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    Cardinals' Carpenter scratched from lineup due to bruised finger

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    St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Greg Garcia knocks down a ground ball off the bat of Cincinnati Reds' Patrick Kivlehan in the eighth inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com




    A bruised ring finger on his right hand caused Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter to be scratched from the lineup before Monday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Jose Martinez will start at first and hit fifth in the lineup.

    The updated lineup has been posted below.


    Carpenter was receiving treatment on his finger before the game, and Matheny was hopeful he might be able to serve as a bat off the bench if needed this evening

    "It's a good finger, if there is such a thing, on the throwing hand," Matheny said. "But it's still going to get in the way of his throws, because of the swelling. We've got to get that swelling down."

    Carpenter took a ground ball off the finger in the first inning of Sunday night's loss to the Yankees in New York. Trainers attended to him after the play, and TV cameras showed blood running into Carpenter's hand. A later shot showed a severely bruised nail. Carpenter stayed in and finished the game.

    Garcia gets another start

    Utility infielder Greg Garcia will make his second straight start in Monday night's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The left-handed batter has appeared in 10 games so far this season but Monday is only his third start. In 17 plate appearances, Garcia is batting .333 (4-for-12) with an RBI, but has also drawn 4 walks.

    Garcia will bat sixth in Monday's game, with outfielder Randal Grichuk moving up to the fifth spot.

    Third baseman Jhonny Peralta will sit for the second straight day. Peralta has made eight starts but has struggled at the plate, starting off the year on a 3-for-25 skid. His struggles have resulted in a poor slash line of .120/.185/.120.

    In Sunday's finale against the New York Yankees, Peralta sat in favor of Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko is out of Monday's lineup as well.

    Additionally, catcher Yadier Molina will receive his second day off of the season. Backup Eric Fryer will start and bat seventh.

    Lyons completes third rehab appearance

    Reliever Tyler Lyons made his third rehab start with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds on Monday afternoon and continued to excel.

    Lyons pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed 2 runs (both earned) on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. The two runs were the first he's allowed in any of his three rehab appearances, and Lyons has now thrown 14 innings over his three starts.

    The maximum number of days allowed for a rehab assignment is 30, so Lyons should complete it within the next two weeks or so.

    Cardinals Lineup

    1. Dexter Fowler, CF

    2. Aledmys Diaz, SS

    3. Stephen Piscotty, RF

    4. Randal Grichuk, LF

    5. Jose Martinez, 1B

    6. Greg Garcia, 3B


    7. Eric Fryer, C

    8. Kolten Wong, 2B

    9. Lance Lynn, RHP

    Pirates Lineup

    1. Adam Frazier - LF

    2. Starling Marte - CF

    3. Andrew McCutchen - RF

    4. David Freese - 3B

    5. Josh Bell - 1B

    6. Francisco Cervelli - C

    7. Josh Harrison - 2B

    8. Jordy Mercer - SS

    9. Ivan Nova - P
     
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    That was a nasty hop that Carpenter took in New York and it doesn't surprise me to see him take a game off.. However that isn't the only problem with the team.. The offense isn't hitting at all... Piscotty is starting to turn it around as well as Diaz but other then that the Cardinals have SUCKED... I hate saying that about my team but let's call it like we see it...

    Thank the lord that the division is all over the place right now because it not the Cardinals season could all be over... It's going to take a very very hot streak to turn things around and I do believe this club has the talent.. The offense needs to wake the hell up and play better D while they are right it
     
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    The Pitching hasn't been that great either, come to think of it... The first go around was the strongest and other then that first go through the rotation, it has been terrible... The pen has been hard to watch.

    This team as a hole is sucking so bad, that I would rather see the Triple A team playing better then them... Cards need to turn the tides
     
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    Glad to see that Wong got his first homer of the season but the offense is still dragging there feet... I would really like to see Fowler come around and show us what the team is paying him for.. They say the man works counts but I haven't seen it during the season. I guess instead of being one of those picky fans. They did win the game..

    The best part of the game had to be the pitching.. Lynn looked like a beast and the pen either tho OH did give up a run but he hasn't had that much work. Rosy looked lights out and if he keeps that up he might go back to being the closer.. I know the guy wants to start but there isn't a spot right now.. I would like the Cards to see what they have with him eventually as a starter or trade him for a dominate pen peace.
     
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    marte suspended 80 games for peds
     
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    Yep heard about that.. I posted it on the Pirates page..lol
     
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    That's going to be a big blow for them
     
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    It wasn't the hopefull outburst by the offense that I was wishing for.. The Cardinals did pitch there hearts out tonight and you have to always love that.. I do see some of the Cardinal hitters coming out of there runts but some still trying to figure it out. Hell, there is only one way and that is to go up.. They have been so bad for the next week of games.. Leake has pitched like a number 2 starter and hope that he can keep up the great work that he is doing..

    The Cardinals go for the sweep tomorrow but they have a big guy to deal with in Cole. Have faith Cardinal Fans, it looks like it is starting to turn...
     
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    Cardinals pick up second straight victory vs. Pirates
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    Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler runs to third after hitting a 1st inning triple on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com





    Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake throws in the 1st inning on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com





    The Cardinals won another tight game at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

    Mike Leake threw 6 1/3 great innings, the bullpen didn't allow a run and Greg Garcia hit the decisive RBI double in the fifth to give the Cardinals their second straight 2-1 win.

    Though the offense was stagnant yet again, the Cardinals found their savior in the starting pitcher. Leake has far and away been the team's best starter this season and now has given up just two runs in 20 1/3 innings.


    The Cardinals got a run in the first inning after Dexter Fowler led off the frame with a triple. The center fielder has struggled to start the season and the three-base knock was just his second extra-base hit through the team's first 14 games.

    Fowler came home two batters later when right fielder Stephen Piscotty grounded into a fielder's choice.

    Garcia's double in the fifth gave the Cardinals their second run and doubled the lead to 2-0. Jose Martinez led off that inning and scored on the Garcia hit, while Garcia himself was thrown out at third base trying to stretch it into a triple.

    Leake came out in the seventh after allowing back-to-back singles to Josh Bell and Jordy Mercer. Brett Cecil then came in and got a double-play ground ball from pinch hitter Jose Osuna, the first batter he faced, to end the threat.

    The Cardinals bullpen continued its good run when Matt Bowman came on in the eighth and did not allow a run to extend his scoreless innings streak to 17 1/3 innings.

    Bowman has not given up a run since Sept. 6, 2016, in a 9-7 Cardinals win over the Pirates.

    Things got dicey in the ninth, though, when closer Seung Hwan Oh entered. Oh found himself facing a bases-loaded situation with one out, but a force out at the plate and a fly out to left field wrapped up the 2-1 win.

    Oh recorded his second save of the year and second in two nights.

    Wednesday's series finale between the Cardinals and Pirates will start at 12:45 p.m. The probable pitchers are Michael Wacha and Gerrit Cole.

    Cecil cleans up for Leake after starter departs in seventh

    Reliever Brett Cecil came in for starter Mike Leake in a jam in the seventh inning, but promptly ended the threat to keep the Cardinals lead at 2-1.

    With runners on first and second with one out, Cecil induced a ground ball double play from Pirates outfielder Jose Osuna. It was Osuna's first major league at-bat after he was called up today from Triple-A to replace the suspended Starling Marte.

    Leake finished the evening having thrown 6 and 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He allowed seven hits and one run.

    In 20 1/3 innings so far in 2017, Leake has allowed just two runs. On Tuesday night, Leake's ERA went all the way up to 0.84 from 0.60.

    Leake's scoreless innings streak ends

    St. Louis starter Mike Leake saw his scoreless innings streak of 14 1/3 innings come to an end in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night.

    After right fielder Adam Frazier led off the inning with a single, Andrew McCutchen doubled two batters later with Frazier advancing to third base. Left fielder Gregory Polanco then grounded out to first baseman Jose Martinez, allowing Frazier to score and cut the Cardinals' lead in half to 2-1.

    Pittsburgh third baseman David Freese then grounded out to end the inning.

    Leake had been stellar in his first three starts, including Tuesday. Frazier's sixth-inning run was just the second run he's allowed all season. Leake has also allowed five hits in his six innings to go along with no walks and one strikeout.

    Greg Garcia doubles Cardinals' lead to 2-0

    Cardinals third baseman Greg Garcia, in the starting lineup for the third straight day, laced an RBI double in the fifth inning to right field to add to the Cardinals lead.

    Garcia's double was his first extra-base hit of the season. However, he was thrown out at third base trying to leg it into a triple.

    Jose Martinez led off the inning with a line drive single to center field, extending his hitting streak to six games. Martinez then scored from first on Garcia's double making the score 2-0.

    St. Louis had a chance to break open the game as well. After Garcia was thrown out, second baseman Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a Mike Leake sacrifice bunt.

    Dexter Fowler then walked with Aledmys Diaz coming to the plate. Diaz couldn't take advantage though and popped out to second baseman Josh Harrison.

    Diaz is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats.

    On the mound, Leake continues to dominate for the Cardinals. He's through five scoreless innings, pushing his scoreless streak to 14.

    Leake holding Pirates at bay early

    St. Louis starting pitcher Mike Leake is continuing his run of strong starts.

    In the first four innings, Leake hasn't allowed a run, pushing his overall scoreless streak to 13 innings. Leake has given up just one run so far this season -- a sixth-inning RBI double off the bat of Joey Votto in his first start on April 7.

    Leake has also been efficient tonight, needing only 56 pitches (36 strikes) so far. He's allowed three hits -- singles to Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer, and a double to David Freese.

    McCutchen is back in center field in the first game since the suspension of Starling Marte and already has two difficult catches. McCutchen made one running catch to his right and a catch against the wall in the right-center field gap, robbing two St. Louis extra-base hits.

    Through three and a half innings, the Cardinals remain ahead of the Pirates 1-0. Stephen Piscotty's RBI fielder's choice was the only run after Dexter Fowler tripled in the first inning.

    Cardinals take early 1-0 lead as Fowler triples

    Dexter Fowler's recent offensive rut may soon be coming to an end.

    Fowler led off the bottom of the first in Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a triple off the right field wall. The ball kicked off the bottom of the fence near the Cardinals' bullpen and bounced away from Pirates right fielder Adam Frazier.

    Fowler later scored on a Stephen Piscotty fielder's choice. Piscotty tried to check his swing on a 2-2 pitch, but hit the ball slowly enough where Fowler was able to beat first baseman Josh Bell's throw home even though Pittsburgh played the infield in.




    The triple was Fowler's first of the season and just his second extra-base hit this season.

    After Fowler scored, Randal Grichuk struck out and Yadier Molina grounded into a fielder's choice to end the frame.

    Cardinals starter Mike Leake allowed a hit to center fielder Andrew McCutchen in a scoreless top of the first.

    Carpenter still out, Molina returns

    After being a late scratch from Monday's game with a bruised finger, Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup again Tuesday.

    Carpenter injured the ring finger on his throwing hand when he tried to field a ground ball against the Yankees on Sunday.

    “When it happened,” Carpenter said, “you’ve got the adrenaline of the game and also the swelling hadn’t started. The next day, I really couldn’t grip the bat or effectively throw. But today, it’s marginally better than it was yesterday and I’m hoping to get back in there (Wednesday), if all goes well. (The swollen finger) is probably half the size it was yesterday. Give it one more day of rest and, hopefully, be in there full go tomorrow.

    "If it had just hit my nail, it probably would have been better, but it hit me so square that’s why you’re seeing the swelling. I had a bone contusion in the knuckle. If it had just scraped my nail, I’d probably be better off.”

    Jose Martinez will get a second straight start at first base with Carpenter out against the Pirates. Martinez went 1-for-3 in Monday's 2-1 win with an RBI single that produced the deciding run.

    With Carpenter out, outfielder Stephen Piscotty will again hit third and Randal Grichuk will bat fourth.

    Third baseman Jhonny Peralta is out for the third straight day. Peralta has hit a meager .125 over eight games and has two errors. Infielder Greg Garcia will take his place at third base and will bat seventh.

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back in the team's starting lineup Tuesday night, batting fifth. Eric Fryer started Monday night's game and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.


    Pirates Marte suspended 80 games
    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games for violating MLB's Joint Drug Agreement.

    Marte tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone and will not be eligible to play in the 2017 postseason should the Pirates advance.

    The Pirates called up outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Marte's roster spot. Osuna will be available for Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals.

    "To meet with the people we needed to meet with and move forward," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of what Pittsburgh needs to do. "Focus on what we do have in the clubhouse, the men we do have, focus on playing our game, focus on the opportunities in front of us. Collectively, the guys will be asked to do a little bit more maybe in different spots."

    Before Tuesday's game, Hurdle called a team meeting but did not discuss the subject of the meeting with the media.

    Hurdle said Andrew McCutchen will move back to center field while right field will essentially be a trial and error situation with Adam Frazier, Josh Harrison, Jose Osuna and John Jaso. Hurdle added he'd like to keep Gregory Polanco in left field but may end up moving to right if his legs feel good enough, as Polanco recently injured his groin.

    Cardinals Lineup

    1. Dexter Fowler - CF

    2. Aledmys Diaz - SS

    3. Stephen Piscotty - RF

    4. Randal Grichuk - LF

    5. Yadier Molina - C

    6. Jose Martinez - 1B

    7. Greg Garcia - 3B

    8. Kolten Wong - 2B

    9. Mike Leake - P

    Pirates Lineup

    1. Adam Frazier - RF

    2. Josh Harrison - 2B

    3. Andrew McCutchen - CF

    4. Gregory Polanco - LF

    5. David Freese - 3B

    6. Francisco Cervelli - C

    7. Josh Bell - 1B

    8. Jordy Mercer - SS

    9. Chad Huhl - P

     
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    I do have to bring something up on the Pirates side because it was interesting.. I saw it but it took the TV cast a minute and I am sure it was the producer that told them.. Anyways they said it so that's go.. After Leake hit that shot to right center and it looked like it was going to be a double, Cutch came out of no where and caught it.. Now read the mans lips, ''This is my spot" with attiude and flair... The Pirates have made a big mistake with there super star player and he has a chip on his shoulder and I don't blame him one bit..
     
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    The Cards had there first sweep of the season... The two high points would have to be that the pitching got back on track as well as the pen.. The offense is still struggling but Fowler seems to be finding his swing. Fowler had two homeruns in yesterday's game but that is all the Cards could get... That is the sour part of the sweep not to mention the defense almost cost us the last game and thankfully did save us with a great play from Carpenter.. That's after he made a error..

    Wacha looked strong and man if we could get him back to form and pitch over 2oo innings for the first time, that would be such a Hugh lift.. That's because Waino doesn't look like himself and I am sorry to say I don't think that Waino is coming back. Wainwright needs to control his fastball better and start to locate it on the edges. The guy just doesn't have that mid 90's fastball anymore.. I sure hope and wish that he can find what suits him.. Waino is a warrior and I have faith in him..

    Leake is so much better then he was last year and that's even with the games the defense blew for him. There is just something about Leake that I like this year, he just seems like he is more comfortable.. Then Lance Lynn was awesome and it just shows how much the Cardinals really missed this guy..

    So in the end the Cards need better offense and way better defense if they plan on making a push for the divison.
     

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