Shildt unveils probable first-day batting order as Carpenter returns
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JUPITER, Fla. o With the late addition of third baseman Matt Carpenter, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt is unveiling Sunday his likely batting order for opening day next Thursday in Milwaukee.

Initially, Carpenter, who has been tending to a tight lower back was out again, but as of late morning, he was in the lineup and leading off even though he will remain here and play in some some minor league games in the next few days,

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With an eye on Cards' future, Goldy is all in
( PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Sometime Thursday evening, after word spread that the Cardinals and Paul Goldschmidt had reached an agreement on a five-year extension, manager Mike Shildt called his All-Star first baseman.

The two had talked earlier about Goldschmidt's plan to play the following day so that he could keep the timing he felt he had found. But with a physical to take Friday morning and an understanding that there could be questions and distractions ...    [ More ]
Source: Cardinals finalizing extension with Goldschmidt for club record sum
( JUPITER, Fla.?o Before the Cardinals could assemble a crowd to welcome Paul Goldschmidt to the flock and begin the sales pitch to stick around, they were able to make a club-record commitment to their new first baseman.

The Cardinals and Goldschmidt are finalizing a five-year extension worth around $130 million, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The deal is expected to be finalized by Saturday.

The extension will start after 2019 and carry through ...    [ More ]
Fowler homers twice, Ozuna once as Cards rout Yankees 11-3
( JUPITER, Fla. o Dexter Fowler, hitting .200 at game time, homered in his first two at-bats Thursday. Marcell Ozuna, batting .156, homered, doubled twice, scored three runs and made a stellar, running catch in left field.

Harrison Bader, besides having two hits and a run batted in, turned in two diving catches of the three he tried in center field. And Drew Robinson doubled, singled twice and drove in four runs as the Cardinals played one of their best offensive and defensive games of ...    [ More ]
Carpenter, Cardinals say lingering back tightness is no great concern
(www.foxsports) JUPITER, Fla. -- Even as Matt Carpenter's return to Grapefruit League play is delayed, both the team and the third baseman insist the lingering back tightness is no big deal.

"If this was the middle of the season and these games counted, I would be just working through some of the soreness and tightness that I'm going through, but I don't feel the need to do that and go back to 70 percent because I'm pushing through a spring training game," Carpenter said.

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Wacha goes 4 strong in 3rd spring outing
( JUPITER, Fla. -- Michael Wacha made his third start of the spring, hoping to build on two previous stellar outings. Take away the first inning and the right-hander did just that in a 3-2 win against the Nationals on Friday.

Wacha gave up back-to-back home runs to Matt Adams and Jake Noll in the first inning. But after that, he shut the door on Washington, tossing three scoreless innings. Wacha threw 50 pitches, 34 for strikes, and gave up six hits while ...    [ More ]
Cardinals' dandy defense helps Waino, but homers sink Cardinals vs. Tigers
( LAKELAND, Fla.?o Had Cardinals left fielder Jose Martinez's reach been an inch shorter or his 6-foot-6 frame been only 6-foot-4, the third inning might well have been over for Adam Wainwright and not the Tigers.

Same could be said if Dylan Carlson was a step slower.

Or, say, if Drew Robinson's arm wasn't as strong.

A series of excellent defensive plays helped Cardinals starter Wainwright minimize trouble and slip through his three innings of work against the ...    [ More ]
Cardinals' Munoz feared his wrist was broken
( JUPITER, Fla. o Cardinals utilityman Yairo Munoz feared the worst when he was hit on the outside of his left wrist by a pitch on Saturday. He thought the wrist was broken.

But X-rays taken later Saturday came back negative and Munoz thought Sunday he would be out only a couple of days.

"When I saw the X-rays were negative, I just thanked God for giving me the opportunity to keep working hard," said Munoz, through an interpreter.

Zac Gallen, a former Cardinals ...    [ More ]
Wacha hitless for three innings; Cards beat Marlins 4-3
( JUPITER, Fla. o Michael Wacha knocked off the best performance by a Cardinals starting pitcher this spring when he threw three innings of hitless ball, striking out four, against the Miami Marlins Saturday in a 4-3 Cardinals exhibition victory.

Wacha allowed only one baserunner, a four-pitch walk to Isan Diaz in the second inning but catcher Francisco Pena threw out Diaz trying to steal.

The victory was marked by versatile infielder/outfielder Yairo Munoz being hit in the ...    [ More ]
Marcell Ozuna feeling 'no pain' as throwing improves
( WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. o Left fielder Marcell Ozuna, who was chicken-winging his throws -- short throws -- in camp, was throwing at a much longer distance and with extension during a drill Friday before the Cardinals came here Friday for a night exhibition game.

"That looked great," said Shildt as Ozuna popped into his office. "How did you feel?"

"Great," Ozuna said. "No pain. Two more weeks, I'll be better."

Then pointing to his surgically repaired shoulder, ...    [ More ]