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Monday, 31 March 2014 00:46

Cardinals set Opening Day roster

   A couple of injuries mean there's room on the Cardinal's 25 man roster for a fan favorite.  Infielder Pete Kozma made the Opening Day squad after the team placed infielder Mark Ellis and pitchers Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte on the 15 day disabled list.  
   Ellis is out with tendinitis in his left knee.  His move is retroactive to March 27th.  The moves for both Garcia, who's still nursing his left shoulder, and Motte, out with a right elbow injury, are retroactive to March 21st.  The Cardinals announced the Opening Day roster Sunday.  
   The Cardinals will face Cincinnati in Monday's 2014 season opener at Great American Ballpark. Redbird ace Adam Wainwright will face Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto. First pitch is at 3:10 p.m.
 
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The Cardinals 25-man Opening Day roster is as follows:
 
PITCHERS (12): Keith Butler-RHP, Randy Choate-LHP, Joe Kelly-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Shelby Miller-RHP, Pat Neshek-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP, Kevin Siegrist-LHP, Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP;
 
CATCHERS (2): Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina;
 
INFIELDERS (6): Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong;
 
OUTFIELDERS (5): Peter Bourjos, Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Shane Robinson;
 
DISABLED LIST (3): Mark Ellis, Jaime Garcia, Jason Motte.
 
 
 
Published in Sports
   The official opening of the long-delayed Ballpark Village is being called a success.  Hundreds crowded into the entertainment complex next to Busch Stadium for the official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
   Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay were among the dignitaries who addressed the crowd inside the Fox Sports Midwest Live! central plaza.  After a private VIP party, the doors opened to the general public for a free concert by Third Eye Blind.  
   Earlier in the day, the Cardinal's had announced a controversial ban on team jerseys except on home game days had been lifted.  Cardinal's president Bill DeWitt III spoke with Fox 2 News about the controversy surrounding the dress code at some venues. "It's basically an example of how much people care about this thing," he said.  DeWitt says its good that people are worrying about what they're going to wear when the come to Ballpark Village. "So I look at it as a sign that people are highly interested."   
   The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar, Howl at the Moon, and Drunken Fish. Ballpark Village features five live performance stages, the largest retractable roof of its kind, the biggest indoor TV screen in the Midwest and an outdoor festival space that recreates the infield of the previous Busch Stadium in its exact historical location. 
 
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Additional opening weekend events:
 
Friday, March 28th
11 AM Open for Lunch: Cardinals Nation, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, Budweiser Brew House & Drunken Fish 
5 – 7 PM Founders VIP Event honoring the Construction Workers 
 
Saturday, March 29th
6 – 8:30 PM Cardinals Nation Restaurant Grand Opening Ceremony & Private Party 
7 PM St. Louis Blues Hockey Watch Party in FOX Sports Midwest Live! 
8:30 – 10 PM Budweiser Brew House Grand Opening 
8:30 PM Fireworks Display over Busch Stadium 
 
Sunday, March 30th
11 AM – 5 PM Ballpark Village Family Fun Event 
9PM – 1AM Red Bull Hospitality Party 
 
Monday, March 31st
11 AM FOX Sports Midwest Live! Grand Opening 
3:10 PM Cardinals Season Opener Watch Party at FOX Sports Midwest Live! 
 
Thursday, April 3rd
6 PM Throwback Thursday Debut at FOX Sports Midwest Live! 
 
Friday, April 4th
5 – 7 PM Inaugural Fridays on Clark featuring Dr. Zhivegas 
9 PM PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar Grand Opening Party 
9 PM The Barn at PBR St. Louis Grand Opening Party 
 
Monday, April 7th  – Opening Day in St. Louis 
10 AM Cardinals Nation Museum & Hall of Fame Grand Opening 
Noon Opening Day Rally on Busch II Infield & Ballpark Village Lot 
 
 
Published in Local News

   Baseball fans who plan to go downtown for today's opening day festivities may find their usual route to Busch Stadium blocked.  St. Louis Police are advising revelers to leave early because of road changes and closures due to construction of Ballpark Village.  

  • 8th Street is now a two-way street between Clark and Market with two north and southbound lanes.
  • Temporary stop signs are currently in place at the intersections of 8th Street and Clark, as well as 8th Street and Walnut.
  • Walnut is now a two-way street between 8th Street and Broadway, with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes.
  • 7th Street is no longer in existence.
   Fans are encouraged to avoid construction delays by using MetroLink.

   Pedestrians should also note that the pedestrian bridge between the Stadium West garage and the ballpark has been removed.  

   Those choosing to drive are urged to “park smart” — park in well-lit, populated areas, concealing valuables by placing them in compartments or in the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival. The department strongly encourages citizens to leave firearms at home. Events such as baseball games are no place for firearms, as they are not allowed inside Busch Stadium and leaving them in a vehicle creates opportunity for criminals. Don’t let your legal firearm become an illegal firearm.

   Event-goers are also advised to remain aware of their surroundings and if choosing to consume alcohol, are urged to drink responsibly. Criminals often target those who appear to be most vulnerable, including those who might be intoxicated.

   There will be a significant law enforcement presence in all areas surrounding Downtown and Busch Stadium. We strongly encourage anyone who sees criminal or suspicious activity to alert a nearby officer or dial 9-1-1.

 
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