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ST. LOUIS (AP) — ing training games in mid-March as he recovers from recent knee surgery.The longtime star had a minor cleanup procedure on his left knee last month.“Right now http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , I’m probably 50 percent with my knee,” Molina said Monday at the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up fan event. “I keep working on my rehab down there in Jupiter (Florida). We’re planning to be 100 percent ready.”“Right now, I’m squatting about 10 percent. I have to keep working. I doubt in February I’ll catch in the bullpen. My knee was pretty bad. It had been bothering me for a long time. Last year was way hard for me. I was doing well with my bat so we decided to get surgery,” he said.The 36-year-old Molina is a nine-time All-Star, has won nine Gold Gloves and is a two-time World Series champion. The Cardinals have reached the playoffs nine times with Molina, but have missed the postseason the last three years.“It feels like forever,” he said.St. Louis made a couple of big moves this offseason, getting slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a trade with Arizona and signing free agent reliever Andrew Miller.“We got a different team,” Molina said. “We had to do something. This year is different. It’s going to be a good year for us. We’ve got to have it this year. No excuses,” he said.Molina recalled the moment he heard the Cardinals, coming off an 88-74 showing, had acquired Goldschmidt.“I think I was in the boat and when I got the news I was like, ‘Oh, give me a beer,'” Molina said. “This is great news. I can’t wait to be on the same field as Goldy and the other guys.”Veteran Matt Carpenter is equally excited about the 2019 season.“You say this every year because you feel like you have to Paul DeJong Jersey , but you believe it,” said Carpenter, who will move to third base with the acquisition of Goldschmidt. “It feels different this year than in years past.”“The pulse around here feels a little different. We’ve got a lot to prove, but man, this is as excited as I’ve ever been to start a season. There’s a good reason for that,” Carpenter said.Molina spent 1,017 2/3 innings behind the plate last season despite his troublesome knee. He hit .261 average with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs.Molina has played his entire 15-year major league career with the Cardinals. He’s entering the second season of a three-year contract and said he plans to end his career with St. Louis.Last season, he said he wouldn’t play beyond this contract. He’s now hedging on that.“Right now, I’ve still got this year and one more year,” Molina said. “I made a statement down in Puerto Rico that I would love to play one more year but only for the Cardinals. If they don’t want me, I’m out,” he said.“I feel good but not now right now with knee. It all depends on what happens in these next two years. If they want to do it one more time, I’ll only do it with the Cardinals. We’ll see what happens.”The Cardinals finished behind Milwaukee and Chicago in the NL Central last season. During the weekend, Molina got into a verbal spat with current Cubs star Kris Bryant and former Chicago pitcher Ryan Dempster.In a playful discussion at a Cubs fan event, Bryant called St. Louis a “boring” city and Dempster piled on. Molina quickly took exception to the comments lex Reyes Jersey , posting his response on social media and writing “only stupid players and losers make comments like the ones made by Bryant and Dempster.”“Like I said to the guys, we are like a family,” Molina said Monday. “We had to stick together and had to defend ourselves and defend our ground. Whenever anybody says anything about us, we have to be there to defend us. St. Louis is home. If anybody has anything bad to say about my home, I’m going to be there for us.”The Cardinals and Cubs play each other 19 times this season, starting May 3 at Wrigley Field.“It will carry over to the season,” Molina said, smiling. “We’re going to keep that in mind, whatever they say. But at the same time, we’re going to play our game. This year is going to be different, I guarantee you that. Hopefully, we stay healthy.”NOTES: When right-hander Jack Flaherty wants to reach out for pitching advice, he has an ace on call. The 23-year-old has become friends with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, a Cardinals great. Despite the 50-year gap in their ages, they stay in contact through emails Evan Longoria Jersey , texts and phone calls. Gibson saw something he liked in watching Flaherty work on television and reached out to the rookie during the club’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony last August. “I mean, it was special,” said Flaherty, who acknowledged he didn’t know “a whole lot” about Gibson and what he had done in the game. “There’s no other way to put it. When you hear that a guy like that wants to meet you, and that’s not something he really does ever, I jumped at that opportunity. I try to reach out whenever I can if I have any questions,” Flaherty said. Flaherty went 8-9 with a 3.34 ERA, striking out 182 in 151 innings. Some of the best advice he’s received, Flaherty said, was Gibson telling him to fight through weariness that comes in a long season. “He said you’re going to get tired at some point,” Flaherty said. “He said you’re not going to get more tired and you just take wherever you’re at and give 100 percent of that.” PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are savoring their turnaround.Freddie Freeman hit three doubles in a four-hit performance and drove in three runs as the Braves kept up their push for home-field advantage in the playoffs, routing the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 Friday night.The NL East champion Braves improved to 90-70, coming off three straight seasons of at least 90 losses. They will face the NL West champion in the best-of-five Division Series — Colorado (90-70) leads that division and holds the tiebreaker over the Braves to host Game 1.“This year has been unbelievable,” manager Brian Snitker said. “What we’ve accomplished, how we’ve grow Dustin McGowan Jersey , these guys should be proud of themselves. Ninety wins is hard to do. It speaks volumes to these players.”Johan Camargo, who homered, and Ronald Acuna Jr. each had three hits for Atlanta. Mike Foltynewicz pitched five strong innings, a week after helping the Braves beat Philadelphia to clinch their crown.“It’s been absolutely incredible,” Freeman said. “Every time we got knocked down, we got right back.”Rhys Hoskins homered in the ninth for the Phillies, who dropped their ninth straight game to guarantee a losing season for the sixth straight year. They have been outscored 70-21 during the skid, including 49-9 over the last five.Following games on Aug. 7, Philadelphia led Atlanta by 1 ½ games for first place in the NL East, standing 15 games above .500. But the Phillies (78-82) are 14-33 since and have fallen to third place, 12 games behind the Braves, and four games under .500.Manager Gabe Kapler was soundly booed throughout the evening. As is his wont, Kapler focused hard on the positives and praised the way the Phillies battled to the end.“We didn’t play well enough to win tonight’s baseball game and we’ve been playing terrible baseball,” Kapler said. “That’s why we’ve lost a lot of games. Not because we haven’t fought or because anybody quit.”Foltynewicz (13-10) allowed one run on one hit with nine strikeouts and no walks.“It was a good way for him to finish the regular season and get ready for the next step,” Snitker said.Jerad Eickhoff (0-1) made his first start since last Aug. 30 and tied a franchise record held by Curt Schilling and Hall of Famer Steve Carlton by striking out seven straight batters. The right-hander followed his seventh strikeout by surrendering Camargo’s solo homer in the fourth and a single by Ozzie Albies http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , ending his night.Kapler heard it from the crowd of 24,306 when he removed Eickhoff after just 56 pitches and for subsequent pitching changes. Eickhoff’s season ended last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand and he was sidelined until Sept. 2 of this season due to a right lat strain. He allowed two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in 3 1/3 innings.“It would have been irresponsible to push him significantly beyond what he was ready for,” Kapler said.After Eickhoff left in the fourth, the Braves scored three runs on run-scoring singles by Charlie Culberson and Acuna off Edubray Ramos.Philadelphia got a run back in the bottom half on Odubel Herrera’s RBI double.After a Phillies error in the seventh, their 122nd of the season, helped Atlanta go up 5-1, the Braves scored three more in the eighth on Freeman’s two-run double and Ender Inciarte’s RBI single.FOLTYNEWICZ’S FANSFoltynewicz finished the regular season with 202 strikeouts, becoming the sixth pitcher in Braves history to reach the 200-strikeout milestone and first since Javier Vazquez had 238 in 2009.HOSKINS’ HOMERSHoskins upped his season total to 34 homers, the most for a Phillies player since 2009, when Ryan Howard (45), Jayson Werth (36) and Raul Ibanez (34) all had at least that many.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: Philadelphia is the only team in baseball without a player on the DL. According to the Phillies, it would be the first time since at least 1994 if they finish the season without a player on the DL.UP NEXTPhillies RHP Aaron Nola (16-6, 2.45) makes his final start when he opposes Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez on Saturday night.

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