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2013 Cardinals
2:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

First contest against Pujols' new team among highlights of 2013 Cardinals schedule

The St. Louis Cardinals will will face former teammate Albert Pujols, shown here in April 2011, July 2-4 in Anaheim.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A home opener against the Cincinnati Reds, a record number of interleague games, and the first showdown with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since they lured away Albert Pujols are among the highlights of the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals schedule, released today by Major League Baseball.

The season opens April 1 with a game against Arizona. The home opener is a week later.

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Marathon ballgame
9:21 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Players battle heat in quest for baseball record

Players (and umpires) battled the heat as much as each other in a quest for the longest baseball game, benefitting Backstoppers.
(photo by Erika Ebsworth-Goold)

Updated at 8:55 am Thursday: The players officially broke the record of 48 hours, 9 minutes and 12 seconds around 7:30 this morning. They'll keep playing until 7 pm to reach 60 hours.

Our original story:

A group of 52 baseball players has taken to the diamond at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. this Fourth of July in an effort to break the world record for the longest baseball game.

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Beer & Baseball
5:58 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

No Beer Goggles For Baseball Stadium Brew Prices

A fan of the St. Louis Cardinals buys a beer from a vendor prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers at Busch Stadium in 2006. At 56 cents an ounce, St. Louis is second only to Boston for the priciest ballpark brew in the country.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:13 pm

Change has been the story of the season for the Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins. With a new coach, a new name, new team colors and a new stadium the baseball team set a franchise record for winning games in May.

But one tradition isn't changing anytime soon: beer. Ordering a beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for that beer.

According to an analysis by TheStreet.com, the most expensive beer of any baseball stadium is sold at the new Marlins Park, where baseball fans pay $8 for a Bud Light draft.

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Science - Baseball
6:24 am
Fri April 13, 2012

The science of baseball: a conversation

A diagram showing the forces involved in the common curveball.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the Cardinals' home opener against the Chicago Cubs.

For St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra, baseball season means it’s time to talk about the science behind America’s national pastime.

And Washington University aerospace engineer David Peters was happy to join in.

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Yadier Molina
1:55 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Molina signs five-year extension with Cardinals

Yadier Molina, shown here, at left, with Jaime Garcia after a May 2011 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, has signed a 5-year, $75 million contract that keeps him in a Cardinals uniform until 2017
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will be wearing the birds and the bat until 2017.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday that Molina, a four-time Gold Glove winner, had signed a five-year, $75 million contract, with a mutual option for a sixth season.

The 29-year-old Molina has spent his entire career with the Cardinals. General manager John Mozeliak says the team considers him to be the best catcher in baseball.

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Game 6 postponed
2:34 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Game six of the World Series postponed because of inclement weather

A tarp covers the Busch Stadium infield after it was announced that Game 6 of the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed due to possibilities of heavy rain in St. Louis on Oct. 26, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A rainy weather forecast means another day off for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

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Berkman returns
11:18 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Berkman signs with Cardinals for another year

Lance Berkman connects for a three-run homer during a June 23rd blow-out win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals announced on Thursday that Berkman will return to the team next year.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

"Puma" will be back for another season.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Lance Berkman has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.  The team did not announce any more details, but other reports say the deal is for $12 million. Berkman made $8 million this season.

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Pujols out with broken arm
1:14 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Pujols out 4-6 weeks with broken forearm

Albert Pujolsmakes an unassisted play at first base against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 19, 2011. Pujols was injured in the sixth inning making a play at first base.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis Cardinals fans got some bad news today. Star first baseman Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm.

The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan today, one day after Pujols was injured in a game against Kansas City at Busch Stadium. Pujols was hurt on a play at first base in the sixth inning. He was fielding a throw that was off-target and Kansas City's Wilson Betemit collided with his glove hand as Pujols was pulled toward home. The Cards' three-time MVP went down to the ground in pain.

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mark McGwire
2:35 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

McGwire fails to make baseball Hall of Fame for fifth time

Former Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire in August of 2000. McGwire failed to be elected to baseball's Hall of Fame for the fifth time today. (Via UPI / Bill Greenblatt)

Looks like the fifth time isn't the charm for former Cardinals baseball slugger Mark McGwire. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that not only was it the fifth unsuccessful bid for McGwire, but also his worst vote total showing yet. This coming after McGwire admitted that he used steroids.

The Post-Dispatch has the vote totals:

McGwire was named on 115 of the 581 ballots cast, or 19.8 percent. He received 23.7 pct. of the votes cast in 2010 and 21.9 percent -- his previous low -- in 2009. Roberto Alomar (90 pct.) and Bert Blyleven (79.7 pct.) earned election this year.

from St. Louis on the Air
3:56 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

History, comedy, and baseball meet in Bobby Norfolk's "Shadowball"

Bobby Norfolk at St. Louis Public Radio
photo by Aaron Doerr

Bobby Norfolk was driving somewhere in 2009 when NPR's Fresh Air stopped him in his tracks.  He remembers the interview with author Larry Tye as "the most compelling hour of listening" he's ever experienced. Tye's biography of Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige started Norfolk on a journey that's culminated in his latest one man show,  Shadowball: The Negro Baseball Leagues.

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