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Cardinals pick Martinez to pitch April 2 opener vs Cubs

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez to start their April 2 opener against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Martinez about the choice hours before his new ace allowed three hits in five scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

"I felt honored and, honestly, when he had this conversation with me I couldn't believe it," Martinez said through a translator. "I thought he was talking about the exhibition games in Springfield or Memphis. Just to be able to have this position and to be able to represent the Cardinals and be No. 1 and be the ace is so important to me."

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Leaders
AVG: Y. Molina.307
HR: J. Gyorko30
RBI: S. Piscotty85
SB: S. Piscotty7
W: C. Martínez16
ERA: C. Martínez3.04
Saves: S. Oh19
K: C. Martínez174
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 00.000-
Cincinnati 00.000-
Milwaukee 00.000-
Pittsburgh 00.000-
St. Louis 00.000-
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .255 (19)
Runs: 779 (4)
Hits: 1416 (13)
Home Runs: 225 (2)
Stolen Bases: 35 (29)
OBP: .325 (11)
SLG: .443 (4)
Total Bases: 2455 (3)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.08 (13)
Runs Allowed: 712 (14)
Saves: 38 (23)
Strikeouts: 1290 (16)
OpBA: .258 (18)
OBP: .320 (14)
SLG: .402 (9)
Run Support: 4.84 (5)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
3/22 S. Tuivailala Sent to Minors
3/21 J. Zeid Signed to a Minor League Contract
3/18 L. Weaver Sent to Minors
3/15 M. Sierra Sent to Minors
3/13 M. Gonzales Sent to Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
2/14 Z. Duke Left elbow surgery - out for season (day-to-day)
2/14 M. Gonzales Recovery from left elbow surgery (day-to-day)
2/14 Á. Reyes Torn ligament, right elbow (day-to-day)
8/22 M. Leake off 15-day DL
8/10 M. Adams off 15-day DL
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