March 29: Nationals @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (9-13-3), Nationals (17-4)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB.TV, KMOX 1120

Starting lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Holliday (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Brandon Moss (LF), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Tommy Pham (CF), Yadier Molina (C), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Starting matchup: Adam Wainwright vs. Stephen Strasburg

Available relievers: Jonathan Broxton, Seth Maness, Seung Hwan Oh, Matt Bowman, Juan Gonzalez

Countdown until Opening Day: 5

Links from Monday:

  • Opening Day preview content, part 1: Which player is poised for a breakout season? (link)
  • Jordan Walden pitches his way back into the Opening Day picture; Yadier Molina misses the game with a bruised right foot (link)
  • Jose Oquendo unsure of his future plans as he begins medical leave of absence (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Marlins (link)

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Hope all goes well with Jose Oquendo’s surgery. He’s a true Cardinal.

From what I’ve gathered in print & on TV, Jose does not want to return as the Cards’ 3B coach. Supposedly, he’d rather get a job in the minors, since his family lives in Florida. And maybe something not so physical, as well (hopefully, so a knee replacement’s not ultimately necessary)?
No doubt that the constant travel has to be pretty rough on everyone.
Glad to hear MM is planning on platooning Gyorko & Tejada. As I said before, I like Gyorko a little better than Tejada, overall.

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