• The Cardinals are expected to give Peter Bourjos the majority of their center-field starts, and that began on Monday, even though Jon Jay had strong career numbers (10-for-21) against Reds starter Johnny Cueto. So why Bourjos over Jay?
"What we see right now is that Peter Bourjos has had a very good spring, and I think going into this year realizing he's going to have the ability to go out there against some right-handed pitchers," Matheny said. "What he brings for us defensively is something we're going to see pretty often."
Bourjos, who turned 27 on Monday, batted .324 this spring.
• Six players -- Wong, Michael Wacha, Kevin Siegrist, Keith Butler, Carlos Martinez and Seth Maness -- on the Cardinals' roster experienced their first Major League Opening Day on Monday. Each of the six made their big league debut midseason in 2013.
• Siegrist opened the season with the longest active scoreless streak (25 innings) in the Majors. Jay carried a 14-game hitting streak into 2014.
• The Cardinals plan to hold a brief workout at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, which is an off-day on the schedule.
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