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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.

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

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

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Cardinals' top picks: Controversial, surprising

Cardinals take shortstop who dropped after PED report.

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Slugging Cards rally but still finish short of Cubs

Cardinals score eight runs but lose.

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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 …

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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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Dominant start — not Cinco de Mayo — is a big deal for Garcia

The convenient story peg was that Mexican-born Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style on Thursday, blanking the …

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Ex-Cardinal Heyward is where he wanted to be

Once all of his suitors made their financially generous overtures, it became clear to outfielder Jason Heyward that no matter what baubles and …

Hochman: Cardinals honor Brock, put focus on diabetes

The youngest person alive when Lou Brock played for the Cardinals is currently 36 years old.<p>Time honors, but time fades.<p>I’ve sensed some younger fans …

Cardinals Insider: How Grichuk got his groove back

A machine, book and policy have shaped how Grichuk sees the ball.

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Hochman: First Cubs series of year promises loads of intensity

The boo, the ballyhooed slew of vociferous spew, remains in the sports fan’s repertoire of verbal reverberation, unlike its old friend, the hiss.<p>It …

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Fryer is latest unlikely hero for Cardinals

First it was Jeremy Hazelbaker. Next, Aledmys Diaz. And now Eric Fryer.<p>None of this trio was expected to be in Pittsburgh for the Cardinals’ first …

Cardinals notes: Wong confident despite being benched

Kolten Wong signed a five-year contract for $25.5 million this spring. But the Cardinals’ second baseman already has missed as many starts as he has …

Cardinals notes: Oh is ascending in bullpen

Although translator Eugene Koo dutifully trotted out beside manager Mike Matheny in the eighth inning Saturday to meet with reliever Seung Hwan Oh, …

Questions mount as Wainwright blows another lead

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright knows well the questions mounting around his uncharacteristically flawed start to the season. He’s read them. He’s …

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Infield errors starting to add up for Cardinals

After his infielders committed five errors in a Grapefruit League loss to the Washington Nationals on March 26, Mike Matheny discouraged …

Finally, a bigger ballpark for Cardinals' Leake

If there has been a constant in Mike Leake’s pitching career it has been the coziness of home.<p>The only new starter to the Cardinals’ rotation this …

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Wacha looks strong in first win of season

You know the bats were impressive when a pitcher turns in his best outing in recent memory, then says the highlight of the second home-opening start …

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Ortiz: Diaz counts his blessings after Busch debut

Aledmys Diaz looked out into the sea of red at Busch Stadium and counted his blessings as he was introduced during the Cardinals’ home opener Monday …

Goold: Saving a statistic sways Matheny's decision

Matheny suggests that the 'value' of the save statistic will someday change, but until it does he intends to respect its importance to his players.

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Cardinals blow by Brewers 10-1

They say the Cardinals' home opener might as well be an official holiday here in St. Louis.<p>Judging by the 47,608 in attendance at Busch Stadium, …

Goold: Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates and the race for core control

The Pirates' recent extension for outfielder Polanco is a sign of who will own the NL Central for years to come as Cubs, Cardinals also locking up …

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Cardinals outplayed in every way by Pirates

<b>PITTSBURGH</b> • Those pesky details, the familiar flaws, and all those haphazard moments that the Cardinals could dismiss as spring training nitpicks …

Game blog: Cardinals lose to Pirates 6-5 in 11 innings

<b>PITTSBURGH •</b> The Cardinals lost a challenge in the 11th inning and soon they lost the game Tuesday night, falling to the Pittsburgh Pirates …

Wacha ready to reassert his dominance

<b>PITTSBURGH •</b> The image imprinted on Adam Wainwright’s memory of young Michael Wacha forever has the Pittsburgh skyline in the background and a steely …

Hochman: Cuban players owe gratitude to Arocha

<b>PITTSBURGH</b> • The baby was 11 months old when a stranger changed his life.<p>Twenty-two days before Aledmys Diaz’s first birthday in Cuba, a man decided …

Tejada headed to disabled list; Hazelbaker makes opening day roster

<b>TAMPA, Fla.</b> • Signed during spring training to help the Cardinals cover shortstop after an injury to All-Star Jhonny Peralta, Ruben Tejada will now …