Bird breaks out, Yanks sweep Cards for 7th straight

OUR PICK: The Cardinals are winless in their last five road games versus NY and 1-4 in their last five games versus the Yankees overall. Plus one more walk for good measure. He joined "Wild Bill" Hallahan (1930) as the only Cardinal to walk eight and strikeout 11. This dynamic was perhaps best on display in the first two innings, with all six outs coming by the K and not a single ball put in play-and six walks, too. Fastball and changeup was good. "He's got great stuff, and he was having a little bit of trouble getting into the zone". The Japanese right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks and struck out five.

Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and Austin Romine had a solo homer for the Yankees, who are 4-0 at home for the first time since 2003.

Pitcher Michael Pineda retired 12 of 13 batters mid-game in delivering seven innings. "But boy, I was 22 and what a thrill that was", McCarver said in the broadcast booth. For a year and two weeks the Cardinals have played piss poor defense and if they're not hitting home runs, they're not scoring.

Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez put on a historically uneven performance, walking a career-high eight while striking out 11 and handing CC Sabathia and NY a 3-2 win Saturday in NY.

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery makes his second major league start Monday night against Chicago White Sox lefty Derek Holland (1-1, 1.50 ERA). The left-hander, who has become a crafty pitcher in recent years, recorded his 225th win and also allowed three or fewer hits in at least 7 1/3 innings for the first time since September 21, 2012 against Oakland. Saturday also marked his 225th career win, surpassing Hall of Famers Jim Bunning (224) and Catfish Hunter (224) for sole possession of 66th place on baseball's all-time wins list. "It was exciting to be out there on the mound", Sabathia said.

On Sunday, it began with Bird providing the big knock. They had the tying run at the plate Saturday afternoon in a 3-2 loss, but the game rarely felt that close.

It was easy against St. Louis.

There was plenty more star power on the field last time both clubs met in NY in 2003; the Rocket, Moose and Mo were in pinstripes, and opposing managers Joe Girardi and Mike Matheny were teammates on the Cardinals. "That doesn't mean that's the team we're destined to be".

MARLINS 3, METS 2 J.T. Realmuto hit a game-ending RBI double with two out in the ninth inning, and Miami snapped New York's five-game win streak. Clippard would rebound to strike out Randal Grichuk to end the game with runners on first and second. NOTES: The Cardinals and Yankees are the only teams to retire No. 42 for their own players.

Sabathia, who surrendered just three hits and struck out six batters in another standout performance, saving the Yankees' worn out bullpen.

The Cardinals will also see a familiar friend in former Redbird Matt Holliday.

Adam Wainwright will try to pitch the Cardinals away from a series sweep on Easter Sunday night against the Yankees. Holliday was replaced by 1B/DH Chris Carter, who struck out four times in five at-bats. Molina also was so upset at himself for allowing a wild pitch in the eighth inning that he slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration.

  • Julie Sanders