CARDINALS 7, BALTIMORE 3
The Cardinals improved to 18-11-2 with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. The 18 victories are the most wins in spring training since the franchise began play in Jupiter Florida. With just three Grapefruit League games remaining, the team will not be able to match the spring record in wins-21, set in both 1956 and 1997.
Outfielder Chris Duncan led the Redbirds offense going 2-for-4 with a three run homer in the third to give St. Louis the lead that they would never give up. Outfielder Joe Mather and backup catcher Jason LaRue also went deep. Ryan Ludwick who started the spring in a terrible slump went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs Tuesday as he raised his batting average to just .225.
Starter Adam Wainwright picked up the win pitching five complete innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Jason Motte in the game in the ninth in a non-save situation, pitched a scoreless frame, striking out one of the five batters he faced.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--- Tuesday Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced Adam Wainwright as his Opening Day starter against the Pirates. Not that this is breaking news, we've expected this announcement since the team reported to Roger Dean Stadium.
--- According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals have recently discussed a trade that would send infielder/outfielder Ryan Raburn to St. Louis in hopes of acquiring a pitching prospect.
--- According to a report by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals released seven minor league players Tuesday including; catchers Justin Knoedler & Ricky Noland and pitchers; Davis Bilardello, Ryan Bird, Dylan Gonzalez, Joshua Hester and J.D. Stambaugh
--- A decision about former St. Louis closer Jason Isringhausen's future with the American League Champions, Tampa Bay Rays is expected to be announced soon, according to the team's official website. Izzy will not accept a minor league assignment and has option of leaving the team. It appears the Rays are trying to work out a trade which could possibly open up a spot for Izzy. Manager Joe Maddon has stressed the team wants to keep him on board somehow. "We do not want to lose him," Maddon said. "We feel very strongly about that."
--- The Cardinals are just under a week out from Opening Day as they open at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 6. All of the festivities surrounding the 3:15 start have not been announced, however a pep rally is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Ballpark Village on Clark St. Kicking off the pregame activities inside Busch Stadium will be the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
--- MIZZOU-SLU: Busch Stadium will host the first-ever Division I college baseball game at the stadium tomorrow, April 1, with the University of Missouri Tigers facing the St. Louis University Bilikens. Game time is 7:15 and all tickets are just $10. Tickets are still available.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH
Rasmus started in left Tuesday, moved to center, where he should be playing anyway and went 0-for-3 on the day at the plate.
The two remaining Florida spring games are games at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals will host the New York Mets on Wednesday, game time at 12:05 p.m. CDT, with Kyle Lohse taking the mound for St. Louis to face Johan Santana.
Broadcasts coming up; April 3 tilt, exhibition game at Memphis.
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