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4hMark Saxon

Cards' Fowler unapologetic for travel ban take

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler does not regret comments he made last week that were critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler did not back away from his comments to ESPN.com last week that President Donald Trump's efforts to institute a travel ban on certain Muslim countries is "unfortunate." Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, was overwhelmed by social-media reaction, both good and bad, but said he doesn't regret making the comments.

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9hJim Bowden

Baseball's best spring training job battles

The Dodgers' choice between Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier is just one of this year's old-fashioned camp competitions. Who's battling where and who wins?

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

At first glance, the Cardinals seem crazy to call third base an open competition. One of the players vying for the spot, Jedd Gyorko, led the team with 30 home runs. The other, Jhonny Peralta, is 34 and had a negative WAR (-0.4) in 2016. But the Cardinals think Peralta's down year was largely a product of a torn thumb ligament in spring training. They saw it play out with Yadier Molina, who struggled in the first half and batted .365 after the All-Star break. "It seems the more repetitions they get or just time they get the strength back to where they look like themselves," manager Mike Matheny said. "They get that bat speed back and the power."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler is among the people not thrilled with President Donald Trump's attempts to institute a travel ban. Fowler's wife, the former Darya Aliya Baghbani, was born in Iran. Her sister, Fowler said, recently delayed her return from a business trip to Qatar because she did not want to be detained. Also, the Fowlers have discussed traveling with their young daughter to visit his wife's relatives in Iran, but they feel this is not the right time. "It's huge. Especially any time you're not able to see family, it's unfortunate," Fowler said. President Trump said last week he plans to issue a new executive order after his first banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries was blocked by the courts.

Fowler bringing music to Cards (1:50)
Fowler doesn't expect Durant treatment at Wrigley (2:11)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals already have described Dexter Fowler's personality as a breath of fresh air for their clubhouse. He took a few minutes to join Linda Cohn live on SportsCenter Saturday morning. Here's what that looked like from this end.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dexter Fowler excited about being on the other side of the Cardinals-Cubs rivalry.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dexter Fowler in Cardinal red.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yadier Molina is in Puerto Rico to attend Opening Day of the Double A Season. The Molina Family owns a team from the town of Dorado. Molina received authorization from the Cardinals to attend the event and will return to camp on Sunday.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dexter Fowler compares notes with Matt Carpenter during the Cardinals first full-squad workout.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Yadier Molina will be absent from Cardinals camp until Sunday so he can be in Puerto Rico to be honored by a former team.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Corey Littrell received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Littrell is on the Triple-A Memphis roster.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

A bad season has people forgetting about how good Michael Wacha was before 2016. Now he has a chance to rejoin the rotation after Alex Reyes' season-ending elbow injury. He has to prove he is healthy first after having shoulder issues derail the end of his last two seasons.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25518th
On Base Percentage.32511th
Slugging Percentage.4434th
Earned Run Average4.0812th
Quality Starts839th

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