Cards rest most regulars in final spring tuneup


Salon Staff
April 3, 2012 6:18AM (UTC)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals prospect Trevor Rosenthal pitched four perfect innings and the World Series champions rested most of their regulars Monday night in their final exhibition tuneup, a 3-2 victory over Double-A Springfield.

Ronny Gil, ticketed for Class-A Palm Beach and subbing for Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, homered off Springfield reliever Keith Butler in the seventh, providing the difference.

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The Cardinals open Wednesday night in Miami, the first regular-season game at the Marlins' new ballpark.

Matt Holliday and World Series MVP David Freese played four innings apiece, each getting two at-bats, and reliever Kyle McClellan thwarted a rally by inducing an inning-ending double play in the fifth, the only inning worked by a big league reliever.


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