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Cards hope to up their Molina total

The Cardinals' top choice as a back-up catcher is Bengie Molina, according to a well-placed source.

Cardinals Gold Glove starting catcher Yadier Molina told the Puerto Rican press that he thinks his older brother, who said he planned to retire after the end of the 2010 season, is still good enough to be a major league starting catcher at the age of 36. But if Molina wants to ease his way into retirement by being a back-up, Yadi hopes he'll play in St. Louis.

Bengie hit .249 in 118 games split between the Rangers and Giants in 2010. He's a .274 career hitter with the bulk of his career played in Anaheim with the other catching Molina brother, Jose.