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Spring Training Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins, March 5, 2012, 12:05 PM CDT

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The long wait is over. After the St. Louis Cardinals intrasquad game was rained out in Jupiter on Sunday, Spring Training games begin today. The Cardinals face the new-look Miami Marlins in the first Roger Dean Project match-up of the season. The game is not televised, but will be broadcast on KMOX 1120. (A complete broadcast schedule of Cardinals games, including Spring Training, can be found here.)

At the Post-Dispatch Cardinal Beat blog, Derrick Goold gives us the lineup that will start against Marlins ace Josh Johnson today:

1) Skip Schumaker, RF

2) Jon Jay, CF

3) Matt Holliday, LF

4) Carlos Beltran, DH

5) Yadier Molina, C

6) Matt Adams, 1B

7) Tyler Greene, 2B

8) Daniel Descalso, 3B

9) Alex Cora, SS

Goold also shares with us which pitchers are available for the spring opener.

Kyle Lohse will be the starter, with the following pitchers coming in behind him, depending on the availability of innings: RHP Brandon Dickson, RHP Victor Marte, RHP Joe Kelly, LHP R. J. Swindle, LHP Nick Greenwood and RHP Trevor Rosenthal.

PLAY BALL!
Post-game update after the break.
The Cardinals lost to the Marlins 4-3 in today's exhibition opener. Since this is Spring Training and the game results don't matter, let's have a look at individual performances. The Cards managed six hits. Matt Adams had the first hit of spring with a single up the middle and finished one for three. After Adams's double, Tyler Greene pulled a double down the third base line off Johnson and past a diving Hanley Ramirez. The large and not-so-fleet-of-foot Adams only made it to third on Greene's double. Shortstop prospect Ryan Jackson singled in the seventh inning but was the first out in an Erik Komatsu 6-4-3 double play that undoubtedly featured a beautiful turn by Donovan Solano, former Cardinals farmhand and new member of the Marlins organization. The Cardinals were quiet on offense until the final inning. Bryan Anderson started the Cards' ninth-inning rally with a double. After a Mark Hamilton walk and a Eugenio Velez flyout, Matt Carpenter doubled home Anderson and Hamilton. Kolten Wong walked and then Steven Hill singled in Carpenter. The rally fell one run short, stranding Wong and Hill on the bases.

Here are some high- and low-lights of the Cardinals' pitching performances: