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BenFred: Home-opening blast is latest sign Arenado will become even bigger star on St. Louis stage

Jeremy Partl, center, stands next to Roxanne Gardiner as they watch the game in a drizzle during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Thursday, Apr.

The best way to tell you about the burning desire to win that rages inside Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado, and how that inferno is turning up the temperature on a team that could use an extra degree or two, is to start with the image of Arenado that will be impossible to miss today.

Arms flexed at his side, fists clenched at his waist, Arenado is screaming for all to hear.

And more than 13,000 socially distanced fans at Busch Stadium are screaming right back.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt likes to say Arenado has moved the organization’s needle.

That thought had to run across many a mind during Thursday’s home opener against the Brewers, as Arenado joined his teammates in getting mowed down by splendid Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes.

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