Posted March 22, 2012 on AP on Fox
Jaime Garcia struck out nine in five innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Garcia struck out two batters in each of the first four innings and didn't allow a walk. He gave up three hits. The Nationals Gio Gonzalez didn't fare nearly as well, having to be lifted before the end of the fourth inning. In what was easily his worst outing of the spring, Gonzalez allowed eight runs in 3 2-3 innings. Tyler Greene hit his first homer of the spring - a two-run shot that put the Cardinals up 6-0. Yadier Molina had an RBI single.

Next Cardinals’ crop could be quite the harvest

Sunday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch included a story on St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras. Taveras opened eyes last season when he posted the highest batting average in the Midwest League since 1956. Taveras hit .386 with an on-base percentage of .444. Manager Mike Matheny admitted the batting mark caught his eye and has given Taveras a handful of at-bats with the...

Lance Berkman accuses Bud Selig of extortion. America says duh all at once.

…now we all can’t talk until Lance Berkman says our name three times. In all seriousness, the Cardinals slugger had a few choice words for the way the commish handled the sale of the Houston Astros this offseason. EXTORTION! If you’ll recall, part of the agreement to push the sale through was for Houston, who has been in the National League since the 1960s, was to move to...

The price of a World Series title? For Cardinals, it may be Chris Carpenter.

There’s always a price to pay in life. Success doesn’t come without failure and often times, elation doesn’t come without desolation. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the price of their miraculous 2011 championship wasn’t losing Albert Pujols (like many had thought), but perhaps ace Chris Carpenter. You could certainly make a case for Pujols or World Series hero David Freese...

Post-Dispatch parent to charge for some online access

The parent of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lee Enterprises, has announced intent to implement subscriptions for online access before the end of this year in most markets. (Details here.) The company currently has papers in 52 markets but did not comment whether or not the P-D will be included. As Lee’s largest entity, it would be surprising to me if it was excluded. Lee began a...


David Freese led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series victory last season, earning the NLCS MVP and World Series MVP awards in the process. Despite his success and his new status as a hometown hero, the Cardinals third baseman still had room for improvement, at least when it came to his fashion game. Freese classified his personal style as “lacking” and referred to his hair...

Nationals think they're ready to matter in NL East

Heading into each of the past four seasons, interest in the Washington Nationals - if there was any interest at all - was connected in one way or another to Stephen Strasburg. In 2008: Would the Nationals lose enough games to get the No. 1 pick in the amateur draft? In 2009: With that top spot theirs, would they indeed take Strasburg, then succeed in signing him? In 2010: Would...

Carp Hooked by Bulging Disc

Chris Carpenter has been shut down with a bulging disc in his neck. He’s likely to open up the season on the disabled list, and the Cardinals may have to turn to Lance Lynn for help in the starting rotation. This continues a disturbing trend in his surgery-speckled career, but using past players that have suffered this rarer injury as a guidepost can be problematic. Over the past...

March Madness – All Time Cardinals Tourney Sweet 16

The four regions of the All Time Cardinals Team Tournament have pared their individual groups down to four teams, creating the Sweet Sixteen of this tournament. The Musial Region is hosted on Pitchers Hit Eighth, who developed the idea for this tournament and invited us to join in.  We were joined by fellow UCB Team Blog Of The Year, Aaron Miles Fastball, who hosts the Gibson Region...

Cardinals major league notebook: 03/21/12

Chris Carpenter remains the most concerning of the St. Louis Cardinals injuries in spring training.

Cardinals 2, Marlins 1

Adam Wainwright pitched five shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Miami 2-1 on Friday, overcoming Jose Reyes' first home run for the Marlins. Wainwright, who missed last season following elbow surgery, allowed three hits and struck out five. He has given up just an unearned run in 14 innings this spring. Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano looked rusty, allowing two...

Cardinals 2, Mets 1

Johan Santana pitched six innings in his longest outing of spring training in the New York Mets' 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook also was effective, working six scoreless innings. Westbrook has allowed one earned run in 15 innings. Jon Jay hit a run-scoring single in the ninth off Garrett Olson. The Mets had tied it in the...

Braves get better of Nationals in 10 innings

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Washington left-hander John Lannan allowed three hits in four scoreless innings, and the Nationals lost to the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in 10 innings Wednesday. Lannan, who struck out two and walked one, would become Washington's No. 5 starter if right-hander Chien-Ming Wang doesn't recover from a strained left hamstring in time to take his first turn. Braves...

Nationals Scout Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra for Second Straight Day

The Washington Nationals showed interest in Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra earlier this spring, but nothing seemed to happen immediately afterwards.  That interest seems to have been reignited for the Nats front office over the last two days, as a total of six Nationals scouts have watched DBacks games where Parra has played, according to Danny Knobler of
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