Cardinals 8, Red Sox 6
It was pegged as the World Series rematch, though, in actuality it was just another spring game. Yes, there was the obvious (perhaps, overhyped?) storyline of Shelby Miller getting to face a Red Sox team he watched from the bullpen last October. But that was hardly a concern to Miller, who simply wants to get his arm strength up and solidify a spot in the Opening Day rotation.
To the latter point, he made as strong a case as anyone yet this spring for inclusion.
A sellout crowd (well, those who remained) got to see a bit of history on Wednesday as manager Mike Matheny made his first “challenge” under MLB’s expanded instant replay rules. Click here to read about how it went.
I will say that for all the concerns about replay negatively affecting the pace of play, this trial run didn’t do that at all. It took less than two minutes from the time Matheny emerged from the dugout for crew chief Jerry Meals to review and uphold the call.
You’ll want to read the cardinals.com notebook (link here) to get the latest on why Peter Bourjos is being held out of games and when Oscar Taveras might finally be allowed in. Also in the notes is an update on Trevor Rosenthal, who expects to make his spring debut by the weekend.
Matt Holliday is now 5-for-6 with a walk after tallying another two hits on Wednesday. … In fact, the Cardinals received solid production from almost all those who will fill middle-of-the-order holes during the regular season. Holliday, Allen Craig, Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta combined to go 6-for-12 with five RBIs. .. Kolten Wong remains hitless (0-10), though he did draw a walk on Wednesday. Said Matheny afterward: “He’s getting his timing right. It’s the first week of March. He’s going to be just fine. He’s got to breathe a little bit and keep letting his talents shine.”
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