May 12: Braves (20-13) @ Cardinals (20-12)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

There was plenty to digest last night, and for those who haven’t finished sifting through all the cardinals.com coverage from Friday, I’m going to help you out with a bevy of links. Therefore you can’t complain about not knowing where to find everything.

The main attraction on Friday night was the ceremony to retire Tony La Russa’s No. 10. That celebration, which you can read more about here, lasted close to 30 minutes and appeared to choke up La Russa near the end, when his silhouette and number were unveiled on the outfield wall.

There was quite the gathering of baseball personalities here, too, to celebrate along with La Russa. This piece served as a landing point for thoughts and comments from several former players and friends of La Russa. Players from the current Cardinals team weighed in on La Russa’s legacy, as well.

So, too, did Matthew Leach, who covered this team for the previous 10 seasons on MLB.com. Now working in New York City as a columnist, Leach provided a unique perspective on what it was like to cover La Russa every day for a decade. You can read that here.

A game was also played last night and it was a pretty intriguing one at that. Carlos Beltran continues to be the hottest player this month not named Josh Hamilton. He had four extra-base hits on Friday and his third multi-homer game in the last nine games. He’s driven in 20 runs already this month.

And in the notebook portion of the coverage, updates were provided on Kyle Lohse, Lance Berkman, Scott Linebrink, Yadier Molina, and David Freese.

Phew… hope you got all that.

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And now, onto today.

Lance Berkman (for now) remains on the disabled list, though he is currently taking grounders at first base. That’s a good sign, as he did not participate in fielding practice yesterday. Matt Carpenter is also working out at first base with Berkman.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Jon Jay (CF)
  8. Tyler Greene (2B)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

BRAVES LINEUP:

  1. Michael Bourn (CF)
  2. Martin Prado (LF)
  3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
  4. Dan Uggla (2B)
  5. Brian McCann (C)
  6. Chipper Jones (3B)
  7. Jason Heyward (RF)
  8. Tyler Pastornicky (SS)
  9. Brandon Beachy (RHP)

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