Sonny Gray set for debut as Cards seek to even series vs. Phillies

The St. Louis Cardinals had planned to ease new staff ace Sonny Gray into the starting rotation after he recovered from a hamstring injury he suffered during spring training. The team also had intended to give Gray a minor league rehabilitation start this week. But the 34-year-old right-hander convinced manager Oliver Marmol that he was ready to debut for the team. Signed to a three-year, $75 million contract in the offseason, Gray will face the

Cardinals, on a roll, take on winless Marlins

The St. Louis Cardinals invested $99 million in free-agent pitchers during the offseason to add a veteran presence on the mound. The revamped rotation has helped the Cardinals win four of their past five games, and right-hander Kyle Gibson (1-0, 2.57 ERA) will try to sustain that roll when he faces the Miami Marlins to close a three-game series in St. Louis. The Cardinals are going for a sweep after winning the first two games,

Feeling at home, Cards’ Lance Lynn takes on Marlins

After departing the Cardinals as a free agent in 2018, right-hander Lance Lynn bounced around to five other teams and never pitched another game in St. Louis. Lynn is now back with the Cardinals and happy to start their home opener against the Miami Marlins on Thursday. “I had hoped that I would never pitch on that mound except in a Cardinals uniform,” Lynn told The Athletic. “So the fun that that’s going to bring,

Willson Contreras bids to power Cards to sweep of Padres

Willson Contreras kept his approach simple in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game when Yu Darvish fed him a split-finger fastball. “I was shooting for something middle-up,” Contreras said. “Good thing was I didn’t try to pull it and got results.” Those results: A two-run homer over the center-field wall that put the visiting St. Louis Cardinals ahead for good and led to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Contreras’ homer has

Mike Shildt, Padres hope for better luck vs. Cards in rematch

Mike Shildt previously confronted his former team while serving as a coach to ex-San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin most of the past two years. But managing against the St. Louis Cardinals, who he guided to three straight playoff berths from 2019-21, for the first time on Monday night was something completely different. “I was fortunate and blessed to be in that organization and they gave me the opportunity (to manage),” Shildt said before San

Padres, packing a punch, welcome Cardinals

Six games into a 162-game season, the San Diego Padres are showing the type of offensive punch they so often lacked last year. Sunday’s 13-4 rout of the San Francisco Giants marked their second double-figure game and gave them 45 runs, an average of 7.5 runs per game. They collected five doubles and two homers in the first three innings alone. San Diego will try to keep up that prodigious production Monday night when it

Dodgers’ Gavin Stone hopes to bring more to plate vs. Cards

A new-look Gavin Stone, fresh with a spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation, will bring an improved pitching arsenal when he makes his season debut against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. Stone made his major league debut on May 3 last season and the then-24-year-old struggled to a 9.00 ERA in eight appearances (four starts). He was back at Triple-A Oklahoma City by early July, returning to Los Angeles with just over

Cardinals search for improved offense vs. Dodgers

After using just two starting pitchers over their first three games, the Los Angeles Dodgers will get a new face into the mix when hard-throwing right-hander Bobby Miller makes his season debut against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. The teams faced off Thursday, with the Cardinals playing in their season opener, as the Dodgers used early offense and standout pitching for a 7-1 victory. The game was the home opener for the Dodgers,

Shohei Ohtani maelstrom clouds Dodgers-Cardinals matchup

As the Los Angeles Dodgers get set to resume their season against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, there is a much different air from the optimism that surrounded their opener last week in South Korea. The Cardinals will be starting their 2024 season, while the Dodgers already have won one game and lost another against the San Diego Padres in the Seoul Series. Before the second game could begin on March 21,