Wacha faces Yankees for first time in rain-soaked opener

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Updated Monday, May 26 at 6:24 PM

(BaseballStL) — It’s a rare thing when two champions clash, and fans in St. Louis are are set to see baseball’s winningest franchises face off for a three game set. 

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The Yankees, perhaps the most well-known franchise in any sport the world over, are the only organization with more championship hardware than the Cardinals. They have played in the World Series five times, with the Cardinals holding the slight edge 3-2. The most recent matchup came in 1964, a St. Louis win that was commemorated Monday.

Both clubs have a roster full of historic names, and New York brings their living legend Derek Jeter to Busch for the final time. 

“It’s the Yankees, and to top it all off we get to play against Derek Jeter for his last hurrah and it’s going to be an awesome experience,” Kolten Wong said. “Especially for someone who grew up idolizing Derek Jeter like I did.”

Fresh Starts

Though the two teams may have history, Monday’s starters Michael Wacha and Chase Whitley don’t. Neither pitcher has any notable exposure against opposing hitters, with rookie Whitley never having seen the Cardinals and Brian McCann being the only New York hitter to see Wacha. He recorded a hit in his only at bat on the books against the St. Louis hurler.

Injury Report 

Tyler Lyons, who has been sidelined since May 13 with a strained left shoulder, has resumed playing catch. No mound sessions have happened and none are planned, as he will continue to throw flat ground sessions. 

His soreness is lessened though he will take it slow to build up strength. 

Kevin Siegrist, who was moved to the DL Saturday with a forearm strain, says he is working through tightness in his arm near his wrist. 

Though there wasn’t pain, the hard-throwing lefty didn’t feel right and was shut down so team doctors could treat his arm. 

“It’s just tight after I release the ball and it just stayed tight,” he said in the clubhouse Monday. There was some light bruising by his wrist, and he said the tightness did cause some issues with his grip on the ball. 

Siegrist doesn’t believe the injury is related to his earlier issues, attributing the condition to simple bad luck. Neither he nor Mike Matheny had any timetable for when he will resume throwing.

Lineup

Matt Carpenter 3B

Kolten Wong 2B

Matt Holliday LF

Matt Adams 1B

Yadier Molina C

Allen Craig RF

Jhonny Peralta SS

Peter Bourjos CF

Michael Wacha P

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