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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: Cards secure 10 international players, including OF from Carlos Martinez's hometown

Club finalizes deal with 10 players in first wave of signings, including a seasoned reliever from Mexico and intriguing outfielder from Dominican …

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Unable to spend much, Cardinals swap international cap space for minor leaguers

Cardinals also sign LSU's Robertson and go over slot to get two prep players.

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Cards notebook: No guarantees about Diaz’s return

When the Cardinals sent All-Star shortstop Aledmys Diaz abruptly to Class AAA Memphis, they did so with suggestions for his defense, instructions for …

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Reliever Duke one step away from return to Cardinals

Nine months after surgery to rebuild the ligament in his left elbow, Zach Duke will join Class AAA Memphis to continue his rehab.

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Voit delivers the critical blows for Cardinals

As someone who once waved a foam French fry and cheered with his church group from the left-field seats of Big Mac Land, Cardinals rookie Luke Voit …

After making history, Navy officer Harris receives release from Cardinals

<b>ST. LOUIS</b> • Mitch Harris, who has made a professional baseball career out of defying odds, arrived at the Cardinals’ facility Tuesday expecting to …

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Goold: The ‘Buddha’ behind building Cardinals hitters

Part island Zen, part computer RAM, Class AAA hitter Mark Budaska has shaped a parade of the Cardinals' best young hitters.

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Sierra makes big jump for big league debut

Center fielder is the first 21-year-old position player to reach majors and start for Cardinals since Albert Pujols.

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Wisdom, Kelly & Co. lead 'Memphis mashers' to (another) win

Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate has won a record 11 consecutive games, rallying from six down Monday. A dive into their surging offense.

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BenFred: Hitting by Cardinals' pitchers should not go overlooked

Cardinals starters have combined to hit a league-leading 11 RBIs this season

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Cards Notebook: Sutter Motte meets his namesake

ATLANTA • Several hours before first pitch Saturday, former Cardinals reliever Jason Motte gathered his wife, their daughter and infant son, and a …

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Cards win but lose another outfielder; Sierra up next

ATLANTA • Of all the trends that continued to snowball Saturday for the Cardinals in Mike Leake’s victory against the Atlanta Braves, there is one …

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Quick Hits: Sierra over Bader? Pham's role? Waino to 'pen?

Rounding up the hot topics from baseball writer Derrick Goold's weekly live chat with Cardinals fans.

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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

Tests show no signs of concussion after rough trip around the bases.

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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 …

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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

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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

Former Redbirds star says that he would be shocked if a deal can’t be reached.

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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: 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

Sherriff explains why one set of keys brought him to tears.

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Matheny widens net in looking for leaders

<b>JUPITER, Fla. •</b> A year after coming to Cardinals camp to speak with a small group of players and coaches, an author renowned for leadership guidance …

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