Molina takes first full swings in Cardinals' loss to Tigers
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Cardinals star Yadier Molina took his first full swings of spring training, going 0 for 3 Friday as St. Louis lost to the Detroit Tigers 2-0.
Working his way back from two offseason thumb surgeries, the eight-time Gold Glove catcher had four previous exhibition at-bats, but the team didn't let him swing. Molina bunted once.
Calling his swing timing ''terrible,'' Molina saw 17 pitches and swung at 14. He twice grounded out before lofting a flyball to left field that was caught a step shy of the warning track.
Making his third spring start, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright gave up two runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Tigers starter Matt Boyd pitched five shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out seven.