The Cardinals are finding this interleague venture against a couple of possible World Series opponents an eye-opening experience. In four games against the Chicago White Sox and Detroit, the Cardinals have lost all four and been outscored, 44-17.
The good news was that Albert Pujols, in just his second game back after coming off the disabled list, had four hits in four at-bats, including his 26th homer.
REPLAY: Detroit Curtis Granderson, the Tigers' leadoff man, gave his team a 1-0 jump with a first-inning homer, The Cardinals caught up at 3-3 in the fourth, an inning capped by a two-out, run-scoring double by Yadier Molina. But the Tigers cuffed Chris Carpenter for five hits, some of them of the scratch variety, in a four-run fifth inning.
The Cardinals fell to the Tigers 10-6 Friday.
--RHP Sidney Ponson, banished to the bullpen after a succession of poor starts, will reclaim his spot in the rotation on Sunday, with LHP Mark Mulder disabled with a strained left shoulder. "I went back to my old mechanics," said Ponson, after a workout. "Hopefully, that will work."
--LHP Mark Mulder was found to have an impingement and an inflamed rotator cuff in his left shoulder during an examination in St. Louis. He has been told to rest his arm for a week, but GM Walt Jocketty said he did not believe the ailment to be serious.
--CF Jim Edmonds was a last-minute scratch for the second night in succession. Edmonds still is having some headaches related to a fall onto the warning track he took on Wednesday.
--RF Juan Encarnacion singled in his final at-bat in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games (24-for-55).
--3B Scott Rolen had two singles and a double, joining 1B Albert Pujols (four hits) and C Yadier Molina (three) as Cardinals who had three or more hits Friday.