ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 22: Reliever Eduardo Sanchez #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on April 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals 2012 Roster: Minor Moves In April

The St. Louis Cardinals say yes to Tony Cruz and Scott Linebrink, no to Bryan Anderson and Eduardo Sanchez.

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St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day: Kyle Lohse Is Game 1 Starter By Default

This probably isn't how Kyle Lohse or the St. Louis Cardinals wanted things to go down, but Lohse—who, for his part, did lead the World Series champions in wins (14) and ERA (3.39) last season—will be getting the Opening Day nod for the Cardinals as they play against the newly christened Miami Marlins Wednesday night. It's Lohse's second Opening Day start, and it's equally as strange as the first one he made, which came on a rainout; this year's comes after after Chris Carpenter's nerve issue put him on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.

So: It will be Lohse's job to keep the Marlins from lighting up their incredibly Miami-ish home run feature on opening night at their new retractable-roof stadium. In case you were wondering, he allowed 16 home runs in 188 innings last season.

Adam Wainwright, for his part, will still make his return to the Cardinals' rotation against the Milwaukee Brewers, on Saturday.

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St. Louis Cardinals Roster: 25-Man Roster Set Ahead Of Opening Day

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2012 Opening Day roster was set Friday, after a series of moves guaranteed spots for Rule 5 outfielder (and amateur hip-hop producer) Erik Komatsu, perennial fifth outfielder Shane Robinson, and backup catcher Tony Cruz. The full roster—in flux pending the returns of Allen Craig and Skip Schumaker—shows a lack of depth at shortstop and second base, but plenty elsewhere. (Third base in particular; in addition to David Freese the Cardinals will head north with Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter.) Here's the full roster:

Starting Pitchers: Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn

The Lineup: Yadier Molina, Lance Berkman, Tyler Greene, David Freese, Rafael Furcal, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran

The Bullpen: Jason Motte, Fernando Salas, Marc Rzepczynski, J.C. Romero, Kyle McClellan, Scott Linebrink, Mitchell Boggs

The Bench: Daniel Descalso, Tony Cruz, Erik Komatsu, Matt Carpenter, Shane Robinson

The biggest surprises: Bryan Anderson seemed to outplay Tony Cruz in the backup catcher derby, but he'll be playing every day in AAA Memphis instead; Scott Linebrink beating Eduardo Sanchez was another controversial move.

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St. Louis Cardinals News: Adron Chambers Optioned, Erik Komatsu Nearer Rule 5 Success

The St. Louis Cardinals' cavalcade of slap-hitting left-handed center fielders got shorter when Skip Schumaker went down with a torn oblique, and it's shorter still now that Adron Chambers has been sent to minor league camp, ending his bid at breaking camp with the big club. Chambers's exit means good things for Erik Komatsu, whose Rule 5 status means he has to spend the entire season on the 25-man roster lest he be placed on waivers.

The decision makes a lot of sense primarily because Chambers and Komatsu are so similar; Chambers, 25 this year, hit .277/.368/.415 with five triples and 22 stolen bases in AAA Memphis. Komatsu, 24, spent last season split between two AA clubs, where he hit .277/.367/.382 with 21 stolen bases. Both are burners, slightly old for their leagues, who don't make sufficient use of their speed; Komatsu projects a little better, but it's probably within the margin of error.

And if they're so close, why not just take Komatsu and keep both of them around? Shane Robinson, a right-handed version of same, is also in competition for that last spot.

The move is also good for backup infielder Matt Carpenter, who's reportedly sewn up a spot.

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