From staff reports The Commercial Appeal Published 7:33 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 The St. Louis Cardinals are coming back to Memphis. In an announcement by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, the Memphis Redbirds — the club's Triple A affiliate — will host the Cardinals in exhibition action on March 25, 2019. The matchup will mark the start of the 20th season of baseball at AutoZone Park in Memphis. It will be the 10th time the Cardinals have played at the stadium. "We are thrilled to be able to welcome back many of the players and staff who have made the past two Redbirds seasons so memorable and historic, and we could think of no better way to start the celebration of 20 years of AutoZone Park than a visit by the Cardinals," Redbirds president and general manager Craig Unger said. "It will also be really special to see former Redbirds manager Mike Shildt managing the Cardinals in this game.” The Redbirds have hosted the Cardinals … [Read more...] about When are the St. Louis Cardinals coming back to Memphis’ AutoZone Park?
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Drew Hill Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 11:10 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 Outfielder Adolis Garcia was the first player to grab a handful of Wilfredo Tovar's uniform following his walk-off single to clinch the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division title for the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night. Once he had a strong enough grip, Garcia spun Tovar around by the back of his pants before throwing him down to conclude his team's chase of the infielder well into left field. For a division race that really wasn't close — Memphis held a 10-game lead heading into Saturday — it sure finished in dramatic fashion. Tovar's grounder found its way up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Nashville Sounds center fielder Dustin Fowler fumbled his opportunity to throw home, and the Redbirds plated two runs to take home back-to-back division crowns. The race from the dugout to Tovar was on from … [Read more...] about St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis Redbirds dramatically clinch division title in untheatrical race
Drew Hill Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 5:14 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 Lane Thomas plays a game that people call too slow, too boring and too long, but that doesn't bother the Memphis Redbirds outfielder. In fact, he finds it a little ironic because he grew up on the edge of the fast lane; The really, really fast lane. As a child, the Knoxville native spent his time traveling around the country with his father, Mike Thomas, a professional drag racer in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association). As one could imagine, it was an a-typical childhood that almost seems as if it were scripted for a movie. But for Thomas, the racing lifestyle was just part of his routine growing up. "Lane was in Chicago in 1998 after we won — He would have been three or four years old — and he was signing autographs on the pedestal with me," Mike Thomas said. "It was incredible." More: A salute to Stubby Clapp, the Memphis Redbirds legend who … [Read more...] about St. Louis Cardinals: Outfielder Lane Thomas’ peculiar journey from NHRA to baseball
John Fay Cincinnati Enquirer Published 8:55 p.m. UTC Jul 25, 2018 Sal Romano’s short sabbatical from the starting rotation seemed to do him good. Romano went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 before a crowd of 20,940 at Great American Ball Park. Especially gratifying for Romano was getting the final two outs of the sixth with the tying run at third base. "I felt stronger," Romano said. "I think the rest helped. Obviously, I was anxious to be able to get out there today. It was good to be able to contribute to the team and get a win." "I'm really proud of the way he battled," Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. The power bats are back for the Reds: Eugenio Suárez, Adam Duvall and Tucker Barnhart accounted for five runs with home runs. The Reds have won two straight series from the Cardinals and five of seven games since losing the first nine of the season series. Romano walked one and struck out five. … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Reds win in Sal Romano’s return, 7-3, take series from the St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon (62) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game. (AP) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon was 14 months removed from suffering a life-threatening injury when he stepped on the mound in Cincinnati for his first major start -- and tossed seven no-hit innings. Monday night was Poncedeleon’s MLB debut and his lengthy rehab culminated in a magnificent performance. Even though he didn't earn the win. And the Cardinals didn't either. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon, right, gets a hug in the dugout by Jack Flaherty, left, following seven no-hit innings against the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game. (AP) Poncedeleon, 26, was struck in the right temple by a line drive on May 9, 2017 while pitching for Triple-A Memphis. He suffered a fractured skull, which caused bleeding in the brain and required emergency surgery. A slow recovery followed. … [Read more...] about St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who had brain surgery after being hit in head tosses 7 no-hit innings in MLB debut