St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435 St. Louis Cardinals 2014-04-16T03:23:03Z St. Louis Cardinals Matheny math begets confidence in Cardinals For two nights against the Brewers, the lineup choices Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made were absolutely correct, even if the evidence at hand in one case was not what one would call extensive. Cards wear No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day For the sixth consecutive year, players and uniformed personnel for every Major League team playing on Tuesday swapped their chosen numbers to wear the one once donned by the man who broke baseball's color barrier. For one night, everyone was No. 42. Kozma's progress apparent but future unclear Though manager Mike Matheny was effusive with his praise of how Pete Kozma had improved and how professionally he handled two weeks of limited playing time while keeping Mark Ellis' roster spot warm, the 26-year-old shortstop heads to Triple-A with an uncertain future within the Cardinals' organization. Shelby makes himself at home at Miller Park Shelby Miller found his footing, Allen Craig showed continued signs of rediscovering his swing, and Mark Ellis got himself back onto the field as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 6-1, on Tuesday night. Cards recall Ellis as veteran bench presence Following a Triple-A rehab assignment, Mark Ellis found himself thrust into the Cardinals' lineup on Tuesday night. Moving forward, however, he will find himself adapting to a part-time role that he has never before held. Upstart Brewers meet Cardinals at the top It may be that the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers are considerably better than many people thought. But the Brewers' problem is that the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals could be every bit as good as many people thought. Cards seek first sweep in finale vs. Brewers The Brewers will face more stingy pitching on Wednesday when Joe Kelly makes the start against Wily Peralta in the teams' series finale, with the Cardinals hoping for their first sweep this year. Brewers hit wall vs. Lynn as Cards hit over it The Cardinals ended the Brewers' winning streak at nine games on Monday night, sending Milwaukee to a 4-0 loss behind two home runs and Lance Lynn's best start to date in 2014. Carpenter ejected for arguing strike three Matt Carpenter's night ended earlier than expected on Monday, as the third baseman was ejected in the fifth inning of a 4-0 Cardinals win for arguing a called third strike with home-plate umpire Bob Davidson. Cruz gets break from rest to fill in for Molina Tony Cruz's role -- to back up the catcher with the most starts since 2005 -- is largely a thankless one. The Cardinals, in essence, hope he sees minimal time on the field, as that's an indication of starter Yadier Molina's status. Rosenthal not citing velocity as problematic Plenty of early-season attention has been paid to Trevor Rosenthal's fastball velocity, which has been a down a tick from his average velocity posted over his first two seasons. However, the Cardinals hardly seemed ready to jump to conclusions after a sample size of six games. Ellis on track for quick return to Cardinals The Cardinals received a positive report from Mark Ellis after he played five innings at second base for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. He was scheduled to play again for Memphis on Monday, but that game ended up being postponed because of rain. Robinson's legacy important to Cardinals The Cardinals will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in Milwaukee on Tuesday. The significance of the day is not lost on the team's players. With limited playing time, Jay hoping to stay hot Jon Jay hopes he can build on Saturday's performance in the Cardinals' 10-4 win over the Cubs. Jay, whose playing time has been cut so far in 2014 with the arrival of Peter Bourjos, was 1-for-4 at the plate, but his two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth helped break the game open. Wacha sends bobblehead package home to family Michael Wacha is sending a special package back home with his parents who are visiting him this weekend, a box full of Wacha bobbleheads. Carpenter drives in three to lift Cardinals over Cubs Matt Carpenter drove in three and scored a run as the Cardinals took the game and the series with a 6-4 win against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Cards tack on runs to back Wainwright vs. Cubs Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright enjoyed a luxury he had not yet seen in 2014 as he faced the Cubs at Busch Stadium on Saturday -- run support. The Cardinals bats scored early and often, knocking out Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva after three-plus innings, evening the series with a 10-4 rout. Cubs prevent a run as challenged call overturned Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged a call at first base that was overturned in the third inning on Saturday and prevented a St. Louis run from scoring. Mired in slump, Peralta gets break from lineup Stuck in a prolonged slump to begin his Cardinal career, Jhonny Peralta was out of the Saturday's lineup against the Cubs. Daniel Descalso started at short, batting eighth. Cardinals give GM Mozeliak two-year extension The Cardinals and senior vice president and general manager John Mozeliak have agreed upon a two-year contract extension through 2018. Call upheld after Cubs challenge in ninth Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged whether the Cardinals' Allen Craig was hit by a pitch by Jose Veras in the ninth, and the call was upheld. Cards fall in 11th after ninth-inning rally forces extras Joe Kelly mastered the Cubs' lineup through six-plus strong innings, but it wasn't enough as the Cubs tacked on late runs and the Cardinals' own offensive woes continued for a second consecutive game in a 3-2 loss on Friday night. Eligible to come off DL, Ellis' status still uncertain Mark Ellis reported no problems with his knee after a strenuous pregame workout before the team hosted the Cubs on Friday night. Even though the workout went well, there is still no decision on Ellis, who was eligible to come off the DL on Friday. Choate's role expanding beyond lefty specialist When Randy Choate signed with the Cardinals before the 2013 season, his role was perceived to be that of a left-handed specialist. So far, at least, the role has expanded this season. La Russa in awe as he tours Cooperstown On Thursday, Tony La Russa became the sixth and final member of the Class of 2014 to tour the Hall of Fame in advance of his summer enshrinement, and he called the experience "overwhelming." Ultimate competitor: Forsch up for Cards Hall of Fame Bob Forsch -- who passed away in November 2011 at age 61, just days after his Cardinals won their 11th World Series championship -- is one of eight candidates for the new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum gallery located in Ballpark Village. Miller battles, but Cardinals blanked by Reds Shelby Miller submitted a quality start, but the Cardinals were flummoxed by Mike Leake in a 4-0 loss to the Reds in Wednesday's finale at Busch Stadium. Scuffling Craig given reprieve in finale vs. Reds Allen Craig, mired in a 3-for-31 start to the season, was out of the lineup on Wednesday, with Jon Jay taking his place in right field vs. the Reds. Wong proving more than capable of everyday role Any lingering questions about Kolten Wong's readiness to be an everyday player in the Majors continue to fade, as the second baseman has made himself an immediate contributor. Regional Daily News 2014-04-16T08:23:03Z http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435