What's better than the first day of spring training?
Why, the first Cardinals game of Grapefruit League play, of course.
The Redbirds take the field to play today for the first time since they clinched their 11th World Series title with a seventh game win of the 2011 Fall Classic at Busch Stadium. They'll take on their Roger Dean Stadium co-habitants, the newly monikered Miami Marlins.
Kyle Lohse will take the hill to start the game for St. Louis.
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In an unrelated note, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter was interviewed last night on KSDK and he said his pitching arm feels just fine.
Carpenter dismissively said he isn't sure what is to be gained by pushing back his first Grapefruit League start. Basically, he said it's business as usual and he doesn't expect any problems with his arm despite throwing 270 innings last year in the regular season and the playoffs.