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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.

Bernie: Expanded strike zone hurts Carpenter

Sharp-eyed Matt Carpenter has struggled at times this season, in part because he's being penalized by an increasingly generous strike zone.

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Pham recalled by Cardinals for Friday's game

The Cardinals announced that they recalled Tommy Pham, an outfielder from Class AAA Memphis, for Friday's game against the San Diego Padres.

Pham will …

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Tipsheet: Pham poised to become next man up

So is it Tommy Pham Time for the Cardinals?Jon Jay won't play center field for a while. His surgically-repaired wrist keeps barking at him, preventing …

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Cardinals land international prospects

Although they had one of the smallest purses in baseball, the Cardinals landed one of the most highly regarded international talents in the July 2 …

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Problematic wrist puts Jay on DL again

The Cardinals and center fielder Jon Jay relented to the persisting soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist Thursday and placed him on the …

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Late-inning woes continue for Cards

On consecutive pitches in the 11th inning, San Diego got one hit that needed an official video review to validate and another that went far enough to …

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Cardinals fire scouting director as hacking investigations continue

ST. LOUIS • The St. Louis Cardinals have terminated the contract of their scouting director, Chris Correa, as investigations continue into alleged …

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Bernie: Plot thickens in Cards' hacking scandal

As the fallout from the STL-Houston hacking scandal begins to swirl more turbulently, here's a five-point reaction to the Cardinals' firing of …

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Strauss: Cardinals act swiftly with firing

Two weeks ago DeWitt spoke about shared embarrassment. Today there should be a sense of shared sorrow.

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Cardinals fire scouting director

Source: Chris Correa admitted hacking into Houston's database, but said it was only to verify whether the Astros had stolen proprietary data.

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Bernie: Grichuk's improvement is dramatic

Imagine this ... You're Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and you're about to close a deal with the Angels, sending third baseman David Freese to Anaheim for …

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Elbow irritation puts Belisle on DL

While some of his teammates appeared in golf tournaments for charity and others just enjoyed a rare off day at home, Matt Belisle came to Busch …

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Garcia's next start in doubt

Lefty Jaime Garcia, jarred from the rotation because of a groin injury, did not throw a bullpen session as scheduled Monday, and the Cardinals were …

Cards put Belisle on DL with elbow issue

ST. LOUIS • Another day, another dent to the roster.

The Cardinals placed reliever Matt Belisle on the disabled list Tuesday afternoon with …

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Bernie: Ornery Pronger was true Blue

The new Hall of Famer came to St. Louis as a gap-toothed kid, and he left as one of the toughest and greatest players in Blues history. Here's to No. …

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La Russa talks about hacking scandal, Pujols' revival

While in town for a charity golf tournament, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa expressed certainty that the Cardinals' front office individuals …

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Lilliquist keeps Cards' pitching on top

Much has been written and spoken about how difficult it must have been for Mike Matheny to follow in the boots of Hall of Fame Cardinals manager Tony …

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Cards are dominating division

Not only do the Cardinals easily have the best record in the major leagues, but they are the only team to have winning records against each division …

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Cards notebook: Struggling White Sox visit Busch

The Cardinals enjoyed their last off day before the All-Star break on Monday. Even though they had won six in a row, manager Mike Matheny said he …

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Goold: Heyward's timing couldn't be better

Whether he’s smoothly leaving his feet to make a sliding catch on a sinking liner or fluidly ranging back to intercept a deep drive, Jason Heyward’s …

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Hummel: Pujols has punched his Hall of Fame ticket

Albert Pujols’ recent home-run binge pushed the Los Angeles Angels’ slugger to 543 career home runs, which means he could reach 600 next year.With …

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Bernie: Cards' pitchers pursuing history

Cardinals pitchers are being downright stingy this season, all but lining up the opposing team’s hitters to cut their bats in half. This is another …

Sports History

Costas will apologize to Strop

Bob Costas, who did the Major League Baseball telecast of Friday’s Cardinals-Chicago Cubs game, said he would apologize on Sunday to Chicago Cubs …

Bob Costas

Garcia cramps up as Cards power up

MIAMI • Before allowing Jaime Garcia to hit in the eighth inning and committing to him as the pitcher for the bottom of that inning, manager Mike …

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Swagerty still battling in Cards' farm system

When starting the 2015 season, most of what Class AA Springfield reliever Jordan Swagerty valued as a baseball player had changed.Currently, he’s not …

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Bernie: Amazing season for Rosenthal

I get a kick out of reading the annual baseball opinion pieces, written before the All-Star game, that go something like this:"If Johnny Bigkahuna

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Bernie: Molina still golden for Cardinals

It might be time to revise and update those reports of Yadier Molina's demise.As he labored through the early part of the 2015 season, the skinny …

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