Diaz goes 2 for 2 in spring debut as Cardinals top Nationals 2-0
Aledmys Diaz (left) fist-bumps first base coach Chris Maloney after hitting a single in the second inning of the Cardinals' 2-0 win over Washington on Friday.
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 2 for 2 in his spring training debut for the St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright allowed three hits over eight innings Friday in a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Diaz lined a single to left field in the second inning and grounded a single to center in the fourth. The Cuban defector agreed March 9 to an $8 million, four-year contract and could not play in a big-league exhibition game until obtaining a U.S. work visa. He is expected to be sent to minor-league camp soon and begin the season at Double-A Springfield.
"We need to get him exposed to this, and we are running out of time before he needs to go back and get work," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
Wainwright, preparing for a March 31 opener at Cincinnati, dominated a Washington lineup devoid of regulars. He struck out seven and walked none, throwing 81 pitches.
"Today was exactly what I wanted to do -- just incorporate everything and kind of go out and pitch like I would in a regular-season game," Wainwright said.