In the fifth inning of tonight’s game between St. Louis and San Diego, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was called out on a play at home where Padres catcher Rene Rivera blocked the plate and did not give a sliding lane.
Back in Spring Training, MLBPA President Tony Clark used the collision at home plate between Mark Ellis and Yadier Molina in the playoffs as an example when explaining that if a catcher had the ball, he was allowed to block the plate–and a collision would not violate the new rules changes…
LYONS DEALS COMPLETE GAME
–For the fourth time in parts of three seasons with Memphis, Tyler Lyons went the distance as he helped the Redbirds to a 4-1 victory over Omaha on Tuesday night. Lyons yielded only four hits in the nine innings and struck out five with no walks. As a sideline, the start also takes Lyons out of the running to return to St. Louis for Saturday’s open spot in the rotation.
Pete Kozma drove in a pair of runs with a double. Scott Moore and Shane Robinson drove in the other two runs.
Memphis has now won six straight games.
KOTTARAS GRANTED RELEASE
–The St. Louis Cardinals have granted George Kottaras his outright release after designating the catcher for assignment this past Saturday when A.J. Pierzynski was signed.
ADDITIONAL FANTASY CAMP ADDED
–The St. Louis Cardinals announced they are expanding their Fantasy Camp program by introducing a new mini-camp. The 2015 Fantasy Mini-Camp scheduled for January 29–31 at Roger Dean Stadium.
“We’re entering our 15th year of Cardinals Fantasy Camps, and each year the demand keeps growing,” said Joe Pfeiffer, Cardinals Fantasy Camp Director. “With the new mini-camp, we’re looking forward to bringing this incredible experience to even more die-hard Cardinal fans.”
Throughout the three-day camp, the 44 campers will live the life of a Major Leaguer getting drafted, receiving instruction from some of the best in baseball, and playing four games under the management of a former Cardinal.
All campers will dress in authentic, personalized Cardinals uniforms, and use a customized locker in the clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium during the round-robin tournament. At the end of the weekend, one team will be crowned Fantasy Camp Champions.
Additional perks include an opening reception, special autograph and photo opportunities with the 14 former Cardinal participants, “So you think you can hit a Big Leaguer” where campers can stand in the batter’s box against a former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, a “Talkin’ Baseball” dinner with Bob Gibson and Rick Horton as the event emcee, and much more.
Cardinals alumni participants will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, or to register for camp, fans should visit cardinals.com/fantasycamp or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Campers must be 27 years of age or older.
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