St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435 St. Louis Cardinals 2015-05-29T01:15:53Z St. Louis Cardinals Scouting director Correa impressing GM, staff alike Just minutes after general manager John Mozeliak wrapped up a conference call to inform the scouting staff of Chris Correa's promotion, the new director of scouting picked up his own phone and went to work. Cards option Socolovich, ready for Jay's return Following a Wednesday walk-off win over the D-backs, the Cardinals optioned right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A, presumably to clear a roster spot for center fielder Jon Jay to take on Friday. Statcast to track LA-Cards NLDS rematch The Cardinals and Dodgers will meet on Friday in an MLB Network Showcase at Busch Stadium in a game that will also be a reunion of the 2014 National League Division Series. St. Louis took that series in four games and has eliminated Los Angeles the past two postseasons. Cards' Adams out 3-4 months with quad strain Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is expected to miss the next three-to-four months while recovering from a severe right quadriceps strain that he suffered running the bases on Tuesday. That timeframe leaves open the possibility that Adams won't play again this season. Heyward gains measure of redemption in win The Cardinals needed someone to step up offensively. It just so happened to be the player who let them down defensively a few innings earlier. Hale, D-backs credit Bourjos with clean slide After watching his catcher get clipped on Peter Bourjos' hard slide home and subsequently airmail a throw that allowed the Cardinals to score the winning run in a 4-3 walk-off victory Wednesday, Arizona manager Chip Hale slipped out of the dugout to have a few words with home-plate umpire Eric Cooper. Holliday's on-base streak sets NL mark Matt Holliday hit his way into the record books during Wednesday night's matchup with Arizona at Busch Stadium by singling in the fifth inning to become the first National League player to reach base in his first 43 games of a season. Four Cards among leaders in All-Star balloting The Cardinals, who became the National League's first team to 30 wins on Tuesday, are also pacing the league with four players among the leaders in the early 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot returns. Cards walk off in ninth for sweep of D-backs With a pair of ninth-inning runs -- the latter scoring on a throwing error by catcher Jordan Pacheco -- off reliever Brad Ziegler, the Cardinals stole a 4-3 win over the D-backs on Wednesday, giving St. Louis its second walk-off victory in the three-game set and a sweep of Arizona at Busch Stadium. La Russa 'overwhelmed' by youth field dedication Former St. Louis manager and Arizona's current chief baseball officer Tony La Russa shared memories from his childhood on Wednesday as the Cardinals honored him with the dedication of Tony La Russa Field. MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download. Garcia battles for first win in 11 months After a rocky start to his second outing of the season, left-hander Jaime Garcia battled back Tuesday. He induced an inning-ending double play with his final pitch en route to the Cardinals' 6-4 victory. Cards ride early outburst past D-backs An early-inning battle of offensive firepower turned into a defensive struggle that fell St. Louis' way, as the Cardinals held on for a 6-4 win over Arizona before 41,107 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory made St. Louis the first National League team to reach 30 wins this season. Adams counters infield shift with bunt single Capitalizing on the element of surprise and trusting in all the behind-the-scenes work he had done to refine his technique, Matt Adams foiled a defensive shift on Monday by laying a bunt down the third-base line. Holliday ties club record with on-base streak With an RBI single in his first at-bat on Tuesday night, outfielder Matt Holliday matched Albert Pujols' franchise record of reaching base in 42 consecutive games to open a season. Cards prospect Gonzales encouraged by MRI Left-hander Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals' top-ranked pitching prospect per MLBPipeline.com, had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed no structural damage in his left shoulder. Martinez bears down, extends scoreless run Right-hander Carlos Martinez gave the credit for his seven shutout innings in the Cardinals' 3-2 win over Arizona at Busch Stadium on Monday to injured ace Adam Wainwright. Maness, Rosenthal work out of jam sessions To salvage a win after a blown save on Monday, the Cardinals needed Seth Maness to offer what he hasn't in more than a month and Trevor Rosenthal to provide the sort of coverage he hadn't since last year. Peralta's blast lifts Cardinals in 10 innings A half-inning after the D-backs squandered a bases-loaded opportunity, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta put a quick end to the Memorial Day matinee at Busch Stadium, launching a walk-off homer to lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win in 10 innings. Cardinals' scouts wrapping up Draft prep work With just two weeks remaining before the First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals' scouting department is in the middle of holding its usual regional workouts and meetings as the preparation winds down. The workouts give new scouting director Chris Correa and several area scouts a final opportunity to look at Draft-eligible talent. La Russa's loyalty undivided in St. Louis There are a lot of great memories for Tony La Russa in St. Louis from his long tenure as Cardinals manager, but as D-backs chief baseball officer, he will not have any trouble deciding who to root for during the three-game series. Jay ready for rehab stint with Class A Peoria Though Jon Jay is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, the Cardinals will first send the center fielder out on a short Minor League rehab assignment to work on the timing of his swing and ensure that his wrist has been strengthened by time off and exercise. Carpenter's homer gives him 500 hits, 300 runs With his sixth-inning homer on Sunday, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a couple of milestones. It marked Carpenter's 500th Major League hit and 300th run scored. Wacha, Carpenter pull Cards out of funk Michael Wacha and Matt Carpenter have been models of stability all season for the Cardinals, so it figures that it was them who pulled the club out of its three-game losing streak on Sunday in Kansas City. Wacha moves to 7-0 with gem in KC Michael Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings and Matt Carpenter delivered a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday, preventing Kansas City from sweeping the three-game I-70 Series. Lackey solid, but Cards can't get timely hits Pitching and power. It's a combination that has served the Cardinals well this season, but the Royals have taken that winning formula away from them in the opening two games of the I-70 Series, including a 3-2 win on Saturday. Cardinals can't weather storm in I-70 rematch Alex Gordon drilled a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez went six strong innings for the Royals in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in a rain-shortened game that ended after 5 1/2 innings. St. Louis starter John Lackey went five innings in the loss. Lynn on track for next start against D-backs One day after he labored through six innings with back cramps, Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn said he felt normal for a day after a start. He is listed to make his usual start on four days' rest on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Lynn, Cards burned by long balls in I-70 clash Kendrys Morales belted a pair of homers and logged five RBIs, while starter Chris Young fired six shutout innings for the Royals in a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday night in the I-70 Series opener at Kauffman Stadium. St. Louis starter Lance Lynn went six frames. Harris' journey from Navy to Majors captivates Since joining the Cardinals one month ago, reliever Mitch Harris has been the most sought-after interview in the clubhouse. His unprecedented journey from US Naval Academy graduate to Navy Lieutenant to Major League pitcher has captivated more than just fans of his team. Regional Daily News 2015-05-29T06:15:53Z http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435