ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former batting champion Bill Mueller as assistant hitting coach.

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John Hart made his first big move as the new manager of the Atlanta Braves on Monday, trading two-time gold glove winner Jason Heyward and pitcher Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves picked up pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins for Walden and the 25-year-old Heyward, who hit .271 with 11 homers and 58 RBI in 149 games last season. A five-year veteran, Heyward won gold glove awards in 2012 and 2014.

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The Braves are re-evaluating their place in the NL East, while the Cardinals are focused on winning it all.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

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One of baseball’s oldest and greatest rivalries will take center stage in MLB’s standalone Sunday night opener on April 5. And no, we’re not talking about Yankees/Red Sox or Dodgers/Giants for a change. The back-to-back NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to travel north to take on the Chicago Cubs in what will be a historic night at Wrigley Field. For the first time in the ballpark’s 100-year history, the Cubs will play their home opener at night . For a standalone opener, that historical note may not seem like enough to justify this game choice. In the past, this ESPN exclusive broadcast usually features the defending World Series champions like the San Francisco Giants, or the league’s buzziest team, like the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Well, don’t look now, but the Cubs are quickly moving into the latter territory with Joe Maddon on board and a roster rebuild that will likely be accelerated this winter. Throw in the Cardinals, the one rival Chicago is always chasing but rarely catches, and you have an interesting baseball storyline in place for opening night. But it’s far from the only interesting storyline. The Sunday opener will be a national showcase for Wrigley Field after an offseason of construction and renovations. They’re only in phase one of a four-phase plan, but there will be plenty to see with expanded and restored bleachers in left and right field, new outfield group terraces, and two new video boards. It also gives us a new angle to follow during the offseason: Who will Chicago acquire to oppose St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright under those bright lights? Nothing against Jake Arrieta, who had a remarkable season in 2014. But a big name with a big contract and reputation is likely coming via trade or free agency. Be it Jon Lester, Jordan Zimmermann, or someone not yet on the radar Also, there’s at least a chance Chicago’s latest phenom, infielder Kris Bryant, could make his major-league debut here, nearly completing Chicago’s puzzle of elite prospects. If so, we have all the ingredients for a very fun night under the lights on the north side. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In the last hours of St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras’ life, a video posted to social media shows him behind the wheel of a flashy new car, grinning alongside his girlfriend.

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By Larry Fine (Reuters) – Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout were celebrating Major League Baseball’s highest individual honors on Thursday, in a twin triumph that made Los Angeles the home of the game’s two most valuable players. “Wow, that’s amazing,” Los Angeles Dodgers ace Kershaw said after being named the National League’s Most Valuable Player – the first pitcher to claim the award since Bob Gibson of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals. “I’m blown away.” “I never really anticipated this. It’s obviously a huge honor,” the 26-year-old told a conference call. …

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It takes special talent and historical production to earn a clean sweep of baseball’s two biggest individual awards. Clayton Kershaw fit that description in 2014,  becoming just the 11th pitcher to win the Cy Young award and MVP in the same season since the former was introduced in 1956.  Kershaw was the unanimous choice in the NL Cy Young race, earning all 30 votes over Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kershaw earned 18 first-place and nine second-place votes for MVP , which was good enough to top Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and 2013 MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Kershaw is the first NL pitcher to sweep the awards since Bob Gibson in 1968. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers was the most recent, earning both AL honors in 2011.  It’s elite territory reserved for next-level talents, which, at 26, Kershaw certainly is. Even still, a lot had to come together for him to make history. Here are 10 incredible facts and tidbits from his 2014 season that ultimately added up to an award sweep.   

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(Reuters) – Angels outfielder Mike Trout was a unanimous winner of the American League Most Valuable Player Award, and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw claimed National League honors in an LA sweep on Thursday. The 23-year-old Trout broke through after back-to-back years as runner-up to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Kershaw, named Cy Young winner as the league’s top pitcher on Wednesday, became the first NL pitcher to win the MVP award since Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. …

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As the baseball world still struggles to cope with the death of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, officials in the Dominican Republic released the findings of toxicology tests following his fatal single-car accident on Oct. 26. An accident that also claimed the life of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo. According to the report, alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident. Taveras’ blood-alcohol level measured at five times the country’s legal limit .  Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office, told The Associated Press toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in the tourist region of Puerto Plata. She says the 22-year-old Taveras was “legally intoxicated when he crashed.” Obviously, this is a troubling revelation that only makes it more difficult to understand and accept what happened that fateful night in Puerto Plata. Two promising lives were ended far too soon in what this news indicates could have been an avoidable accident. It feels like another gut-punch in a story that has already caused too much pain for too many people.  The Cardinals organization was among those hit hardest, for obvious reasons. On Wednesday, they released the following statement in response to this report. Statement from #STLCards GM John Mozeliak on Oscar Taveras: pic.twitter.com/wq7og1HHSj — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) November 13, 2014 Taveras’ death hit especially hard in the Dominican, where he was viewed as a hero to young players he was inspiring to follow in his footsteps. His funeral was attended by thousands of his fellow countryman, many of which were young children who idolized him to some degree. 

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