Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Martinez, Holliday help Cardinals blank Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Martinez badly wanted to end May on a high note. Martinez, the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander, had opened the season 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA. But in five May starts, he'd struggled, posting an 0-5 record and 6.84 ERA. He looked more than ready to close the book on..." May 30

  • Cardinals “Unlikely” To Receive Hacking Punishment Before June Draft

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball is “unlikely” to issue any penalty to the Cardinals for the organization’s role in the Astros computer breach controversy prior to the upcoming amateur draft on June 9, Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears from sources familiar with Commissioner Rob Manfred’s..." May 30

  • Nationals put up 10 in win vs. Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Dusty Baker was concerned. His team had a 3-1 lead, but in the sixth inning Jedd Gyorko got a base hit when his grounder bounced off the third-base bag. In the seventh inning, Matt Holliday reached on an infield single as he beat out a high chopper to..." May 29

  • Jhonny Peralta's return delayed after SS accidentally cuts thumb

    ESPN "St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta cut his right thumb while opening a box Saturday and will be delayed in his return from an injury to his other thumb as a result. Peralta, on a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield, had to get three stitches and will not play for three or four..." May 29

  • Cardinals Designate Ruben Tejada For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have announced that they’ve designated infielder Ruben Tejada for assignment. Mark Saxon of ESPN.com was first to report on Twitter that the DFA was likely. Tejada’s roster spot will be taken by Matt Carpenter, who’s returning from the paternity list. St. Louis faced a choice..." May 28

  • Piscotty powers Cards over Nats

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer was visibly upset. He was in the middle of his windup in the third inning when Greg Garcia, the Cardinals third baseman, was granted time by home plate umpire Alan Porter with an 0-2 count. Scherzer said a few words to himself, then perhaps lost focus. He..." May 27

  • Baker wins 1,700th as Nationals edge Cards

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Dusty Baker walked off the field, then raised his right arm to fans behind Washington's first base dugout. Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman had just caught a towering pop off the bat of Brandon Moss for the final out, giving Washington a 2-1 win Thursday..." May 26

  • Cubs' Arrieta struggles, but improves to 9-0

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Jake Arrieta has carried the Chicago Cubs quite a bit since last summer. On Wednesday, his teammates repaid the favor by carrying him through his worst start since last June. Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015, but..." May 25

  • The Royals and Cardinals make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "The St. Louis Cardinals just announced that they have acquired minor league outfielder Jose Martinez from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Martinez was the 2015 Pacific Coast League batting champ, hitting .384 in 98 games. This year he’s hitting .298/.356/.433 in 37 games. He..." May 25

  • Is Aledmys Diaz the Next in Long Line of MLB's Shortstop Stars?

    Bleacher Report "Aledmys Diaz has already done one thing that's hard to do in today's MLB: emerge as a surprise star. Now all he needs to do is prove this is for real. For the moment, the St. Louis Cardinals' rookie shortstop is so much more than a mere stand-in for the injured Jhonny Peralta. He's hitting..." May 25

  • Soler leads onslaught as Cubs drub Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Just like Alfred E. Neuman, the Chicago Cubs had no reason to worry. "We don't hit the panic button when we don't score runs or pitch," pitcher Jason Hammel said. "It's a 162-game season. It's part of the ebb and flow of the season. We're not robots; we can't do it the whole..." May 24

  • Grichuk walkoff homer lifts Cardinals past Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuk swung mightily at Adam Warren's 2-1 slider in the bottom of the ninth and came up empty. Grichuk swung just as hard at the next slider and sent everyone home. Unloading the first walkoff homer of his big league career, Grichuk lifted the St. Louis Cardinals..." May 24

  • Greinke stifles Cardinals as Diamondbacks win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals are normally difficult outs for any big league pitcher, but when he's on his game, Zack Greinke is tough for anyone to solve. The Arizona Diamondbacks' ace starter carved up St. Louis again Sunday, cruising through eight innings for his 10th win in his..." May 22

  • Leake shows up Diamondbacks in Cardinals' win

    The Sports Xchange "By Rob Rains, The Sports Xchange ST. LOUIS -- Mike Leake spent a good portion of last winter hoping he would be pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. The Arizona State alumnus makes his home in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley. Pitching for the Diamondbacks, Leake..." May 21

  • D-backs top Cards to snaps losing streak at Busch

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Chris Herrmann had no idea his ninth inning homer that gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals would mean so much. "But a lot of crazy things happened in the bottom of the ninth," the catcher said. "They hit balls all around the shift, but we were..." May 21

  • Carpenter knocks in six as Cards rout Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Mike Matheny is not prone to using the same batting order on a regular basis. After Thursday night, the St. Louis Cardinals manager might want to reconsider. Matheny revamped the lineup for the game against the Colorado Rockies, moving rookie Aledmys Diaz, who came into..." May 19

  • Jhonny Peralta to begin a rehab assignment

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Peoria on Friday as he mounts his comeback from thumb surgery. Peralta took batting practice yesterday so the Cardinals must have liked what they saw. If his assignment goes well he’ll be on track to come back in June" May 19

  • Wainwright, Cardinals shut out Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright had one reaction to his 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in his Wednesday night start against the Colorado Rockies. "I needed a game like that," the right-hander said. Wainwright's best outing of the year, combined with a two-run double..." May 19

  • Bettis pitches Rockies past Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The development of Chad Bettis continued Tuesday night, this time with another six-plus inning outing and another win. The Colorado right hander stymied the St. Louis Cardinals for 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies opened a difficult nine-game road trip with a 3-1 decision at Busch..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Molina's pinch double carries Cards past Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Yadier Molina has been the hero so many times for the St. Louis Cardinals and he played the role he plays best on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Molina's key hit drove in the go-ahead run and spurred a big seventh inning that helped the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles..." May 16

  • Kazmir pitches Dodgers to win over Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Scott Kazmir nearly went the distance on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, coming one out shy of a complete game to help the Los Angeles Dodgers notch a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. With one on and two out in the ninth inning, Kazmir (3-3) left one up in the zone to pinch..." May 15

  • Should the Cardinals move Adam Wainwright to the bullpen?

    Yardbarker "There is no question that the usual ace of the St. Louis Cardinals, Adam Wainwright, has struggled this season. After his first three starts Wainwright had an ERA of 8.27 which worried many. This came off of a horrible game that saw Wainwright get obliterated by the Cincinnati Reds where..." May 15

  • Stripling earns first win as Dodgers down Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't exactly how he pictured it, but Ross Stripling finally earned his first major league victory in his seventh try in the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday at Dodger Stadium. In the battle of the former college roommates, it was..." May 14

  • Cardinals outslug Angels, sweep series

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels was more like a heavyweight fight, with both sides throwing blows and neither side willing to throw in the towel. Eventually, the final bell rang, and it was the Cardinals who landed the most punches, beating..." May 13

  • Garcia, Cardinals shut down Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The St. Louis Cardinals got seven strong innings out of Jaime Garcia and some timely hitting to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. Garcia's only blemish came on a two-run homer by Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron in the fourth inning, but..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Leake gets first win as Cards pound reeling Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scoring runs is not a problem for the St. Louis Cardinals this season. Scoring runs when Mike Leake is pitching, now that is a different story. Leake was winless in his first six starts with the Cardinals after signing a big contract with the club, and part of the..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Albert Pujols explains why he still roots for the St. Louis Cardinals

    Fox Sports "Albert Pujols will always be remembered for the first 11 years of his career, during which he built the foundation of a first-ballot Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals, regardless of whatever he does with the Los Angeles Angels. In St. Louis, Pujols hit 445 homers and posted a..." May 11

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Pirates take series vs. Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole and St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha each endured 33-pitch innings Sunday. Cole escaped his with a zero on the scoreboard. Wacha allowed three runs in his extended mound time. While much happened after those innings in..." May 08

  • Carpenter fasions first walk-off HR for Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Minutes after Saturday's game, a thunderstorm drenched Busch Stadium. Matt Carpenter supplied the thunder and lightning to beat the rain and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Belting the first walk-off home run of his big league career, the St. Louis Cardinals' third baseman drilled..." May 07

  • Liriano, Kang lead Pirates over Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- There are horses for courses, according to an old saying. Apparently, Francisco Liriano gets a bounce in his step every time his turn comes up in Busch Stadium. The Pittsburgh Pirates' left-hander worked over one of his favorite marks Friday night, fanning 10 St. Louis..." May 07

  • Cardinals plan to get creative to keep Aledmys Diaz in the lineup

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is expected to return from the disabled list in early June, which means current shortstop Aledmys Diaz would return to the bench. There’s only one problem: Diaz has been one of the best hitters in baseball. The 25-year-old owns a sparkling .381/.422/.679..." May 06

  • Cardinals rally in ninth to defeat Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Headed for a 1-5 start to their longest homestand of the year, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied in a wacky ninth inning. Slapping Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez with his first blown save in 10 chances, St. Louis tallied twice in its last at-bat Wednesday night to pull..." May 05

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Howard's blast propels Phils to 1-0 win over Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Maybe it was the Imo's pizza. Or it might have been the toasted raviolis. Either way, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was more than glad to provide the game-winning home run Tuesday night in the city where he grew up. Howard's sixth-inning blast over the right..." May 03

  • Wainwright's homer sparks Cardinals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright lived out a childhood dream Monday night. He also sparked a team in desperate need of one. The St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher walloped a three-run homer in the fourth inning, erasing a 3-0 deficit and lifting his team to a 10-3 rout of the Philadelphia..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • MLB won't investigate Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will not investigate St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez under its domestic violence policy, according to a source, who said that Martinez's case falls outside the policy's jurisdiction because the allegations arose in a civil suit. Martinez is being sued for $1.5..." May 03

  • Scherzer dominates Cardinals in latest return to St. Louis

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- From the first pitch of Sunday's game, Max Scherzer knew it was back. He knew he could put his fastball at the knees any time he wanted. He knew his fastball had the movement it needed. He knew his secondary pitches were working in concert. And as it turned out, everyone..." May 01

  • Peralta fields first grounders since surgery

    MLB.com "A Cardinals club that watched its fill-in shortstops commit nine errors in April got a glimpse on Sunday of the help that is on the way. For the first time since undergoing left thumb surgery on March 10, Jhonny Peralta grabbed a glove and fielded ground balls at shortstop. He wore a hard..." May 01

  • Nationals 6, Cardinals 1

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Informed that Washington had just won its first series in St. Louis since 2007, left fielder Jayson Werth sounded incredulous. "That's crazy," he said. "I don't have anything else for you on that." Werth used his bat to do most of the rest of his commentary, capping a..." April 30

  • Nationals' successful challenge leads to victory over Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- For a moment, it looked like the Washington Nationals had frittered away a potential run-scoring chance in the fourth inning. But manager Dusty Baker's successful challenge put Washington back in business, and as things turned out, it led to the big inning they needed to start a..." April 30

  • Cardinals looking into allegations against pitcher Carlos Martinez

    ESPN "The St. Louis Cardinals are gathering facts to determine whether allegations made in a civil lawsuit against pitcher Carlos Martinez could trigger an investigation under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. "We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • D-backs' De La Rosa dominates Cards

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Arizona right-hander Rubby De La Rosa has never been more dominant, and both sides could see Thursday. De La Rosa struck out a career-high 10 and gave up only two singles and two walks in seven innings in the Diamondbacks' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase..." April 29