Cards notebook: Ponce de Leon goes tonight, Wacha expected back for next Tuesday's start
( Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday because of a left knee patellar tendinitis condition surfacing from a between-starts workout. But manager Mike Shildt said that with an off day, Wacha, who is 1-0 this year and 6-0 in his career against the Milwaukee Brewers, whom he would have faced Monday night, should be able to pitch when his 10 days have elapsed.

With his injury list time being backdated to April 19 and an off day coming Thursday, Wacha ...    [ More ]
Fowler's 1st HR, 4 hits key rout of Brewers
( ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler entered Spring Training with a new outlook and a healthy body. And now he's getting new results.

On Monday, Fowler continued to rebound from the worst season of his professional career, bashing his first home run of the season as part of a four-hit night to help power the Cardinals to a 13-5 win over the Brewers in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

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Wacha (knee) hits IL; Drew Robinson recalled
( The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to Monday's series opener with Milwaukee that they have placed right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha (left knee patellar tendinitis) on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to April 19, and recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Memphis (AAA).

Wacha, who was 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in his first four starts this season, including a 6-3 win over the Brewers in his start last Wednesday (April 17), is leading the ...    [ More ]
Wacha, Ozuna lead Cards to victory over Crew
( MILWAUKEE -- Marcell Ozuna homered for the fourth time in five games and Michael Wacha struck out seven as the Cardinals avoided being swept for the first time this season with a 6-3 victory over the Brewers Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

Wacha (1-0) snapped a string of short outings by Cardinals starters and held Milwaukee to just a pair of runs on five hits and a walk over six innings of work.

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Role players step up to finish off sweep
( ST. LOUIS - The Dodgers entered the series as the National League's hottest team, but it was the Cardinals who ended it as such. St. Louis punctuated its first four-game sweep of Los Angeles since 2010 by erasing multiple deficits en route to an 11-7 win on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

With the win, the Cardinals closed their opening homestand with five straight victories, their longest winning streak since reeling off eight in a row last August. This one came with the ...    [ More ]
Matt Carpenter, Cards reach extension (report)
( The Cardinals and Matt Carpenter reportedly agreed to an extension on Wednesday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The club has not confirmed.

Entering his eighth full season in St. Louis, the 33-year-old is hitting .320/.381/.701 with four doubles and seven runs this season.

Last month, the ...    [ More ]
DeJong dazzles again as Cards beat Dodgers
( ST. LOUIS -- His swing may not be as majestic as Paul Goldschmidt's ahead of him or as violent as Marcell Ozuna's behind, but Paul DeJong has achieved the one objective that has been mostly elusive in the Cardinals' offense: consistency.

The three-hole hitter continued his steady start by extending a pair of run-scoring rallies, scoring twice and reaching base four times in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers. His impact carried over onto the defensive ...    [ More ]
Bader's alert defense ignites Cards comeback
( ST. LOUIS -- It was likely the last pitch Miles Mikolas was to throw all evening, the one Russell Martin popped into shallow center with one out in the sixth inning. Harrison Bader turned it into both a highlight and much-needed momentum.

Bader's catch started a key inning-ending double play that carried the Cardinals into the bottom half of an inning in which they jumped on the Dodgers' bullpen to grab their first lead of the night. They didn't lose it, ...    [ More ]
Ozuna rips MLB season-best 115.3 mph homer
( ST. LOUIS -- With a home run that snuck just over the left-field wall and just inside the foul pole in the first inning on Monday, Marcell Ozuna registered the Majors' hardest-hit home run of the season.

The two-run blast off Hyun-Jin Ryu came three pitches after the Dodgers were unable to turn a potential inning-ending double play, and it evened the game at 2-2. The home run traveled a projected 374 feet with an exit velocity of 115.3 mph, according to ...    [ More ]
Hicks, with fanfare, finishes what Wainwright started as Cards edge Padres, 4-1
( As if he had a sense of what was coming, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright paused as he took the field Sunday afternoon and urged the crowd at Busch Stadium to come with him.

It's routine for the starting pitcher to lead the Cardinals onto the field for the start of the game, but as he emerged from the dugout Sunday, Wainwright stopped, right in front of a camera broadcasting his arrival to the scoreboard. He pointed to the fans -- specific fans? -- behind home plate, and then he ...    [ More ]