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22 Jason Heyward RF
Height/Weight: 6-5/245 | Birthdate: 8/9/1989 | Birthplace: Ridgewood, NJ | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,650,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/60 | Average Draft Position: 78.03
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Cardinals OF Jason Heyward hits game-tying homer in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning during Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Down 3-2, Heyward tied the game up in the final half-inning. St. Louis would go on to win with Peter Bourjos scoring the game-winning run a few plays later. 

Heyward, who went 2 for 4, now has five home runs this season. He's hitting .239/.290/.387 this season. 


Cardinals return Jason Heyward, Matt Holliday to Monday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cardinals outfielders Jason Heyward (hip) and Matt Holliday (arm) are both ready to roll Monday against Arizona.

Heyward, who has not played since Friday, has been hitless in six of his last 10 games.

Holliday was sidelind only Sunday with a contusion. He has slumped recently, but still boasts a fine slash line of .314/.434/.443.


Cardinals OF Jason Heyward dealing with hip tightness


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward was forced to miss Saturday's game against the Royals while battling hip tightness, manager Mike Matheny said per FOXSports.com.

Heyward felt his hip tighten up on Friday, but should be available to pinch hit, according to Matheny. He will likely return to the lineup on Sunday.

"I think it just kind of tightened up as the game went on," Matheny said. "I don't think there was one independent action that caused it. We'll keep an eye on him."

Heyward is hitting .238 with 12 RBI in 151 at-bats this season.


Cardinals OF Jason Heyward sits for third time in eight games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward was held out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Royals for the third time in eight games. Randal Grichuk started in right field for St. Louis.

However, unlike the last two times when a left-handed starter was on the hill, Heyward sat against right-handed Edison Volquez on Saturday. Left-hander Danny Duffy was originally scheduled to start Saturday before being scratched Friday due to injury, so Heyward's absence Saturday could have already been pre-planned.

Still, Heyward is actually hitting better against lefties than righties in 2015. He has a .350/.500/.922 slash line in 27 games against left-handers, while he has a .198/.333/.577 slash line in 38 games against right-handers. 

Heyward has a .217/.435/.709 slash line in his last 13 games.


Cardinals OF Jason Heyward goes yard in 9-0 win over Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward went 2 for 4 from the plate during Wednesday night's 9-0 win over the Mets. 

Heyward hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. The Cardinals scored six total runs in the fourth. Heyward is now batting .250/.306/.396. Heyward has now recorded a hit in four of his last five games. 


Jason Heyward, Matt Carpenter out of Cardinals' lineup Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) With the Cardinals facing a left-hander on Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny has loaded his lineup with right-handed bats. Both Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter will start the game on the bench, despite the fact that both men are hitting over .300 against southpaws this season. In fact, Heyward. is hitting better against lefties than righties (.368 vs. .196). 

Randal Grichuk will man right field and Pete Kozma is handling third base on Tuesday. Kolten Wong is the only left-handed bat in Matheny's starting lineup.


Cardinals' Jason Heyward leading off Sunday vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward is batting leadoff in Sunday's game against the Tigers.

It's Heyward's first start above the No. 5 spot since he was bumped down from batting second in late April. It's also his first time leading off this season, though it's a role he filled through parts of last season with the Braves.

The Cardinals are favorites (-150) at home Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cards move Grichuk to top of order, Bourjos eighth with Heyward off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward was given the day off Saturday against left-hander David Price and the Tigers, per MLB.com. Heyward is hitting .143 (2 for 14) over his last four games, and .361 against left-handers this season.

With Heyward on the bench, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny inserted Randal Grichuk in right field at the leadoff spot, bumping center fielder Peter Bourjos from the top of the order to the No. 8 hole.

St. Louis is an underdog (+105) at home against Detroit, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals OF Jason Heyward hits third home run of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward blasted his third home run of the season during Friday's 10-4 loss to the Tigers.

Heyward hit the two-run shot off Tom Gorzelanny in the eighth inning. He finished the game 2 for 3. Prior to his two-hit game Friday, Heyward had been 1 for his last 11 at-bats.


Cardinals' Adams in lineup vs. lefty, Heyward drops to eighth


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates despite his team facing a southpaw.

It's just the third start of the season, including Opening Day, for Adams against a lefty. He's just 2 for 16 this season against southpaws. Adams usually cedes first base to Mark Reynolds in matchups against lefties, but Reynolds is manning third base with Matt Carpenter sidelined.

Right fielder Jason Heyward has been dropped to eighth in the lineup for Sunday's game. It's the first time this season the lefty hitter has batted eighth, as he's generally served as the team's No. 6 hitter over the two weeks after opening the season as the No. 2 hitter.

The Cardinals are underdogs (+105) in Pittsburgh Sunday.


Jason Heyward enjoys three-hit Thursday to help Cardinals win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) A three-game hitting streak Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward entered play with Thursday indicated he was emerging from his slump. His performance the Cubs erased all doubt.

Heyward slammed three hits for the first time since the season opener. He singled in the second, fourth and sixth innings and scored each time. He lifted his average to .248, its highest point since April 12.

He is 7-for-15 over his last four games.


Cardinal rest Matt Adams, Jason Heyward vs. LHP Francisco Liriano


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and outfielder Jason Heyward received the day off Saturday against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates, per the team's official website.

Adams is hitting .208 (5 for 24) with a double, a triple and three strikeouts this season against left-handers. Adams is slashing .192.241/.256 with no home runs and no RBI this season. Mark Reynolds took his place and was slotted in the No. 5 hole in the lineup.

Heyward is a .263 hitter against southpaws this season. He is slashing .212/.272/.341 with two homers and four RBI over 92 plate appearances. Jon Jay will be moved to right field and will bat leadoff for the Cardinals.

St. Louis is considered a slight underdog (+100) at home against Pittsburgh, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals' Jason Heyward batting sixth Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (hamstring) is back in the lineup Tuesday.

Heyward, who suffered a hamstring injury, is batting sixth Tuesday, marking his first time out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup this season. He has hit .205/.227/.356 with two home runs, four RBI and one stolen base in 73 at-bats.

The Cardinals are heavy favorites (-210) Tuesday.


Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward to return to the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday after being held out of Monday's game, manager Mike Matheny said per MLB Network Radio.

Matheny wanted to protect Heyward a bit and give him some extra rest as a precaution. Heyward suffered a minor hamstring injury in Sunday's game and was forced to exit with the injury. He is hitting .205 with two home runs in 73 at-bats this season.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina returns to the lineup, Jason Heyward out


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Phillies after missing two games with a knee injury, the team announced. 

Molina, who is hitting .294 with eight RBI in 51 at-bats, was replaced by Tony Cruz for the last two days while Molina recovered. He will bat sixth. 

Outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the lineup Monday after picking up a hamstring injury in Sunday's game. Mark Reynolds will take his place and bat fifth. Jhonny Peralta will slide up to Heyward's regular two spot in the batting order.

The Cardinals are currently the favorites (-145) against Philadelphia.


Cardinals RF Jason Heyward exits Sunday with groin tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward was removed from Sunday's game against the Brewers due to groin tightness and is day-to-day, the team announced.

Heyward appeared to suffer the injury on a play in the corner of right field on a triple by Gerardo Parra. He was visited by a trainer and manager Mike Matheny before being replaced by Jon Jay. Heyward was 0 for 2 in the game, dropping his line to .208/.230/.361 with two home runs and four RBI in 72 at-bats.

The Cardinals are set to open a series against the Phillies at home Monday.


Jason Heyward hits first HR as a Cardinals player


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward hit a solo home run in the third inning of Saturday's win over Cincinnati. The homer was Heyward's first since August 27 of last season, and his first as a Cardinal. 

"It's good to get runs up against a team like that," said Heyward to FOXSports.com. "I feel like they can score runs in a hurry, and it's good not to let them get momentum back the next inning."

Heyward went 1 for 4 and is hitting .227 with three RBI. 


Reds' Bryan Price: Cardinals OF Jason Heyward's slide was 'dirty'


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price took exception to a slide from Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward during St. Louis' 7-5 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. 

Heyward hit an RBI double in the fifth inning and then turned it into a play at third base. Heyward slid hard into Reds third baseman Todd Frazier.H eyward was still called out at third. 

"Something happened at third base with Heyward. I thought that was a bad slide there," Price said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I thought that was a dirty slide and I didn’t like that at all. He’s not a dirty player, but I just thought it was a bad slide and a dirty slide. It could have really affected Frazier and I’m not happy about that and nor are any of our players. Hopefully we’ll be able to us it as fuel in this series to find ways to win games like (this)."

Heyward said he had no intention of hurting Frazier on the play. 

"I was trying to get to the base quick, that’s all," Heyward said. "I wasn’t sure how close and if there was going to be a play at the plate or not. I just slid hard. I looked to Frazier and asked him, ‘You good? You good?’ I wasn’t trying to do anything dirty or take anyone out. It wasn’t a situation that called for that. That’s all."


Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward rips two doubles in opener


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward went 3 for 5 from the plate with two doubles in St. Louis' 3-0 win over the Cubs on Opening Day Sunday.

Heyward got things started early with a double in the first inning, leading to the first run of the game when Matt Holliday singled him home. Heyward then doubled in his second at-bat to open the third inning, but was stranded at third.


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta batting cleanup vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting cleanup for Sunday's season opener against the Cubs.

Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.

The full Cardinals lineup: 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Jason Heyward, LF Matt Holliday, SS Peralta, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jon Jay, SP Adam Wainwright.


Cardinals OF Jason Heyward very happy with new team


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is looking forward to a new start after coming over from the Braves, reports MLB.com.

"We'll be playing baseball, right? If I'm playing baseball, it's where I want to be, where I am meant to be," Heyward said before making an appearance in Friday night's exhibition game against the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park.

"Always liked going there. The fans look beyond the numbers. They understand little things about the game," Heyward said. "It's been easy blending in with this group, and I believe I got the work in I needed this spring."

Heyward hit .300 this spring on 12 hits with one home run, four RBI and seven strikeouts. 


Cardinals' Matheny preparing Jason Heyward for No. 2 spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been working to get outfielder Jason Heyward into the mentality of a No. 2 hitter, MLB.com reports.

"I've been talking to him about the psychological approach to batting second," Matheny said. "I told him [on Tuesday], 'I don't know that there's going to be a time this year when I'm going to tell you to give yourself up to get the runner over. I want you driving the ball. I want you with that mindset. You're going to get the runner over at times when you mishit a ball, but I don't want that being your thing, to give up an out. I want you smoking it, no matter where they pitch it.'"

Heyward opened the spring with hits in his first six games. He went 0 for 3 Thursday, dropping him to 7 for 20 with two walks and two stolen bases in nine games. All seven of his hits have been singles.


Cardinals may bat Jason Heyward second in order


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Cardinals are planning to bat Jason Heyward near the top of the batting order this season. 

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Heyward, who has batted second in the order in the first few spring games, is likely to continue in that spot this season. 

The Cardinals aquired Heyward in an offseason trade with the Braves, and manager Mike Matheny believes he'll be able to flourish in that spot in the order. 

"There is still a max that he hasn’t achieved yet," Matheny said. 


Jason Heyward hits single in spring training debut for Cardinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Outfielder Jason Heyward wasted no time getting his bat on the baseball in his new uniform. 

In Thursday's exhibition against the Marlins, Heyward hit a single in his first at-bat in the first inning. He scored a run, too, in St. Louis' 4-1 win. 

"It's good to play baseball," Heyward said, per MLB.com. "[It's a] fresh start in so many ways this year."

Heyward went 1-for-2 in the afternoon. He was traded to the Cardinals from the Braves last November. 


Cardinals' Matheny wants Heyward, Adams to gain confidence vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Cardinals slugger Matt Adams is tired of hearing folks say he can't hit left-handed pitchers. But the numbers don't lie. He is batting just .197 off lefties in his major-league career, as opposed to .306 against righties.

“People think I can’t hit lefties,” he said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Coming up through the minors, I hit them. But that’s totally different. Hitting lefties in the minors and hitting lefties in the big leagues is different. The confidence for me is there, in the back of my mind. I know what I can do. That hasn’t changed. This is where I definitely have to focus and put the hammer to it.”

Adams isn't the only starter for St. Louis that struggles against lefties. Outfielder Jason Heyward hit just .169 against lefties in 2014. However, manager Mike Matheny isn't a fan of platooning either player.

“There are certain guys that you don’t want to platoon,” Matheny said. “There are guys you don’t want to have off the field, and I think that’s what they want. They want to be the guy who doesn’t come off the field. They want to be out there all the time. Both of them have shown it in the past that they can have success against left-handed pitching. It’s just a matter of getting them comfortable. With our lineup they’re going to throw a lot of (lefties) at us. Maybe that will help generate that confidence.”