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Why wait? Arenado makes Cardinals debut batting third, right behind fellow All-Star Goldschmidt
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Why wait? Arenado makes Cardinals debut batting third, right behind fellow All-Star Goldschmidt

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Cardinals hold a team workout ahead of opening day

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) makes a throw during a team workout at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The team took batting practice and ran fielding drills in Cincinnati ahead of opening day on Thursday. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Here's Jack Flaherty, the season-opening game pitcher for the Cardinals

CINCINNATI — The lineup that Cardinals manager Mike Shildt sometimes said, wryly, not to read too much into during spring is the first lineup he put in ink for the season.

Printer's ink, that is, because handwritten lineups are so 2011.

The Cardinals will indeed have All-Star corner infielders Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado bat in the first inning, for sure, against the Cincinnati Reds as the season opens with a 3:10 p.m. St. Louis time first pitch. Arenado will make his Cardinals debut batting third, playing third, and wearing the road blue Cardinals cap.

Shildt called the stacking of his All-Stars a chance to deliver a "punch to the face" by saying "here they are" to opponents.

There was no last minute change to the rules governing National League play on the eve of opening day, and that allows the Cardinals to press forward as one of the teams that had their pitchers hit often during spring training.

Rookie Justin Williams will make his first opening day start and appear in right field for the Cardinals, right behind the team's center fielder, rookie Dylan Carlson. 

Jack Flaherty will make his second consecutive opening day start.

If the Cardinals have a lead late in the game, they will have Alex Reyes ready and available to close. The righthander will start the season in the role he finished 2020 -- ending games. Shildt said that the plan will be ease Jordan Hicks into high-leverage spots, and to have Andrew Miller and Giovanny Gallegos available to bridge leads to Reyes or close games if Reyes is unavailable.

Here are the lineups submitted, officially, by both teams.

CARDINALS

1. Tommy Edman, 2B

2. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

3. Nolan Arenado, 3B

4. Paul DeJong, SS

5. Tyler O'Neill, LF

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Dylan Carlson, CF

8. Justin Williams, RF

9. Jack Flaherty, P

REDS

1. Jesse Winker, LF

2. Nicholas Castellanos, RF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Eugenio Suarez, SS

5. Mike Moustakas, 3B

6. Nick Senzel, CF

7. Jonathan India, 2B

8. Tucker Barnhart, C

9. Luis Castillo, P

There have been snow flurries in the Cincinnati area throughout the morning, though batting practice is setup and the game is expected to be played, as scheduled.

LEFTY ADDED

The Cardinals grabbed lefty Bernardo Flores Jr. off waivers from the White Sox on Thursday and assigned him to the team's alternate site camp. The move fills the Cardinals' 40-man roster. Flores, 25, spent 2019 as a starter for the White Sox and went 3-8 with a 3.57 ERA in 20 starts. He allowed more hits (97) than innings pitched (93 1/3) but also mixed in 82 strikeouts with only 17 walks.

Derrick Goold joins KMOX's Kevin Wheeler for a conversation at the end of St. Louis Cardinals' spring training in Jupiter, Fla. 

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