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2016 Schedule
12-12, 3rd in NL Cent
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14hScott 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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19hMark Saxon

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.

Lineup: Cardinals (12-11) vs. Nationals (15-7)

  • 1. Jeremy Hazelbaker, CF (L)
  • 2. Matt Carpenter, 3B (L)
  • 3. Matt Holliday, LF (R)
  • 4. Matt Adams, 1B (L)
  • 5. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 6. Brandon Moss, RF (L)
  • 7. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  • 8. Kolten Wong, 2B (L)
  • 9. Jaime Garcia, P (L)
  • Daily notes

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Strasburg improves to 4-0 in Nats' win over Cards (1:17)
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Espinosa's homer secures Nats' lead (0:20)

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)

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

It's windy in Phoenix today and the giant Arizona flag in center field at Chase Field got twisted around the flagpole. A stadium worker spent quite a while trying to snag it with a giant fish hook contraption from up on the catwalk, briefly enthralling a few of the Cardinals who were doing their long-tossing on the field. Manager Mike Matheny even walked out to get a better view. After about 15 minutes, he finally got it straightened out.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Encouraged by Adam Wainwright's better stuff and command Wednesday night and trying to get his struggling ace a win, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny let Wainwright hit with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Wainwright hit a bases-clearing triple off Patrick Corbin. Htalks about it here:

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Cardinals bash past Diamondbacks 11-4

Adam Wainwright pitched into the sixth inning for his first win and hit a three-run triple in St. Louis' fifth straight offensive outburst, lifting the Cardinals to an 11-4 win over Arizona.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs1421st
Batting Average.2754th
On Base Percentage.3513rd
Slugging Percentage.4812nd
Earned Run Average3.9416th
Quality Starts12Tied-10th
WHIP1.2812th
BAA.24010th

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