The Cardinals Spring Training Notebook 03/03

Monday, rookie outfielder Jon Jay extended his hitting streak this spring to five games, in a disappointing 8-5 loss to the American League Champions, Tampa Bay Rays.

The Cardinals winning streak came to an abrupt end Monday as they fell to the American League Champions Tampa Bay Rays, by the score of 8-5.

Redbirds starter Adam Wainwright made his Grapefruit League debut, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over two innings, striking out one and walking one. Wainwright threw 44 pitches, 27 for strikes, in what can be described as a lackluster performance from the club's staff ace for 08.

The Cardinals 2006 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Blake Hawksworth, allowed three runs on five hits over three innings. Former Tampa Bay lefthander Trever Miller faced three batters and struck out all three, as he appears to be the closest thing to being the Cardinals key left-handed specialist to help stabilize the bullpen.

Closer contender Jason Motte, came on, in the top of the ninth inning, with the Cardinals down 6-4. Motte faced seven batters, allowing two runs on two hits and no walks, while striking out two.

Outfielder Brian Barton continued to swing a hot bat as he enjoyed his second strong game in a row, with a single, triple, stolen base and two runs scored. Rick Ankiel singled and doubled, and converted outfielder, second baseman Skip Schumaker had an RBI double and scored.


Outfielder Nick Stavinoha, who could have been the organization's Minor League Comeback Player of the Year last season, if there was such an award, went 2-for-2 and had two RBIs on the day.

Jon Jay, who has been swinging one of the hottest bats in Florida this spring was rewarded with a start in right field on Monday. Jay went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to five games, while hitting a robust .375.

Shortstop Tyler Greene got the start on Monday and went 0-for-4 on the day, dropping his spring training batting average to .375. Two fielding errors capped off a rough day for the promising infielder who is competing for a spot on the 25-man roster as a utility infielder.


According to a St. Louis Post Dispatch report, reliever Ryan Franklin was asked over the weekend by officials for the United States team in the World Baseball Classic to be a part of that team to replace one of the relievers dropping out of the WBC, but Franklin declined.

Perhaps if enough players will decline to play in the WBC, it will either be rescheduled at a time as not to interfere with Major League spring training or the regular season or abandoned all together.

Kyle Lohse will get the start against the Mets today; he'll be followed by Jess Todd, Tyler Herron, Charlie Manning, Royce Ring, Brad Furnish and Kat Maekawa.

Wednesday is a scheduled open date and Thursday is an exhibition against the Dominican's WBC team at Roger Dean Stadium.


Outfielder Joe Mather appears to have the inside track to open the season for the St. Louis Cardinals at third base in place of injured starter Troy Glaus, who likely will be sidelined for most of April and there is some speculation that he could be out until even June.

David Freese and Brendan Ryan have been basically sidelined this spring with injuries, with their return still up in the air at this time. There is some optimism that both of them can return to the lineup after the day off on Wednesday.


Tuesday's game will be broadcasted on MLB TV.

Tuesday's game against the Mets & Thursday's game against the Dominican WBC team can be heard on The BIG 550 KTRS, and many of the stations on the Cardinals Radio Network.


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