Spring Training Notebook - 02/26

The Cardinals were very busy Monday morning as they began the Coach's games this spring and played the Florida Atlantic Owls later in an exhibition game at 1:05 pm ET at Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter Florida.

The coaches held their morning meeting at 9:00 am to discuss the events of the day, to include the throwing and non-throwing pitchers and the catcher program on the side.

The game players began their stretching and conditioning workouts at 9:15 in the stadium for 30 minutes before throwing in the outfield to loosen arms.

Today's live batting practices included Braden Looper & Ryan Franklin with battery mate Yadier Molina in Roger Dean Stadium and over in the training complex, Chris Narveson with Brian Esposito and Tyler Johnson with Gary Bennett.

Tyler Johnson appeared to be very effective during this morning's live BP session, facing Aaron Miles, David Eckstein, Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Rick Ankiel, no one was driving the ball off of the young left hander.

The non-throwers Monday included; Carpenter, Wells, Reyes, Hawksworth, Keisler, Wainwright, Thompson, Lambert, Mulder, Parisi, Smith, Rincon, Hancock, Flores, Kinney, Sillman, Izzy and Springer completed their stretch and conditioning program and did some throwing to loosen their arms.

After the early workouts, the non-throwers worked on their fielding, positioning, tipping pitches, etc.

Prior to the exhibition game the Cardinals had their first coach's game of the spring, with the "SKIP" team defeating the "SO" by a score of 7-6 in three innings played.


FAU @ St. Louis

The Cardinals started their best minor league prospects Monday against the #27 nationally rank FAU Owls, the Cardinals starting lineup consisted of:

1.    #68  Edgar Gonzalez, 2B

2.    #76  Travis Hanson, 3B

3.    #63  Ryan Ludwick, RF

4.    #88  Miguel Negron, DH

5.    #70  Tagg Bozied, 1B 

6.    #86  Cody Haerther, LF

7.    #75  Brendan Ryan, SS

8.    #84  Colby Rasmus, CF

9.    #81  Brian Esposito, C

LHP Troy Cate got the start for St. Louis.

The Cardinals flew higher than the Owls Monday winning by a score of 3-2 in the seven inning contest.

Troy Cate picked up the win for the Redbirds pitching two shutout innings to start the game, while Kelvin Jimenez, Dennis Dove and Andy Cavazos held the Owls scoreless going into the seventh inning.

Mark Worrell gave up two runs in the seventh but managed to work his way out of a jam to pick up the save.

In post game interviews La Russa told members of the St. Louis media corps, "We were fortunate to win, because they hit the ball better than we did.  We left a lot of balls in the zone and they crushed them to the biggest part of the park. So it was a little deceptive."








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