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04/05/10 7:41 PM ET

Colby makes his D Rasmus-see TV

Cards center fielder robs Rolen of homer in sixth inning

CINCINNATI -- The Jim Edmonds comparisons have trailed Colby Rasmus almost since he debuted as a teenager in the Cardinals' low Minors. Never have they been more apt than they were on Monday.

Rasmus had an Edmonds kind of day at the plate in the Cardinals' 11-6 Opening Day win over the Reds, with a home run and a walk. But it was in the field that he truly channeled the former St. Louis great.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Scott Rolen hit a towering drive to left-center field at Great American Ball Park. Rasmus read it, tracked it, chased it to the wall, leapt and made the spectacular grab to rob Rolen of a home run. It was the first such theft of Rasmus' Major League career.

"When he first hit it, I definitely wasn't thinking it was out or anything like that," Rasmus said. "I was just running after it and trying to catch it. In my mind, I see the ball and I'm just running to catch it."

It was a play Rolen had seen before, in Cincinnati no less. Some of Edmonds' most spectacular plays took place at Great American Ball Park.

"I saw [Edmonds do it in] back-to-back innings," said Rolen. "It's a lot more fun on the other side. Those are tough when you get robbed."

The play saved a run for starter Chris Carpenter, and it turned out to be ace's last batter in an effective six-inning start. Carpenter wasn't worried when the ball left Rolen's bat, but by the time Rasmus caught it, he knew he might be in trouble.

"I didn't [think it was a home run], until it went as far as it did," Carpenter said.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.