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Yadi out, Cruz in for Cardinals in Game 4 starting lineup

CHICAGO -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NL Division Series because of weakness in his left thumb. Molina winced on a swing-and-miss in the fourth inning of Monday night's 8-6 loss to the Cubs, and then was checked by a trainer and manager Mike Matheny. The seven-time All-Star was removed for a pinch hitter in the sixth. Molina missed...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: The surprising efficiency of Tony Cruz

When Yadier Molina went down in Chicago, St. Louis Cardinals fans collectively groaned and for good reason. Molina is the heart and soul of this team, and he affects them in many ways. Part of that sadness comes from the fact that the team doesn’t employ an exciting backup option. There are no rock n’ roll lead singers ready to rock the back of the plate for this team any time...
Via STLSportsMinute
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s Try Something New With Kozma And Cruz

The Cardinals sport the best record in baseball and will be playing games in October because, you know, that’s what they do. Meanwhile, 29 other teams are in fights of varying winability for postseason positions. Unfortunately, not everyone can make the tournament. Some franchises are worse than others when it comes to competing for championships. To wit… The following teams...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Why are Tony Cruz and Pete Kozma still on the Cardinals?

Excuse me while I complain about the team with the best record in baseball(and fans for that matter, according to popular opinion and Deadspin). The St. Louis Cardinals have won a lot of games(63 to be exact) and when a writer picks at that shiny emblem of greatness, he can be scolded. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago via KSDK, John Mozeliak’s roster management is troubling at...
Via STLSportsMinute
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals put catcher Tony Cruz on paternity leave

CINCINNATI -- Cardinals reserve catcher Tony Cruz has been placed on paternity leave before the first game in a series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals called up catcher Ed Easley from Triple-A Memphis on Friday for his major league debut. Easley, 29, has played 646 games in the minors since making his professional debut in 2007. He batted .296 in 80 games for the Redbirds...
Via AP on Fox
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony Cruz is a hero again as Cardinals hit three homers to beat Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds, 8-4, on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth. The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row. Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Catcher Uses ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Scene As Walk-Up Song (Video)

Tony Cruz doesn’t get the chance to hit very often, but when he does, he certainly makes the most of it. Cruz is the backup catcher to St. Louis Cardinals All-Star Yadier Molina, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 10 with an injured thumb. Molina’s injury has allowed Cruz to see some extended time, which is great news for sports fans everywhere, because it has...
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony Cruz uses 'The Wolf of Wall Street' chant for walk-up music

Your browser does not support iframes.St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz used the chest-beating chant from the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" as his walk-up music for his ninth inning at-bat during Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.Definitely an unusual choice, to say the least. However, it didn't seem to work for him last night, as Cruz struck out looking. Video via MLB...
Via Holdout Sports
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

How do Cardinals replace Yadier Molina?

Short answer:  You can't.The Cardinals playoff chances took a big hit today as the team found out that starting catcher Yadier Molina would miss 8-12 weeks after suffering a ligament tear in his right thumb. That timetable puts him out until mid-to-late September, effectively ending his season, although he could be back in time for the playoffs (if the Cards make it).This is the...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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