By the time Yadier Molina was 11, his two older brothers had left the family’s home in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, to sign professional baseball contracts.
When he was 17, Bengie and Jose Molina had made their major-league debuts, Bengie with Anaheim and Jose with the Chicago Cubs.
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THE MOLINA BROTHERS
Yadier, 30: Has won five consecutive Gold Gloves at catcher and finished fourth in NL MVP voting last season after hitting .315 with 22 homers and 76 RBIs.
Jose, 37: Tampa Bay’s catcher is playing on his fifth big-league team. Like Yadier, he has two World Series rings (Angels in 2002, Yankees in 2009).
Bengie, 38: Now the Cardinals’ assistant hitting coach, he won two Golden Gloves at catcher (2002-03 with Angels) in 13 seasons.
• St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, throwing mostly sinkers, allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits — all singles — in 2 1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss to Minnesota. Manager Mike Matheny said the coaches have talked to Lynn about getting more depth on his sinker.
• Eight Minnesota pitchers limited the Cardinals to two hits. The Cards hit into five double plays.
• Cardinals third baseman David Freese landed on his tailbone when he fell into the stands while attempting to catch a foul ball. He was removed from the game as a precautionary measure.