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Cardinals cruise, cut magic number to 2: Colby Rasmus and Yadier Molina went deep on Tuesday as the Cards hammered the Astros, 11-2, securing Joel Pineiro's 15th win and slicing their magic number in the NL Central to two.
After rout, Cardinals' magic number is 2: Joel Pineiro allowed five hits in seven effective innings, Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals inched closer to the NL Central title last night with an 11-2 win over the Houston Astros.
Pineiro, Cardinals dominate Mets with two-hitter: Joel Pineiro pitched a career-best two-hitter to end a five-start losing streak, dominating the New York Mets again and leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a rain-delayed 3-0 victory Tuesday night.
Pineiro earns first shutout in six seasons as Cards bury Cubs: Joel Pineiro threw a three-hitter for his first shutout in six seasons and first complete game since 2006 as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game slide with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Pineiro twirls masterpiece, goes distance: With his sinker-heavy, pitch-to-contact philosophy, Joel Pineiro pitched his first shutout in six years as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 3-0, to end a three-game losing streak Tuesday.
Pineiro, Cards cruise past Mets: Joel Pineiro pitched eight-plus strong innings as the Cardinals won their sixth straight home game, 5-2, over the Mets at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.
Pineiro, Cardinals keeps Mets offense off-balance: Joel Pineiro carried a six-hitter into the ninth inning and Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBI in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Cardinals handle Mets behind Pujols, Pineiro: Joel Pineiro's strikeout count is way down. His victory count is way up.
Pineiro, Pujols carry Cardinals past Maine, Mets: Joel Pineiro carried a six-hitter into the ninth inning and Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Pineiro, Pujols lead Cardinals past Mets (AP):
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Pounding his new favorite pitch, the sinker, Joel Pineiro dominated the New York Mets without a single strikeout. Pineiro carried a six-hitter into the ninth inning and Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-2 victory Wednesday night. "I'm going to trust it all year," Pineiro said.
St. Louis Cardinals projected 2009 payroll: Projected 2009 Season-Opening payroll for 25-Man roster plus DISABLED LIST SP Chris Carpenter $14,000,000 ($2m deferred w/o interest) SP Joel Pineiro $7,500,000 SP Kyle Lohse $7,425,000 SP Todd Wellemeyer $4,050,000 SP Adam Wainwr...
Cards get strong outing from Pineiro: Joel Pineiro struck out three over four scoreless innings, and Khalil Greene drove in two runs to lead the Cards to a 5-1 win over the Astros on Saturday.
Diamondbacks'Reynolds sets record with 200th strikeout: ST. LOUIS -- Arizona's Mark Reynolds set a major league record when he struck out for the 200th time this season, fanning in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals'Joel Pineiro.
Reynolds strikes out 200th time: Arizona's Mark Reynolds set a major league record when he struck out for the 200th time this season, fanning in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals'Joel Pineiro.
D-backs' Reynolds sets record with 200th strikeout: Arizona's Mark Reynolds set a major league record when he struck out for the 200th time this season, fanning in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals' Joel Pineiro.
Cardinals use 26 hits to rip Braves 18-3 (AP):
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Adam Wainwright breezed through the Atlanta Braves' lineup like a pitcher in midseason form instead of a guy who had been out 2 1/2 months. An offense that racked up its most hits since the Gashouse Gang was in its prime made the return of their opening-day starter a complete success. "It wasn't fantastic, but it's something I can build on for sure, and I'm glad to be back out here, which is the...
Pineiro pitches Cards past Marlins: Joel Pineiro limited the Marlins to two runs -- one earned -- on Monday night, and the Cards beat the Marlins, 4-2.
Cardinals 4, Marlins 2: MIAMI (AP) -- Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer, Joel Pineiro pitched seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 4-2 Monday night in a matchup of surprising playoff contenders.
Molina's HR, arm lead Cards by Marlins (AP):
St. Louis Cardinals' Joe Mather looks to the outfield as he runs the bases on a ninth-inning home run in a baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, as Marlins' Dan Uggla, right, watches him. The Cardinals won 4-2. " align="left" border="0">
Yadier Molina went more than two months without a home run. He picked a good time to end the drought. Molina hit a two-run homer, Joel Pineiro pitched seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 4-2 Monday night in a matchup of surprising playoff contenders. Joe Mather added a pinch-hit home run in the ninth for the Cardinals, who took the opener of a four-game series to...
Pujols, Ludwick slug Cards to victory: Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 and hit a fourth-inning grand slam and Ryan Ludwick followed with a home run as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers, 9-6, on Wednesday night. Joel Pineiro gave up four runs in seven innings.
Up Next: Cards at Mets: Cardinals vs. New York Mets at Shea Stadium 6:10 p.m. today FSN Midwest Mitchell Boggs RH Record 3-1 ERA 6.59 Mike Pelfrey RH Record 8-6 ERA 3.81 6:10 p.m. Saturday FSN Midwest Joel Pineiro RH Record 3-4 ERA 4.52 Brandon Kni...
Pineiro shines in first win since April: Solo homers from Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick supported a superb showing by Joel Pineiro as the Cardinals beat the Phillies, 2-0, at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.
Cards blank Phillies: Winning for only the second time this season with fewer than three runs, the Cardinals drafted Joel Pineiro and three relievers for a 2-0 victory over the Phillies.
Pineiro pitches Cards past Phillies 2-0 (AP):
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Joel Pineiro snapped a long winless drought by making a key pitch every time he needed one. Pineiro and three relievers combined on a six-hitter, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick hit solo homers and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Tuesday night. Pineiro (3-4) allowed five hits and walked three in 6 1-3 innings for his first win since April 29.
Cardinals-Red Sox series thumbnails: at Fenway Park Tonight (7:05, NESN, WRKO 680): RHP Kyle Lohse (8-2, 3.77) vs. RHP Tim Wakefield (4-4, 4.19). Tomorrow (3:55 p.m., Ch. 25, WRKO): RHP Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 5.56) vs. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-0, 2.53). Sunday (1:35 p.m., NESN, TBS, WRKO): RHP Joel Pineiro (2-3, 4.02) vs. LHP Jon Lester (6-3, 3.18). Head to head: This is the teams' ...
Cards vs Royals at Busch: CARDINALS VS. KANSAS CITY AT BUSCH STADIUM 7:15 tonight FSN Midwest Joel Pineiro RH Record â€¢ 2-3 ERA â€¢ 4.41 Kyle Davies RH Record â€¢ 2-0 ERA â€¢ 1.53 7:15 Wednesday FSN Midwest Braden Looper RH Record â€¢ 8-5 ERA â€¢ 4.34 Brian Bannister ...
Cardinals' bullpen falters: Making his first appearance since May 20, starter Joel Pineiro provided five efficient innings.
Cardinals disable Pujols, activate Pineiro: The St. Louis Cardinals placed first baseman Albert Pujols on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and activated pitcher Joel Pineiro in time to start against the Reds.
Notes: Pineiro returning: Tony La Russa confirmed that Joel Pineiro would return to the rotation Thursday in the series finale against the Cincinnati Reds.
Sprained finger forces Wainwright to DL: Adam Wainwright, who will officially go on the DL on Tuesday, is suffering from a finger sprain. Joel Pineiro and Todd Wellemeyer are cleared to rejoin the team.
Wainwright heading to DL: The Cardinals' comments on Adam Wainwright's injury were restricted to an official club release, one that also outlined the planned returns this week of outfielder Rick Ankiel and pitchers Todd Wellemeyer and Joel Pineiro.
Notes: Pineiro gets a rest: Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro remained limited by a groin strain Tuesday and manager Tony La Russa said he's not sure the righthander will make his next scheduled start, set for Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Cards to skip Pineiro's spot next week: The Cardinals will skip Joel Pineiro's turn in the starting rotation next week, moving the other four starters up a day thanks to Monday's off-day.
Cardinals 7, Reds 2: Joel Pineiro pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals jumped on rookie Johnny Cueto early in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Cardinals pound Reds rookie Johnny Cueto in 7-2 victory: Joel Pineiro pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals jumped on rookie Johnny Cueto early in a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Troy Glaus and Rick Ankiel combined for four hits and five RBIs their first two at-...
Pineiro cruises to first victory of '08: The Cardinals got a stellar start from right-hander Joel Pineiro and downed the Pirates, 6-2, in front of 9,544 on Thursday night at PNC Park.
Pineiro has a hand — and leg — in victory: The walk he took was the smelling salt for a snoozing offense and his soccer-like kick on a line drive is candy for highlight junkies, but Joel Pineiro won Thursday by doing something far less flashy.
"The pitching," manager Tony La Russa said. "Don't forget about the pitching. Of all of them, the pitching was the most important."
Cards Notes: Work for Pineiro: Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa repeated Monday his belief that Joel Pineiro would have benefited from at least one more rehab start before the club activated him earlier this month.
Up Next: Cards vs. Giants at Busch: CARDINALS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 7:15 tonight (FSN Midwest) 12:10 Saturday (FSN Midwest) 1:15 Sunday (KSDK) Todd Wellemeyer RHP Record • 1-0 ERA • 4.00 Matt Cain RHP Record • 0-1 ERA • 3.24 Joel Pineiro RHP Record • 0-1 ERA • 14.73 ...
Pineiro to start Sunday vs. Giants: Joel Pineiro is set to join to the Cardinals' rotation on Sunday vs. the Giants when he returns from a strained lat muscle to make his first start of '08.
Cards Notes: Pineiro returns to rotation: The Cardinals confirmed Thursday what had been suspected for several days: Joel Pineiro will return to the rotation for Sunday afternoon's start against the San Francisco Giants.
Cards Notes: Pineiro says he's set: Joel Pineiro is eager to be a part of "what's happening here" and declared himself ready for a major-league start, but the Cardinals will wait until today to decide if Pineiro rejoins the rotation.
Cards Notes: Pineiro looks sharp: Joel Pineiro made what may prove to be his final prep Tuesday before returning to the Cardinals' rotation, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings for Class AAA Memphis against New Orleans.
Cards Notes: Pineiro on the move: Joel Pineiro will make his rehab start as scheduled tonight. But he'll travel several hundred miles further south. A forecast of poor weather caused the Cardinals to move the starting pitcher's assignment from Class AA Springfield to New Orleans, where the Zephyrs host Class AAA Memphis.
Starters bear down as bigger names mend: On the mend down in Florida, Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro tuned in for all the games he could. He watched Todd Wellemeyer and Brad Thompson do well vs. Colorado in their first starts, cheering loud enough to drown out the obvious.
Pineiro wants to go; Izzy sharp: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- After completing a pain-free bullpen session Wednesday, righthander Joel Pineiro said he would lobby pitching coach Dave Duncan to let his next appearance be in an exhibition. Pineiro, who has twice been slowed by stiffn...
Injured Cards trio making progress: The Cardinals received modest doses of good news on three injured players on Monday. Joel Pineiro, Jason Isringhausen and Juan Gonzalez all inched nearer to full health, though only Isringhausen is apparently close to appearing in a game.
Lohse could become Cards' No. 2 starter: PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. — The Cardinals expect Joel Pineiro to open the regular season on the disabled list, and they are stealing Braden Looper an extra day to work between spring starts. Yet, the club is beginning to bring some order to its buffeted starting rotation.
Rehabbing trio makes steady progress: Joel Pineiro was cleared to begin playing catch on Friday, and Mark Mulder threw another extremely encouraging bullpen session. Matt Clement, meanwhile, caught notice of the team's staff with an excellent live batting practice session on Thursday.
Cards seek help on mound: Four days after Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak downplayed the club's search for additional starting pitching, the club reacted Tuesday to persistent questions about Joel Pineiro's right shoulder by inquiring about free agent Kyle Lohse (pictured).
Tony La Russa described the team as in a scramble to construct a five-man turn early in the day, then admitted after the game, "I don't think we have to worry about having too much pitching."
BASEBALL NOTES: Selig got $14.5 mil in 2006:
Commissioner Bud Selig earned about $14.5 million in the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2006, roughly the same as the previous year, according to Major League Baseball's tax return, released Tuesday.BrieflyDodgers:Chan Ho Park, trying to win a job as the No. 5 starter, has pitched seven shutout innings, including three perfect innings Monday. Park is competing with another former Ranger, Esteban Loaiza, who has five shutout innings in his past two starts. ... Nomar Garciaparra (right wrist) and Mark Sweeney (left knee) were scratched from the upcoming trip to China.Astros:CF Michael Bourn, who had missed two games because of upper back spasms, went 2-for-4 with a homer.... Brandon Backe, competing for a spot in the rotation, pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit.Mets:Pedro Martinez had a simulated game (59 pitches, hit 87 mph) and is scheduled to make his first start Sunday.Red Sox:Josh Beckett, who led the majors with 20 wins last year, hasn't pitched this spring, sidelined by a back injury, and probably won't travel to Japan for Boston's first two regular-seasons games.Brewers:Yovani Gallardo from Fort Worth Trimble Tech is expected to pitch a simulated game today as he recovers from left knee surgery.Mariners:Ichiro Suzuki is 0-for-21, the most at-bats without a hit for any player this spring.Yankees:LF Johnny Damon, who fouled a ball off his right foot Monday, underwent X-rays and an MRI, which were negative. He is listed as day-to-day.Tigers:Rick Porcello, last year's No. 1 pick, has a 1.59 ERA in three spring outings.Blue Jays:Toronto signed relief pitcher Armando Benitez, 35, to a minor-league contract.... Closer B.J. Ryan threw a simulated game and is scheduled to make his first spring appearance Friday.Cardinals:St. Louis'rotation took another hit when Joel Pineiro was sidelined a few more days by shoulder discomfort. St. Louis'only sure starters to start the season are Adam Wainwright and Braden Looper. Matt Clement and Mark Mulder are coming back from shoulder surgery; Clement has been slow to return, and Mulder isn't expected until May.
Baseball Notes: Garciaparra hit by pitch: Los Angeles Dodger Nomar Garciaparra homered off St. Louis' Joel Pineiro in the second inning of a game in Vero Beach, Fla., before leaving when he was hit by a pitch on the wrist in the fourth.
Extra bases: Joel Pineiro (shoulder stiffness), who will miss his scheduled start Sunday, will return to the rotation, as planned, to start Friday. … The Cardinals have named prospect Kyle McClellan, a Hazelwood West grad, as Sunday's starter. … For the second consecutive day, Chris Duncan was the initial replacement at first base for Albert Pujols. La Russa had said that "left (field) is the way for him to go." But Duncan will start at first base today, and La Russa clarified Friday that maybe Scott Spiezio's release does mean more time at first for Duncan — if only to get another outfielder into the order. … Lafayette High grad David Freese tripled in his first at-bat as a Cardinal.
Pineiro to miss start; prospect gets a shot: Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start after experiencing tightness in his right shoulder, and his absence could spell opportunity for an early darling of camp.
Wainwright, Looper try to build on '07: Even with Chris Carpenter and Mark Mulder sidelined after elbow and shoulder operations performed last season, the Cardinals' 2008 rotation actually has much less uncertainty this spring than in 2007.
As the Cardinals began the pitcher-catcher phase of their camp Friday, Wainwright and Looper are here as double-figure winning starters, along with righthander Joel Pineiro, who had a good two months after the team traded for him.
Waiting game for Duncan: Dave Duncan typically has little use for small talk when discussing his craft. Duncan walked into camp Thursday with this spring's rotation more vague than last year's, partly because of injuries but also because of more numerous alternatives.
Duncan rattled off Adam Wainwright, Braden Looper and Joel Pineiro as immovable pieces of his projected rotation. Mark Mulder remains an unknown. Chris Carpenter is not yet seven months removed from elbow ligament replacement.
Red Sox pick up Wakefield's $4 million option for 2008: Tim Wakefield's $4 million option was exercised Friday by the Boston Red Sox after the knuckleballer missed the World Series because of inflammation behind his right shoulder. The World Series champions also exercised a $3.85 million option on righthander Julian Tavarez, announced catcher Kevin Cash had declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Pawtucket and elected to become a free agent, and acquired minor league outfielder Sean Danielson from St. Louis to complete the July 31 trade that sent righthander Joel Pineiro to the Cardinals. Wakefield matched
Pineiro agrees to 2-year, $13M deal with Cardinals: After reviving his career as a starting pitcher, Joel Pineiro briefly considered testing the free-agent market. He ended up staying ...
2-year deal will keep Pineiro here: Last month Joel Pineiro couldn't wait to test the free agent market. By Monday morning he decided the market could survive without him for another two years.
Cards keep Pineiro for rotation with two-year deal: Joel Pineiro agreed to a $13 million, two-year contract with St. Louis on Monday after pitching well for the Cardinals down the stretch.
Cards give Pineiro 2 years, $13 million (AP):
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After reviving his career as a starting pitcher, Joel Pineiro briefly considered testing the free-agent market. He ended up staying in the same place, with the team that gave him another opportunity. Pineiro agreed to a $13 million, two-year contract with St. Louis on Monday after thriving with the Cardinals down the stretch.
Mozeliak jumps into new role: John Mozeliak, the club's interim general manager, launched into his new role with a flurry of phone calls, meetings and interviews.
That included phone calls to free-agent manager Tony La Russa and the representatives of several key free agents. Mozeliak planned to reach out to the agents of three players — David Eckstein, Russ Springer and Joel Pineiro — on Thursday.
Phillies catch free-falling Mets:
The New York Mets'lead is gone, leaving them on the brink of a historic collapse.The free-falling Mets managed just three hits off Joel Pineiro and Jason Isringhausen in a 3-0 loss to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.Less than 10 minutes later, the Philadelphia Phillies completed a 6-4 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves that put the Phillies in first place -- tied with the Mets -- for the first time this season."We're tied now, so now we've got three games to get it done,"Mets manager Willie Randolph said."That's the way baseball goes and we kind of made our own bed here so we've got to fight through this."Not even Pedro Martinez could save New York, which had led the division alone every day since May 16. The Mets (87-72) were ahead by seven games Sept. 12 with 17 remaining but have lost 10 of their past 14, a monumental tailspin for a team that counted on being in the playoffs."I think we're due to have something special happen to us, because in the time I've been here I don't think we've had a little stretch playing games like that and kind of getting away from us that easy,"Martinez said."So I'm expecting something good to happen."No major league team has failed to finish first after having at least a seven-game advantage with 17 remaining. But with three games remaining in the regular season -- a weekend series at home against Florida -- the Mets might fail to win the division or the wild card.Philadelphia closes the season at home against Washington.The latest loss was inflicted by the Cardinals, who beat the Mets in the seventh game of the NLCS last year.In Philadelphia, the mood was much different."It's a good feeling,"said Ryan Howard, who hit his 44th home run of the season."But, really, we haven't done anything. We have three games left. This is what it's all about."While the Phillies celebrated their 11th win in 14 games, a crowd of 40,589 cheered wildly and waved their white-and-red"Fightin'Phils"towels. For a change, there were no"E-A-G-L-E-S"chants at Citizens Bank Park."I couldn't hear myself think. That was great,"Phillies closer Brett Myers said.After falling short in the final weekend the last two seasons, the Phillies could be heading to the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
Mets in a topsy-turvy situation: With Joel Pineiro reprising the role that Jeff Suppan played in the NL Championship Series last season, the Cardinals dealt the Mets the most damaging of their 72 losses.
It's Splitsville: Cardinals salvage second game of doubleheader and end nine-game losing streak with strong effort by starter Joel Pineiro.
Splitsville for Cards, Cubs: Hours after recognizing the 20th anniversary of their 1987 NL championship, the Cardinals staged another on-field celebration Saturday night at Busch Stadium. The franchise's longest losing tumble in 27 years ended, thanks to starting pitcher Joel Pineiro's seven resilient innings and his lineup's four-run rally.
Post-Dispatch MLB Power Rankings: Sept. 16: Hours after recognizing the 20th anniversary of their 1987 NL championship, the Cardinals staged another on-field celebration Saturday night at Busch Stadium. The franchise's longest losing tumble in 27 years ended, thanks to starting pitcher Joel Pineiro's seven resilient innings and his lineup's four-run rally.
Weekly Rewind: Sept. 9-15: Cardinals salvage second game of doubleheader and end nine-game losing streak with strong effort by starter Joel Pineiro.
Cubs split, Central lead cut to one:
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals ended their slide, probably too late to do them any good.Miguel Cairo's run-scoring triple capped a four-run third inning, and St. Louis rallied past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader to end a nine-game losing streak.Chicago's NL Central lead was cut to one game over Milwaukee, but St. Louis is six games back of the Cubs with just over two weeks remaining.In the opener, Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning that powered the Cubs to a 3-2 victory and gave Kerry Wood his first win since May 29, 2006. St. Louis lost nine in a row for the first time since a 10-game skid in 1980.Soriano hit another homer in the second game, a two-run drive in the second off Joel Pineiro (5-3). Chicago also got a first-inning RBI single from Aramis Ramirez and took a 3-0 lead, but the Cubs had two runners thrown out at the plate.Center fielder Jim Edmonds caught Derrek Lee trying to score on Mark DeRosa's lineout to end the first and left fielder So Taguchi's relay made Ryan Theriot an easy out in the second.A key error by catcher Jason Kendall hurt the Cubs in the third.Kendall bounced a throw to first that eluded Lee after recovering the ball on a third strike in the dirt to Ryan Ludwick. Yadier Molina had a two-run double, Scott Spiezio tied it with a single -- his first RBI since substance-abuse rehab -- and Cairo tripled over center fielder Jacque Jones.Pineiro allowed one hit his last five innings, retiring 15 straight hitters after Lee's leadoff double in the third. Russ Springer worked around an error to start the eighth and Jason Isringhausen finished for his 29th save in 31 chances.Sean Marshall (7-8) made his first start since Aug. 31 and lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs -- two unearned -- and six hits.CHART: Game staitstics
Cubs rock Redbirds pitching, move into tie for division lead: The Cardinals' much-debated six-man rotation has completed what, in effect, was its first cycle. The results aren't even mixed; they're bad.
The Cardinals have lost five of those six games, including righthander Joel Pineiro's 3 1/3-inning stint Monday at Wrigley Field.
Cubs roll, tie for lead in Central (AP):
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The Cubs will gladly pardon the interruption of their 10-game trip. Chicago got 17 hits during a one-game stopover at Wrigley Field, helping Ted Lilly win his 15th game and beating the St. Louis Cardinals 12-3. "It is weird," said Aramis Ramirez, who homered twice and had four hits. "We were supposed to be in Houston having a day off today, and we're here playing a game in Chicago." Ramirez wasn't...
Cardinals 6, Pirates 2: ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Chris Duncan hit a three-run double to back Joel Pineiro and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Tuesday night. The Cardinals moved back over .500 with the win. They started the day two games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Duncan delivers: If not for Chris Duncan, the Cardinals may not have survived May and June. Tuesday night, it was the Cardinals left fielder who escaped a summer's crypt.
Duncan's bases-loaded, opposite-field double against former Redbirds ace Matt Morris snapped a 2-2, third-inning tie that positioned starting pitcher Joel Pineiro and four relievers to steer the Cardinals to a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at officially sold out Busch Stadium.
Pineiro, Cards draw closer in NL Central (AP):
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Joel Pineiro may have found himself a home in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation. Pineiro, stuck in the Boston Red Sox bullpen before his trade to St. Louis on July 30, won for the fourth time in six starts as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Tuesday night. The Cardinals moved back over .500 with the win and closed to one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Reyes rescheduled in rotation: The Cardinals will use Monday's off-day to shuffle the starting rotation and move Anthony Reyes out of the three-game series at Houston, manager Tony La Russa said Saturday. Kip Wells and Saturday's starter, Joel Pineiro, will throw on regular four days' rest to get in the series at Minute Maid Park, and Reyes will shift to a start next weekend against Cincinnati.
Pineiro stops giving tips: Ex-Sox pitcher shines for Cards: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan said there was a very simple reason why Joel Pineiro struggled with the Red Sox. Duncan said he determined during the right-hander's first...
Cardinals 8, Brewers 3: MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit his 275th career home run and new St. Louis Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro kept Milwaukee's bats quiet in an 8-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night.
Pineiro shines as Cardinals beat Brewers 8-3: Albert Pujols hit his 275th career home run and new St. Louis Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro kept Milwaukee’s bats quiet in an 8-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night.
Scott Rolen matched a career high with his eighth career four-hit game, as the Cardinals closed to within 3½ games of the division-leading Brewers.
Cards find right recipe in win streak: Reacquainted with the concept of a quality start, the Cardinals drafted behind starting pitcher Joel Pineiro (2-1) and a rejuvenated offense for their fourth straight win and seventh in nine games.
The Cardinals, believed clinically dead after their recent 1-5 trip to last-place Pittsburgh and Washington, crept to 3 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers for the first time since April 25.
Cardinals 5, Padres 0: ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Failed pitcher Rick Ankiel hit a three-run homer to cap his debut as a major league outfielder, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Ankiel Homers, Helps Cardinals to Win: Rick Ankiel made a powerful return to the major leagues after a three-year absence, one that nearly drove sentimental St. Louis manager Tony La Russa to tears. The failed pitcher hit a three-run homer in his first game back in the major leagues, helping Joel Pineiro and the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night at Busch Stadium....
Ankiel's 3-run homer helps Cardinals beat Padres 5-0: Failed pitcher Rick Ankiel hit a three-run homer to cap his debut as a major league outfielder, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
The Cardinals took three of four from the NL West-contending Padres, spoiling the return of Chris Young in the finale.
Pineiro shines, shuts down Padres; Cardinals win series: If there is one National League team with which American League veteran Joel Pineiro is most familiar, it is the San Diego Padres.
Pineiro beat the Padres twice in 2003 while with the Mariners, giving up two runs in each start, and while many of the names have changed, the results didn't Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
Ankiel's home run helps Cards vs. Padres: Failed pitcher Rick Ankiel hit a three-run homer to cap his debut as a major league outfielder, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.The Cardinals took three of four from the NL West-contending Padres, spoiling the return of Chris Young in the finale.
Ankiel has 3-run HR in debut as Cards OF (AP):
St. Louis Cardinals' Rick Ankiel gets a big hug from manager Tony La Russa after they beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 in their baseball game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007 in St. Louis. Ankiel posted a successful return to the major leagues as an outfielder with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. " align="left" border="0">
In spring training 2005, Rick Ankiel launched his new career as a 26-year-old minor league outfielder. In his first game back in the major leagues, he launched one out of the ballpark. Ankiel's three-run homer capped a storybook return, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Nationals pound Cards 12-1: Joel Pineiro, obtained from Boston on Monday, was making his first major league start in 11 months. He gave up five runs — four earned — on seven hits in five innings.
Tony La Russa, attempting to shake up an anemic offense, decided that Adam Kennedy would bat ninth and his pitcher eighth.
La Russa bats pitcher eighth against Nationals: In an attempt to jump start his sagging offense, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa decided to bat pitcher Joel Pineiro eighth on Saturday against the Washington Nationals.
Cards' lineup shaken, but the offense little stirred: In an attempt to prod his sagging offense, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa decided to bat pitcher Joel Pineiro eighth yesterday against the Washington Nationals.
Rotation adjusted: Reyes, Pineiro will make starts: Manager Tony La Russa will give Anthony Reyes his next start Thursday in the Cardinals' series finale against the Pirates before Joel Pineiro makes his NL debut Saturday against Washington. La Russa listed Braden Looper as tonight's starter, with Kip Wells going Friday and Adam Wainwright completing the trip Sunday.
Cardinals deal for Pineiro; he'll likely start soon: The Red Sox dealt Joel Pineiro, who they had recently designated for assignment, to the Cardinals for a player to be named later.
Cards acquire versatile righty Pineiro: The Cardinals fired the first volley of baseball's non-waiver trade deadline day, picking up right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro from the Red Sox. Boston will send cash considerations to St. Louis to help offset Pineiro's contract, while the Red Sox will receive a Minor League player to be named.
Wood to face final test at Double-A: The Cardinals fired the first volley of baseball's non-waiver trade deadline day, picking up right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro from the Red Sox. Boston will send cash considerations to St. Louis to help offset Pineiro's contract, while the Red Sox will receive a Minor League player to be named.
Cardinals acquire Sox pitcher Joel Pineiro and cash for player: The pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday acquired right-hander Joel Pineiro, optioned to the minors last week by the Boston Red Sox, and cash for a minor league player to be named.
Cards pick up righthander Pineiro from Red Sox: Taking a chance on a pitcher that attracted their interest as recently as last offseason, the Cardinals acquired minor-league pitcher Joel Pineiro from the Boston Red Sox early today.
Pineiro, a righthander, recently accepted a minor-league assignment to the Red Sox’s Class AAA affiliate,
Cardinals acquire pitcher Pineiro: The pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday acquired right-hander Joel Pineiro, optioned to the minors last week by the Boston Red Sox, and cash for a minor league player to be named. Pineiro, 28, was a 16-game winner in 2003. He was used exclusively in relief this year by the Red Sox before being sent to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 25.
Cards get Pineiro, cash for minor leaguer: The pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday acquired right-hander Joel Pineiro, optioned to the minors last week by the Boston Red Sox, and cash for a minor league player to be named.Pineiro, 28, was a 16-game winner in 2003. He was used exclusively in relief this year by the Red Sox before being sent to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 25. Pineiro played seven seasons with the Seattle Mariners before signing a free agent deal with the Red Sox in January. He was 1-1 with a 5.
BoSox send reliever Pineiro to Cards for prospect: The Red Sox dealt Joel Pineiro, who they had recently designated for assignment, to the Cardinals for a player to be named later.
Cardinals acquire RHP Pineiro from BoSox (AP): The pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday acquired right-hander Joel Pineiro, optioned to the minors last week by the Boston Red Sox, and cash for a minor league player to be named. Pineiro, 28, was a 16-game winner in 2003. He was used exclusively in relief this year by the Red Sox before being sent to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 25.
Notes: Pineiro placed on 15-day DL: With the surprise arrival of Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston on Saturday, a series of roster changes and injury developments were afoot, some of them closely related. Reliever Joel Pineiro, bothered by a sprained right ankle, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday.
Lopez surveys field, lifts Mariners: Jose Lopez was watching unpredictable Manny Ramirez -- just like many curious people do at a Red Sox game. Lopez noticed that Ramirez was positioned close to the left-field line in the bottom of the 11th, creating a large gap in left-center. Lopez pulled Joel Pineiro's pitch into the gap for a double, scoring Ichiro Suzuki and helping the surging ...
Lopez's RBI double gives M's win in 11 (AP):
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Jose Lopez was watching unpredictable Manny Ramirez -- just like many curious people do at a Red Sox game. Lopez noticed that Ramirez was positioned close to the left-field line in the bottom of the 11th, creating a large gap in left-center. Lopez pulled Joel Pineiro's pitch into the gap for a double, scoring Ichiro Suzuki and helping the surging Mariners beat Boston 2-1 on Wednesday.
Pineiro gains a sense of relief: In the words of Joel Pineiro,"One pitch turned it all around."For both the Red Sox and their reliever.With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, the Sox clinging to a three-run...
Romero finally in control: OAKLAND, Calif. - The good times have been hard to come by for J.C. Romero lately. Last night, however, he felt some euphoria in the ninth inning.After relieving Joel Pineiro with nobody out and runners...
Ex-Mariner Pineiro stands by his man: The lasting images Joel Pineiro recalls of Alex Rodriguez bear no resemblance to the ones splashed across newspapers, Internet sites and television sets in recent days."I was in shock when I saw...
The Central protagonists: ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joel Pineiro was asked whether this Red Sox team reminds of him of the Seattle Mariners squad he was on that won 116 games in 2001. He paused for a second and said, "In that then it seemed there was somebody different every day doing little things to win a game."
Pineiro's patience pays off: MINNEAPOLIS - Joel Pineiro is not exactly burning the candle at both ends in terms of pitching in games lately, but as he showed again last night, he is producing when asked.Pineiro made his third consecutive...
Making little noise: Joel Pineiro looked up from his locker, glanced around the clubhouse, and had one piece of advice for fellow reliever Hideki Okajima: "Go home."
Pineiro set up for potential trade: FORT MYERS - If the Red Sox want to deal Joel Pineiro now that he is no longer in the picture to serve as closer, they are not going to have difficulty finding a trading partner.Scouts from several...
Pineiro not pining for Pap's position: FORT MYERS - The Red Sox signed Joel Pineiro with the notion that he might become the closer, as evidenced by his contract, which is heavily laden with incentives based on games finished.So was Pineiro...
In the end, Red Sox make logical choice: No harm, no foul. The Red Sox, who named Jonathan Papelbon closer yesterday, did their due diligence throughout spring training. They kicked the tires to see if someone could emerge as the closer, whether it was Joel Pineiro, Julian Tavarez, Brendan Donnelly, or Mike Timlin. They tried desperately to monitor the rest of baseball, employing a ...
Notes: Closer to be disclosed next week: For those who are wondering when the Red Sox will officially anoint their closer for Opening Day, the answer should come by the early portion of next week. With Mike Timlin all but certain to start the season on the disabled list, the role appears destined to go to Julian Tavarez, Joel Pineiro or Brendan Donnelly.
Red Sox get early jump with four runs in first two innings: FORT MYERS, FLA. - The Twins fell behind early in losing 6-5 to the Red Sox. Boston scored four runs in two innings off Glen Perkins and two in the fourth off of Matt Guerrier. The Red Sox, who are hoping that Joel Pineiro grabs hold of the closing role, watched him give up a hit in the ninth inning before earning his first save of the spring. Joe Mauer's spring batting average fell to .206 as he flied out, grounded into a force play and struck out. Boston now leads the Mayor's Cup race 2-1-1. The Twins, who hold the tiebreaker, need to win the final meeting next Wednesday to retain the cup
Notes: Pineiro provides some relief: It will take more than one clean outing for Joel Pineiro to win the wide-open derby to be the closer of the Red Sox. But that one clean outing, Pineiro's first in three appearances this spring, was enough to give him a little bit of relief.
Pineiro doesn't bolster his case for closing: FORT MYERS, Fla. -- At least from a contractual basis, Joel Pineiro and the Red Sox are hedging their bets regarding what role he will perform this season.
Former starter has shot at closer's role: Joel Pineiro is starting over in his eighth major-league season. The right-hander is with a new team, preparing for a new role and working with a new pitching motion. The Boston Red Sox hope that all adds up to him becoming their new closer.
Former starter has shot at closer's role: FORT MYERS, Fla. - Joel Pineiro is starting over in his eighth major-league season.The right-hander is with a new team, preparing for a new role and working with a new pitching motion. The Boston Red...
Former starter has shot at closer's role: Joel Pineiro is starting over in his eighth major league season.The right-hander is with a new team, preparing for a new role and working with a new pitching motion. The Boston Red Sox hope all that adds up to him becoming their new closer. "It's a fresh, new start, a new beginning," Pineiro said Tuesday. "So hopefully, I can start off the way I started as astarter." After appearing in eight games in 2000 with Seattle, Pineiro made 71 starts and never had an ERA above 3.
Finishing offers him fresh start: Joel Pineiro was midway through his first bullpen session last week when a stray ball from the other side of the green divider that splits the bullpen rolled past him. He turned around and saw, leaning alone against the cyclone fence at the rear of the pen, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, his arms folded.
Closer look at Hansen? Retooled righty willing: FORT MYERS - Publicly, the Red Sox are saying that they expect Jonathan Papelbon's successor at closer to emerge from a veteran group that includes Joel Pineiro, Mike Timlin, Brendan Donnelly and...
New starters may come from within: With spots open in the starting rotation, the Cards may look to the bullpen, with Adam Wainwright, Brad Thompson and Braden Looper likely candidates. St. Louis is also interested in Joel Pineiro, who was non-tendered by the Mariners.
Hot Stove: Some non-tender surprises: The non-tender deadline came with a few mild surprises as Marcus Giles, Chris Reitsma and Joel Pineiro were among the players who became free agents.
Mariners non-tender Pineiro: The Joel Pineiro era in Seattle officially ended on Tuesday when the Mariners opted not to tender him a contract offer for the 2007 season.
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