Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reynolds faces former Crew mates on Jackie Day

It's reunion week for Mark Reynolds, who experienced Milwaukee's collapse last fall before signing with St. Louis over the winter. The teams are meeting this week at Busch Stadium for the Cardinals' home-opening series, which continues Wednesday with a Wily Peralta-Lance Lynn duel.
"It's a business," said Reynolds, who is serving as a backup at first and third base. "You have to keep playing."
During batting practice on Monday afternoon, Reynolds stationed himself near the visitors' dugout and greeted former teammates as they emerged for team stretch. One by one, players shouted "Grumpy!" -- the tongue-in-cheek nickname which inspired T-shirts last season -- and offered hugs.
The two teams are different, Reynolds conceded. The Cardinals are generally a more veteran group, fueled by pitching. But if there's a secret "Cardinal Way," Reynolds has yet to discover it.
"I haven't been here long enough to figure that out yet," he said. "Talk to me next time we play and I'll see about it."
Things to know about this game:
• This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventual breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947. As has been tradition each April 15 since 2009, Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing No. 42 during that day's games, including the Civil Rights Game at Dodger Stadium. The annual celebration to commemorate the anniversary of Robinson breaking Baseball's color barrier in 1947 will feature on-field, pregame ceremonies in ballparks throughout the league. The Cardinals' ceremony will honor Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jr., the club's first black scout.
• First baseman Adam Lind has been a bright spot for an otherwise spotty Brewers offense. When he doubled in the sixth inning Monday, Lind had reached safely in all seven games with his new team, including 15 of his first 28 plate appearances.
• After using his bullpen liberally during the team's weekend series in Cincinnati, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was hopeful that Tuesday's off-day would allow his relievers to reset and therefore all be available for the second game of the series. Jordan Walden and Seth Maness each threw in all three games of that Reds series -- Maness has pitched in each of the past four games -- while four other relievers threw on both Saturday and Sunday. Carlos Villanueva was unavailable on Monday after throwing 45 pitches on Sunday.

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