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2016 Schedule
12-13, 3rd in NL Cent
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Martinez said he will be able to maintain his focus despite having to deal with a civil lawsuit filed against him by a woman in a Miami court last week. Martinez also was dealing with flu-like symptoms and didn't know he would be able to make Sunday's start until he woke up and called manager Mike Matheny to tell him he was a go. Here he talks about Sunday's start through interpreter (and catcher) Brayan Pena:

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Nationals sweep Cardinals despite Harper's four K's (1:12)
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Harper gets the golden sombrero (0:28)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jhonny Peralta took groundballs Sunday for the first time since he tore a ligament in his left thumb during spring training. Peralta remains weeks away from returning, but he also can read the writing on the wall. The Cardinals likely will try to find a way to get both both shortstops, Peralta and Aledmys Diaz, in the lineup at the same time. Diaz leads the major leagues with a .423 batting average. Manager Mike Matheny said Diaz is a good enough athlete to play multiple positions. He played an entire season at third base in Cuba and he started learning second base this spring. "How he's hitting right now now, he needs to be on the team," Peralta said. "Whether it's at shortstop or somewhere else, he needs to be on our team."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carlos Martinez is "good to go" for today's start against the Washington Nationals. There was some question about whether he would make the start, not because of the lawsuit filed against him in Miami, but because he -- like a lot of the Cardinals lately -- has been dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Lineup: Cardinals (12-12) vs. Nationals (16-7)

  • 1. Matt Carpenter, 3B (L)
  • 2. Stephen Piscotty, RF (R)
  • 3. Matt Holliday, LF (R)
  • 4. Brandon Moss, 1B (L)
  • 5. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 6. Randal Grichuk, CF (R)
  • 7. Kolten Wong, 2B (L)
  • 8. Aledmys Diaz, SS (R)
  • 9. Carlos Martinez, RHP (R)
  • Daily notes

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2dScott Bierman, Special to ESPN.com

Cardinals end April in an unfamiliar place

Inconsistency has been the only thing the Cardinals can count on in an April that ends with St. Louis in an unusual spot -- the middle of the pack.

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Werth, Nats crush Cards (1:10)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

T he St. Louis Cardinals gave pitcher Carlos Martinez permission to leave the team on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in South Florida, general manager John Mozeliak said. "We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the other night," Mozeliak said on Saturday. "We will not be in a position to act until we have more information." Martinez, who is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA, was at the stadium Saturday, but not in the clubhouse during the period the media was allowed in. The lawsuit, filed in a Miami district court, will not affect Martinez's ability to make his scheduled start on Sunday, according to a source.

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Cards' Martinez returns; team gathering facts

The Cardinals gave pitcher Carlos Martinez permission to leave the team Friday to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Wacha looked as dominant as he has in 10 months Thursday night in Arizona, but he made two mistakes that turned into home runs. Chris Hermann lunged for a low changeup and somehow hit it well enough to carry out to right field for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury lined one to left in the fourth. Wacha's nine strikeouts were his most in a game since June 9 of last season.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

After spending seven seasons in the minor leagues, the last thing Jeremy Hazelbaker is going to do is let a minor injury cost him the opportunity of a lifetime, not when he has a 1.033 OPS in his first 65 major-league plate appearances. So, although Hazelbaker appeared to injure himself during his final at-bat Wednesday night, he wasn't copping to an ailment. Something must be going on, though, since Stephen Piscotty moved from right to left field to replace slumping Randal Grichuk. Asked if he was hurt on Thursday, Hazelbaker said, "I'm good to go." Asked why he was visited by manager Mike Matheny and a trainer Wednesday, he said, "They were just coming out to say, 'Hi.' "

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How long can Diaz continue surging?

Aledmys Diaz is hitting .481 in 54 at-bats, including .632 over the past week. The rookie shortstop's M.O. is to be a batting-average guy, so he could be a legitimate .300 threat. But a 94 percent contact rate and .479 BABIP point towards regression. Which surging, slumping players will continue? (Insider)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs1431st
Batting Average.2715th
On Base Percentage.3454th
Slugging Percentage.4732nd
Earned Run Average4.0317th
Quality Starts12Tied-13th
WHIP1.2812th
BAA.24212th

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