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By Derrick Goold | The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's lead Cardinals beat writer provides baseball writing, suggested reading, whimsy, and lagniappe from the ballpark.

Wainwright: Safety was the reason for 'one of the worst pitches of all time'

Safety was the reason Wainwright 'pull-hooked' a fastball for a wild pitch.

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Best Podcast in Baseball 5.02: The Commitments

In the span of three days at the start of the 2017 season, there were three major commitments made in St. Louis: A three-year extension for Cardinals …

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Maddon, Jay see a budding Edmonds in Cubs' Almora

This spring, Jon Jay and Albert Almora Jr. talked about ways a center fielder must captain the outfield. Those were the echoes of what Jim Edmonds …

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No signs of concussion for Piscotty, who's OK to play

After the most treacherous of trips around the bases, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty remained face down near home plate Tuesday unsure why he …

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Molina says he's 'optimistic' an extension will be completed with Cards

<b>MEMPHIS, Tenn.</b> • Earlier Thursday afternoon, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak declined to go into the tick tock of ongoing talks with catcher …

Resurgent Wacha asserts his place as Cards starter

JUPITER, Fla. • The competition that could have been never happened because of Alex Reyes’ injury. That didn’t slow Michael Wacha this spring from …

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Spring training review for the 2017 Cardinals

Rick Hummel examines what the club got done in Jupiter, Fla., and what remains to be seen.

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BenFred: Will the contract cloud hanging over Molina distract Cards?

JUPITER, Fla. • Before the buses departed Roger Dean Stadium, Yadier Molina stopped and shook hands with a few of the security guards he’s walked by …

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Rosenthal starts season on DL with muscle strain

Cardinals reshape bullpen on the go, add righthander Tuivailala.

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Holliday rooting for Molina to stay with Cardinals

<b>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla</b>. • As he leaned against the team bus and considered questions about his new team, new league, and new position, former Cardinals …

Clock is ticking: Cardinals have one week to woo Molina

One week from opening night, Yadier Molina said he hopes to have his contract extension addressed in the next seven days — or talks cease and he …

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Padres doing everything they can to keep Cards prospect Cordoba

For the second consecutive spring, San Diego reached deep into Cardinals system to pickpocket a prospect.

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Goold: Matheny still treasures getting his mitts on new gloves

<b>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.</b> • In the end, the glove he makes is superior to the glove he took.<p>On many spring days, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny can be …

Goold: Schafer bids to become baseball's 'Slash'

<b>JUPITER, Fla. •</b> Not too far from the entrance to one of the top golf resorts in the country, one now noted for two Greg Norman-designed courses that …

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Goold: Wainwright gives prospect Sherriff a license to drive

<b>JUPITER, Fla.</b> • Cardinals lefty Ryan Sherriff has not had the photo on his driver’s license changed since he was 16 years old, and he adores it still …

Matheny widens net in looking for leaders

“Last year I made the mistake of kind of singling out guys,” Cardinals manager said.

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Fashion Statement: Matheny cracks wise on home wins and T-shirts

Cubs, media get a needling as Cardinals improve to 6-0 at home this spring.

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Cardinals, Pirates set to play in the 'MLB Little League Classic'

<b>JUPITER, Fla.</b> • Depending on the way the rotation turns, Cardinals righthander Lance Lynn could become the first Little League World Series alum to …

Gonzales keeping 'tunnel vision' as his rehab speeds ahead

<b>JUPITER, Fla.</b> • Once he was free and clear of the Helter Skelter room on Thursday's team-building jaunt to an escape room-themed building, Marco …

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Cards' first day helps set a tempo for work ahead

JUPITER, Fla. • The newest addition to the team had been seen around the practice fields before, but never when the Cardinals were in full uniform. …

Oh secure as Cards closer, but only for 2017

Cardinals' closer will be a free agent after the 2017 season.

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Goold: Carpenter stakes claim to the leadoff crown

Carpenter is either the most productive modern leadoff hitter in the game or one of the most productive ... ever.

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Cards face decision on Fryer

<b>SEATTLE •</b> Veteran catcher Brayan Pena, the backup the Cardinals signed to alleviate Yadier Molina’s workload this season, will join the team in …

Cardinals' top picks: Controversial, surprising

Randy Flores’ initial first-round draft selections as the Cardinals’ director of scouting Thursday night legitimately can be considered both …

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Slugging Cards rally but still finish short of Cubs

As they recovered from an odious early inning for a just-missed-it finish, the Cardinals did enough well Wednesday against the archrival Cubs to have …

Mizzou Made: How Scherzer went from 'whiplash' to history

More than 10 years, The Post-Dispatch sent a reporter to Columbia to understand how a local pitcher could add 10 mph and become an All-American.

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Cardinals piece together a win behind Garcia

<b>ANAHEIM, Calif.</b> • The Cardinals’ offense has built its success this season on the backs of the plodding, the rebuilding, the huddled mediocre toward …

Molina, Pujols still share bond

He is an eight-time Gold Glove winner, four-time Platinum Glove recipient, a seven-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion. Yadier Molina is …

Freese returns to Busch, but ovation will have to wait

Former Cardinal and World Series MVP is not on Bucs' starting lineup Friday. Said that trade to Angels 'needed to happen.'

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