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Cardinals news and notes: Leadoff, Kris Bryant, Memphis Redbirds, Opening Night, Stephen Piscotty

Recapping stories from 4/3, a day with twelve, meaningful Major League Baseball games

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look back at yesterday’s stories:

The early returns on the top of the Cardinals’ lineup - Alex Crisafulli led of Opening Day Monday with a look at how the top of the Cardinals’ batting order - Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz, and Matt Carpenter - performed in the first game of the season on Sunday night.

Carlos Martinez continues exploit of small hole in Kris Bryant’s swing - Joe Schwarz detailed how Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez handles Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who was 0-for-4 on Sunday.

2017 Season Preview: Triple-A Memphis Redbirds - I previewed the upcoming season for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, who will feature Luke Weaver, Harrison Bader, Rowan Wick, and Paul DeJong to start the year.

So how ‘bout that for an Opening Night? - A Hunt and Peck - Lil_scooter’s link post highlighted a wonderful Opening Night for the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Stephen Piscotty extension another small win for the Cardinals - Ben Markham broke down Monday’s six-year extension of outfielder Stephen Piscotty and how the team will benefit from making the deal.

That does it for Monday. Check back Tuesday for more!