Motte, Cardinals enjoy new gear on Glove Day

February 25, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — Jason Motte smiled as he showed off the leather, then he punched the brand-new hide. It was fresh out of the box, and Motte planned on breaking in his new glove quickly. “It’ll take one day,” he said. JUPITER, Fla. — Jason Motte smiled as he showed off the leather, then he punched the brand-new hide. It was fresh out of the box, and Motte planned on…

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Bader, Kelly, Arozarena impress on both sides

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Competition for Cards' 4th outfield spot begins

February 24, 2018

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Barring injury, the biggest battle on the position-player side of Cardinals camp this spring will play out in the outfield. Yes, Jose Martinez should gobble up a chunk of at-bats at one of the corner spots come summer. But Martinez is also slotted to see time at first base, and that was before Matt Carpenter‘s back began barking. Martinez is not a “fourth outfielder,” in…

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Versatile Carpenter dealing with back tightness

February 18, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — With tightness in his back, Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter won’t be moving around the infield a whole lot, especially at the beginning of Spring Training, which starts in earnest for position players Monday. He could become a fixture at first base for the Cardinals this season, but the 32-year-old veteran is flexible. It’s his versatility that makes him a valuable commodity in St. Louis. JUPITER, Fla. —…

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Ozuna on Fernandez: I 'keep him in my heart'

February 17, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — Marcell Ozuna pushed open the doors of his new clubhouse Saturday, and with it, walked into a new future with St. Louis. Still, he couldn’t help talk about the past. The wounds it left are still too tender, the painful tug of it too strong, especially back at the spring complex he once shared with Jose Fernandez. The memory of the late Fernandez, whom Ozuna called his…

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Mozeliak: 'We were pretty active' this offseason

February 16, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — John Mozeliak heard the question, diverted his eyed, and sighed. Had the Cubs not added Yu Darvish days before, or the Brewers not revamped their roster so splashily, or a small army of unsigned free agents not mobilized just a few hours’ drive away, perhaps the perception of his club heading into camp would be different. After the Cardinals ran out a virtually league-average offense last season,…

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Fowler preparing for shift to right field

February 16, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — When Dexter Fowler debuted in the big leagues with the Rockies in 2008, the 22-year-old brought a speed element to a unit flanked by corner outfielders Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe. “I’ve got from here over,” Holliday told him, scraping a line in the grass with his cleat. “You take everything else.” JUPITER, Fla. — When Dexter Fowler debuted in the big leagues with the Rockies in…

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No day but today as Waino preps for '18

February 15, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — There were dire days last year, Adam Wainwright admits now, when he considered hanging it up. Sure, the most celebrated Cardinals pitcher in recent memory was under contract through that season and the next. But his fastball felt less fierce. His curve became less compliant. Coming off his least-effective season to date, Wainwright had a 6.12 ERA through April. And the famed competitor in him couldn’t bear…

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Brebbia bringing levity, smarts to Cards' camp

February 15, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — Whether he’s providing an in-depth explanation of tea or engaging in a lengthy conversation on the intricacies of growing grapes for wine, Cardinals reliever John Brebbia is good to have around in the clubhouse. The classic long shot, Brebbia emerged from being a 30th-round Draft pick by the Yankees in 2011 and playing two seasons of independent ball after being released from the club in ’13. JUPITER,…

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Former saves leader Smith among elite closers

February 15, 2018

Over the course of February, which is Black History Month, MLB Network and MLB.com are looking back at some of the most prominent African-American players in MLB history. Today, we look back on the career of longtime big league closer Lee Smith. Smith established himself as one of baseball’s most dominant closers during his 18-year Major League career. He converted 478 saves, holding the MLB record for career saves from…

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