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|3/31/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|4/2/2014||WACHA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|4/3/2014||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|4/4/2014||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|4/5/2014||KELLY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|4/6/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
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|3/31/2014||CUETO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
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|4/4/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|4/5/2014||CUETO(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
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|ST LOUIS: ST. LOUIS (AP) - Last October, the St. Louis Cardinals were sufficiently flush with arms that they carried rookie Shelby Miller and deposed closer Edward Mujica in ceremonial roles and made it to Game 6 of the World Series against Boston.|
After leading major league rookies with 15 wins, Miller was limited to one postseason inning due to concerns about a heavy workload. Mujica was used only in mop-up duty after mid-September.
The National League champions are perhaps even deeper, across the board, entering opening day March 31 at Cincinnati. The team that tied for the major league high with 97 wins has a surplus of viable candidates.
''I think we have the potential to be great,'' said ace Adam Wainwright, who won 19 games and finished second in NL Cy Young balloting. ''We just have to go out there, not listen to the hype, and perform.''
The 32-year-old Wainwright qualifies as the grizzled leader of a rotation that could include three members coming off big rookie debuts. Michael Wacha was a postseason sensation and the NLCS MVP, Miller went wire-to-wire as the fifth starter and Carlos Martinez, who's had an impressive spring, moved into the setup role when fellow rookie Trevor Rosenthal took over as closer.
Wacha and Martinez are 22, Miller and Rosenthal just 23.
There's also 15-game winner Lance Lynn, who struck out 10 in four innings of his last spring training start, and lefty Jaime Garcia could fit into the mix sometime in April coming off shoulder surgery. And don't forget Joe Kelly, another rookie who won 10 games and was the rotation's strongest starter much of the second half.
And one of the National League's best lineups, too.
Much is expected from a loyal fan base that extends several states, and that's OK.
''Our expectations,'' Lynn said, ''are higher than theirs.''
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
| AP freelance writers Gary Schatz in Goodyear, Ariz., Josh Abner in Louisville, Ky., and Chuck King in Jupiter, Fla., contributed to this report. |
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 12:49:31 PM EST|