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The Cardinals’ Matt Adams is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during Wednesday’s game against the Reds. Adams is hitting .643 so far this season.

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Rookie Adams batting .643 for Cardinals

When the 24-year-old Matt Adams earned one of the team’s final bench spots with a strong spring, manager Mike Matheny said he’d try to give the former 23rd-round pick a couple starts a week. After Adams homered for the second straight game Wednesday, helping the Cardinals take two of three from the defending NL Central champion Reds, Matheny fielded questions from those eager to see more of the backup first baseman who’s made three starts the first nine games.

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