Wainwright’s return to mound a success

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings in his first start in over a year, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Wainwright missed all of last season after having elbow ligament replacement surgery and hadn’t pitched since Sept. 24, 2010. He walked one and struck out two Friday.

Wainwright’s return for the Cardinals was balanced with some potentially troubling news: ace Chris Carpenter left Friday’s practice session with a sore neck. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter as day to day.

Jason Marquis made his second spring start for Minnesota since signing in the offseason and gave up three hits and a run over three innings.

Lance Berkman had two hits and a walk and Rafael Furcal homered for the St. Louis offense.