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Carlos Martinez will start on Opening Day for the Cardinals

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Carlos Martinez will start on Opening Day against the Cubs for the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. That breaks Adam Wainwright‘s streak of four consecutive Opening Day nods for the Cardinals. It will, of course, be Martinez’s first Opening Day start.

Martinez, 25, recently pitched for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Prior to that, he inked a five-year, $51 million contract extension in early February. The right-hander last season put up a 16-9 record with a 3.04 ERA and a 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals, obviously, see a lot of potential in Martinez. The 35-year-old Wainwright, meanwhile, was not his usual self last year, finishing with a 4.62 ERA.

Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base upon return from DL

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.

Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.

In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).

Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

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Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.

Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.

Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.