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Cards to end spring training in Springfield

St. Louis CardinalsThe St. Louis Cardinals will end their spring-training season on April 2 with an exhibition game against their Double-A affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals, at Hammons Field.

“We are honored to be the first to welcome the reigning World Champions back to the state of Missouri in 2012,” said Matt Gifford, Springfield Cardinals Vice President and General Manager.

The Cards were slated to play in Springfield in 2011, but the game was rained out. Scheduling issues prevented that game from being made up in 2012, so the teams will play a single game.

“We owe it to the great fans of Springfield to come home to Missouri to play this exhibition game despite the travel challenges presented by our schedule” said Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. “While we are disappointed we can’t play two games, this will be a welcome trip home for many of our players who really enjoyed their playing time in Springfield.”

Fans that retained their tickets to the 2011 Cardinals/Cardinals Exhibition Game and did not receive a refund will receive replacement tickets for the 2012 game in the spring. As was the case earlier this year, tickets to the exhibition game will be extremely limited and priority for any available tickets will be given to Springfield Cardinals season-ticket holders.

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