Found April 05, 2012 on STLSportsMinute:
After a poor performance in spring training, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal was three for five with an RBI and a stolen base in the Cardinals 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. - Photo courtesy of Getty Images Just seven days before the St. Louis Cardinals season opener, new manager Mike Matheny began openly wondering about the status of his veteran shortstop.   Rafael Furcal struggled throughout spring training, hitting just .192 in 52 spring at bats.  Many began to wonder the 34 year old shortstop had lost a step and if the two year, $14 million contract the Cardinals gave him this off season would be a waste. After the Cardinals impressive season opening 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, Furcal looks to have answered some of the questions regarding his status as the team's shortstop and leadoff hitter. Furcal was three for five on the night with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base while playing solid defense behind Cardinals start...

Linebrink to the DL, Marte gets the call

MILWAUKEE, WI - The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that they have placed right-handed reliever Scott Linebrink on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with right shoulder capsulitis. To replace Linebrink, the Cardinals have purchased right-handed reliever Victor Marte from Memphis (AAA) and he will be in uniform (66) for today's game at Milwaukee. ...

Cameras catch Furcal with pants down

Posted: Like 20 minutes ago Premise of Video: It’s Rafael Furcal with his game pants down and making some corrections to his uniform, but shows just how many different angles cameras will have at this Marlins Ballpark. State-of-the-art, you know. Climax of Video: Easy, ladies. No dong to be seen here. Conclusion: If this is any indication of things to come this season, expect...

Berkman bashes Marlins Park

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman doesn't appear to care much for the new Miami Marlins stadium, saying, "there were a lot of shenanigans."

Looking through Rosenthal-colored glasses

No first-time player in St. Louis Cardinals major league camp this spring was talked about more than right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. It is justified. The 21-year-old has flashed upper-90’s heat, good secondary offerings, a humble attitude and a feel for the game. The compliments, especially from those already wearing major league uniforms, have a segment of the fan base...

2012 Roster Set for Springfield

Springfield, MO - The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the Springfield Cardinals roster for the upcoming season. New Manager Mike Shildt and returning Hitting Coach Phillip Wellman and Pitching Coach Bryan Eversgerd will be well stocked heading into the 2012 season. Returning to the roster are 15 players who appeared in a Springfield uniform last year, including Texas League...

Organizational Rankings: #6 — St. Louis

2012 Outlook – 60 (8th) One down, 161 to go, right? I think the assumption around baseball was if Albert Pujols left the Cardinals, he would leave a husk of a team behind him. If his teammates didn’t prove their worth enough throughout their playoff run in 2011, they’ll get ample chance to do so in 2012. They should be up to the challenge, as this roster was especially well...

The St. Louis Cardinals Aren’t Feeling the Marlins New Stadium

Jayson Stark did an article for ESPN yesterday that talked about some of the St. Louis Cardinals’ reactions to the new stadium in Miami. I found some of the comments pretty damn funny… Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman: “I just feel like, if it were up to me — and it’s not; nobody asked me, and I don’t know why anybody would care about my opinion — but if I was building...

Lohse, Cardinals spoil Marlins Park opening

Kyle Lohse stole the spotlight from the opening of Marlins Park, holding Miami hitless for the first six innings as St. Louis won its season opener 4-1 on Wednesday. David Freese, the MVP of last season’s NLCS and World Series, drove home two first-inning runs and finished 3-for-5 for the defending world champion Cardinals (1-0). St Louis banged out 13 hits, three from Rafael...

Johnson, offense struggle in stadium debut

MIAMI (AP) -- Kyle Lohse didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth Wednesday night to help the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals spoil the Miami Marlins' debut in their new ballpark, 4-1. The Marlins' new animated home-run sculpture never budged. It was the fourth inning before they managed a baserunner, and but the time they scored...

Three To Watch: Cardinals Meet The Brewers

Opening Day is in the books for the defending champions, now the St. Louis Cardinals will play the remainder of the month against the Central Division and it starts with a series in Milwaukee against the Brewers. It’s time to grab a cold frosty one (heh, heh, heh), make some nachos and settle in on the couch, the season is starting.  Don’t get any cheese on the keyboard and...

Happy Opening Night, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins Fans!

A lot can happen in one offseason, and the reigning World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins are a perfect example. The Marlins are kicking off 2012 with a complete face lift: a new name and a spastic jazzy new logo on their uniforms, a new skipper in Ozzie Guillen along with a few high-end acquisitions like Heath Bell, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Carlos Zambrano...

Demotivational Thursday: Baseball Edition

Baseball season finally arrived in the United States as the Marlins took on the St. Louis Cardinals in Miami. The game was a little lacking, but that stadium looked pretty sweet. If you ask us, the... [[ Read More ]]

Cardinals tweak minors relief assignments

Four St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitchers are changing spots before the season begins.

Opening Day

The dream begins again today. For a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan like myself, this day represents the first step towards a repeat of greatness. For baseball fans, these few hours before the first games provide time to sit and catch our collective breath after what has to be the greatest playoff stretch (Game 162-World [...]

Cardinals-Brewers Preview

During the run-up to last year's NL championship series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers openly acknowledged something most people already knew: The two division rivals didn't like each other very much. The Cardinals went on to earn ultimate bragging rights in one of baseball's most spirited rivalries last season, knocking the Brewers out of the playoffs...
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