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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.

Does Carpenter have a legit beef with called strikes?

ST. LOUIS • Cardinals leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter concedes that he sometimes works so deep into a count he invites being undone by a called third …

Baseball

Cards' tired bullpen isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Sitting in the visiting manager’s clubhouse at AT&T Park 24 hours before Mike Matheny would drop into the same seat, Cubs managers Joe Maddon smiled …

Joe Maddon

Cardinals awaiting happy returns

2:45 p.m. Friday update: The Cardinals activated outfielder Jon Jay for tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jay had been on the disabled …

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Goold: Reyes tops Cards' prospects headed to 'finishing school'

Power righthander Alex Reyes and Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz are part of an intriguing group headed to invitation-only Arizona Fall League for the …

Cards whiff on chance to sweep Nats

There was no wilt in Washington this time.After two games this week and series after series watching the Cardinals take games from them, the …

Jonathan Papelbon

Hochman: A dream job becomes a reality

It's not being a taste-tester at Ted Drewes, but it's pretty close.

Employment

Lyons, not Wacha, to start against Scherzer

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had suggested recently that Michael Wacha might skip a start in order to get some rest.Wednesday is the …

St. Louis Cardinals

Taguchi hopes to realize dream of managing in U.S.

Former big leaguer So Taguchi has been touted as a candidate to manage the Pacfic League’s Orix Buffaloes next year and does dreams of managing one …

Japan

Villanueva an unsung hero again

Overshadowed, perhaps, but not loss in the chaos of what was another impressive come-from-behind 8-5 win by the Cardinals over Washington Tuesday …

Tipsheet: Pirates starting to lose arms race

After a strong first half, the Pirates' starting rotation has fallen into disrepair. That will make it difficult to catch the Cardinals.

Arms Race

Holliday is hitting but still on hold

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, while conducting his pregame interview in the Cardinals’ dugout Tuesday, peered over the heads of the various …

Scherzer makes a rare homecoming to Busch

Washington pitcher Max Scherzer sat in the Nationals dugout at Busch Stadium on Monday afternoon, a steady afternoon shower beating down just a few …

American League

Strauss: Matheny overdue for some credit

Through 132 games the Cardinals have yet to suffer anything worse than a four-game losing streak, unless one considers the extended absence of ace …

Baseball

Cardinals win with show of power

It was only a week or so ago that folks were wondering where was all this power that newcomer Brandon Moss, who had 15 home runs for Cleveland, was …

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Holliday gets in his cuts on the field

He's in batting cage for first time; lefthander Gonzales starts tonight vs. Nationals.

Baseball

Molina's weight still way down but his productivity way up

Matt Carpenter leads the Cardinals in runs batted in at 69. But you might be surprised who is tied for second with Jhonny Peralta at 59.Yadier …

Productivity

Goold: As September arrives, baseball needs a 'healthy scratch'

ST. LOUIS • By this afternoon, the clubhouses and dugouts around the majors will swell with the annual September migration of prospects and depth …

Baseball

Heyward comes through for Cards

Jason Heyward is still a veritable newcomer when it comes to playing center field. His start there Monday at Busch Stadium against the Nationals was …

Memphis

Adams suffers setback; Grichuk resumes hitting

Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, who was thought to be making progress in his rehabilitation from right quadriceps surgery, said he had a minor …

Rehabilitation
National League

Cardinals soar home after series win

SAN FRANCISCO • Back in the same office where he faced the fallout from a decision that brought an abrupt, though perhaps inevitable, end to the …

Carpenter reaches 20 homers, scores a new ride

SAN FRANCISCO • Emboldened perhaps by the power he showed this past October, Matt Carpenter spoke openly during spring training around his teammates …

San Francisco Bay Area

Wainwright ready for ‘new moment’

Before he can dig back into his answer about how much longer he sees himself bending curveballs, Adam Wainwright first has to get a grip on a Reuben …

Hall of Fame
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Errors, walks doom Cards in loss to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO • The Cardinals made their own opportunity to tie Friday’s game.They did even more to help the Giants win it.What otherwise was a taut …

San Francisco Bay Area

Al Arbour dies; was Blues' first captain

Al Arbour, the first captain of the St. Louis Blues and the last player in the NHL to wear glasses, has died after battling Parkinson's disease and …

Cards finish four-game sweep of D'backs

PHOENIX • Knowing that closer Trevor Rosenthal was going to be absent from the team for this weekend's series, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny handled …

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