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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: Carpenter stakes claim to the leadoff crown

<b>ST. LOUIS</b> • Way back during the spring of 2007, near one of the Cardinals’ practice fields at Roger Dean Stadium, a small group of reporters, team …

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 …

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 …

Slugging Cards rally but still finish short of Cubs

Cardinals score eight runs but lose.

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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

Garcia dominates again to hold off Pujols, Angels.

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Molina, Pujols still share bond

Cardinals All-Star catcher credits former teammate with helping him in many ways.

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

Starter allows 2 hits in 7 innings.

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Ex-Cardinal Heyward is where he wanted to be

Ex-Cardinal says it was first time he had chance to choose.

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Hochman: Cardinals honor Brock, put focus on diabetes

Cardinals have launched campaign called #STLisLou to put spotlight on both.

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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

Return of Heyward, Lackey adds fuel to the long rivalry.

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Fryer is latest unlikely hero for Cardinals

His game-winning RBI double caps big day relieving Molina.

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Cardinals notes: Wong confident despite being benched

Wong sat for the second day in a row in favor of Jedd Gyorko, who homered Sunday.

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Cardinals notes: Oh is ascending in bullpen

Fellow reliever Maness struggling with his stuff.

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Questions mount as Wainwright blows another lead

Cardinals starter remains winless and carries a bloated 8.27 ERA.

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Infield errors starting to add up for Cardinals

The Cardinals have more errors (12) than any team in baseball. And 11 are on infielders.

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Finally, a bigger ballpark for Cardinals' Leake

Pitcher endured a cozy stadium in Cincinnati.

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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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Ortiz: Diaz counts his blessings after Busch debut

Cuban shortstop says he could feel the energy from home fans.

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Goold: Saving a statistic sways Matheny's decision

Matheny suggests that the 'value' of the save statistic will someday change, but until it does he intends to respect its importance to his players.

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Cardinals blow by Brewers 10-1

They say the Cardinals' home opener might as well be an official holiday here in St. Louis.<p>Judging by the 47,608 in attendance at Busch Stadium, …

Goold: Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates and the race for core control

The Pirates' recent extension for outfielder Polanco is a sign of who will own the NL Central for years to come as Cubs, Cardinals also locking up …

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Cardinals outplayed in every way by Pirates

Pirates complete sweep as Cards start season 0-3.

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Game blog: Cardinals lose to Pirates 6-5 in 11 innings

<b>PITTSBURGH •</b> The Cardinals lost a challenge in the 11th inning and soon they lost the game Tuesday night, falling to the Pittsburgh Pirates …

Wacha ready to reassert his dominance

Cardinals starter counts on a new, simpler delivery.

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Hochman: Cuban players owe gratitude to Arocha

Arocha led way for Cuban players in MLB.

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Tejada headed to disabled list; Hazelbaker makes opening day roster

<b>TAMPA, Fla.</b> • Signed during spring training to help the Cardinals cover shortstop after an injury to All-Star Jhonny Peralta, Ruben Tejada will now …