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4 Yadier Molina C
Height/Weight: 5-11/230 | Birthdate: 7/13/1982 | Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $14,200,000 | Owned/Started%: 87/76 | Average Draft Position: 142.91
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Cardinals C Yadier Molina gets three hits, home run in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/19/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

Molina is hitting .321 with nine hits, two home runs and seven RBI over his last eight games.


Manager planning more rest for Cardinals C Yadier Molina


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) A recent stretch of three days off in seven games for Cardinals standout catcher Yadier Molina was no coincidence. Mike Matheny has increased rest on the agenda for the veteran.

"Day games after night games - you're going to see us do that more this month," Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "There are push times and there are times when we keep in contact with him about how he feels. We're going to give him the time."

Molina started 94 of the team's first 103 games, but the heat of the summer and the day games following night games have resulted in more time off for him. Off days such as on Monday give the Cardinals an opportunity to give him successive days off.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina, Mark Reynolds back in lineup Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and first baseman Mark Reynolds were back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, the team announced.

Molina will bat fifth with Reynolds batting sixth. Molina left Monday's contest after not feeling well, while Reynolds has been bothered by a hand injury.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina leaves Monday's game after not feeling well


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was forced to exit Monday's game against the Reds after feeling ill, the team announced. Molina was 1 for 2 with one run before leaving the contest. He was replaced by Tony Cruz.

After the game, manager Mike Matheny said Molina was more dehydrated and was able to pass concussion tests, reports Fox Sports Midwest.


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina given day off Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was held out of Sunday's lineup against the Braves, the team announced.

Molina was replaced at catcher by Tony Cruz, who will hit seventh. Molina is hitting .387 with one double and six RBI in his last seven games.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina drives in three runs Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina provided all the offense for the Cardinals during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the White Sox.

With the Cardinals trailing 2-0 in the eighth inning, Molina hit a three-run triple off David Robertson, which propelled the Cardinals to the victory. Molina finished the game 3 for 4 at the plate.

Prior to Wednesday's win, Molina was hitting .256 with one double and seven RBI in his last nine games.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina goes 2 for 4, steals base on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 2 for 4 on Thursday, including a two-run single in the fifth inning of the 4-1 win over the Pirates.

Molina also showed off some rare speed, as he stole his first base of the year. It was his first successful stolen base since May 12, 2014. 

Thursday's two-hit effort gives Molina an even .300 batting average with four RBI over nine games this month. 


Cardinals' Yadier Molina tossed from game for arguing strike zone


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Cubs in the sixth inning for arguing with home plate umpire Pat Hoberg. 

Molina was talking back-and-forth with Hoberg for most of the night in an attempt to get starting pitcher Michael Wacha an expanded strike zone, according to MLB.com. Molina finally had enough in the sixth after Wacha's 2-2 pitch on the outside corner was not called an inning-ending strikeout and eventually led to Miguel Montero's go-ahead, bases-clearing double.

"Michael was pitching well. That's the sad part," Molina said, per MLB.com. "[The strike zone] was like that all night. He's a young umpire, and he needs to figure out a better strike zone. That's it."

Molina didn't even wait for the play to end before arguing with Hoberg. Right fielder Jason Heyward hadn't even thrown the baseball back into the infield before Molina began jawing with the umpire.

"I didn't really know what was going on," Wacha said. "I was watching the ball. He was just fighting for me back there, and you love to see that as a pitcher from your catcher."

It was the fourth time Molina has been ejected in his career.

"I anticipated it was going to happen to Yadi because once the ball was going in the air, I don't know why, I was watching Yadi instead of what the ball was doing," manager Mike Matheny said. "And I was trying to figure out how to get out there and not be standing around home plate in case the ball got in there. But I knew he was going to have a short shelf life the way he was going at it. He just takes so much pride in what he does behind the plate, seeing the ball, and walking his pitchers through tough situations like that one. And when he felt he got slighted I knew it wasn't going to end well."


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Cardinals C Yadier Molina records two hits, RBI in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/29/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 2 for 3 with a RBI in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Molina doubled to right field in the fourth inning, bringing teammate Jason Heyward around to score.

Molina is hitting .375 with 18 hits, four doubles, two home runs and six RBI over his last 13 games.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina inching back toward .300


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has lost the power that marked his brilliant three-year stretch from 2011 to 2013, but he hasn't lost the ability to crank out hits.

Molina, who is on pace for just five home runs this season, which would be his lowest output since his rookie year of 2004, is on a tear. He lost his nine-game hitting streak Thursday, but he raised his average from .274 to .298 over that span with two doubles, both of his home runs on the year, and two runs scored.

He has also just fanned once in 40 plate appearances since June 12.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina goes deep in win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina started the scoring frenzy for St. Louis on Friday night, as they beat the Phillies 12-4. Molina slugged a two-run home run, his second of the year, in the second inning to give his club an early 2-0 lead. 

Molina, who also singled, walked and scored later in the game, is batting .361 (13 for 36) over his last 10 games. Both of his longballs this year have come during that span.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina hits first homer of year


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit his first home run of the season in Monday night's 3-2 win over the Twins. 

Molina finished the game 3 for 4 with two singles. His homer was a solo shot in the fourth inning and followed one hit by Mark Reynolds, who was hitting one spot in front of him. Molina is now hitting .300 over his past 10 games. 

For the year, Molina holds a slash line of .287/.332/.349. 


Cardinals' Yadier Molina closing in on one year anniversary of last HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts during a 4-3 loss Tuesday at Colorado. More importantly, it was the 54th game he appeared in this season without hitting a home run.

It's been almost a year since the last time Molina hit a home run. His last home run came on June 27, 2014. His homerless streak has reached 92 games, which is the longest drought of his career (per Baseball-Reference.com).


Cardinals' Yadier Molina homerless streak extends to 83 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina finished May on a five-game hit streak, but he is still mired in a hitting slump since none of those games featured multihit performances. In fact, he has just one multihit game in his last 11 starts, and he's seen his batting average drop from .302 to .284 in that span.

Molina is batting .225 (9 for 40) with one double, two runs, four RBI, two walks and two strikeouts in his last 11 games. He has also grounded into three double plays in that span.

Molina has still not hit a home run through 45 games. In fact, Molina has not homered in his last 83 games dating back to last season, which is the longest home run drought of his career.


Cardinals' Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina receive day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday and catcher Yadier Molina were held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Mets. Mark Reynolds started in Holliday's absence and Tony Cruz was behind the plate with Molina on the bench.

Holliday, who had three hits Wednesday, is batting .339 (19 for 56) with two home runs, five doubles, nine RBI, five runs, eight walks and seven strikeouts in his last 15 games.

Molina is batting .379 (22 for 58) with four doubles, five RBI, five runs, four walks and six strikeouts in his last 15 games.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina gets three hits Monday, average over .300


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had three hits in five at-bats in Monday's loss to the Mets. Molina, who has gotten off to a rather slow start at the plate, is riding a modest five-game hitting streak. He is 10 for 21 over that stretch and has lifted his season average from .277 to .302 with the hot streak. It's the first time since mid-April that Molina's average been above the .300 mark. 

Molina also caught all 14 innings of Monday's extra-inning affair, and has started all but one of the team's 17 games this month.

It remains to be seen if manager Mike Matheny gives Molina the day off on Tuesday. The veteran backstop does have a lifetime .375 batting average (6 for 16) with a home run against Jonathon Niese, who is slated to start for the Mets on Tuesday.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina back in lineup, OF Jon Jay out vs. Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night against Cleveland, after exiting Tuesday with back stiffness. Jon Jay, however, remained sidelined with a thumb injury he suffered Saturday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina finished 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. He is hitting .276 (29 for 105) with seven doubles, 15 RBI and a .325 on-base percentage this season.

St. Louis is considered an underdog (+125) against Corey Kluber and the Indians at Progressive Field, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina exits Tuesday's game with back stiffness


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was forced to exit Tuesday's game against the Indians in the ninth inning due to back stiffness, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Yadi tightened up a little bit," manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com. "I don't know if it was the cold or what it was exactly, so we'll have to keep an eye on him."

Molina was 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. Cruz would likely draw the start on Wednesday if Molina is unable to go.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina has seven-game hit streak, no homers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak but has yet to hit a home run this season.

Molina delivered excellent offensive seasons from 2011 through 2013 but saw his numbers dip slightly last year, and the slide has continued in the early part of 2015. He's hit 55 home runs in his last four seasons combined and has a 12-steal season during that stretch but hasn't managed one of either this season.

Even with the dip in his home-run production, Molina hit .391/.417/.522 with five RBI in 23 at-bats last week. He'll look to continue his recent success when the Cardinals open a three-game series against the Indians in Cleveland Tuesday.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina back in lineup Tuesday vs. Cubs


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Molina was rested on Monday after starting seven straight behind the dish. He is also dealing with slight knee soreness, but appears healthy enough to play Tuesday. He was batting seventh in manager Mike Matheny's lineup.

Molina is still trying to find his way with the bat. He's hitting just .179 with three RBI over his last 10 games.


Carpenter, Wong in Cards' lineup for Monday; Molina out


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Although he exited Sunday's game with light headness, third basman Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Monday, batting second.

Kolten Wong received a rest and was not in Sunday's lineup for the Cards but returns Monday, playing second base and batting seventh.

Struggling catcher Yadier Molina, who's been dealing with knee soreness, will not start Monday as Tony Cruz gets the nod at catcher and will hit eighth.

Catcher Yadier Molina struggling offensively for Cardinals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been really struggling at the plate over the past week. Since returning to the lineup on April 27 after dealing with some knee soreness, Molina's batting average has dropped from .294 to .231, as he has just three hits in his last seven games.

Molina has also yet to hit a home run in 2015. Perhaps the soreness in his knee hasn't completely subsided. But regardless, Molina is in a slump right now. He has started each of the last seven games behind the plate, and caught all three of the team's extra-inning affairs against the Cubs this past weekend. Maybe look for him to get a day off in the not-too-distant future. 


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 C Yadier Molina (knee) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Molina is dealing with knee soreness after taking a foul tip off his knee guard Friday.

"He's feeling better, but we just need to take at least another day," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "He can hit. He can run. But squatting is the issue right now."

The team called up a catcher before Sunday's game to back up Tony Cruz, who is batting eighth Sunday while making his third start in the last four days.

The Cardinals are road favorites (-144) in Milwaukee Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.