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3/29/2015 | Challenge for Choate is getting in work vs. lefties

Knowing they'll be deploying reliever Randy Choate primarily against left-handed batters this season, the Cardinals are about to get creative so that he can face a flurry of them to finish spring.

3/29/2015 | Gonzales' landing spot now out of his hands

With Sunday marking his final appearance of the Grapefruit League season, left-hander Marco Gonzales is now left to wait and see how the Cardinals' pitching plans come together and where he falls in that mix.

3/29/2015 | Cards trim roster, send 4 to Minors

The Cardinals whittled down their list of bench candidates by cutting four position players from Major League camp following Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mets.

3/29/2015 | Gonzales, Heyward set pace for Cardinals

Gonzales was a late rotation replacement for the Cardinals, who had planned to start Jaime Garcia until learning that Garcia was dealing with some soreness and fatigue in his left arm.

3/29/2015 | Cardinals weigh Opening Day roster flexibility

Seven days out from their Opening Night matchup against the Cubs, the Cardinals continue to weigh the various ways in which they could construct their roster because of the flexibility offered by a high concentration of early-season off-days.

3/29/2015 | Arm fatigue to keep Garcia off Opening Day roster

Jaime Garcia, speaking a day after the club announced he'd be scratched from his next scheduled spring start, said he has been feeling left arm soreness and fatigue over the last few days, including during a side session on Thursday. When the discomfort didn't subside, Garcia alerted the Cardinals' medical staff.

3/28/2015 | Lynn battles elements in second spring start

Despite needing 40-plus pitches to navigate through his first two innings, Lance Lynn looked sharp against a fairly formidable Tigers lineup in his second start of the spring and ended up finishing five innings with a pitch count of 81.

3/28/2015 | Feeling left arm fatigue, Garcia unlikely for Opening Day

Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him from making the Opening Day roster.

3/28/2015 | Freeman trade starts to bring clarity to Cards' bullpen

His roster status complicated by being an out-of-options player, lefty Sam Freeman, a 32nd-round draftee of the Cardinals in 2008, was traded to the Rangers on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

3/28/2015 | Cardinals HOF candidacy brings back fond memories for Morris

This is the fourth in a series of stories profiling the eight modern candidates on the Cardinals' 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

3/28/2015 | Solid Lynn holds Tigers' lineup in check

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed six hits over five innings but walked none against five strikeouts.

3/27/2015 | Lackey virtually ready for season after gem

After using his first two spring starts to focus on specific pitches, John Lackey met with catcher Yadier Molina on Friday morning, asking him to call the game as he would in the regular season. What followed was a seven-inning performance from Lackey that the Cardinals would certainly take in such a setting.

3/27/2015 | Regardless of role, Martinez pleased with progress

If Friday was indeed the final chance for Carlos Martinez to make his case to the Cardinals that he should earn the final spot in their rotation, the right-hander went out with a flourish, closing with what he considered his best outing of the spring.

3/27/2015 | Ortega finds power stroke in breakout for Cards

Outfielder Rafael Ortega went 2-for-22 in Grapefruit League play before the Cardinals sent him out to Minor League camp as part of their most recent wave of cuts on Monday. He returned on Friday and made the impression that he probably wished he could have made sooner.

3/27/2015 | Ortega's homers back Lackey's seven strong

Starters Matt Harvey and John Lackey each looked sharp in their penultimate starts of Grapefruit League play on Friday, though it was the Cardinals who came away with a 5-4 split-squad victory.

3/27/2015 | Martinez cuts ERA in latest bid for Cards' rotation

Right-hander Carlos Martinez made his case in the competition for the final spot in the Cardinals' rotation during Friday's 1-1 tie with the Nationals. Martinez allowed one run on five hits in five innings while striking out six and walking two.

3/27/2015 | Bell has right DNA to thrive as Cards' bench coach

With manager Mike Matheny accompanying half the club to Viera, Fla., for the road portion of Friday's split-squad day, bench coach David Bell slid into the manager's seat for the home game against the Mets. Given his own coaching climb and bloodlines, it's an undertaking that suited Bell well.

3/26/2015 | Indoor session proves more productive for Wainwright

Adam Wainwright had very specific goals going into his penultimate start of the spring on Thursday. And he left the complex confident he had accomplished them -- even if it had happened mostly outside the public eye.

3/26/2015 | Heyward ends drought, while Waino a bit shaky

Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run and tacked on an RBI double on Thursday as the Marlins edged the Cardinals, 5-3, at Roger Dean Stadium. The Miami slugger connected for the second time this spring, unloading a mammoth drive off Adam Wainwright in the first inning.

3/26/2015 | Holliday downplays age, seeks better start to season

As left fielder Matt Holliday prepares for his sixth full season with the Cardinals, he's seeking to fend off the often decreasing production that comes with increasing age.

3/25/2015 | Shannon shares his take on Cards' expectations

Cardinals radio broadcaster Mike Shannon, who has been watching the club throughout Spring Training, shared his thoughts on what he has seen over the past month and provided his take on what to expect in the year ahead.

3/25/2015 | Wacha not walking, issues first free pass of spring

Michael Wacha, like most players, doesn't concern himself much with Spring Training statistics. That is, except for one. "One I look at," he admitted, "is walks." Wacha has to like what he's seeing these days from that stat line

3/25/2015 | Wacha sets tone with stingy start before Cards win late

Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha and Nationals Opening Day starter Max Scherzer were engaged in a terrific pitchers' duel to start Wednesday's matchup at Roger Dean Stadium, before the Cards broke through in the eighth inning for a 1-0 victory.

3/25/2015 | Tennis anyone? Jay introduces unique training method

Inspired by a drill that he saw at a University of Miami football practice, Jon Jay prepared for this season with the assistance of a tennis-ball machine. He wasn't the only Cardinals player to employ the unique resource, either.

3/25/2015 | Matheny provides hint at projected season lineup

Manager Mike Matheny may not be ready to commit to a regular-season batting order, but the one he utilized for Wednesday's game against Washington offered a sneak peek at what it could be.

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