Cardinals 10, Astros 2

Allen Craig has been prevented from playing first by a sore
shoulder. The injury doesn’t appear to have affected his swing,
though.

Craig and Matt Holliday each hit their first homers of spring
training, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-2 victory over
the Houston Astros on Monday.

Craig was starting as the designated hitter. He reached base in
all three at-bats, adding a walk and an RBI single.

”I feel good,” he said. ”We’re just taking it extremely slow.
It’s a really long spring. I want to get out here and play in the
field, but at the same time the season starts April 1 and I want to
be ready for that.”

The homers were back-to-back as part of a five-run third inning
that broke the game open.

Holliday’s two-run drive landed on the balcony of the Miami
Marlins clubhouse beyond the left-center field wall, driving in
Kolton Wong. The Marlins and Cardinals share the Roger Dean Stadium
complex.

”I hit it pretty good,” Holiday said. ”I’m just trying to put
good swings out there.”

Pete Kozma added a solo homer in the seventh for St. Louis.

Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals’ likely opening-day starter,
allowed four hits while striking out three in 2 2-3 scoreless
innings.

”The ball came out nice – I moved the ball around a little
bit,” Wainwright said ”It was a good place to start.”

Wainwright’s counterpart, Phillip Humber didn’t fare as
well.

After needing only eight pitches to retire the Cardinals in the
first inning, Humber walked the first two batters of the inning
before David Freese lined a pitch off the right-field wall, scoring
Craig.

Humber issued another walk but managed to get out of the inning
without allowing another run.

”I just didn’t throw strikes,” said Humber, who was selected
off waivers from the White Sox during the offseason. ”It’s not the
ideal second inning that you want to have, but it’s my first time
out there. I’m not going to get myself worked up over it.”

Former Cardinals pitcher and outfielder Rick Ankiel received an
ovation from the crowd before his first at-bat, then promptly
ripped a double to the left-center wall. Ankiel was thrown out
trying to stretch the play into a triple. He went 1 for 2.

NOTES: Manager Mike Matheny acknowledged the Cardinals have
considered giving Yadier Molina some reps at first base. Craig and
Matt Adams are both dealing with injuries and Molina could play
some first base for Puerto Rico in the upcoming World Baseball
Classic. … Matheny said pitcher Jake Westbrook will get his first
start of the spring on Thursday against Miami. Joe Kelly is slated
to start Friday at Houston. … Two Cardinals’ former first-round
draft choices (Tyler Greene and Brett Wallace) and one second-round
selection (Rick Ankiel) appeared in the Astros’ starting lineup on
Monday. Another former Cardinal farmhand, C. J. Fick also pitched
in relief. Jeff Luhnow was the St. Louis VP of Scouting and Player
Development before becoming the Houston general manager. …Houston
pitcher Paul Clemens slipped on the wet field in the late innings
while trying to cover first and remained on the ground for about a
minute. Houston trainers came out to check on Clemens, who walked
off the field without help.