Yadier Molina C STL 4 Days

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

It's nothing more than a day of rest for the All-Star backstop with a day game after a night game. Tony Cruz will get the start behind the plate and hit eighth for the Cardinals.

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Yadier Molina went 1-for-3 with three runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Molina benefited from a hit by pitch, single and a fielder's choice, as he came around all three times he ran the bases Tuesday. Not the fleetest of foot, the catcher has now scored 10 runs in his 13 games played thus far. It helps that he's hitting .340 to start the year, too.

Yadier Molina C STL 9 Days

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday night against the Brewers.

It's just a routine day of maintenance for Molina, who plays more than any other catcher in the major leagues. Tony Cruz will get his first start of the year.

Yadier Molina C STL 15 Days

Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 with his third home run of the season in the Cardinals' 7-5 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Molina got the Cardinals on the board with a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning, his third home run in eight games. He also scored the team's last run, doubling and scoring on Peter Bourjos' seventh inning single. Once an offensive afterthought, the catcher leads the team in home runs and RBI through the first handful of games.

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Yadier Molina singled and launched a solo homer for the Cardinals' lone run in Monday's win over the Reds.

Molina jumped on Johnny Cueto's first pitch of their confrontation in the seventh inning and sent a high drive to left that found the seats. The catcher hitting at Great American Ball Park is nothing new, as he entered the game with a career .329/.363/.513 batting line there. Molina is looking to improve on last year's home run total of 12 and is off to a nice start.

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Yadier Molina drove in all three Cardinals runs in a victory over the Nationals on Wednesday.

Molina doubled his RBI count from three to six. The Cardinals' No. 5 hitter is batting .333 in 42 at-bats.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 Months

Yadier Molina will start behind the plate Wednesday for the first time this spring.

The Cardinals have used Molina at designated hitter so far this spring in order to reduce his workload. The 31-year-old has played at least 131 games behind the plate in each of the last five seasons.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 Months

The Cardinals plan to reduce Yadier Molina's workload this spring by pushing back his Grapefruit League debut in comparison to some of the team's other veterans.

Molina is healthy, but the Cardinals want to give him a break now in preparation for the long season ahead. "We'll probably go a little slow getting him started," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "We've got a long way to go and he looks good. When we start talking about trying to conserve we could do that from the start, do that at the beginning."

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MLB's players and owners have agreed on a new rule that bans intentional home-plate collisions.

Under the new rule, tweets FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, a baserunner may not deviate from the direct pathway to home plate to initiate contact with a catcher or another player covering home plate. If the runner is in violation of that, he is called out. It's a smart change that immediately makes the game a little more safe. Rule 7.13 will be enacted on an experimental basis for the 2014 season.

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Yadier Molina has been named the 2013 National League Gold Glove winner at catcher.

It's the sixth straight win for Molina, who remains the best in the game at the position. Only Ivan Rodriguez, Johnny Bench and Bob Boone have more career Gold Gloves at catcher. He beat out the Pirates' Russell Martin and the Dodgers' A.J. Ellis.