Opening Day news and notes

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

First off, thank you for following along during my six-plus weeks in Florida. It was a relatively quiet stay for the Cardinals, who were fortunate to avoid serious injury and had very few decisions to make. The final one was made last night when Keith Butler was named to the Opening Day roster, thereby ending a four-man competition for one bullpen job.

But with all of this in the rearview mirror, let’s look forward to the coverage ahead in 2014 and the events leading up to Opening Day. To begin with, a few coverage notes…

  • The main landing point for Cardinals news, features, game stories, videos, etc. will continue to be at cardinals.com throughout the 2014 season. If you only have time for one click, make this it.
  • This blog will continue to serve as a supplement to that coverage. Lineups and pregame notes will be posted here, along with breaking news.
  • If you prefer to read news on your tablet, give Flipboard a try. I have a page set up — St. Louis Cardinals on MLB.com — and you’ll get all the news on your tablet by subscribing to it.
  • I started a Facebook page at the start of spring and have received a great response to it so far. If you want Cardinals news, videos and lineups to show up in your Facebook news feed, like my page — Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com.
  • And as has been the case for a while, Twitter (@LangoschMLB) and Instagram (LangoschMLB) are also great ways to follow me along the 162-game journey.

As for the next 48 hours, here are some details that will help those of you who are attending the opener in Cincinnati or watching from your home:

  • The Cardinals are holding a workout at 2:30 pm ET on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. It will not be open to the public.
  • If you’re going to be in Cincinnati, the Reds are hosting a block party outside the ballpark beginning at 11 am ET on Monday. Admission is free. An Opening Day parade will begin at noon. Gates will open at 2:10 pm, two hours before the scheduled first pitch.
  • Fox Sports Midwest is offering more than 16 hours of Cardinals coverage on Monday, beginning with its season preview airing at 6 am CT. The station will then replay three games from 2013 (Aug. 26, Sept. 24 and Sept. 4) before a 2 pm pregame show. This will be the debut of the new Fox Sports Midwest Studio in Ballpark Village.

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1 Comment

Roster looks good, but backup catching and pitching youth in bullpen could provide some problems going forward. Will be interested to see how Yadi and Waino’s innings are managed to avoid the burnout which seemed to affect the latter at least in the last post-season.

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