2012 St. Louis Cardinals season
|2012 St. Louis Cardinals|
|National League Wild Card|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||William DeWitt, Jr.
|Local television||Fox Sports Midwest
(Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton)
|Local radio||KMOX (1120AM)
(Mike Shannon, John Rooney)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 2012 season was the 131st season for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri, the 121st season in the National League, and the seventh at Busch Stadium III. The Cardinals made their 25th trip to the postseason in 2012 after taking the NL Wild Card title by one game over the Atlanta Braves on the last day of the regular season in 2011. They began the 2012 season away against the Miami Marlins on April 4. St. Louis was coming off a 90–72 (.556) season, a second-place finish in the NL Central, the aforementioned Wild Card berth, and their National League-leading 11th World Series championship.
In 2012, they finished with an 88–74 (.543) record and second place in the NL Central. By virtue of coming in second to the Atlanta Braves, they won the second National League Wild Card spot, and then beat the Braves in the Wild Card Game. They then played the NL East champion Washington Nationals in the NLDS and beat them in five games to advance to the NL Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants. However, they lost to the Giants in seven games after leading the series 3 games to 1.
- 1 Offseason departures and acquisitions
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Season standings
- 4 Players and Coaching Staff
- 5 Scheduling and Results
- 6 Postseason
- 6.1 Wild Card Game
- 6.2 Division Series
- 6.3 National League Championship Series
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Offseason departures and acquisitions
On October 31, 2011, Tony La Russa announced his retirement after 16 years as manager of the Cardinals. After interviewing several candidates, the Cardinals announced, in a press conference on November 14, that former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny would be the team's new manager, the 49th in team history. At 41, he is the youngest active manager in the majors. He holds the catching major league record for consecutive errorless games at 252, and for consecutive errorless chances with 1,565.
On November 16, Matheny and the Cardinals announced the new coaching staff: Dave Duncan stayed on as the pitching coach for the 17th year as he was the only coach under contract, with third-base coach Jose Oquendo, hitting coach and former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire, and bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist. 50-year-old Mike Aldrete moved from assistant hitting coach to bench coach. Chris Maloney also 50 years of age, moved from manager of the AAA Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League to first-base coach in St. Louis; his first time on a major league staff. Former bench coach Joe Pettini and first-base coach Dave McKay moved to other roles in baseball operations for the team.
On December 8, Albert Pujols signed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels worth $254 million, declining a 10-year $220 million offer by the Cardinals. His old contract paid him $111 million over eight years from 2004−2011. Pujols departed among the leaders in virtually every major offensive category in Cardinals franchise history. At the time of the signing of the contract, he was fourth all-time in hits, third in runs and second in total bases, doubles, home runs, RBIs and walks. He was behind only Stan Musial in the five latter categories. He was seventh in games played and could have climbed as high as third with two more seasons in a Cardinals uniform. He was paid $14,508,395 in 2011. His former teammates were stunned by his decision.
On December 12, the Cardinals refused to offer a contract to Ryan Theriot, making him a non-tendered free agent.
On the same day, utilityman [2B/OF] Skip Schumaker accepted a two-year deal worth $3 mil. avoiding free agency after 2012. He was paid $4.7 mil. in his just completed two-year deal.
On March 1, 2012 the Cardinals announced the extension of catcher Yadier Molina's expiring $7 mil. contract at the end of 2012, for 5 years (with a 6th year $15 mil. option for 2018) for $75 mil., making him the second-highest-paid catcher (to Twins catcher Joe Mauer) in all of baseball. He leads all catchers with 39 pickoffs since 2005, and has thrown out 44% of all basestealers in his eight years. He led all Cardinals batters in 2011 with a .305 batting average, starting more games behind the plate than any other catcher, and established career-highs with 55 runs scored, 32 doubles, 14 home runs, and 65 RBIs.
The Cardinals invited nineteen players to Spring Training Camp.
On Sunday, April 22 at Pittsburgh, the Cardinals became the first defending world champion team since the 1922 New York Giants to open their title defense with six consecutive series win. They had a record of 11-5 (.688) during that streak. The series streak ended on April 24, with a second consecutive loss to the Cubs in Chicago, although winning the final game of the series on April 25.
The Cardinals announced they would retire former manager Tony La Russa' #10 prior to the game on May 11. His number will be the 12th retired by the Cardinals. He ranks third on the managers' all-time wins list with 2,728. 1,408 of those came with the Cardinals in his 16-year tenure there, and his .544 winning percentage with the team is his best of the three clubs he managed in his 33 seasons.
On May 14, Carlos Beltran was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 7–13 after posting six home runs, 13 RBIs, eight runs scored, 30 total bases, and a 1.200 slugging percentage. He collected hits in five of the six games, homering in four of them. This is Beltran's ninth Player of the Week Award and his sixth in the National League. He leads the National League with 15 home runs, and is second in RBIs, with 32.
At home on May 22, Adam Wainwright threw his first complete game shutout since August 6, 2010, in a 4−0 victory over the San Diego Padres. Wainwright missed the entire 2011 season recovering from elbow surgery. It was his ninth career complete game and just his third shutout.
Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets' 51-year history (totaling 8,019 regular season and 74 post-season games previously) with an 8−0 shutout over the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright at Citi Field on June 1. 27,069 witnessed the no-hitter, with Santana throwing a career-high 134 pitches. He walked five, and struck out eight. (box score) Left fielder Mike Baxter robbed Yadier Molina with a great catch in the seventh inning for the 20th out. Umpire Adrian Johnson ruled a hard grounder by former Met Carlos Beltran (in his first return to New York) down the third-base line 'foul' although the ball made a mark on the chalk in the sixth inning. Beltran subsequently grounded out to third base on the next pitch. The no-hitter was the eighth against the Cardinals in their long history, the first time by Hall-of-Famer Christy Mathewson on July 15, 1901. The previous no-hitter against the Cardinals was by Fernando Valenzuela on June 29, 1990 at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals were also the first defending World Series champion to be pitched a no-hitter against since the Oakland Athletics in their 1990 pennant season. On the opposite side, Cardinals' pitchers have thrown 10 no-hitters against opponents, the last one by Bud Smith against the San Diego Padres on September 3, 2001. The Padres are now the only present team without a no-hitter.
On June 7, Jaime Garcia (left-hander), landed on the disabled list after his 2-inning June 5 start with a left shoulder sprain. He is the eighth player on it, one-off the season high of nine—at the same time with the seven others which include two starting pitchers (he and Chris Carpenter), two relievers (Scott Linebrink and Kyle McClellan), two infielders (Lance Berkman and Matt Carpenter), and two outfielders (Jon Jay and Skip Schumaker).
On June 15, batting against his old team the Kansas City Royals, Carlos Beltran became the first switch-hitter in MLB history to attain 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases, with his seventh stolen base in the second inning. Seven other hitters also are members of the 300-300 club.
Carlos Beltran (of) and Rafael Furcal (ss) won the fan voting to be starters at their positions for the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on July 10. Yadier Molina (c) was selected by the players as a reserve for his fourth consecutive year; he ranked second in the voting to starter Buster Posey. Lance Lynn was also selected by the players as a reserve pitcher; his first time going to the All-Star Game. Retired Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa will un-retire for the one game. Coaches Derek Lilliquist, Jose Oquendo and Mark McGwire will also be participating in the event, as all are members of La Russa's All-Star staff. Former St. Louis coaches Joe Pettini, Dave McKay and Dave Duncan are members of that coaching staff, as well. Beltran is leading the NL with 61 RBIs, and second in home runs with 20. He also ranks in the top 10 with a .310 batting average. It will be his fourth time as an All-Star fan-vote starter, seventh overall. As an added bonus for Beltran, he was also picked to participate in the Home Run Derby contest on July 9, the night before the All-Star Game. It will be the first time for him in that fan-favorite event.
On July 6, after the passing of Yadier Molina's wife's grandfather, he left the team to join his family in Puerto Rico and was put on the bereavement list. He will miss the three weekend games and won't participate in the All-Star game. Matt Holliday was picked by Tony La Russa to replace him on the roster. Bryan Anderson was recalled from AAA-Memphis to replace Molina on the Cardinals' roster, with Tony Cruz to start as catcher for the weekend games.
After the rosters were opened to the fans, voting was held to decide the final fan-voted addition to each team. The online balloting was conducted from Sunday afternoon, July 1, through Thursday afternoon, July 5. The winners of the final vote were David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals (NL), and Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers (AL). Chipper Jones, of the Atlanta Braves, was removed from the ballot on July 3 after he replaced Matt Kemp on the roster due to Kemp's injury.
The 83rd All-Star Game on July 10, at Kansas City's Kaufmann Stadium was an 8-0 blowout for the National League, its sixth shutout win against two shutout losses for the NL. It made retired manager Tony La Russa the first manager to win All-Star Games in both leagues. He was 3-0 in the AL, but 0-2 in the NL before this year's game. La Russa emphasized this was his final game as a manager.
On July 3, the team and disabled pitcher Chris Carpenter decided he will have season-ending surgery to repair his thoracic outlet syndrome that has plagued him all year with nerve-related shoulder problems. Recovery time is estimated at six months, so if done this month he will be ready for spring training in February 2013. Surgery is set for July 19, performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl in Dallas, Texas.
On July 16, Trevor Rosenthal was called up for the first time to the major leagues, and made his debut in the eighth inning on July 18, the 2,000th player in Cardinals' history. No other franchise in baseball has reached 2,000.
On July 21, at home against the Cubs, a 0−0 tight game started by Jake Westbrook (8-8, after getting the win in 7 inn.) was broken in the bottom of the seventh with a 12-run explosion by the Cardinals, won by that 12−0 score with 16 hits against only 4 for the Cubs. The inning-explosion featured 7 doubles, tying a major-league record set by the (NL) 1936 Boston Bees (against the Cardinals at Sportsmen's Park, first inning on August 25), 17 batters with 10 hits including a triple, 2 singles, 2 walks, and a wild pitch. David Freese started the inning with an infield single. Allen Craig then got one of his two doubles that inning, and the merry-go-round was on. The 12-runs in an inning also tied the highest runs in any inning by a Cardinals' team since the 1926 club did it in the third inning against the Phillies on September 15. Gameday Recap  The club got 27 total bases and 9 doubles in the game—the last time they did that was on July 12, 1931.
Matt Holliday got his 1,500th career hit on August 30.
Yadier Molina got his 1,000th career hit on September 4, a rare infield single.
On September 19, David Freese and Yadier Molina hit their 20th home runs of the seasons. It marked the first time in Cardinals' history that five players have hit 20 home runs in a season, with the shutout win against the Houston Astros. Carlos Beltran (29), Matt Holliday (27), and Allen Craig (21) reached 20 previously.
On September 20, the Cardinals went over the 3 million attendance figure for the ninth consecutive year.
On September 21, Chris Carpenter returned to the rotation for the first time this season after surgery in July, refuting doctors' predictions of no pitching possible in 2012. He faced 22 batters (77 pitches, 47 strikes) in pitching five innings, giving up five hits (incl. a double and triple) and two runs, hitting one batter, walking one, and striking out two against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, leading 3−2 after the fifth inning, but Fernando Salas blew the save for him with two-outs and two strikes in the ninth when leading 4–2, and the team lost in 11 innings. "My stuff wasn't as sharp as I'd like, it wasn't even as sharp as it's been in those simulated games," said Carpenter, who preceded this start with four simulated games. "I did the best I could to get as many outs as I could and give us a chance. It was fun to go out there. It's definitely something I can build on, and hopefully my stuff is sharper as I get out there more often." 
On September 23, Pete Kozma hit his first home run. The next game on the 24th he hit his second home run.
On September 24, closer Jason Motte was named NL Player of the Week after saving all five of the Cardinals' wins in the week of September 17–23, and is leading the NL in saves with his 40th. He became the first closer with the Cardinals to save 40 games since Jason Isringhausen in 2004. It was the first time he has won that award, and the first time a closer had won it since Huston Street in 2009.
On October 2, despite losing in their 161st game with a chance to clinch in front of almost 40,000 fans, the team later clinched the second wild-card spot when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to their arch-rival San Francisco Giants.
For the last game of the season at home on October 3, Shelby Miller, who started 2012 as the club's top prospect, made his major league debut as a starter against the Cincinnati Reds. He has already had five appearances (1-0, 2.35 ERA) in 7.2 IP as a reliever.
NL Central standings
|National League Central||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|St. Louis Cardinals||88||74||0.543||9||50–31||38–43|
NL Wild Card
|San Francisco Giants||94||68||0.580|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|St. Louis Cardinals||88||74||0.543||—|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||86||76||0.531||2|
|San Diego Padres||76||86||0.469||12|
|New York Mets||74||88||0.457||14|
Performance Against National League Opponents
- Source: MLB Standings Grid
Performance Against American League Opponents
|Chicago White Sox||2-1|
|Kansas City Royals||4–2|
Performance Against Divisions
Players and Coaching Staff
Opening Day lineup
|2012 St. Louis Cardinals|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Springfield
For more information about minor league teams, minor league players and the St. Louis Cardinals organization, see St. Louis Cardinals minor league players and:
St. Louis Cardinals Farm System Affiliates
2012 Prospect Watch
Cards organization preview, Top 20 Prospects, MLB.com (February 8, 2012)
Memphis Redbirds (Memphis Redbirds-AAA roster)
Springfield Cardinals (Springfield Cardinals-AA roster)
Final Regular Season Statistics
Composite scoring by inning
Notes: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B= Doubles; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; GIDP = Grounded into Double Play; Avg. = Batting Average; OBP = On-base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage
|Rafael Furcal † (leadoff -8/30)||121||477||69||126||18||5||49||44||57||7||.264||.325||.346|
|Allen Craig (utility/1b)||119||469||76||144||35||22||92||37||89||15||.307||.354||.522|
|Lance Berkman ( -9/7)||31||80||12||21||7||2||7||14||19||3||.263||.385||.450|
|Team Totals (10/3)||162||5,622||765||1,526||290||159||732||533||1,192||135||.271||.338||.421|
BOLD = Lead NL
* not on active roster
** on personal leave; date and G missed
† on 15-day disabled list; date DL and G missed
†† on 60-day disabled list
Note: GS = Games Started; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Loss; ERA = Earned Run Average; WHIP = (Walks + Hits) per Innings Pitched; HBP = Hit by Pitch; BF = Batters faced; O-AVG = Opponent Batting Ave.; O-OBP = Opponent On-Base Ave.; O-SLG = Opponent Slugging Ave.; R suppt = Runs support average from his team's batters per Games Started
|Adam Wainwright (2 ShO)||32||198.2||14||13||3.94||196||15||52||184||1.25||6||831||.259||.309||.392||4.5|
|Jake Westbrook (1 CG)||28||174.2||13||11||3.97||191||12||52||106||1.39||8||751||.282||.338||.391||5.1|
|Lance Lynn (as starter only)||29||169.0||17||5||3.67||157||15||62||174||1.30||9||710||.248||.322||.396||5.9|
|Joe Kelly (as starter only)||16||91.1||4||6||3.74||97||9||32||59||1.41||2||391||.275||.338||.419||4.4|
|Shelby Miller (as starter only)||1||6.0||0||0||0.00||1||0||2||7||0.50||1||21||.056||.190||.056||1.0|
Bold = lead NL * not on active roster
† on 15-day disabled list; DL date and G missed
†† on 60-day disabled list
Notes: IP = Innings Pitched; ERA = Earned Run Average; WHIP = (Walks + Hits) per Innings Pitched
17-27; 3.90 ERA; 473.1 IP; 434 H; 212 R; 205 ER; 55 HR; 165 BB; 435 SO; 1.266 WHIP
42/64 SV/Opp; 115 Holds; 343/492 First Batter Retired (70%); 64/242 Inherited Runners Scored (26%) 
|Lance Lynn (2012 totals)||35||176.0||18||7||3.78||168||16||64||180||1.32||10||744||.253||.327||.401|
|Joe Kelly (2012 totals)||24||107.0||5||7||3.53||112||10||36||75||1.38||3||457||.271||.333||.407|
|Shelby Miller (2012 totals)||6||13.2||1||0||1.32||9||0||4||16||0.95||1||54||.184||.259||.204|
Scheduling and Results
|Year||Attendance (games)||AVG/game||NL Rank|
|2012||3,262,109 (81)||40,273||4th of 16|
|2011||3,093,954 (81)||38,197||3rd of 16|
As with all 30 teams, Major League Baseball released the Cardinals' 2012 schedule on September 14, 2011. The Cardinals' Opening Day game was away against the Miami Marlins on April 4 and was nationally televised by ESPN at 6 PM CDT.
All game times for the following table were in Central Time Zone, and were broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest, unless otherwise noted. Twenty games from April 9 to August 10 were blacked out for those watching Fox Sports Midwest from their AT&T U-verse cable because of a financial dispute between them continuing from the previous year. Those games are marked with an asterisk (*) in the schedule below.
|Cardinals Win||Cardinals Loss||Game Postponed / Tie|
|2012 Game Log|
April (14–8) (.636)
May (13-16) (.448)
June (13-14) (.481)
July (15-10) (.600)
August (16-13) (.552)
September (15-12) (.556)
OCTOBER (2-1) (.667)
Cardinals Record When
(through October 3, final)
|Opponent scores first||30-48||.385|
|Scoring more than 3 runs||76-19||.800|
|Scoring 3 runs||7-16||.304|
|Scoring fewer than 3 runs||5-39||.114|
|Leading after 7 innings||78-5||.940|
|Tied after 7 innings||5-12||.294|
|Trailing after 7 innings||5-57||.081|
|Leading after 8 innings||80-6||.930|
|Tied after 8 innings||4-10||.286|
|Trailing after 8 innings||4-58||.065|
|In errorless games||52-35||.598|
|In error-made games||36-39||.480|
|Same hits as opponents||4-7||.364|
|Out-hit by opponents||11-54||.169|
|One or Two-run games||28-43||.394|
|Runs via HR||259||765||.339|
|Opp. Runs via HR||230||648||.355|
Wild Card Game
Friday, October 5, 2012
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||0||0||3||0||1||2||0||0||6||6||0|
|WP: Kyle Lohse (1–0) LP: Kris Medlen (0–1) Sv: Jason Motte (1)
STL: Matt Holliday (1)
ATL: David Ross (1)
Game 1, October 7
|WP: Ryan Mattheus (1–0) LP: Mitchell Boggs (0–1) Sv: Drew Storen (1)|
Game 2, October 8
|WP: Lance Lynn (1–0) LP: Jordan Zimmermann (0–1)
WSH: Ryan Zimmerman (1), Adam LaRoche (1)
STL: Allen Craig (1), Daniel Descalso (1), Carlos Beltrán 2 (2)
Game 3, October 10
|WP: Chris Carpenter (1–0) LP: Edwin Jackson (0–1)
STL: Pete Kozma (1)
Game 4, October 11
|WP: Drew Storen (1-0) LP: Lance Lynn (1-1)
WSH: Adam LaRoche (2), Jayson Werth (1)
Game 5, October 12
|WP: Jason Motte (1–0) LP: Drew Storen (1–1)
STL: Daniel Descalso (2)
WSH: Ryan Zimmerman (2), Bryce Harper (1), Michael Morse (1)
Composite line score
2012 NLDS (3–2): St. Louis Cardinals over Washington Nationals
|St. Louis Cardinals||1||9||2||3||2||2||2||7||4||32||44||2|
|Total attendance: 228,293 Average attendance: 45,659|
National League Championship Series
|WP: Edward Mujica (1–0) LP: Madison Bumgarner (0–1) Sv: Jason Motte (1)
STL: David Freese (1), Carlos Beltran (1)
Game 1 was a nail biter. Carlos Beltrán hit his 14th career postseason homer and David Freese also went deep as the Cardinals took a 6–4 lead over the San Francisco Giants after six innings of the NL championship series opener. Freese hit a two-run homer in the second and Beltrán followed with one in the fourth as the Cardinals knocked out Madison Bumgarner with six runs in 3 2⁄3 innings.
Bumgarner breezed through a perfect first inning but ran into trouble in the second when Yadier Molina singled on an 0–2 pitch with one out. Freese then drove a 3–2 pitch over the wall in left-center to give the Cardinals a 2–0 lead. That gave Freese 25 career RBIs in the postseason and tied him with Molina for third most ever for the Cardinals. Bumgarner then couldn't make it out of the fourth. Descalso doubled and scored on Pete Kozma's double. Jon Jay added a two-out RBI single and Beltrán ended Bumgarner's night with the homer.
Lance Lynn struggled to hold onto that lead in his first postseason start after 10 career relief appearances. After starting the game with three hitless innings, Lynn ran into trouble with two outs and a runner on first in the fourth. Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt followed with singles to drive in San Francisco's first run. They both scored on Gregor Blanco's triple. Brandon Crawford followed with an RBI double to make it 6–4 and Lynn left after walking pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff. Joe Kelly got out of the jam when second baseman Daniel Descalso made a diving stop of Ángel Pagán's grounder up the middle.
No runs were scored for the remainder of the contest.
|WP: Ryan Vogelsong (1–0) LP: Chris Carpenter (0–1)
SF: Ángel Pagán (1)
|WP: Kyle Lohse (1–0) LP: Matt Cain (0–1) Sv: Jason Motte (2)
STL: Matt Carpenter (1)
A 3 hour 28 min rain delay was longer than the time of the game itself at 3:02.
|WP: Adam Wainwright (1-0) LP: Tim Lincecum (0-1)
SF: Hunter Pence (1), Pablo Sandoval (1)
The second-largest crowd of the year 47,062 saw the Cardinals win, 8-3. Adam Wainwright went seven strong innings, giving up only four hits and one run, the home run to Hunter Pence, walking none and striking out five.
|WP: Barry Zito (1–0) LP: Lance Lynn (0–1)
SF: Pablo Sandoval (2)
|WP: Ryan Vogelsong (2–0) LP: Chris Carpenter (0–2)|
|WP: Matt Cain (1–1) LP: Kyle Lohse (1–1)
SF: Brandon Belt (1)
Composite line score
2012 NLCS (4–3): San Francisco Giants over St. Louis Cardinals
|St. Louis Cardinals||2||3||2||4||2||3||3||0||0||19||50||6|
|San Francisco Giants||3||6||6||12||0||0||1||5||2||35||63||4|
|Total attendance: 311,326 Average attendance: 44,475|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Springfield
- "Matheny called 'perfect ' fit for Cardinals". STLtoday.com. November 14, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- Cards retain Duncan, McGwire, Oquendo: Aldrete takes over as bench coach, Maloney new first-base coach, MLB.com (November 16, 2011)
- St. Louis Cardinals' tweet, (December 2, 2011)
- Not in the Cards: Pujols departs for Angels: Star opts for more lucrative 10-year deal in Southern California, MLB.com (December 8, 2011)
- Albert Pujols, Baseball-Reference.com ('Salaries')
- Former teammates stunned by Pujols' decision, MLB.com (December 8, 2011)
- Furcal re-ups with Cardinals for two years, MLB.com (December 10, 2011)
- Cardinals shaping roster for 2012, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (December 13, 2011)
- Cardinals sign All-Star Beltran, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (December 22, 2011)
- Molina opts for long-term deal with Redbirds: Catcher signs five-year, $75 million contract with mutual option, MLB.com (March 1, 2012)
- Cardinals lay groundwork for more moves, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (December 15, 2011)
- Cards invite 19 players to Major League camp, MLB.com (January 14, 2012)
- Cardinals set 25-man roster for opening night, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (March 30, 2012)
- Cardinals secure six series with win over Pirates, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (April 22, 2012)
- Cardinals to retire La Russa's number: Former skipper will be honored before May 11 game vs. Braves, MLB.com (May 2, 2012)
- Red-hot Beltran named NL Player of Week: Cardinals right fielder rapped six homers, had six-RBI game, MLB.com (May 14, 2012)
- Wainwright throws first shutout since 2010, MLB.com (May 23, 2012)
- In Beltran's return to NY, Cardinals get no-hit: Throwing 134 pitches, Santana first Mets pitcher to achieve feat, MLB.com (June 1, 2012)
- Santana makes history against Cardinals, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 1, 2012)
- Prewitt, Eric (June 12, 1990). "Ryan Express: 6th No-Hitter; At 43, Extends Record, Beats A's". The Washington Post. p. C1.
Nolan Ryan...extended his major league record by pitching a sixth no-hitter...leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-0 triumph over the World Series champion Oakland Athletics
- McCarron, Anthony (June 2, 2012). "FINALLY! After 50 seasons, Johan Amazes Mets by delivering franchise's first no-hitter". New York Daily News. p. 32.
Santana got the Cardinals' David Freese to swing and miss at a changeup–what else?–for strike three, completing the first no-hitter in Mets' history in their 8,020th game, an 8−-0 victory over the world champion St. Louis Cardinals
- Cards place Garcia on DL, bring back Salas, MLB.com (June 7, 2012)
- "Beltran is first switch-hitter with 300 HRs, SBs: Outfielder stole second base in second inning on Friday". MLB.com. June 15, 2012.
- Beltran, Furcal to start among four Cards All-Stars: Molina headed to fourth straight Midsummer Classic; Lynn a first-timer, MLB.com (July 1, 2012)
- Beltran to be participant in Home Run Derby: Cardinals outfielder, and former Royal, to blast off at Kauffman Stadium on July 9, MLB.com (July 1, 2012)
- Molina put on bereavement list, to miss ASG: Cruz starts behind plate Friday; Anderson recalled from Triple-A Memphis, MLB.com (July 7, 2012)
- "Darvish and Freese win, going to All-Star Game". Major League Baseball. July 5, 2012.
- "La Russa's last game is a first". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 11, 2012.
- In La Russa's swan song, Cards send him out on top: Holliday, Furcal each notch hit, score run as NL cruises to 8-0 win vs AL, MLB.com (July 11, 2012)
- La Russa relishes his final game from the dugout: Retired skipper goes out with a win at 2012 All-Star Game, MLB.com (July 11, 2012)
- Carpenter shut down, to have surgery, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (July 3, 2012)
- Cards' Carpenter to undergo season-ending surgery, MLB.com (July 3, 2012)
- Rosenthal makes history as 2,000th Cardinal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (July 18, 2012)
- Cards win 12-0 with historic inning, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (July 21, 2012)
- Cards tie club, MLB records with historic inning: St. Louis matches franchise mark with 12-run frame, which features seven doubles, MLB.com (July 22, 2012)
- Mujica comes to Cards in deal with Marlins, MLB.com (July 31, 2012)
- "Berkman on DL for 3rd time". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 3, 2012.
- "Cards work 12 innings to regain Wild Card lead". MLB.com. September 16, 2012.
- "Cardinals sign on with State College affiliate". MLB.com. September 17, 2012.
- "Cards bringing Class A team back to Peoria". MLB.com. September 19, 2012.
- "Freese, Molina homers help Lynn earn 16th win: Cards have five with at least 20 dingers for first time in club history". MLB.com. September 19, 2012.
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