Andrew Cashner cites “the Cardinal way” as Marlins, Cardinals exchange beanballs

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You may recall on July 21, starter Andrew Cashner — then still with the Padres — hit Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in the face with a fastball. The Marlins acquired Cashner from the Padres on Friday and, coincidentally, continued a four-game series against the Cardinals that night.

Cashner started on Sunday afternoon. With one out in the top of the first inning, the right-hander drilled shortstop Aledmys Diaz in the hand with a 95 MPH fastball. Diaz ran the bases, but did not take his position in the bottom half of the inning. He has been diagnosed with a bruised right thumb and will be reevaluated on Monday, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals expect that Diaz will be out of the lineup for at least a few days.

With a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez hit with a first-pitch 95 MPH fastball. Martinez maintained after the game that he was just trying to pitch inside, and was not trying to hit Stanton on purpose. Stanton came around to score shortly thereafter on an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins would go on to win 5-4 on a walk-off RBI triple by Derek Dietrich in the bottom of the ninth.

After the game, Cashner told reporters that he thinks Martinez did hit Stanton on purpose. Per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, Cashner said, “That’s kind of the Cardinal way over there.”

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.