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Morning Sports Report - April 4, 2014

Storms delay the home opener of the Springfield Cardinals, but finally make way for the Cards-Mission first match-up of the season. Dan Lucy breaks down the opener in your Friday morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--The Springfield Cardinals opened up their tenth season of Texas League baseball at Hammons Field Thursday night.

Mother nature held things up for an hour and a half with a thunderstorm, but they finally got the game under way.

It seems the weather is allowing for an opening night here in Springfield.

The Cardinals though haven't fared to well in their opening days in the past.

In the last 9 years they have won only once on the first day.

The game getting out to a late start because of weather.

But the sun and rainbows came out when the tarp came off.

A double rainbow over the field has to be a good sign, right.

Player introductions started around 8:05 and an honorary first pitch thrown out by Bill Virdon.

Virdon is a former Cardinal and a 1955 rookie of the year as he helped open up the Springfield Cardinals tenth season.

The game finally got started after an hour and 18 minute rain delay.

Opening pitch at 8:28.

Cardinals starting right handed pitcher Kurt Heyer.

Top of the first, Rymer Liriano up to bat for the Missions and he doubles into the corner, Jerry Sullivan scores it's 1-nothing San Antonio.

Then a bloop single by Yeison Asencio and Liriano comes home to score and just like that it's 2-nothing Missions.

The damage still not done, Austin Hedges cranks this one off the wall, Asencio comes home to score and it's 3-nothing after one.

The Cards got two runs in the third, but the Missions Jace Peterson belted a three run homer in the fifth.

And the Missions go onto win 7-4.

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