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We know it's early, but it's hard to ask for much more from a series than this. Two of baseball's most storied franchises, tied for first in a surprisingly competitive division, meeting head-on in a geographically similar location.

No, no, not the Red Sox-Yankees, silly. (We figure you've probably heard enough about that from various other media outlets.) Tonight our beloved Cardinals, off to one of the best starts in franchise history despite Juan Encarnacion, take on the rather shocking Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

Mark Mulder is going for his 100th win, Bronson Arroyo is trying to go to 5-0 ... and we'll be in the stands, scorebook in hand, trying to make sure future in-laws get along and nobody sees our Rick Ankiel jersey and tries to throw something at us. (Though they'd miss, obviously.) You can have your Red Sox-Yankees drama; we're just going to try to figure out what the hell that ridiculous thing on Scott Spiezio's face is.

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