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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: 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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