Day 14: Red Sox @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals play host to the Red Sox this afternoon in the team’s first home game of the spring. Matt Carpenter made his spring debut at second base yesterday, but he’ll get his first start there today. That allows Daniel Descalso to shift to third, a position the Cardinals intend to keep him familiar with.

Rafael Furcal is serving as the designated hitter and leading off so that he is assured of hitting at least once against Boston lefty Jon Lester. Furcal can only swing right-handed at the moment, so the Cardinals need to make sure he comes up against a left-hander. Those limitations may mean only one at-bat in the game for the shortstop.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (DH)
  2. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  3. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  4. Ty Wigginton (1B)
  5. Daniel Descalso (3B)
  6. Tony Cruz (C)
  7. Oscar Taveras (LF)
  8. Justin Christian (CF)
  9. Ronny Cedeno (SS)

Pitchers: John Gast, Tyler Lyons,  Edward Mujica, Fernando Salas, Sam Freeman, Michael Blazek, Eric Fornataro

RED SOX LINEUP:

  1. Brock Holt (2B)
  2. Daniel Nava (LF)
  3. Ryan Lavarnway (C)
  4. Ryan Sweeney (RF)
  5. Mauro Gomez (DH)
  6. Mark Hamilton (1B)
  7. Pedro Ciriaco (3B)
  8. Mitch Maier (CF)
  9. Joses Iglesias (SS)

Pitchers: Jon Lester, Rubby De La Rosa, Junichi Tazawa, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Koji Uehara

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1 Comment

Are you in Jupiter? What time do you get started in the mirning? It’s too early here in the 314 for someone to be up that early to cover Spring Training!!

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