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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.

Holliday scores 1st run but comes out of game

Matt Holliday's first extra-base hit of the season, a double, preceded Matt Adams' first hit with a man in scoring position this season. That …

Baseball

Molina unloads on Reds

Reports of Yadier Molina’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. At least, that’s what Hannibal’s own Mark Twain might have penned in this space had …

Baseball

Kozma spells Wong at second base

ST. LOUIS • With an average that has settled toward the low .200s and some recent frustration in the field, second-year second baseman Kolten Wong …

Spring Training

Red's 70th anniversary highlights big day for debuts

ST. LOUIS • While Chicago gets gussied up and effervescent about Day 1 of Kris Bryant, the Cardinals will spend Friday celebrating Year 70 of Red

Bird Bytes: Nice bounce-back for Cards

Some notes on my scorecard following the Cardinals' 4-0 win over Milwaukee on a beautiful Thursday afternoon in downtown St. Louis:

After losing the

'Crusty' Lackey holds off Brewers

Matheny cites the veteran's toughness after he fans eight in 4-0 win that gives Cardinals another series victory.

Baseball

Reynolds enjoys big day for Cardinals

Signed by the Cardinals in the offseason to provide some added pop off the bench, reserve infielder Mark Reynolds is feeling comfortable in St. Louis.

Infielder

Redhead: 70 years and counting

Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst, the ultimate No. 2 who celebrated his 92nd birthday this year on the second day of the second month (Feb. …

Mike Matheny

Stay aggressive, Matheny tells Wong

After Monday’s bland opener at Busch Stadium, second-year second baseman Kolten Wong connected the dots between his two fielding errors and the score …

Mike Matheny
Baseball

Why Choate feels a kinship with Blues' Tarasenko

ST. LOUIS • Sure sharing a bullpen with Buffalo Sabres fanatic and resident puckhead Kevin Siegrist might be enough to drive any teammate to root for …

NHL
Baseball

Busch Stadium staff seeks balance of new security rules, fan patience

ST. LOUIS • A day after St. Louis Cardinals management turned off the metal detectors at Busch Stadium to accommodate a record-breaking crowd, the …

Security

Bernie: Everything out of kilter for Cards

The first error was made long before the first pitch was thrown when new Cardinal Jason Heyward, unfamiliar with the local customs, didn’t realize he …

Busch Stadium

Bernie: A look at Molina's early-season throwing

Good day to the BFIB. Some notes on my scorecard: 1. There's been a little anxiety expressed over opponents' early-season success in running against …

Bernie

Reds' bullpen, offense stall in loss to Cards

The Reds, who swept their season-opening series over the Pirates, then lost two of three to the Cardinals. The Reds have won just two of their last …

Major League Baseball

Bernie: The 5 best things about Cards' opening day

Good afternoon. It's good to be back in the Busch Stadium press box. The streets around the ballpark are teeming with happy fans. This is better, and …

Bernie
Great American Ball Park

Reds' manager calls Heyward slide 'dirty'

CINCINNATI • In the Cardinals’ victory Sunday, there were two contentious plays at third base involving Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier — one …

Mike Matheny

Bernie: St. Louis unites behind Cardinals

Busch Stadium comes alive Monday, with the Cardinals coming home to be greeted and celebrated by a sold-out crowd, with the energizing color of red …

St. Louis Cardinals

Matheny starts Reynolds to let veteran know 'he's a big part of club'

CINCINNATI • It would be ideal, manager Mike Matheny suggested Sunday morning, to let Matt Adams come thundering out of his strong game Saturday and …

Mike Matheny

Pitchers boosting pace to slow running game

CINCINNATI • With runners like Billy Hamilton quickening the pace of games on the bases, the Cardinals and manager Mike Matheny stressed this spring …

Mike Matheny
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Grichuk gets start in center against former Card Marquis

CINCINNATI • Former Cardinals starter Jason Marquis, a key part of the 2003 deal that reshaped the team and arguably launched it onto this era of …

Joey Votto

Cards unveil schedule of events for opening day

CINCINNATI • Opening day in St. Louis, an unofficial civic holiday, is enough of a draw that even Tony La Russa, Hall of Famer and executive with the …

Major League Baseball

Siegrist showing improvement

CINCINNATI • Each day he took the field during spring, Cardinals lefty Kevin Siegrist had a to-do list of things that ranged from quickening his …

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