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Rogers' Whispers: Cardinals just can't catch a break

How much more can the Cardinals take? Matt Holliday's appendectomy followed an 11-inning Opening Day loss in which the losing pitcher, Bryan Augenstein, probably wouldn't have been used if Adam Wainwright's season-ending injury had not made a starter of Kyle McClellan. … Some people think Jered Weaver ends the year with the Yankees. The guess here is that he and the Angels' other top starters, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren, are good enough to keep Mike Scioscia's team in the running all season. … How good was the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in beating the Giants' Tim Lincecum on Opening Day? Real good, which wasn't really a surprise. Kershaw (2.85) actually has had a lower ERA than Lincecum (2.94) the last two years. … The Yankees plan to be patient with Mark Prior, who pitched great in spring training but was never really in consideration for a spot. His key is to develop a routine as a reliever, warming up often and working consecutive days. He was assigned to Class A Tampa because pitching coach Larry Rothschild didn't want him pitching in cold weather. … Mark Kroon, 37, turned in a 1.69 ERA in spring training but still didn't make the A's bullpen. … Bad sign for the defending AL champion Rangers. They opened the season with a 13-man pitching staff — a good thing only in September. Pitching coach Mike Maddux is taken with 23-year-old right-hander Mason Tobin, who was sidelined most of the last two seasons. … Carl Crawford may have been pressing this spring, partly because the Red Sox are moving him from the No. 2 spot to No. 3. He hit only .208 in spring training. … Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta didn't drive in a run in spring training but got an RBI in his first plate appearance of the season, on a sacrifice fly. … Have you seen Royals lefty Tim Collins? He's listed at 5 feet 7 but some believe the Reds' Danny Herrera (listed at 5-6) would tower over him.

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