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Pujols returns; Hill, McClellan pitching

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Albert Pujols swings at a pitch in the first inning of Tuesday's Nationals-Cardinals game By Lakisha Jackson Albert Pujols swings at a pitch in the first inning of Tuesday's Nationals-Cardinals game By Lakisha Jackson

JUPITER, Fla. (KMOV) – Rich Hill could be pitching for his Cardinal major league career when he takes the mound this afternoon against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

Hill, who coming into camp was fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation, has struggled mightily in his spring starts thus far. In seven innings pitched, Hill has give up five runs on eight hits. The number that sticks out the most, though, is Hill’s six walks, the most by any Cardinal pitcher this spring.

Kyle McClellan, who has been slightly better than Hill but is in no danger of not making the final 25 man roster (he could end up in the bullpen if he doesn’t win the fifth spot in the rotation), is scheduled to pitch after Hill.

After being held out of Monday’s game against the Red Sox due to a tight lower-back, Albert Pujols returns to a lineup that is the closest thing all spring training to what you’ll see on Opening Day. Pujols and Holliday will play together for only the second time in all of Grapefruit League, as both have faced injuries keeping them out.

The Orioles, on the other hand, are playing mostly minor-leaguers today against St. Louis. Baltimore prospect Brian Matusz will take the mound for the Orioles.

Here are the lineups for today’s game:

Baltimore Orioles (8-12)

1. Felix Pie, CF

2. Robert Andino, SS

3. Lou Montanez, RF

4. Nolan Reimold, LF

5. Brandon Snyder, 1B

6. Josh Bell, 3B

7. Justin Turner, 2B

8. Chad Moeller, C

9. Brian Matusz, LHP

St. Louis Cardinals (8-10)

1. Julio Lugo, 2B

2. Brendan Ryan, SS

3. Albert Pujols, 3B

4. Matt Holliday, LF

5. Ryan Ludwick, RF

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. David Freese, 3B

8. Joe Mather, CF

9. Rich Hill, LHP

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