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Jan 20

With Grichuk destined to sit often, Cardinals move him to Jays for young pitching

The Cardinals dealt from strength Friday to fortify one of their weakest spots when they sent outfielder Randal Grichuk, who had been relegated to an extra man’s role, to Toronto for young righthanders Dominic Leone and Conner Greene. Leone, 26, was a staple in the Jays’ bullpen last season and

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Jan 20

Less Hrabosky and more Thompson on Cardinals TV broadcasts

Fox Sports Midwest is shuffling some of its rotation of pitchers-turned-broadcasters. Brad Thompson is being added to FSM’s Cardinals television booth as the analyst for about 15 games this season, while Al Hrabosky’s schedule is being reduced by a similar amount. Hrabosky, 68, and Thompson,

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Jan 20

Grichuk surprised by trade to Toronto

The Cardinals made their second offseason deal with Toronto by shipping outfielder Randal Grichuk, who was going to be a reserve this season, to the Blue Jays on Friday for setup reliever Dominic Leone and another righthander, Class AA pitcher Conner G…

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Jan 19

Odd man out? Grichuk will keep ‘fighting for a job, even if it’s not possible’

Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty — friends, spring training roommates and fellow Cardinals outfielders — had a strong inkling that one or both would be traded this offseason. “Yeah, most definitely,” Grichuk said at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up. “We’ve got 37 outfielders between Double-A,

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Jan 19

Ortiz: Fans are skeptical, but Cardinals see Mikolas as a solid option

Although Elaine Knapp was only 12 years old when she and her family moved from St. Louis to Jupiter, Fla., she never stopped cheering for her Cardinals. She didn’t necessarily claim a favorite Cardinal, as most kids who grow up here eventually do, but she kept her devotion even as she moved from

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Jan 19

Grichuk is making the most of his role

Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty — friends, spring training roommates and fellow Cardinals outfielders — had a strong inkling that one or both would be traded this off-season. “Yeah, most definitely,” said Grichuk the other day at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up. “We’ve got 37 outfielders between

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Jan 19

Ortiz: Cardinals see Mikolas as a solid option

Although Elaine Knapp was only 12 years old when she and her family moved from St. Louis to Jupiter, Fla., she never stopped cheering for her Cardinals. She didn’t necessarily claim a favorite Cardinal, as most kids who grow up here eventually do, but she kept her devotion even as she moved from

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Jan 18

Hochman: Yadi tells Cubs catcher to ‘respect the ranks!’

Catchers don’t mask. Catchers are prideful people, and within the fraternity lately, backstops haven’t stopped sharing their opinions. One of the younger members of the fraternity is Willson Contreras of the Cubs. He is good at catching. Last year, he hit 21 homers and 21 doubles in 377 at-bats

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Jan 18

Gordo: Forwards remain scarce in NHL marketplace

Yes, the Blues could use another scorer, even with Jaden Schwartz getting closer to active duty. Yes, the Ottawa Senators could put multiple forwards up for bidding — including Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, Zack Smith, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ryan Dzi…

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Jan 18

Eye on the Tigers podcast: Is Mizzou an NCAA tournament team?

After heart-breaking losses to Florida and Arkansas, the Tigers showed they could finish and knocked off No. 21 Tennessee at Mizzou Arena. The SEC is deep and tough, and experts are projecting as many as eight conference teams in the NCAA tournament. In this week’s edition of the Eye on the Tigers

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Jan 18

Hochman: Thought being Yadi’s backup was tough? Meet Yadi’s backup’s backup.

The Arizona Fall League features a constellation of top prospects – a season ago, Cody Bellinger and Gleyber Torres played in it – and this season, only four players had a higher batting average than Andrew Knizner of the Cardinals organization. The ca…

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Jan 17

Ortiz: With bullpen in flux, Cardinals need more from Cecil

It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the loud chorus of Cardinals fans who remain worried about the team’s closer situation. Considering that the 2017 season was sabotaged in part by a leaky bullpen, the concerns are warranted. Whether you trust Luke Gregerson or believe that

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Jan 17

Ortiz: Cards need more from Cecil this season

It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the loud chorus of Cardinals fans who remain worried about the team’s closer situation. Considering that the 2017 season was sabotaged in part by a leaky bullpen, the concerns are warranted. Whether you trust Luke Gregerson or believe that

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Jan 16

BenFred: Final thoughts from Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up

A few closing thoughts now that another Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up has come and gone … Greg Holland is … not going to be a Cardinal. At least that’s how Cardinals chairman Bill Dewitt Jr. made it sound when asked by a fan. “I was asked a question on the stage when you all were in here

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Jan 16

BenFred: Pham is Cards’ true leader; Grichuk not thrilled by bench role; Waino fights back

A few closing thoughts now that another Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up has come and gone … Greg Holland is … not going to be a Cardinal. At least that’s how Cardinals chairman Bill Dewitt Jr. made it sound when asked by a fan. “I was asked a question on the stage when you all were in here

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Jan 16

DeWitt sees Cards as ‘strong’ and ‘improved,’ but fans are unsettled

At the 60th annual writers’ dinner Sunday night, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny arrived at the podium to talk about the season ahead in front of a room filled mostly with true believers or media, and, in his closing remark, he invited the doubters, the skeptics and the critics to pull up a chair.

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