly into a victory late Monday night, the reason the Blonde Brigade has advanced to the World Baseball Classic remains the story of the tournament - their flamboyant defense.

Yadier Molina is in the middle of it.

Twice in Puerto Rico's 4-3 victory in 11 innings at Dodger Stadium, Molina and his team had a key defensive play that kept Netherlands from extending or ...    [ More ]
HBO set to profile former Cardinal Ankiel tonight
Rick Ankiel's story is well-known among Cardinals fans and many others, and it enters the national spotlight Tuesday night as his extraordinary story is told on HBO.

Ankiel was a highly touted pitcher who had a solid rookie season in 2000 before suddenly developing monumental control problems in the playoffs.

He never was the same again, eventually having to give up that dream. But he wasn't done. Far ...    [ More ]
Mozeliak open to talks with Molina
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. o On the heels of statements by Bengie Molina, older brother of Cardinals star Yadier Molina, that Yadier Molina wouldn't hesitate to enter free agency next offseason if he didn't have an extension, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak responded Friday, "Can't you say that about every player? I don't know what's so weird about that.

"I have always said that we're always open for business," ...    [ More ]
Wacha nailing down rotation spot; Socolovich strong
JUPITER, Fla. o Of the Cardinals' starting and finishing pitchers Monday in a 6-3 win over Houston, one has had to re-establish himself and the other perhaps has had to remind those who make decisions just how good he has been.

The Cardinals' starting pitchers have a 2.17 earned run average this spring over the first 18 exhibition games. "All across the board, I don't know what you couldn't like," said manager Mike ...    [ More ]
Cards send 11 to Minors; Ortega impresses
( The Cardinals reassigned 11 players to their Minor League camp Monday, manager Mike Matheny announced following the team's 6-3 win against the Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.

Among those sent down was left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales, who still is working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he had about 11 months ago. Gonzales has been working behind the scenes with a few bullpen sessions during Spring Training, and it's possible he could wrap up his recovery by the end of ...    [ More ]