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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.

Carpenter should prepare for a super-utility everyday role, Cardinals say

<b>LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.</b> • As the Cardinals continue to pursue several options for the middle-order bat they covet, the team has told Matt Carpenter …

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Goold: Halladay, Carp, one anaconda and an Amazon adventure

During a memorable NLDS, Roy Halladay invited friend and rival Chris Carpenter on an 'exotic fishing trip,' that would involve an anaconda and a …

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Goold: Cards pitchers exploiting a pitch that can cut both ways

<b>CHICAGO •</b> Fiddling and shifting his fingers along the seams of the baseball and squishing his thumb at just the right spot, Chris Carpenter sat 15 …

Memphis-infused lineup backs wobbly Wacha

Jose Martinez hits two homers and Harrison Bader adds one as the Cardinals — suddenly on the road to relevance in the standings — win 8-4 at San …

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Cardinals add Alcantara, Flaherty, Bader and more for September

Power righthanders Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara will make major-league debuts. Three others were brought back to the majors: Outfielder Harrison …

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Who replaces Rosenthal? Cards will 'figure it out as we go'

Already scrambling for an answer in the ninth inning, the Cardinals learned Wednesday that Trevor Rosenthal’s elbow surgery and prolonged absence …

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Rosenthal heads for Tommy John surgery, leaves closer role vacant

<b>ST. LOUIS</b> • The Cardinals need for a closer is more than immediate. It could become lasting as Trevor Rosenthal, twice a 40-save closer, will have …

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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 …

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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 …

Goold: The ‘Buddha’ behind building Cardinals hitters

Gripping two large rubber bands and carrying a purpose, the man they call “Buddha” around the Cardinals’ batting cages had an idea how to stop Kolten …

Sierra makes big jump for big league debut

<b>ATLANTA •</b> When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny walked into the clubhouse early Sunday morning he found one player sitting there, “beaming from ear to …

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

As spring training neared its end, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny fielded a request from his pitchers.<p>They wanted to hit.<p>Now.<p>Adam Wainwright and his …

Cards Notebook: Sutter Motte meets his namesake

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

Cards win but lose another outfielder; Sierra up next

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

Quick Hits: Derrick Goold on the Cardinals

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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 …

Maddon, Jay see a budding Edmonds in Cubs' Almora

A few hours before his center fielder went over the wall to rob a homer and make a facsimile of the same catch Jim Edmonds made famous around these …

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No signs of concussion for Piscotty, who's OK to play

After the most treacherous of trips around the bases, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty remained face down near home plate Tuesday unsure why he …

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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 …

Resurgent Wacha asserts his place as Cards starter

<b>JUPITER, Fla.</b> • 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

BenFred: Will the contract cloud hanging over Molina distract Cards?

<b>JUPITER, Fla. •</b> 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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