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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.

After making history, U.S. Navy officer Harris receives his 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

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


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

<b>ST. LOUIS</b> • Already riding the longest winning streak in affiliate history, the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds meandered through the first two thirds of …

BenFred: Hitting by Cardinals' pitchers should not go overlooked

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


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 …


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

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.


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

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 …


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 …


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

JUPITER, Fla. • The competition that could have been never happened because of Alex Reyes’ injury. That didn’t slow Michael Wacha this spring from …


Spring training review for the 2017 Cardinals

Rick Hummel examines what the club got done in Jupiter, Fla., and what remains to be seen.

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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 …


Rosenthal starts season on DL with muscle strain

Cardinals reshape bullpen on the go, add righthander Tuivailala.


Holliday rooting for Molina to stay with Cardinals

<b>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla</b>. • As he leaned against the team bus and considered questions about his new team, new league, and new position, former Cardinals …


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 …


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.


Goold: Matheny still treasures getting his mitts on new gloves

<b>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.</b> • In the end, the glove he makes is superior to the glove he took.<p>On many spring days, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny can be …

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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 …


Goold: Wainwright gives prospect Sherriff a license to drive

<b>JUPITER, Fla.</b> • Cardinals lefty Ryan Sherriff has not had the photo on his driver’s license changed since he was 16 years old, and he adores it still …

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Matheny widens net in looking for leaders

“Last year I made the mistake of kind of singling out guys,” Cardinals manager said.


Fashion Statement: Matheny cracks wise on home wins and T-shirts

Cubs, media get a needling as Cardinals improve to 6-0 at home this spring.


Cardinals, Pirates set to play in the 'MLB Little League Classic'

<b>JUPITER, Fla.</b> • Depending on the way the rotation turns, Cardinals righthander Lance Lynn could become the first Little League World Series alum to …

Gonzales keeping 'tunnel vision' as his rehab speeds ahead

Lefty won't be ready for Cardinals' opening day but he continues to make strides as he recovers from elbow surgery.


Cards' first day helps set a tempo for work ahead

Emphasis is both on fun and taking care of details.


Oh secure as Cards closer, but only for 2017

Cardinals' closer will be a free agent after the 2017 season.