St. Louis Cardinals clicking as they return for home opener

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Feb 24, 2012; Jupiter, FL. USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws live batting practice during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
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  • ST. LOUIS (AP/KSDK) - So far, the St. Louis Cardinals are doing just fine without Albert Pujols. And they don't seem to miss Tony La Russa, either.

    The World Series champions are off to a nice start heading into today's home opener against the Chicago Cubs. During their impressive 5-2 start on the road under new manager Mike Matheny, the Cardinals have gotten plenty of clutch hitting and pitching.

    The Cardinals lead the National League with a .301 average and their 12 home runs, 37 runs and .371 on-base percentage were the best in baseball through Wednesday's games. David Freese and Rafael Furcal are hitting above .400, Kyle Lohse is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and Jake Westbrook didn't allow an earned run in his first outing.

    Adam Wainwright will pitch in the home opener, opposing the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija.  It will be Wainwright's first time pitching at Busch since 2010.  He sat out last season after undergoing surgery during spring training.  First pitch is at 2:15 p.m.

    Information from the Associated Press and KSDK contributed to this report.

    Associated Press/KSDK

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