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4/20/2014 | Rondon optioned to open roster spot for Lyons

Neither Jorge Rondon nor Eric Fornataro, both of whom were called to the Majors on Thursday, had an opportunity to pitch in the four-game series the Cardinals concluded Sunday. Fornataro, however, gets the opportunity for the longer stay.

4/20/2014 | Miscues come back to haunt Cards in narrow loss

Though there would be no adding to the seven unearned runs already scored in the series, it was a pair of plays not made that kept St. Louis from reeling off its fourth consecutive series victory. This time the bullpen couldn't provide the bailout as the Nationals salvaged the series split with a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at home.

4/20/2014 | Pitchers seeing early returns from hitting practice

Shortly after gathering in Florida to begin preparations for the season, the Cardinals' starting pitchers gathered together and set an offensive objective. Displeased with their results at the plate last season, the group wanted to improve with the bat and, even if the hits didn't fall, extend at-bats to make themselves a tougher out.

4/20/2014 | Holliday's day off his first of season

In an effort to continue to rest his starting position players while the Cardinals trudge through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, Manager Mike Matheny sat outfielder Matt Holliday on Sunday. Holliday had been the Cards' only position player to start each of the team's first 18 games.

4/20/2014 | Lyons tabbed to fill Kelly's spot in rotation

The Cardinals made official on Sunday the roster move most had been anticipating since starter Joe Kelly went on the disabled list Thursday with a left hamstring strain. It will be lefty Tyler Lyons, manager Mike Matheny confirmed, who will take Kelly's spot in the rotation and start Monday against the Mets.

4/20/2014 | Mets face another tough foe as Cards come to NY

The Mets will swap out one postseason contender for another Monday. New York played host to the Braves over the weekend and will match up with the defending National League champion Cardinals over the next four days. St. Louis, trailing Milwaukee in the NL Central, comes in with a 7-5 mark in its past 12 games.

4/19/2014 | Power arms from '09 Draft set to showcase arsenals

Twenty-eight pitchers were taken in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, beginning with highly touted starter Stephen Strasburg. Eighteen picks after Washington chose Strasburg, the Cardinals plucked a high schooler from Texas by the name of Shelby Miller. Those two power right-handers will face each other for the first time in their careers on Sunday at Nationals Park.

4/19/2014 | Lynn, Cruz battery powers Cards to victory

Lance Lynn allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings and combined with battery mate Tony Cruz to drive in three runs, as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 4-3, on Saturday at Nationals Park.

4/19/2014 | Cards coy about upcoming pitching plans

The Cardinals have settled on a starter for Monday's series opener against the Mets, but manager Mike Matheny said on Saturday that the team is not yet ready to announce its choice.

4/19/2014 | Cards pair Cruz with Lynn in battery

Having helped navigate Lance Lynn through seven scoreless innings in his start on Monday, Tony Cruz returned as Lynn's batterymate in Saturday's outing against the Nationals.

4/19/2014 | Garcia, Motte have good rehab outings

Jaime Garcia threw two scoreless innings and Jason Motte one during an extended spring training game on Saturday. Both players have remained in Jupiter, Fla., after Spring Training to continue their respective rehab programs.

4/18/2014 | Cardinals still adjusting to transfer rules

On Thursday night, the Cardinals were the beneficiary of Major League Baseball's now stricter enforcement of its transfer rule, requiring that players keep a ball secured while transferring it from the glove to the bare hand.

4/18/2014 | Matheny talks leadership at U.S. Department of State

Manager Mike Matheny accepted an invitation to speak to the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State on Friday as part of its speaker series to promote the development and practice of leadership.

4/18/2014 | Lynn looks to get Cards back on track vs. Nats

Lance Lynn will try to continue his hot start to the season on Saturday afternoon against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats.

4/18/2014 | Shaky defense foils Wacha's strong outing

A missed catch by Matt Carpenter and an errant throw by Yadier Molina following a wild pitch compounded a costly seventh inning and helped the Nats to a pair of unearned runs against Michael Wacha. That's all Washington would need to even the series with a 3-1 win in front of 31,237 at Nationals Park on Friday night.

4/18/2014 | Edmonds proud to be considered for Cards' Hall

When Jim Edmonds was traded from his hometown team, the Los Angeles Angels, before the 2000 season, he was disappointed. Little did he know that his destination, St. Louis, was where he'd make his home in retirement, where his children would grow up and where he would play some of the best seasons of his Major League career.

4/17/2014 | Martinez isn't rotation option in Kelly's absence

Though the Cardinals are unsure just how long a recovery is ahead for Joe Kelly, who sustained a left hamstring strain on Wednesday and is on the 15-day disabled list, the organization will have to find another fifth starter for at least the next two times through the rotation.

4/17/2014 | Rookies Fornataro, Rondon added to bullpen

The strain placed on the Cardinals' bullpen after Joe Kelly's early exit on Wednesday prompted the club to add relievers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon prior to Thursday's series opener against the Nationals.

4/17/2014 | Waino stymies Nationals with two-hit shutout

Adam Wainwright went the distance for the first time this season in firing a two-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead the Cardinals in an 8-0 win over the Nationals on Thursday night.

4/17/2014 | Nats looking for Gio to turn tide against Cardinals

Southpaw Gio Gonzalez is looking to help the Nationals even the series against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals on Friday night at Nationals Park.

4/17/2014 | Kelly goes on disabled list with strained hamstring

The Cardinals placed right-hander Joe Kelly, who has a strained left hamstring, on the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed reliever Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis. The team also announced plans to recall rookie right-handers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon from Memphis in time for Thursday's series opener against the Nationals in Washington.

4/16/2014 | Cards, Nats open four-game set of NL heavyweights

It may be a stretch to suggest two teams from different divisions have established themselves as rivals, but in some ways, the Cardinals and Nationals have done just that. And the Nationals may feel they have some work to do this week, beginning with the first of a four-game home set on Thursday.

4/16/2014 | Cards lose Kelly to injury, then fall to Crew

Joe Kelly exited in the fifth with hamstring tightness, and the Brewers took full advantage.

4/16/2014 | After slow start, Peralta in serious groove

Perhaps sparked by manager Mike Matheny's decision to remove him from the lineup on Saturday, Jhonny Peralta has since begun to prove himself the offensive upgrade the Cardinals sought during their shortstop search last offseason.

4/16/2014 | Garcia, Motte continue to make progress

Down at the Cardinals' spring complex in Jupiter, Fla., pitchers Jason Motte and Jaime Garcia continue to make progress in their individual throwing programs.

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