Found February 16, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS - New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has no problem doing what former skipper Tony La Russa refrained from. Yes, Jason Motte is indeed the closer. "Jason has certainly positioned himself as we head into Spring Training as the closer," Matheny said. Tell that to Motte and he'll joke back with, "Watch your mouth." The mini-controversy was a source of jokes for media members and fans down the stretch last year as Motte continued to close out games and La Russa continued to refuse from calling him the closer. But whether or not La Russa wanted to call Motte the closer didn't matter. The stats proved otherwise. Motte saved nine games on the year, eight of which came in September as he solidified his spot heading into the playoffs. Motte had five saves in the playoffs and was on the mound for the final out of both the National League Championship Series and World Series. "It didn't matter to me what they called me," Motte said. ...

La Russa to assist Leyland at Tigers camp

Though he won't be leading the Cardinals through their spring workouts for the first time in 17 years, former manager Tony La Russa is not going to be entirely absent from the Spring Training scene.

Fresh start for Swagerty in Minors

Any lingering uncertainty regarding Jordan Swagerty's role in the Cardinals' Minor League system can be put to rest, as Cardinals farm director John Vuch confirmed that Swagerty will return to the starting rotation in 2012.

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Cards announce television schedule

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FOX Sports Midwest will debut new Cardinals programming on Monday nights from Feb. 20 through March 19, including four new shows from the networks new Cardinals Legends series. Show premiere dates and descriptions -- Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.: Cardinals Legends: Champs White House Visit A 30-minute special that provides an inside look at the Cardinals visit to Walter Reed Medical...

23 of 28 Cardinals 2012 spring games on TV or radio

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Talk is over as Cardinals welcome spring

The Cardinals' quest to defend their World Series crown begins in earnest this weekend. Pitchers and catchers are required to report to the club's Jupiter, Fla., complex by the end of the day Saturday in advance of Sunday's first official workout.

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Satisfy your St. Louis Cardinals baseball cravings with spring programming on FOX Sports Midwest. Five weeks of Monday specials from the television home of the Cardinals begin on February 20.

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