Rainout gives Piscotty, Cards a breather vs. Cubs

Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber center is congratulated by teammates Matt Szczur left and Jon Jay after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday Ap

The contract also follows St. Louis' signing of star pitcher Carlos Martinez to a $51 million, five-year deal in February - ending a brief, but hectic period of negotiating with homegrown talent for a Cardinals team intent remaining relevant as a mid-market team in an National League Central now ruled by the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

Piscotty left the game after scoring the team's only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in St. Louis. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch but the throw to second from catcher Willson Contreras hit Piscotty in the left elbow. But it's a good thing he didn't slide out from underneath his helmet at home - imagine the damage that throw would have done hitting him on the side of his unprotected skull.

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals. He drew a walk and was robbed of a center field homer as an outfield fill-in Tuesday night. And that would go a long way for him, since he had the worst ERA of his career last season (4.62).

Danny Valencia had two hits and drove in a run, the Mariners' only one in two games against the Astros.

"I think it stunned me", Piscotty said. "It's the first game, a ton of people here". A year ago in Anaheim, he was 0 for 3, but he did walk twice in addition to striking out twice. Denard Span led off the game with a solo home runa nd then Jarrett Parker singled home Brandon Crawford, who had doubled off Arrieta. This should be a great game between two talented teams that is undoubtedly worth checking out.

The 26-year-old would have been eligible for arbitration following the 2018 season and free agency after the 2021 season. "Not too big of a deal", he said. It's the kind of freak play that will be talked about for years. St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn is set to make his debut after missing all of last season following elbow surgery, while Chicago right-hander John Lackey takes the mound after going 11-8 with a 3.35 ERA last season.

With the field drenched and no break in the forecast, the game was called off 91 minutes after the scheduled start Monday.

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