Jason Heyward wasn’t sure how to react after hitting his first home run as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. ”A couple guys in the dugout said, ‘They want you to go back out there,”’ Heyward said. It was a good feeling.” Heyward’s homer backed a strong six-inning pitching performance by Carlos Martinez as the Cardinals won their fourth in a row. Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Saturday's game against Cincinnati in the bottom of the first inning because of tightness in his back.

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Even with less than his best stuff, Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was good enough to beat the Cincinnati Reds again. Wacha served a first-inning homer to Joey Votto but did not give up another run in seven innings and Yadier Molina delivered a bases-clearing double to break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh as the Cardinals beat the Reds 6-1 on Friday night. The win was Wacha’s second in a week over the Reds and their ace, Johnny Cueto. In eight career outings against Cincinnati, Wacha owns a 2.01 ERA and 3-1 record.

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With pitchers Johnny Cueto and Michael Wacha locked in a duel, Cincinnati Reds manager Brian Price took a calculated risk. It did not pay off and the Reds lost 6-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. The score was 1-1 with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the Cardinals had runners on second and third base. Price told starter Johnny Cueto to intentionally walk Jon Jay, who was 12 for 29 with three homers against the Reds’ ace.

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John Lackey threw seven scoreless innings and Matt Carpenter doubled twice, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Lackey, who allowed a pair of two-run homers in six innings in his most recent start, faced the Brewers for just the fourth time in his career. St. Louis took a 2-0 lead on two doubles and two singles in the sixth inning. With one out, Matt Holliday hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for a run-scoring single.

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The right-hander pitched five solid innings and he received help from six relievers to lead the Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was removed from the game in the ninth inning. Yadier Molina had three hits for St. Louis, which won 12 of 19 against Brewers last season. Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness, Matt Belisle, Randy Choate, Jordan Walden and Trevor Rosenthal followed Lynn.

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Celebrating with a champagne party on the podium is one of the longest standing traditions of F1 racing, but a picture from Lewis Hamilton’s most recent celebration at the Chinese Grand Prix has the practice – and the driver participating in it – under fire. In the photo (and many others also taken), the hostess being sprayed by the champagne doesn’t appear to be enjoying it, and that has led a number of groups like Object, an anti-sexism organization, to call for an apology from Hamilton and an end to the practice . It’s of course worth pointing out that the woman in question is likely there of her own volition, but it doesn’t take a genius to acknowledge that she looks uncomfortable, and that perhaps the champagne spraying tradition has long run its course. And looking at it from another side: Would winning a race be any less gratifying without the champagne? We’re guessing not. Other race circuits have done away with hostesses or “grid girls” because of the sexist nature of their employment at races, and this tense situation will probably pile more pressure on F1 to do the same. On a less serious note, Matt Ryan and his foursome won his own charity golf tournament. The grand prize for winning the tournament? A football signed by Matt Ryan. Since he didn’t have much use for the ball, he gave it away, which was the cherry on top of a day that raised over $90,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Baseball fans celebrate opening day in their respective cities differently. One fan in St. Louis decided the best way to express his love for the Cardinals was to have a mural of Busch Stadium painted across his bare chest. We can only salute him.  – - – - – - – The Yahoo Sports Mad Dash is a roundup of the morning’s trending stories from across the sports landscape. Check it out every day to see what’s buzzing.

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An appeals court ordered the St. Louis police department to turn over records of its internal investigation of a scandal involving several officers who gave friends and family members tickets to the 2006 World Series that had been confiscated from scalpers. The eight officers and six supervisors were disciplined for giving away the tickets to the three games played in St. Louis during the series, in which the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games. A circuit judge agreed with the ACLU, and on Tuesday, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals concurred, ordering the records released.

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Fans express their love for their team in different ways. Most are content to wear a hat or jersey to a game. Some will even make signs for their favorite players.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Every once in a while, one fan decides to take their enthusiasm to the extreme. Jeff Reardon is one of those fans. Dear Mr. Rearden of Peoria, My hat’s off to you..not many would have the guts. Pic- @LaurieSkrivan @STLCardsNews pic.twitter.com/yPZ6OaZWui — Lynden Steele (@manofsteele) April 13, 2015 Reardon attended the St. Louis Cardinals’ home opener with a mural of Busch Stadium painted on his chest. When asked about the art, Reardon told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ” I just let the do artist whatever she wanted. And she painted this.” [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] The mural turned out great, so hats off to the artist. Also, let’s give her some extra credit for working with an … um … unusual canvas.  A hat and jersey is a fine way to support your team, but a body paint mural is inspirational. The Cardinals may have lost the contest 5-4, but just think of how many fans shed the pain of losing after seeing Mr. Reardon’s stadium mural. Fandom is a beautiful thing.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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In three seasons in the majors, Carter Capps has been an underwhelming reliever. He was about league-average in two brief stints in 2012 and 2014, but struggled during his only full season in 2013. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Capps is capable of posting an above-average strikeout rate, but that’s about it. His walk rate is about league-average, and his WHIP leaves much to be desired. Capps’ numbers may be average, but his delivery is anything but … legal pitch or nah? pic.twitter.com/sdNI4dXrky — nick pants (@nick_pants) April 14, 2015 Let’s see that again from a different angle. lol pic.twitter.com/mxSOdNGQbk — nick pants (@nick_pants) April 14, 2015 To answer the question posed in the first tweet, yes, that is a legal delivery. In fact, St. Louis Cardinals’ reliever Jordan Walden also incorporates a jump into his delivery.  Both deliveries are different, but similar. What’s amazing about Capps’ windup is that he brings the ball completely behind his leg. It’s amazing that hitters can even see the pitch, let alone hit it well. [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] You’re probably wondering why Capps pitched so infrequently in the majors last season. Turns out, he spent a large chunk of last season on the disabled list with an elbow injury. It’s probably easy to see how that happened.  – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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