Found June 25, 2012 on STLSportsMinute:
Yadier Molina was kept out of the lineup on Saturday by manager Mike Matheny partly because of his relationship with the home plate umpire. - (Photo credit: Wikipedia) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is tied for the league lead in games played among catchers.  Molina and Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters each have caught 66 games this season. Molina has taken on a quite a workload and has performed admirably.  The defensive stud is hitting .318 and bombed his tenth home run of the season in the Cardinals 11-8 win on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. Molina was kept out of the lineup on Saturday by manager Mike Matheny.  Matheny said that part of the reason was to give Molina rest, which is understandable for a catcher in the middle of a grueling 162 game season.  But Matheny also told reporters that he also kept Molina out of the lineup because of his testy relationship with home plate umpire that day Rob Drake.   "I don't think it's any ...

Could it be déjà vu for the 2012 Cardinals and trading?

Long-time St .Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is gone, but several of his club’s key needs from 2011 have resurfaced this season. So might the method to address them. La Russa had made public his frustration with the man who had previously been the organization’s top prospect. Of course, I am referring to outfielder Colby Rasmus. After some rough times, Rasmus was sent...

Baseball’s Hottest Wives Nominee: Marie LaMarca

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig married Marie LaMarca on November 12, 2012, just two weeks after the end of the World Series, proving that even Allen had no idea that the Cardinals would  be playing in the Fall Classic.  The couple met in high school at Macy’s and they are registered at Macy’s if you want to buy them a wedding gift.   REDBIRD: Allen Craig's...

Cardinals recap: St. Louis Cardinals 8 Miami Marlins 7 (10 innings)

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 in ten innings in a wild night in Miami. - (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Miami Marlins looked to be in complete control after the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen surrendered four ugly earned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a commanding 6-2 lead.   Then, things got really interesting, really quickly. Powered...

Anheuser-Busch joins Ballpark Village team

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies announced today that they have reached a licensing and sponsorship agreement with Anheuser-Busch to participate in the 100 million first phase of Ballpark Village. The new venue will join Cardinals Nation and the St. Louis Live! Entertainment Plaza as one of the first three anchors of Ballpark Village phase 1, providing...

Wainwright looks to be past surgery

Adam Wainwright has talked numerous times about his return from Tommy John surgery being a process, one that has several steps and highs and lows after missing the entire 2011 season. But asked after another solid start Saturday what steps remain in his journey, Wainwright confirmed what others were starting to think for a while. The former 20-game winner is back. "I don&...

La Russa mulling over NL roster for All-Star game

Tony La Russa is already thinking about which players he might add to the National League roster for next month's All-Star game. La Russa retired after leading St. Louis to the World Series title last year. But Commissioner Bud Selig announced in January that La Russa would become the second retired manager to lead a team in the Midsummer Classic. La Russa says he has spent...

St. Louis Cardinals set to begin second surge as All-Star break approaches

The St. Louis Cardinals began their World Series title defense in impressive fashion, going 14-8 in April and leading the NL Central division by three games over the Cincinnati Reds. But then the season quickly took a turn for the worse as several key players got hurt and the Cardinals lost the division lead. However, the Cardinals looked a lot more like the team of April this week...

Furcal's double in the 10th lifts Cardinals

MIAMI (AP) -- Rafael Furcal and pinch-hitting pitcher Joe Kelly drove in runs in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals, who scored four runs in the top of the ninth, held on to beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory. Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer off Heath Bell in the ninth to cap the four-run inning and tie the game at 6. In the...

Beltran on pace for season triple milestones

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is among a handful of MLB players chasing lofty season totals.

Marlins try to rebound from disappointing loss

When the St. Louis Cardinals seemed to be reverting back to the offensive struggles that plagued them recently, they exploded in the late innings to surprise the troubled Miami Marlins in the series opener. With the stingy Kyle Lohse on the hill, they may have a good chance to extend their winning streak to a season-best five Tuesday night at Marlins Park. St. Louis' lineup...

Baby Birds: A foray into future minor league coverage

An intro into future Baby Birds coverage. You can follow John Nagel on Twitter @stlbabybirds. - Photo credit: Wikipedia) Before I give you my first article on the Baby Birds, I want to give you a little background of myself and why minor league baseball interests me.  My name is John Nagel.  I grew up in a suburb of St. Louis and have been a St. Louis Cardinals fan since the...

Cardinals close gap to previous years signees

The St. Louis Cardinals have added their ninth and tenth non-drafted free agents this month.

Errors prove costly in Marlins' loss to Cardinals

MIAMI (AP) -- Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer and Kyle Lohse pitched into the eighth inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the staggering Miami Marlins 5-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory. One night after Molina's tying homer in the ninth inning keyed a huge comeback, St. Louis scored five unearned runs in the first. The Marlins have lost eight of...

Cardinals-Marlins preview

(AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals spoiled the debut of the Miami Marlins' new park in a brief visit back in April. With their next game in Miami, they'll try to match their longest win streak of the season. Jake Westbrook and his hot-hitting teammates will try to help deliver that fourth consecutive victory and the Cardinals' seventh in a row over the Marlins on Monday...

Cardinals win wild Miami opener Monday night

The St. Louis Cardinals overcame a late deficit, shaky relief work and an umpire error to beat the home Miami Marlins in 10 innings on Monday night.
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