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Cardinals' Carlos Martinez dominates in early start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez dominated on Thursday against the Marlins.

Martinez tossed two perfect innings, striking out three batters in the process. The 23-year-old is considered a strong favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation, but must beat out Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales for the role. 

Following the start, Martinez said throwing strikes was his main goal. "I tried to focus on every pitch and be on the zone," Martinez said. "That's basically my main focus right now, to concentrate on the strike zone. That's how I want to work until the end."

Martinez posted a 4.03 ERA over 89 1/3 innings last season. 

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Cardinals P Adam Wainwright (abdomen) to throw live BP Sunday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright plans on throwing a live batting practice this coming Sunday in spring training, according to MLB.com

This would follow a high-intensity bullpen of nearly 50 pitches he threw on Thursday. 

"Good bullpen. I stepped up the intensity and velocity of everything, all my pitches," Wainwright said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I threw with a greater convicton. I felt very good coming out of it. I felt very good doing it. So, very good step."

Wainwright is coming off of an abdomen injury sustained in February. 
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Cardinals OF Jay takes batting practice for first time in spring
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay took batting practice on Thursday for the first time this spring, reports MLB.com. Jay underwent surgery on his wrist during the offseason and said his goal is to be ready for St. Louis' opener April 5 against the Cubs. Per the report, this puts Jay currently ahead of his rehab schedule.

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Cardinals' Matheny wants Heyward, Adams to gain confidence vs. LHPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals slugger Matt Adams is tired of hearing folks say he can't hit left-handed pitchers. But the numbers don't lie. He is batting just .197 off lefties in his major-league career, as opposed to .306 against righties.

“People think I can’t hit lefties,” he said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Coming up through the minors, I hit them. But that’s totally different. Hitting lefties in the minors and hitting lefties in the big leagues is different. The confidence for me is there, in the back of my mind. I know what I can do. That hasn’t changed. This is where I definitely have to focus and put the hammer to it.”

Adams isn't the only starter for St. Louis that struggles against lefties. Outfielder Jason Heyward hit just .169 against lefties in 2014. However, manager Mike Matheny isn't a fan of platooning either player.

“There are certain guys that you don’t want to platoon,” Matheny said. “There are guys you don’t want to have off the field, and I think that’s what they want. They want to be the guy who doesn’t come off the field. They want to be out there all the time. Both of them have shown it in the past that they can have success against left-handed pitching. It’s just a matter of getting them comfortable. With our lineup they’re going to throw a lot of (lefties) at us. Maybe that will help generate that confidence.”

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Cardinals' Rosenthal considering abandoning the windup
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal is considering ditching the windup this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rosenthal had trouble against the first batter he faced last season, and believes he may be able to get around that by pitching from the stretch. The idea has been discussed, but it's unclear if Rosenthal will follow through with it. 

He did stress that getting ahead of batters is his main goal this season. "Working ahead (in the count). Making quality pitches early in the count. These are the big goals for this year," he said. 

The 24-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 70 1/3 innings last season.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGMatt Adams , 1B.288
HRJhonny Peralta , SS21
RBIMatt Holliday , LF90
OBPMatt Carpenter , 3B.375
SLGMatt Adams , 1B.457
RMatt Carpenter , 3B99
SBKolten Wong , 2B20
WAdam Wainwright , SP20
ERAAdam Wainwright , SP2.38
WHIPAdam Wainwright , SP1.03
KLance Lynn , SP181
SVTrevor Rosenthal , RP45

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