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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.

Cards put 'brakes' on Garcia after lefty has setback

LAKELAND, Fla. • On the eve of the start that was likely going to secure his spot in the opening-day rotation, Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia notified …

Setback

Cards trade lefty Freeman to Texas

LAKELAND, Fla. • The Cardinals have alleviated some of their roster crunch on the left side of the bullpen by trading Sam Freeman to Texas.

The …

Texas

Martinez overcomes trying times

VIERA, Fla. • With the unimpeded gusts out to left at the occasional launch pad known as Space Coast Stadium and multiple misplays by the Cardinals …

Mike Matheny

Lackey gets max mileage out of his pitch count

JUPITER, Fla. • When asked his assessment of veteran John Lackey on Friday, Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist answered thus:

“He was moving …

Mike Matheny

Bernie: Can Waino sustain elite status?

Cards ace Adam Wainwright is one of the best pitchers in baseball. But at age 33, and after pushing through heavy innings loads, can he stay at the …

Bernie

David Bell becomes manager for a day

Former Cards infielder's dad, Buddy, managed three teams for nine seasons. David is happy being a bench coach, assisting Matheny.

Mike Matheny

Martinez finds his footing, speeds through fourth inning

VIERA, Fla. • Curious happenings continue behind him, but Carlos Martinez has found his footing and pressed on through four innings.

He's gotten …

Mike Matheny

Bourjos blazes a trail for Cards

JUPITER, Fla. • Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos, three for 31 (.094) entering Friday's game here, showed his potentially damaging speed in the …

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Bernie Bytes: Best and worst of Cards' camp

The Morning Pour: 1. The best part of spring training for the Cardinals? The overall depth, with legit competition still going on for jobs in the …

Bernie

Cards notes: Heyward hits first homer but had no doubts

Outfielder connects with 420-foot shot against Miami. Wainwright finds form, but not until after game.

Mike Matheny

Navy grad Harris bids for role with Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. • When the Cardinals sent Lt. Mitch Harris to the Roger Dean Stadium mound two springs ago, with “Anchors Aweigh” playing during his …

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On deck: Our 2015 Cardinals season preview

Coming this Sunday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, our 32-page baseball preview section.Our coverage team of Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel; …

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Bernie: Choate still superb when used correctly

Here's the newest Cardinals' preview for 2015.

Next up: LH reliever Randy Choate, who turns 40 in Sept. Choate is entering the third and final year of …

Bernie

Former Cardinals player punched at St. Louis County gas station after racial slur

FENTON • Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford said Thursday he may move away from the St. Louis area in disgust after being punched in an allegedly …

Gas Station

Bernie: 7 starters, 5 spots? Cards rich in pitching

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As spring training winds down, Bernie Miklasz says the team looks strong …

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Heyward answers Stanton's shot

JUPITER, Fla. • Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward answered Giancarlo Stanton's long blast off Adam Wainwright in the top of the first with his first …

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Wacha matches Nationals' Scherzer

JUPITER, FLA. • During his reign this past winter as the finest free agent in baseball, St. Louis-area native Max Scherzer had the chance to return …

Washington Nationals

Bernie: Can't get rid of Kozma

Here's the latest of my season previews for members of the 2015 Cardinals:Today: shortstop/INF Pete Kozma, who turns 27 on April 11. The team's …

Bernie

Bernie: Cards are MLB's most profitable team

Forbes is out with its annual report that estimates the value of each of the 30 major-league baseball franchises.And the Cardinals, as you might …

Bernie

Tipsheet: Rich Cards will only get richer

Yes, the Cardinals are raking it in. But by no means have the Cardinals maximized the franchise's revenue potential.

The team is in the process of …

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Cardinals Spring Training - 10 Days, 10 Questions

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Reynolds' role with Cards is up in the air

Matheny says the veteran slugger is more than a ‘bench guy.’

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Mike Matheny

Matheny: Martinez will start Friday

With innings in short supply, split-squad games give righty another start while Gonzales stays in a piggyback spot behind Lance Lynn.

Gonzales
Mike Matheny

Cards cut four, including Diaz and Stanley

FORT MYERS, Fla. • The Cardinals optioned shortstop Aledmys Diaz to Class AAA Memphis after Monday's rainout, and they cut three others from camp to …

Mike Matheny

Goold: Back from surgery, Boggs seeks role in Boston

FORT MYERS, Fla. • At the end of the 2014 season, reliever Mitchell Boggs’ first season since he was 24 years old that he didn’t throw a pitch in the …

Surgery