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What do you get when you get creative professional musicians from two baseball-crazy cities and add a World Series matchup? Well, something like this:

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he will attend the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, though he hasn't disclosed which game he plans to attend.

He told reporters in Jefferson City on Monday that he's in the process of negotiating a bet with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D).

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Updated to correct time of NLDS Game 1.

At 4:00 tomorrow, the St. Louis Cardinals begin their quest for a 12th World Series title.

The arrival of playoff baseball in St. Louis means a slightly different look for the field at Busch Stadium. See how the grounds crew gets it ready for Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

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Busch Stadium has hosted "football" before - but not of the American variety. That changed on Saturday, when Southern Illinois University - Carbondale faced Southeast Missouri State on an improvised gridiron in "baseball heaven."

Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

Baseball-mad St. Louis is welcoming the Cardinals for the first home game of the year.

After starting the season with six road games, the Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon.

The usually festive occasion in St. Louis is a little melancholy this season. Monday's game is the first Cardinals home game since the death of Stan Musial.

The Hall of Famer died in January at age 92. His absence was notable before the game as the team's other members of the Hall of Fame circled the Busch Stadium warning track in Mustangs.

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The Sunlight Foundation has released a report on political donations made by all major league baseball organizations in the 2012 elections. So, which political players got money from Cardinals employees?

At a glance, here are a few takeaways (you can explore the full dataset yourself below):

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The St. Louis Cardinals will wear a patch on their left sleeve this season to honor the memory of Stan Musial.

The Hall of Famer widely considered the greatest Cardinal player ever died in January. To honor his memory, the Cardinals will debut the patch in the season opener Sunday at Arizona.

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We know the question, unquestionably, in many Cardinals fans' heads right now is something like this:

"What? Number FIVE? We're number one!"

Well, Cardinals pride aside, the Redbirds' home turf has been rated as the number 5 best ballpark in America by TripAdvisor.

The site lists Busch between Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The number one spot for major league baseball in the country? PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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Updated at 12:40 p.m. with quotes from Mozeliak, Matheny and DeWitt.

Calling continuity important to a winning baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals have announced contract extensions for the teams' manager and general manager.

GM John Mozeliak will remain in that role until 2016. The team also picked up the 2014 option for manager Mike Matheny, who is in his second season. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Ever the competitor, Cardinals right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter isn't entirely ruling out returning to the mound this season.

Carpenter, 37, is battling recurring pain and numbness in his throwing shoulder, as well as discoloration in his hand. The team announced last week that he's unlikely to pitch in 2013.

"I can't pitch with the way that I feel right now," Carpenter said. "It's not fair to anyone."

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