The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/30

The Cardinals were blanked by 10 or more runs for the second time in less than a week on Monday when San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum carved them up in a two-hitter. They had lost 11-0 Wednesday at New York, and right-hander Brad Thompson was the losing pitcher in both games.

Thompson was better this time, giving up seven hits and four runs in six innings although manager Tony La Russa said, "He got some balls up a little and they hit a lot of balls hard."

With regular starter Kyle Lohse likely to return in a little more than a week, Thompson might wind up back in the bullpen after one more start, which he is scheduled to make this weekend in Cincinnati.

As for the offense? There was a bloop single by center fielder Rick Ankiel in the fifth, breaking up Lincecum's perfect game. And there was a double by Albert Pujols in the seventh.

"(Lincedum) has got his credentials," La Russa said. "He's worth every bit of them. He worked us over. I don't know that a lot of guys are going to be excited about facing him."

Giants 10, Cardinals 0: Cardinals hitters managed only two three-ball counts and no walks as they succumbed to San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum in 95 pitches. Rookie RHP Clayton Mortensen made his big-league debut and allowed six runs in three innings although only two were earned.

Notes, Quotes

• RHP Chris Perez is gone, and pitching coach Dave Duncan said that RHP Josh Kinney, recently recalled from Class AAA Memphis, would inherit Perez's seventh- and eighth-inning-type roles, much as Kinney did during the 2006 postseason when he excelled for the world champion Cardinals.

"He pitched in a pretty significant situation in New York (on Monday) and did a good job," said Duncan. "So I think it was a step in that direction."

• Memphis C Bryan Anderson, one of the Cardinals' top prospects for several years, may miss the rest of the season with a separated left shoulder after he was hurt in a collision at home plate. Once the swelling subsides, Anderson will be examined a week from Tuesday in St. Louis by Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' medical supervisor, and, if necessary, surgery would be conducted the next day. Anderson, hitting .245 with four homers and only 11 runs batted in, is expected to miss six to eight weeks, which effectively would end his season.

• The Cardinals finished interleague play with a 9-6 record. They have a 100-90 record in the 13 seasons of interleague play.

By The Numbers: 1—Number of big-league, regular-season wins for RH reliever Josh Kinney, after he gained credit for a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Kinney also had his first major-league at-bat in that game. It was a strikeout.

Quote To Note: "He plays a lot of (positions) in a winning way."—Manager Tony La Russa on new INF-OF Mark DeRosa.

Roster Report

• INF Khalil Greene was placed on the disabled list again after renewed problems with an anxiety disorder. Greene wasn't at the park and isn't expected to travel with the Cardinals when they close the first half with a 10-game, three-city swing. A different course of treatment from the last time is being explored.

• CF Colby Rasmus was unavailable Monday after undergoing a procedure that determined that he had a hiatal hernia and gastritis. Rasmus had been having trouble with his stomach for some time and was two for his last 24 although he refused to blame his condition for his slump. He said he should be ready to play on Tuesday.

• RHP Clayton Mortensen, 7-4 as a starter at Class AAA Memphis, became the 14th rookie to play for the Cardinals this season. Mortensen, who gave up five runs (one earned) in his first inning, probably is holding space until RHP Kyle Lohse comes off the disabled list probably next week.

• SS Brendan Ryan returned to action after missing the weekend series with Minnesota because of problems with his wrist, but he still is having some trouble swinging the bat.

• UT Mark DeRosa, who started in left field in his first game as a Cardinal, played third base on Monday and went hitless again. He is nothing for his first seven for the Cardinals. Manager Tony La Russa estimated that the versatile DeRosa would spend 80 percent of his time at third base for the Cardinals.

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