May 13: Braves (21-13) @ Cardinals (20-13)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, the most faithful ‘By Gosh’ blog reader around. No, I’m serious. It’s her homepage.

In addition to fostering my love for the game of baseball as a child, it’s special to know that she is still one of my two biggest fans (Dad, you know you’re the other). So much so that they have had to invest in the MLB TV package to get them through the baseball season. And really, Mom, your ability to flip back and forth between the White Sox (she’s from Chicago), the Braves (she lives in Atlanta), the Pirates (she adopted them during my time there) and now the Cardinals, is quite impressive.

I hope you have a special day that includes wins from the White Sox, the Pirates and, well, one of the other two clubs you take interest in. You are loved and appreciated and missed. Thank you for all you do!

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On the baseball front, Lance Berkman has been activated from the disabled list this morning. Shane Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis to make room for Berkman, who missed 20 games while on the disabled list with a strained left calf.

Berkman is in the lineup, playing first base. Allen Craig shifts into left field, allowing manager Mike Matheny to get Matt Holliday a day off. Holliday had started every game this season. Yadier Molina also has the day off.

Rafael Furcal enters the day with an 11-game hitting streak.

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The Cardinals plan to honor the soon-to-retire Chipper Jones prior to today’s game. Also, look for several spots of pink on the field, as MLB continues its initiative to raise awareness for breast cancer. The lineup card is pink, as are the bats of several players. Jaime Garcia will even be wearing pink cleats.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Jon Jay (CF)
  3. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  4. Allen Craig (LF)
  5. Lance Berkman (1B)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  8. Tony Cruz (C)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

BRAVES LINEUP:

  1. Michael Bourn (CF)
  2. Martin Prado (LF)
  3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
  4. Dan Uggla (2B)
  5. Jason Heyward (RF)
  6. Juan Francisco (3B)
  7. David Ross (C)
  8. Tyler Pastornicky (SS)
  9. Tommy Hanson (RHP)

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3 Comments

Happy to see Lance Berkman in the lineup again. Sounds like you have a great mom. It’s obvious she did a wonderful job with you, Jenifer. I love your writing and coverage of the team I’ve followed since my grandmother and I listened on the radio!

Happy writing,
Monti
Mary Montague Sikes

Furcal and Descalso are both playing SS?

Yep, doubling up there today.

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