Third baseman David Freese went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI, as he reclaims his position as the Cardinals' replacement for Troy Glaus at the hot corner. Albert Pujols had two hits, including a double and an RBI. Rick Ankiel, Chris Duncan, Ryan Ludwick and Khalil Greene each drove in a run apiece in loss.
Starter Kyle Lohse gave up six runs, five earned , on 11 hits in five innings. Lohse gave up his seventh home run in just 23.2 innings spring, which could be some cause for concern. Still in contention for the closer's role, Chris Perez, pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the eight and was in line for the win before the pitchers who followed him gave up four runs in the 10-inning loss. Minor league reliever Marco Gonzalez took the loss after he gave up three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--- Double-A minor league shortstop and former first round draft pick, Tyler Greene, went 4-for-5 with five RBIs in Friday's minor league scrimmage, Springfield against Memphis. Greene the former Cardinals shortstop of the future was my dark horse candidate in an earlier magazine article for the FOX Sports Fantasy Baseball Magazine to make the Cardinals 25-man roster, after he received a non-roster invitation to spring training. Greene was sent to the minor league camp last Sunday but his stock as a prospect is on the rebound after falling almost off the radar screen the past two seasons.
--- Third baseman Troy Glaus was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the doctor who performed the surgery on his shoulder in January and described Glaus' recovery as "progressing," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Cardinals still hope that Glaus will return to the lineup in May.
--- Royce Ring told the Cardinals that he would accept an assignment to Class AAA Memphis.
--- The Cardinals are left with cutting one more pitcher from camp before the regular season begins and it's likely to come down Chris Perez who is faced with an uphill battle to make the roster. Josh Kinney and Brad Thompson are also on the bubble, but their major league experience could be enough to make the difference.
--- Triple-A outfielder Brian Barton went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, walk and two RBIs in Friday's minor league game between Memphis & Springfield.
--- Former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Ron Villone was released by the Mets this week which could mean it's the end of the line for the 39-year-old pitcher.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH
Playing in left and right Friday (PLAY HIM IN CENTER FIELD), Rasmus was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
TONY La RUSSA's TENURE
Manager Tony La Russa is entering his 14th season as Cardinals skipper. During his time with the Cardinals, La Russa has guided his teams to a franchise record 1,141 wins and has led the team to seven division titles, two National League Pennants and a 10th World Championship title in 2006. He surpassed Red Schoendienst last season for tops on the Cardinals all-time games managed list and now has managed 2,105 games in St. Louis. He currently ranks 3rd on Major League Baseball's all-time managerial wins list
with 2,461 and 3rd in all-time games managed with 4,610.
The Cardinals continue in their regular-season, five-man pitching rotation with Todd Wellemeyer starting at home vs. Baltimore, game time at 12:05 CDT. According to the St. Louis Cardinals official website, the Cards' lineup will be made up almost exclusively of reserves and Minor Leaguers, as the "A" lineup is staying in Fort Myers in preparation for Sunday's game against the Twins.
A win today would match the Cardinals win total from last spring at 17. St. Louis has never won more than 17 spring games while playing in Jupiter (five years).
You can catch today's game on MLB Gameday Audio and KTRS the BIG 550 and some of the affiliates on the St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network.
Broadcasts coming up; March 29 game at Fort Myers (MIN) and April 3 tilt, exhibition game at Memphis.
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